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    Hi, there. I have a lab mix who went into her first heat relatively early, so we kept her locked up in the mean time before we could get her fixed. Well, the golden retreiver from up the road is a resilient one and broke into our fence. I'm pretty upset about it, not about the potential puppies, but I really REALLY do not want this to cause health problems for her in the future. I recently lost my job and I don't believe I can foot an enormous amount of vet bills.

    What are the signs of her being pregnant? August 10th was the approximate date of... impregnation. Her...(for lack of a better word) nipples are quite a bit larger, and her breasts are starting to get some size to them. Her belly doesn't look much larger, and she's a relatively thin dog. Could these things be signs of her heat? Or is she knocked up?

    What can I do on my own if she is pregnant? I definitely do not have the funds to cart momma and her babies to the vet a bunch of times. I already have people interested in the puppies, who have committed to providing them with their shots and the whole 9 yards. (providing that she IS pregnant) but I'm mostly concerned with my dog's (Luna) well being.

    So please, tell me what I need to do. (besides getting my bitch fixed asap)

    Thank you guys.

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    You're at the point where the vet can probably palpate her. You are also at the point when spaying her would be pretty safe and not as complicated as if you wait. There can be complications which will cost much more than spaying her now, and if you are concerned with her well being, that's probably the route to take.

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    Get an emergency spay now!
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    You're at the point where the vet can probably palpate her. You are also at the point when spaying her would be pretty safe and not as complicated as if you wait. There can be complications which will cost much more than spaying her now, and if you are concerned with her well being, that's probably the route to take.
    She cannot be spayed if she is pregnant, can she? She will be spayed as soon as possible, next week if she's not pregnant.

    I've always heard that it is bad for dogs to get pregnant on their first heat.

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    She can be spayed while pregnant. It's called a gravid spay. How old is she? First heats aren't usually good to breed on (on purpose or by accident) because the bitch isn't physically mature yet. Her body can't really handle the added strain of puppies at this point.
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    Yes she can be spayed if she is pregnant, it is done all the time with unwanted litters. Having a litter costs a lot, and as you have said you are in no position to afford it.

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    Yes! As they said above me, she can be spayed if pregnant. Please, call a vet right away.
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    She cannot be spayed if she is pregnant, can she? She will be spayed as soon as possible, next week if she's not pregnant.

    I've always heard that it is bad for dogs to get pregnant on their first heat.
    Yes, they can. It will abort the pregnancy. I honestly think this is the best solution as well.

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    They will spay her along with aborting any puppies currently.

    If money is a concern and health this is one of the easiest ways, though some people cannot stomach the idea. With pregnancy, she does need some form of vet care through it as she isn't all the way mature to handle the puppies easily and you never know if she may need a c-section or have other complications (issues with an infection, retaining a puppy, eclampsia, etc) then she will also need a spay. All of which you need to think about if its affordable. Btw, labs normally gave large litters so a few homes lined up isn't enough. We just had someone have a 10 litter on the board. Even if they promise to take care of them, can you afford to care for the pups for 8weeks? They'll need at least one vet check up when they're born and first round of shots, deworming, etc.

    In the future, do not leave a girl in heat outside as the males can smell her and can't be blamed for breaking in.
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    Yep, I would E-spay asap.

    IF you choose to go through with the pregnancy.
    My first question is how many people do you have that want puppies. (are physically capable, financially capable, mentally capable((Puppies are a lot of work!!)))
    Labs can have more than 6 or 7 puppies.
    How much do you have put away incase of an accident (think retained puppy, prematurely born, if she needs a c-section.) E spay would be the most money friendly option, as you say that money is a problem.

    I hope she isn't pregnant, but things happen, and I hope you choose the e-spay

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    I am a new member here, I am in the same position as the above, we have a 3 year old jack russell male called ? jack.... we have a 2 year old rottweiler cross pomerainian female (she is spayed was spayed at a year old, called millie and we have a year old rottweiler cross pitbul female called bailey and she is the one im concerned about. A bit of history, when millie was in heat before spaying we kept her and jack apart with no pregnancy consequences, all three dogs got on very well together no rows or fights other than the normal i want that ball sort of thing, outside in the day they have a 6 foot by 15 foot shed as a kennell and a large gazebo for shade, we have a large 6 foot fenced garden with a locked 6 foot gate, they cant get out nor strange dogs get in, we walk all three twice a day, also we take them into the field behind and throw balls for them and they get great excersise from that. They come in at about 7.30 in the evening and stay in the living room together with us, they come over for the odd rub n tickle and play with their ball and sleep on the floor at our feet, when we go to bed at about 11.30 they go to sleep in their seperate cages in the kitchen and we let them back into the garden about 8 o'clock in the morning.
    But bailey came into heat about the middle of august and we kept her and jack apart, (he has never had sex before ever,) she was in when he was out and vice versa, and jack was kept up on the sofa in the evenings, so they definately did nothing in front of us. My son came to visit one day it was the 28 august and he was in the kitchen, making dinner, i was out with my husband at the market, his baby daughter crawled into the kitchen, so he put bailey into the lawn part of the garden, we arrived back, and saw bailey in the garden and we ran out as i couldnt see jack in the run, he was in the lawned garden and must have jumped the lower 5 foot ornamental fence, that seperates the garden from the dogs part of the garden, bailey was huddled in one corner and poor jack was in the other crying and shaking, we put bailey out and carried jack in, he looked in shock and his penis was red and swollen, like a daffodil bulb thats the only way i can describe it exactly, and it wasnt going down and so i took him outside and poured water over it and it went back to normal. Bailey looked no different.
    Now the whole balance has changed bailey and millie hang out together, jack is a loner, millie will go to him and play but if jack gets to close to bailey she will growl at him, but will eventually play with him but is wary of him and when we let them in at night instead of running in all excited they run in and she will growl at him and he looks afraid, then they are ok again ?? other than that they are all ok with each other. Bailey on the other hand is showing signs thather nipples are bigger, the area around them is puffier, she has put on a bit of weight, she wants to sleep all the time , she tries to play but gets tired a lot quicker and lies down, she is eating more, but today worried me, we have her well mixed with other dogs and people and strangers often say may i rub your dog, we say of course and she loves it she even lays down for them to rub her belly she is well socialised and always wears a muzzle but lets anyone and every one rub her, today though a lady we were stopped to speak to she rubbed the other two and asked could she rub bailey (they always ask when its for her) we said yes, as she moved towards her she growled and moved behind me, she NEVER does that ever, she looked quite frightened and wary, so we brought them home, i noticed today a white drip on her vulva, she is now asleep at my feet, she seems grand lately just the signs that iv spoken about and tiredness.
    i have a feeling she is pregnant, she looks confused to, does any one else feel she could be ? how many puppies could this breed have ? like i said she is rottweiler cross pitbul and he is a full breed jack russell and the day we found them that day was the 28 august so its about 27 days as they had no oppertunity before or after that date., sorry this was so long but i wanted to give every detail as i could, can any one advise me, as i cannot afford a vet right now and cant afford to get her spayed for at least 6 to 8 weeks as id have to save for it which iv been doing since she was 10 months old. Thank you very much for reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bailey duffy View Post
    I am a new member here, I am in the same position as the above, we have a 3 year old jack russell male called ? jack.... we have a 2 year old rottweiler cross pomerainian female (she is spayed was spayed at a year old, called millie and we have a year old rottweiler cross pitbul female called bailey and she is the one im concerned about. A bit of history, when millie was in heat before spaying we kept her and jack apart with no pregnancy consequences, all three dogs got on very well together no rows or fights other than the normal i want that ball sort of thing, outside in the day they have a 6 foot by 15 foot shed as a kennell and a large gazebo for shade, we have a large 6 foot fenced garden with a locked 6 foot gate, they cant get out nor strange dogs get in, we walk all three twice a day, also we take them into the field behind and throw balls for them and they get great excersise from that. They come in at about 7.30 in the evening and stay in the living room together with us, they come over for the odd rub n tickle and play with their ball and sleep on the floor at our feet, when we go to bed at about 11.30 they go to sleep in their seperate cages in the kitchen and we let them back into the garden about 8 o'clock in the morning.
    But bailey came into heat about the middle of august and we kept her and jack apart, (he has never had sex before ever,) she was in when he was out and vice versa, and jack was kept up on the sofa in the evenings, so they definately did nothing in front of us. My son came to visit one day it was the 28 august and he was in the kitchen, making dinner, i was out with my husband at the market, his baby daughter crawled into the kitchen, so he put bailey into the lawn part of the garden, we arrived back, and saw bailey in the garden and we ran out as i couldnt see jack in the run, he was in the lawned garden and must have jumped the lower 5 foot ornamental fence, that seperates the garden from the dogs part of the garden, bailey was huddled in one corner and poor jack was in the other crying and shaking, we put bailey out and carried jack in, he looked in shock and his penis was red and swollen, like a daffodil bulb thats the only way i can describe it exactly, and it wasnt going down and so i took him outside and poured water over it and it went back to normal. Bailey looked no different.
    Now the whole balance has changed bailey and millie hang out together, jack is a loner, millie will go to him and play but if jack gets to close to bailey she will growl at him, but will eventually play with him but is wary of him and when we let them in at night instead of running in all excited they run in and she will growl at him and he looks afraid, then they are ok again ?? other than that they are all ok with each other. Bailey on the other hand is showing signs thather nipples are bigger, the area around them is puffier, she has put on a bit of weight, she wants to sleep all the time , she tries to play but gets tired a lot quicker and lies down, she is eating more, but today worried me, we have her well mixed with other dogs and people and strangers often say may i rub your dog, we say of course and she loves it she even lays down for them to rub her belly she is well socialised and always wears a muzzle but lets anyone and every one rub her, today though a lady we were stopped to speak to she rubbed the other two and asked could she rub bailey (they always ask when its for her) we said yes, as she moved towards her she growled and moved behind me, she NEVER does that ever, she looked quite frightened and wary, so we brought them home, i noticed today a white drip on her vulva, she is now asleep at my feet, she seems grand lately just the signs that iv spoken about and tiredness.
    i have a feeling she is pregnant, she looks confused to, does any one else feel she could be ? how many puppies could this breed have ? like i said she is rottweiler cross pitbul and he is a full breed jack russell and the day we found them that day was the 28 august so its about 27 days as they had no oppertunity before or after that date., sorry this was so long but i wanted to give every detail as i could, can any one advise me, as i cannot afford a vet right now and cant afford to get her spayed for at least 6 to 8 weeks as id have to save for it which iv been doing since she was 10 months old. Thank you very much for reading.
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    Hi spotted nikes, thanks for the idea of the carecredit site, but, i live in ireland, we have nothing like that here, so im still none the wiser, but thanks for trying

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    in england they will do a spay on a pregnant bitch up to 45 days. you could try an ultra sound to determine pregnancy and possibly the number of pups.
    if you cant afford either then its a waiting game as to wether she is pregnant or not. false pregnancy is common too. if you can not afford vet care and she is pregnant, she has to be wormed from day 45 until 2 days after she has whelped. you can buy panacur, wormer that the vets use from pets at home (here in england).

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    thank you so much beverley, i will try petmania over here see if they have it. would you know what that white discharge is, on another post it said any discharge is terrible and only leads to a horrible outcome, it was a small drip once and hasnt been seen since, she has been with me inside all day, thanks

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    A ***** discharge could indicate pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus. It can kill a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruca44 View Post
    She cannot be spayed if she is pregnant, can she? She will be spayed as soon as possible, next week if she's not pregnant.

    I've always heard that it is bad for dogs to get pregnant on their first heat.
    Yes, she can be spayed while pregnant, it's a bit more high risk, but won't be as bad as the health problems caused her whelping and feeding pups this young.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pawzk9 View Post
    A ***** discharge could indicate pyometra, which is an infection of the uterus. It can kill a dog.
    Oops. I see I have been censored (and can guess why) The intent was to read a pus-like discharge, but I'm pretty sure what I must have actually written!

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    If you can't afford a spay, you absolutely can't afford to raise puppies. Even if you skimp on food and health care (which of course is bad for the pups), it's incredibly expensive. And that's IF everything goes right. . .if she needs a c-section or other emergency care, it could run into the the thousands. And since she's so young and this is her first heat, the chance of complications is higher. It's also very hard to find good homes for mixed-breed puppies, especially those who are part pit. So, yes, it is sad to abort the pups, but it may be for the best. Contact your vet ASAP. . .if you wait too long he may be uncomfortable doing the spay.

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    Ditto. ditto, ditto to everything everyone said. Spay your bitch.

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