Bell was no pregnant
Bell was no pregnant
i apologize that i wasnt clear. My vet said at the moment she didnt see any puppies, but i may have just been too early. Should i just run with, a false pregnancy and leave things along until her next heat? Her stomach isnt huge but her appetite is huge, and so are her teats
Just for asking, that was a planned breeding with health tests done on both parents, correct?
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At even 7 weeks along, you should be able to tell if she is pregnant. If you put your hand on her side you should be able to feel movement from the pups. Even if she only has one puppy in her, you should be able to feel movement. Just have her lie on her side, relaxed and gently put your hand on her side. Even then, if you don't feel anything, it does not mean for sure she is not pregnant so I don't know if this is any help.
How far along was she when they took the xray?
We went by the very first date she was bred which was aug 22. So she would have been 48 days preggo, but she said if bella didnt actually get pregnant until the last day she bred which was the 31st of aug, then the x ray would have been too early. Ive tried seeing if i feel any movement, and theres been nothing :( yet her appetite has increased substantially.
xray is not generally used to confirm bitches in whelp because the bones of the fetuses do not calcify until well after most bitches are obviously showing. I do pre whelping exrays within 3-4 days of the expected due date.
I have never felt puppy movement at 7 weeks. Not until near the end of the 8th week, even with larger litters in Rottweilers.
In the future I would recommend you do progesterone testing for ovulation timing. This will give you a much more precise window for breeding and whelping dates. You can have a blood test done at your vets to confirm pregnancy at this point, it is called the Relaxin test. http://www.drugs.com/vet/witness-relaxin.html
Do not get her fat, regardless of her appetite. Overweight bitches have more trouble with labor and delivery.
It can be less accurate before day 31 post LH surge, but for this bitch, who is past 40 days, it should tell the tale.
Thank you everyone for all this helpful advice! The suspense and wonder drives me crazy. We have so many approved possible new homes for the puppies im really praying its a real one and not just a false. There is always next time but that would be truly disappointing
If I were you, and this were my bitch, I would also have her OFA screened for elbows, CERF screened for her eyes, and I would have her screened by a veterinary cardiologist for inherited heart issues. This covers your bases and ensures that you are breeding a healthy dog. Often you can find heart and eye screening clinics at dog shows for a reduced rate.
If I were you, and IF she misses this time around, I would find a good reproduction specialist vet and use them on your next go around. Yes, they are expensive, but they will guide you on ovulation timing, confirming her in whelp, pre whelping exrays, and are the best if you end up having to have a c section on her.