How young is too young for a pup to have a litter? Would she be to young to also nurture them? My sis has a pup that is 10 months old and is pregnant. Any help with my concerns would be most welcome. ty
A 10 month old is still a puppy herself. There could be problems like she might reject the litter..not be a good mom etc. But to make you feel better, I have seen dogs at the shelter that are that age or younger and be good moms. So it will just depends. Tell your sister to be ready to rush her to the vet because when they re this young they could need a c-section. Good luck!!
As much as I find it distasteful and sad for a 10 month old puppy to be having puppies I think most likely she will be fine. Younger bitches have given birth to litters and been fine mothers. Its not a good situation though to allow young animals like this to breed. Hopefully once these are weaned she'll spay this bitch.
The biggest concerns with this is that her body isn't mature enough to handle having a litter. Depending on the breed and how quickly they mature sometimes the womb isn't fully capable of understanding the signals the brain and nature are sending. I know someone that allowed their 10 month old Sheltie to have a litter. The Mom went into labor, but while she did dialate, her uterus never started contracting so had no way to expell the puppies. Even with oxytocin injections (given by the vet) she didn't have contractions. She delivered 4 healthy puppies by c-section. She did prove to be an excellent mother, but because of the c-section she needed extra help the first couple of days so she could catch on (sometimes Mom's whose first litter is delivered by c-section don't comprehend that the puppies are theirs).
You also need to look at the breed. Some breeds are natural mothers who pick up instantly what their job is. Other breeds don't always feel maternal towards their pups. Your friend should research her breed a little so she has an idea what to expect both in the whelping/delivery aspect of things, but also in the "motherhood" area. My breed for example, Shelties, are generally good Mom's but I have had a couple of girls who, on their first litter, needed some guidance regarding what their job was.
She should also have her vet on call so that if an emergency comes up, the vet is prepared to step in and help. Most puppies arrive in the middle of the night, so it's important that she makes arrangements for that as well. She may also want to seriously consider having an X-ray taken at around 8 weeks into the pregnancy to determine how many puppies she is looking for (This way, if the vet says 8 puppies and the dog only delivers 4, your friend knows there is a problem). This will also help her know if the females pelvic area is wide enough for the skulls of the puppies (some breeds often have too narrow a pelvic area).
She can't really undo the pregnancy now, and it probably would be safer for the dog to deliver them rather than pursue and abortion - BUT your friend needs to look into what to expect. MANY MANY breeds should not be allowed to whelp alone. If she loves her dog (and I'm SURE she does) then it's in her best interest to do everything she can NOW to insure the puppies and Mama come out of the whole ordeal happy and healthy. She also needs to look into what needs to be set up for a safe whelping area, what supplies she needs, etc...
If you'd like to post the breed here, I'm sure myself and some of the other breeders here can give you some input and a list of what she needs to do to prepare for the puppies. (Yes the breed matters)
I agree with abbylynne, it does depend on the breed. When I was younger, a pup showed up on my parents' doorstep, the vet said she was definitely under a year old, and to be prepared, she probably wouldn't care for the pups. She was a mutt, cute as can be, with a whole lotta hound dog in her. She was a great mama, and we found homes for all puppies. However, if she had been part Pug, or another flat nosed breed that quite often needs a C-section for delivery, that would have been a different story!
ty all so much for your advice. the puppy is a "mutt" (terrier/shitzu/poodle)a very small dog. i own the brother. this pregnancy was not on purpose... she let her on the leash and 5 min later she came out to get her and found the deed in process with a stray dog just a lil bigger than she is. from what we know of their mother, she was let to have puppies early also and had no problems. we are hoping this one follows in her footsteps. the closest vet is 2 hrs away from us, so it looks like it will be left up to us to take care of her. i helped to deliver them so i guess it is fitting to help deliver her pups. lol. but all in all i ty again for all ur help in this matter. i found it very helpful ! have a gr8 day! i will keep you all posted on her condition and the birth of the pups.
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