First....do you also have an intact male she was near while in heat? Does she run loose outside while in season? Do you know for sure its possible for her to be pregnant?
What breed is she? Have you bred her before?
Take to the vet! The vet will be able to confirm whether or not she is pregnant, or of there is another issue. Also he can set up a spay if she is not pregnant. He can also do a spay if she is indeed pregnant, but that would be a personal choice as to whether to do that or not.
Since you dont even know if she's pregnant, giving you the number of days is pointless unless you witnessed the breeding. Though the general guideline is 63 days, give or take 5 days. When you take her to the vet to be checked, he can do an ultrasound or xray and give you an estimate on how far along she may be.
Thanks for the info. Very much appreciated. First of all, she is a yellow lab. Also, I was there for her breeding since we have been trying to have her bred for 2 yrs now (there is a list of people for her pups since then) everyone loves her nature. She has never let any other male close to her except for this one. She was bred to another yellow lab with the same mild temperment as her. And yes, she will be fixed after she has this litter. She was bred during the second week of Dec. She has shown signs of "out of character" since she is generally closest to me. She has become more protective and generally more figity. I have checked her tits and they have become more fuller and engorged. She seems to be rounding a bit more around the waist however, I am not too sure if it could be after a meal due to her being only 2 weeks if she is pregnant. She has a vet check next week and I am sure they would be able to tell me if she were with pups. I was just curious due to people calling me with excitement. As I said earlier, there have been people waiting for 2 years for her pups.
Sadie, by her symptoms it does sound like she is pregnant and getting ready. If you don't have any books at home on having puppies look it up on the net and follow the instructions until you can get your dog to the vet. She will need a welping box. Overall she should be able to deliver the pups without any help, but you never know. I would be there just to be sure.
I'm assuming you also have her on heartworm medication. I adopted a beagle last year from hurricane Katrina and the vet said she was pregnant although the pregnancy test was negative. Come to find out she was swelling due to her heartworms. I don't think is the issue in your life however--just wanted to share that story.
Let us know when the pups are born! Such an exciting time!
'I have checked her tits'. That just doesn't sound right. Sounds like you met your dog at a strip club. hahahahahahahaha. Good luck to you. There are a lot of good threads on your exact topic. I don't think it does more than 3 days with out some one asking about breeding/whelping dogs.
Thanks puppykisses for the encouragement. I am excited since we and others have been waiting for soooo long. I will continue with progress on her during the coming weeks. I am also sure it has nothing to do with heartworm. She is fully vacinated and has her yearly shots with checkups. Maybe, if someone else could give me some more info on pregnancy, birth and litters, that would be appreciated since I am a first time mom....
I wish you best luck with your girl and her puppies. It is nice you have people waiting for 2 years for her pups. Since labs have many health problems - hips, elbows, eyes, I hope both parents are tested and certified free of those hereditary diseases. She is already 5 years old, so for her first pregnancy, I would be very careful and have your vet "on call" when she goes into a labor, just in case.
Here is a post that I wrote on 12/29/06, hope it helps, it is more on birthing and new puppies:
Well, I can tell the signs of labor pretty well, and I am very certian of due dates normally, so I don't take the temperatures very often any more-- but I would advise you to do it several times a day. Get a baseline and then as you think she is approaching birth check her every 6-8 hours with a thermometer.
Bitches can whelp at anywhere between 96-98 degrees. There is also the nesting, and elimination (peeing and pooing everything out that is in their system). Of course the most important part is to always have some one at home with her in case she starts having puppies and there are problems.
During birth and afterwards one of the most important things to do is keep the puppies VERY warm, heat light, heater, something. The other thing is to get them to nurse-- this stimulates the hormones to keep the labor going until all of the puppies are out. Other things you can do if things slow down is get her up, outside let her potty and walk her for a couple minutes. I also let mom eat at least the first few afterbirths (though some say they can get sick from eating too many), I think that also helps continue a strong labor.
One other thing, some girls-- particularly young new moms can be tricky. They may want privacy and may NOT be comfortable with some one staring at them when they are trying to have puppies. A dark room with privacy and maybe just checking every few minutes or if you are really fancy one of my friends has a camera/video baby monitor that she uses to make sure things are private but everything is going well.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of the time things go perfectly fine and normal as they are supposted to in nature (those this is not true of some toy and extreme man-made breeds). It was mentioned in another thread that neither Juno or I have ever lost a bitch in many many combined years of breeding.
Thanks for all the info from everyone who has replied. It was really informative. I want to correct something though, my dog is actually a lab/retriever mix. She is however the most beautiful dog I have seen. Just a proud ma!
You know that labs can have very large litters, so you could need a lot of homes. I would hope that you would get them micro-chipped before they leave. That way when one ends up in a shelter-- you will be contacted. I would also hope since these are not papered dogs that you will require everyone to get them spayed or neutered.
I wish you good luck since breeding has been done.....But, breeding mutts....? There are thousands of lab mixes being put down in kill shelters every year, and you are breeding them.... ??? And, BTW, what do you mean by Lab/retriever mix? There is no such a breed as retriever.. Retriever is is group of breeds that includes many breeds. And, if you think these people who are waiting 2 years for your pups will buy your pups, think twice, once it comes to pay, they will have all the excuses not to buy.....
I wish you luck in placing them in homes. It is a shame that they are yet another Lab mix batch of pups.
You should really look at the shelter sites, they are filled to the brim with Lab mix pups and adults being gassed by the thousands. Most shelters consider the lab mixes to have a strike against them at adoption, there are just too many of them to have homes for all of them, and hundreds coming in daily. Sadly thousands are killed.
Labs, pits, beagles are by far the most in our shelters here in MI. Those are most likely to be euthanized here too. In my area people sell AKC registered labs for 200+, here they would be 'free to good home', puppies.
sadiegirl, here is a site that will help you with the entire pregnacy and the birth, debbiejensen.com, there are due date calculators, pictures, lists of whelping supplies, TONS of information there that will help.
I have emailed her a couple of times and she is so nice,
Labrador Retrievers are a passion of mine, but I was so saddened to hear that you are bringing a litter of Lab mixes into this world.
There are so many Labs at shelters, maybe more than any other breed or mix of dogs. Please check http://www.petfinder.com and type in Labrador Retriever for the search engine. You will find literally thousands of Lab / Lab mix dogs and puppies waiting for new homes. Truth be told, many of them will be destroyed before ever finding a loving home.
It just saddens me to hear about someone breeding Lab mixes. There are too many people raising "purebred" Labs at this point in time, and many, many, many of them are mediocre, at best. The world just does not need more mixed Lab puppies, especially those that are purposely planned.
Don't use the argument that your dog is a nice dog, so is everyone elses dog a nice dog. They have a wonderful temperment, so does everyone elses dog. These are NOT reasons to breed a dog. You should be breeding to better the breed. Breeding your dog to the best possible mate to improve the quality of the dog. Not just breeding because you have a "nice" dog.
You said that it took your dog 2 years to become pregnant, what did the vet determine to be the problem? That is NOT normal, a dog with that problem, should NOT be used to create puppies. You are just passing along all the problems of your dog and the sire along to the future puppy owners.
I do hope that both you and the sire's owner have had your dogs hips tested at the very least. Labs (and thus, Lab mixes) have an extremely high incidence of hip dysplasia and it's the last thing we need, to have a litter of mixed breed puppies with genetic problems. Much of the hip dysplasia problem is propogated by so called "breeders" breeding their dogs willy nilly, without a care to checking into the genetics and health of their animals.
Before you blow me off, as a know it all, I raised quality, healthy, AKC Labrador Retrievers for 24 years and as I mentioned, Labs are a passion of mine. I bred to better the breed not just because I had "nice" dogs or dogs with "good tempermants. Many of my pups are / were champion show dogs and many others are / were master hunters.
***Edited By: basset_lover on 1/3/2007 8:45:31 AM*** Reason: To make the petfinder link clickable.
This is directed to stdgs - Please read the entire post, especially post #11 before correcting me.
"Thanks for all the info from everyone who has replied. It was really informative. I want to correct something though, my dog is actually a lab/retriever mix. She is however the most beautiful dog I have seen. Just a proud ma!"
I do know how to read and she does indeed mention that the dog she bred is a MIX.