I am not too sure how to start this thread so I guess I will just speak from the heart....
We all love our dogs, otherwise we would not be here. However there is a very common post that seems to always get brought up. "My dog is pregnant." To say the least this is the last post that most people on here want to see. That is because the outcome is always the same. I recently saw a rather ridiculous post by one person, though I wouldn't consider that the norm. But it spurred me to make this post. It is an informal post and perhaps can be made into a sticky....so here it goes.
Before Its Too Late
Advice: Emergency spay.
This is what you are going to hear from EVERYONE (that I can think of) on this forum. So if you are unsure if your dog is pregnant or it is early on in the pregnancy this is the answer you are going to get, also if it is going to be hard on the female or pups this will be your answer.
But Why?! Its morally wrong!
Fact: Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. (You add up to 8 dogs to that number by going through with oops litters.)
Fact: Between six and eight million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters every year; far too many to all find homes. (How do you know your puppies aren't going to end up there too? You don't, there is no way of knowing.)
Fact: The cost of having a pregnant female can be much higher than cost of spaying. (This is taking into account if the mother or pups have complications, if there is need for a c-section, health testing, x-rays, shots, worming and much, much more.)
Fact: Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. Source: Spay USA (You add more to that number by letting the pregnancy of your baby have babies.)
Fact: 'Purebreds' account for 30% of all the animals in shelters. Source: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (I have seen as low as 25% estimates, so again if you have a mixed breed you are adding to an already overwhelming population )
Fact: Approximately 55% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed, based on reports from 1,038 facilities across America. Source: National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy - Shelter Statistics Survey (Who wants that for their dogs puppies? I know most oops litter owners just don't realize the probability so this should give a good idea.)
Fact: The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, from animal rescuers, 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores. Source: The Humane Society of the United States (Adopt from shelters first!)
Fact: Some pet guardians allow their pets to have a litter for their child to witness 'the miracle of birth'. The child still may not witness this, as pregnant females often seclude themselves from prying eyes when birthing time comes. And if 'learning' is the goal, the lesson, taken to its completion, will include the euthanization of unwanted animals in the shelters, and the suffering of those abandoned. The fact remains: there are too many pets, not enough good homes, and this exercise in 'education' has served only to contributing further to pet overpopulation.
Fact: In 6 years one unspayed female dog and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs. Source: Spay USA (That is just too many.)
With so many dogs already needing homes it seems like there is no way to justify letting an oops litter happen. However it obviously happens all the time, but why? I think this is greatly due to the lack of knowledge. Most people who own dogs know nothing about them, even people who have had dogs all their lives can know virtually nothing. I know when I first got my dog I knew very little about this beautiful animal, however I made an effort to change that and couldn't be happier with being more educated on them.
However I do not think that anything I say can compare to seeing the real thing for yourself. Having to see the light go out of the eyes of a 6 month old puppy because he chewed up his owners favorite slippers is something that no one can argue is upsetting. That is why I think this story is probably one of the most moving, it is not meant to scare people but to educate. https://www.dogforums.com/2-general-d...-his-name.html
I would personally very much appreciate any breeders who have information on complicated births. I would like to make this thread as informative as possible so any info will help! Thank you for reading and PLEASE educate yourselves on the overpopulation problem before adding to it!