Ohhh my. I take it you have never been on this forum before. This question is asked by some one nearly every week normally with not so nice answers. I would not open this topic up ever again. Go to the vet and ask their advice, and forget that you asked this question on here. Seriously.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 9/12/2006 4:04:46 PM*** Reason: sp
It may be able to kill her. I have seen dogs have pups from there first heat. My step dads mastif german mix had pups every heat untill the day she died (she died because my step dad went to cali on business and the guy he was paying to feed her got sick of it after a month and took her to the vet to be put to sleep) She only had problems with one litter and that was because she got out of the yard and was hit by a truck. She had major brain damage and the pups lived for a few weeks but died from seazures. She had pups by all kinds of dogs from germans, and wimerwarners to smallpoodle dogs half the size of her head.
If your worried you can take her to the vet to get a abortion pill. But vets will tell people no if they come in alot. I know a lady who cant get it for her dogs anymore (same lady that let the pup starve) because she came in all the for her beagle
This is not the best place to ask this kind of question. you may end up with alot of people screaming at you. if that happens just ignore the bord, it will go away. And post something plesant later.
***Edited By: monkeyeatbutt on 9/12/2006 4:11:22 PM*** Reason: add
It could kill her but she's got a good chance of bieng fine as well. Do you know how big the dog she was bred with is? For example if the male was significantly larger than she is, she's far more likely to have health problems.
I strongly advise you 'hope for the best, and plan for the worst'. Set aside money for an emergency c-section, and see how much they would cost. Some places I"ve heard of them being as low as $300 but ive also heard of costs running into $1000+ at emergency clinics. Make srue there's an emergency clinic in your area that's open 24 hours, and keep in close touch with your veterinarian. Take the pup (for she is a puppy) into the vet and have her thorougly examined. When she's bout 5 weeks along, you can have her ultrasounded to see how many puppies are inside her, and get an idea of how big the puppies are.
Some people here see the glass as half empty. I see it half full. This is not the end of the world. It's not a good situation at all, but it's happened. Can't unscrew the lightbulb so to speak. I am very much against aborting a dog unless it is certain the bitch will die in whelp. Abortion in dogs is much more risky than in humans, I am Pro life...BTW..The drugs used to abort is highly toxic and it requires a hospital stay. It is safer to allow the birth, but your vet is the one you should seek that advice on. As for the bitch, yes she is too young, but I think all will be well with good care and nutrition. Feed a very high quality food,science diet and such. Suppliment with eggs and cottage cheese and then PLEASE spay your young bitch...OK?
You need to talk to a vet. It sounds like maybe you don't know what type of dog the daddy is? The risks to a small dog if mated with a bigger dog are more substantial than if she mated with a like-sized breed.
A spay can be done pretty safely now and this will terminate the pregnancy. I am assuming since she is a mixed breed dog that you were not planning to breed her. Your vet may recommend that the spay be done now. An abortion can be performed but this is probably more dangerous to your dog. If you do not want to breed her later, then spay now. See a vet right away because it should be done sooner than later.
With proper nutrition and very good prenatal care, she can probably whelp the puppies OK, if you can be certain that she didn't mate with a huge dog. However, young dogs have a high risk of being bad mothers since their instincts haven't kicked in. If you decide to let your dog have the puppies, make sure you have done your research on how to raise orphaned puppies first. They require feedings every 2 hours, day and night and carefully controlled conditions to ascertain proper temperature, etc. The "teenage mothers" can turn hostile toward their puppies, and you may have to keep them apart.
Do lots of research before you decide to go ahead with the pregnancy. You don't want to be responsible for the loss of the puppies later. Make sure you get the information you need to make this type of decision.
To the person who implies this is no big deal....I sincerely hope you are not a breeder. This is a nine month old puppy. Who knows who the sire is. This is certainly a bad situation. Let me repeat myself ....SPAY NOW. Ask the person on here whose mother dog died of a retained placenta how she likes hand raising six puppies.
Also, you are sadly misinformed about spaying after a dog has been bred. It carries some risk, but not much. Vets do this all the time.
***Edited By: Houndz2000 on 9/14/2006 3:37:16 PM*** Reason: Spelling
A dog abortion can be done at any stage in the pregnancy. Though later on the pups would have to be euthanized after being taken out. Early on its not a problem although most vets wont do an abortion with out also doing a spay. I payed for a spay/abortion on a stray that hung around the house when i was about 17. The dog had had multiple litters already and most of the puppies were killed before they were 2 months due to being hit by cars. I dont like abortions in general but it was the best option for both the pups and the mom. The pups wouldnt have had homes and the mom didnt need to have more pups. Whatever your decision is you need to make up your mind quick. If you decide to abort it is safer for the mother to do it as early as possible. If you decide to let her whelp them than you need to talk to the vet and find out how big the pups are going to be. To make sure she will be able to pass them.
Just, whatever you do....please keep her under a vets care throughout the pregnancy!!!! She will need to be watched closely, proper supplements to make sure she does not deplte of any nutrients, has enough milk once whelped, avoid eclampsia, etc. The vet can guide you through this safely and follow up with ultrasound and xrays to watch the size of the pups. Make sure he is on call for any complications of labor such as emergency c-section so you dont lose the mom with any trouble! And have her spayed afterwards so she wont have to go through this again.