We recently adopted a female Border Collie, she is a little over a year old and appears healthy. It was our intent to spay her but we wanted to give her time to come to trust us and for us to know what was normal behavior for her first. Unfortunately, she went into heat the day after we adopted her. I did not want to subject her to the unnecessary risk of spaying her while in heat so we took precautions to protect her. I do not believe she was in heat befor she came to us but can not say for sure. She began to swell and after 5 -7 days began dripping small amounts of blood. She was not receptive to male attention until about 2 weeks after we got her, when instead of snapping at our male dog she began lifting her tail to him and sticking her but in his face. He is an 8 year old neutered Belgan Shepherd and between the 2 of them they didnt have the foggiest notion what to do, thank goodness! We did a really good job of keeping her contained until about day 21 when she neatly flew over our 6 foot privacy fence. I saw her do it and immediately went after her. It took me about 15 to 20 minutes to catch up with her. When I found her she was sitting with her former owner, he said she had been there for about 10 minutes. I examined her, she was calm, not excited or exausted, she did not appear to have any additional discharge or swelling. She did not appear to have bred. She continued in heat for about another 7 to 10 days. She stopped bleeding and the swelling started to go down. It has not gone down all the way though. Her nipples are pink and swollen some, she has started to gain weight and she is sleeping more. She has always been very affectionate. She is either pregnant or having a false pregnancy.
I would prefer NOT to have puppies but I want to do what would be best for the dog. I have been told that you can still spay them when they are pregnant but that it complicates matters. I know many dogs have complications from pregnancy also though.
My question is which would be healthier/safer for our little doggie? What additional risks would she face by being spayed while pregnant?
I know I need to take her to the vet to confirm if she is indeed pregnant, I am trying to get my ducks in a row first. When I spoke to our regular vet they said to spay her while pregnant would be about $500 and that before they would even consider doing surgery I would have to get about $300 worth of shots or have proof that she already had them. The previous owners said everything was current when we got her but I have not been able to get up with them to get anytype of records. The local shelter said a normal spaying is $65 but again we have to have proof of shots and the person there I spoke to was not sure about spaying while pregnant. I have never had any of our animals fixed at the shelter before and am unsure what type of care she would get there.
I know when you take responsability for a pet you have to expect to pay for their health and care, and I do. This is an unplannedfor expence however and it will be very difficult to find the $800 or more for the vet right at this time. If she is pregnant, as she appears to be, then I know time is of the essance. We have had her 5 weeks, I adore her already, and I want to do right by her. I hate the thought of unwanted puppies.
So which would be better for her. Let her have the pups or go ahead and fix her while pregnant?
Thank You for your attention and time.