I have a female choc. Lab, and and male lab cross. Nethier are spayed or nutered. My female has been in heat 2 times & I think she might be pragnet, but how do you tell? Are there any signs? With out taking her to the vet.
Were the male and female together during her whole heat?
There are some signs, but they aren't always fool proof as false pregnancies and reabsorbtions happen a lot. Has she suffered from morning sickness (at any time during the day, not just the morning)? Has her appetite been funny (VERY hungry one day, and then not at all the next)? Is her waist line decreasing? Are her mammary glands getting saggy/full?
The gestation period for a dog is 9 weeks. Usually a female on her first litter won't show until 5-6 weeks at the earlist. It would help if you could remember when she started her heat cycle (as they usually conceive between 10-17 days into the heat cycle).
Here's the thing - you need to take her to the vet. Period. If you are inexperienced with dealing with an pregnant dog you aren't going to have any idea how to tell if she is having problems and you are risking losing your dog. The vet can examine her and do an unltra sound or X-ray (depending on how far along she is) and give you an idea of when she will deliver and how many pups you are looking at. The vet can also tell if she is going to have problems (usually easiest by X-ray). You also need to verify that she isn't having a miscarrage, pyometra, ect... since you don't know what you are looking for.
Unfortunately, the risk of having two unaltered dogs is that you may end up with vet bills from a pregnant dog. If you don't want a litter of pups (and their vet bills) you should discuss aborting the litter if she isn't very far along. You are looking at dew claw removal on the pups, vaccinations, well checks, worming.... It's spendy. This is just to insure that you have puppies that are sellable/placeable. You also need to consider that a c-section may be neccesary and they cost anywhere from $300-1200 depending on your area. Having puppies costs money.
How old is your dog? If she is over 3 years old then you really are taking a big risk by not going to the vet. It's advisable for a dog to have her first litter between 2 years of age and 3 years of age. Litters before 2 years old run a higher risk of problems and FIRST litters after 3 years of age run a higher risk of problems.
You should definitely figure out FOR SURE if she is pregnant as you need to decide where she will be having the puppies (garages and barns are NOT good options), how you will pay the litter expenses, how you will place the puppies in homes, who will be supervising the delivery (left alone, Mom's have a higher risk of dying because they can get into trouble and have no help).
My advice to you (and I know you didn't ask for it - and I'm not being mean but trying to help) - having litters of puppies is a lot of work and can be extremely expensive. Bite the bullet and have your dogs spayed and neutered - unless you have a reason for not doing so (meaning you want to breed or show and know how to do so safely and properly). The cost of the spay/neuter is minimal compared to how expensive it is to raise a litter of puppies. It also reduces your risk of cancer!
Good luck to you! And please keep asking questions!!!
I just don't get it. One week you are ready to send that dog packing, the next you think she is pregnant. You need to get at least one of them fixed. 10 months is way too young for her to be making babies. I think you would have been better off finding her a nice home. You never mentioned you had another lab.
I was a little surprised that she mentioned having the 2nd Lab also. I have to go find her old threads and see if she mentioned having him there. We can only hope for the best with this pregnancy, she is awfully young and not even matured physically or mentally to be dealing with a litter of puppies.
Guess I'm a bit confused on this issue, since HorseLover was so gung ho about getting rid of this Lab earlier this month and getting a smaller dog. Now all of sudden, she has 2 Labs or Lab mixes, plus possible puppies on the way.
Guess she should've let the dog go to a new home or a rescue, as this definately isn't in the best interest of a young Lab dog.
For 1 only abbylynne has been a BIT HELPFUL! & the lab cross is a stray! He wandered up at my house about 5 weeks ago. We were going to take him to the no-kill shelter. But they can't get him in for a few weeks. My other dogs are nutered. We've never had a female, so I didn't know how to tell. & I was planning on getting her spayed in about 2 weeks.I DO love her & have her enroled in obedeace classes is Oskaloosa, Iowa. For this fall. I am just trying to make sure we didn't have an acadent litter. She is better at going "potty" outside& is mostly house broke. I showed her at fair & got a blue ribbon. I have been hoping she's not pragent & doubt she is. So thanks to everybody who helped & NO thanks to the people who made me feel bad & thinks I hate her! Sincerly Haley
How long ago was she in heat? The signs to look for are depending on how far along she might be. I would personally take her to the ASAP for blood work to confirm, at her age she is going to need close vet supervision during her pregnancy. That way you know right now and can start watching her. X-rays wont tell you until late in the pregnancy when they start developing bone
mafia, I can't leave her inside alone every day! She has to be watched because she still has some "messes"! And you never know when that male is around. He will be here somedays & be gone the next! She also doesn't like being kept inside. Maybe you should think about and maybe under stand!
Ok 3 months old is like 12 weeks old and 4 months is 16 weeks old. There is a very very slim possibility that a dog can go in heat for the first time at the age of 4months. Normally a dog goes in heat for the first time when they are 6 months old.