A while back I had posted with concerns about giving a mismate injection. I couldn't find that post. Anyways, we gave our chihuahua that weighs less than 3 lbs. a mismate injection. Our vet warned over and over of the danger and advised against giving the shot. I tell you, I should have listened. We have had good experience giving this injection to different dogs on occasion, including this same dog a little over a year ago. This time-pyomethra, a severe infection of the uterus that can be fatal. I'm glad to say-($861.65 later)-we still have our dog and she is worth every penny.
Hopes were to find a male small enough to breed to her without fear of her having trouble with pregnancy or whelping. That never happened. Treatment for Pyro includes surgery to remove the uterus. So, breeding is certainly out of the question now. And, the two shots were over a year apart. Not as if I were just neglecting her and taking advantage of the fact that the shot was an option.
Jetta, you said you'd used the shot several times in the past with no ill effects. The risk goes up when repeat shots are given to a dog, especially a small one. The prostoglandin F2 Alpha is extremely hard on a large dog, but pretty nasty on a dog as small as a Chi. I'm glad everything turned out fine in the end.
Most Chihuahua breeders do not breed such a small bitch and would have either spayed her prior to sale or placed her on a must spay contract. To keep the small size in the breed they use a 3 pound stud on a 4 to 5 pound bitch so the complications of pregnancy and delivery are reduced. I own a Chihuahua and researched the breed before and after the purchase of my dog. I have decided that I will not be acquiring another Chi and will not be involved in any breeding. My dog will be neutered very soon.
Just so you know it is spelled Pyometra it is an infection of the uterine wall and it generally occurs from not breeding or spaying a female. That said I recently had a bitch that came down with it 3days after giving birth, I also know another breeder that had the same thing happen we were lucky, $621 and her life saved my friend lost her bitch. As far as breeding a very small bitch I know a few pom breeders that do this so that they can get the $$$ for (teacup) poms the same thing for chi breeders too.
Pomeranians are like potatoe chips you cant have just one.
You are all correct in recommending to not breed her. I got the same recommendations from 2 vets and a breeder, but not until like she was already 2. She is now 3. I should have spayed her immediately after receiving this info, but admit to being a big procrastinator. We tried in vain to keep the male dog and her seperated and there we go.
Sadie is feeling well and gets her staples removed tomorrow!