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    Our 10 Month old Labrador is Pregnant

    Hi All,

    Sorry this is long....but its important.

    I was wondering if you would be able to offer us some advise ?
    We have 10 month old labrador and we just found out that she is pregnant.

    We have not had either of these desexed as we planned to breed a litter from them....they are both pure bred...and beautiful dogs.
    We sought advise from our vet when we take them to get check-ups and shots etc.... he advised that it would be best to wait for the second heat....when she will be closer to 18-24 months old...
    That is what we planned, however we found out too late that she was on heat for the first time....we came home from work to find the two dogs stuck together.....to cut a long story short.....she is now pregnant.

    We have taken her to the vet and they did a pregnancy test....positive....he has said that yes she is young...and there is an increased risk associated with this....she may need to have a scezarian (spelling?) but has told us that she is a healthy dog. Our options are to abort the pregnancy....costing about $180Aud. or to have the pups....he says most likely she will be ok...but there is an increased risk that she will need to have a scezarian....

    Ive been searching the net and have not found much...but i have read a few post on your forum.....and i dont mean to be rude but i would appreciate if the answers i get back are not....why isnt your dog desexed etc.....we have thought and considered this long and hard, and we have decided that we would like to have one litter.

    What i was wondering is could you tell us what exactly are the associated risks of her having pups at this age... Id appreciate good info not just scare mongering...as we are trying to make a tough decision as im sure you can understand & respect....

    i have read some of your posts, however i noticed that they were associated to smaller breeds of dogs...

    Any help or advise you could give would be much appreciated.

    Kindest Regards
    Martin

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    I can't tell you all of the risks involved, but I would like to encourage you to see the pregnancy through. I had a dog (well my mom really) that got pregnant on her first heat (this was the first female dog my family had owned and didn't even realize that they came into heat so soon.) Not only that but the male that mated with her was more that TWICE HER SIZE! I was about 9 or 10 and so my mom handled the medical checks and stuff like that. Well, she ended up having five healthy puppies on her own at home. I know this isn't the case for everyone, but I just wanted to let you know that a dog can have a good litter on her first heat.

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    You must be prepared that your little girl will be very inexperienced and not likely to be a good mom right away. She will need your assistance to make sure her pups will make it. These will not be your best pups from the matings. They might be small or many might not make it. OR they might be fine.

    I would suggest you work very closely with your vet during the pregnacy and birth to minimize the risks.

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    C sections are pretty rare in Labradors, even at her age.

    My biggest concern here would be she is only a puppy herself, Labs are prone to joint disorders, not just HD but arthritis too.
    Your puppy because she is just that, needs all the calcium and nutrients she can possibly get for herself. She is only half grown at the moment, it takes a full 18 months for them to stop developing physically.
    I hope you have her on a puppy diet, if you decide to continue through with the pregnancy, my best advise to you is to give her this puppy diet until she is at least 2 years old now, not just to 18 months. You will need to increase her food and watch her weight, not for fat, but for skinnyness.
    When the pups are born, feed her at lib. by the time the pups are 3 weeks, help your pup by starting them on solids early, so they don't take so much out of her. By that I mean physically, totally, not just milk.
    So you need the best diet possible, yes it was a mistake, but yours would not be the first puppy to be having puppies, its what you give her now that will make the difference after.

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    As ellierat said, Lab's are not prone to C-section. Most large dogs aren't. How you treat your girl now, will also carry over into how she treats her pups. THe puppy food is a must, since she is still growing, and the nutrients her body needs to grow will be transferred to the pups now. It is important that both mom and unborn pups receive proper nutrients. If you do not walk her already, get her into a good routine until she is about 5 weeks. This will improve her muscle tone and allow her to have an easier delivery. Give her a lot of good attention. She will probably look to you for it anyway. And most importantly, research, research, research!!! Since you had stated that you had intended to breed, I am assuming you have already started. Begin to get all the materials (whelping box especially) ready as early as possible. She will need to get used to it as this is her first litter.

    As Dax said, keep in close contact with your vet to be sure all is well. FOrtunately for you you have labs, and ellierat knows everything about labs!!

    How far along id your girl anyway?

    Shannon

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    Hi All,

    Thankyou all for your responses...this is definately very encouraging....
    and very very helpful.

    Shannon to answer your question she is now about 30days.
    She is already on the puppy food, has been since birth..well you know what i mean....we feed her on the hills science diet. and as recommended we will keep feeding her on this until 2 years.

    At the moment we walk her, but not very often once maybe twice a week....we have noticed that she is a lot more clingy....although she was always a softy....but they spend most of their time inside with us, and sleep indoors now that it is cold outside......

    One thing we have noticed....she is licking the ear of the male lab we have, and he will do it to her aswell while they are curled up together......is this something to do with affection or motherly instincts or do they just like ear wax? :-)

    Again thankyou all for your help....we will be sure to keep in contact with the group during the pregnancy.

    Best Regards
    Martin

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    hmm i dunno about science diet.
    i got my labradoodle kramer! hes wonderful!
    I love my sheltie.

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    It is possible that she is trying to mother him, but after a couple more weeks, she will become very possesive of her toys and will probably growl at him if he tries to take them. Also, since the male is in the house with you, I would STRONGLY recommend that you have a gate or something to keep him out of your whelping room. FOr the first 3 weeks Jada would not let Charlie anywhere near those pups. WHen the pups were 3 days old, we tries to introduce them to him, and when she saw him by those puppies she showed him teeth. She was seriously p***** off. The father should not be left alone, or have access to the puppies until they are much older, so as I said, keep him out.

    Science DIet would not be my first choice, but at this satge I wouldn't change it.

    Probably in the next week or so you may notice a clear or cloudy discharge, this is normal. The first time I noticed it I was all in a panic. Try not to panic to much during this time, and especially during the birth. You must let your girl know that you are proud of her, and that everything is okay. She will sense your tension (if you are tense) and this could effect how she treats her pups. Since she is young, it is very important that you emphasize these things with her.

    ANother tip, after the first pup is born, if you notice she is acting like she doesn't know what to do, or she seems a little freaked out, put that pup on her to nurse. The nursing will kick in those maternal instincts and may help her with the rest of the labor.

    Good Luck.

    Shannon

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    I would recommend a dog this young gives birth IN the vet surgery or at least with a vet/vet nurse specialising in midwifery in attendance from the word go. It may not be necessary but better safe than sorry. Do not over feed during pregnancy as the worst thing that could happen is that she is overweight when she gives birth. This increases the risk during birth still further and will also put more pressure on her joints in the meantime.
    For a dog that is still growing a calcium supplement may be appropriate but your vet is the best person to talk to as far as recommending that is concerned.
    Lou
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    Thanks for the further info.....we have the laundry room set up with a nesting box etc...and we can close that off, but we also have an area outside that we can put the father in if need be.
    i really appreciate the info....anything you guys can tell me is very much appreciated.....on the subject of dog food, i wont change it now but for future reference what is the recommended food with you guys ?

    When we just had the male (Bailey) we used to get a much cheaper dog foot, um pedegree puppy...and we also used to get fresh beef mince...and bones etc.....but when we got the girl (Bella) science diet was recommended to us, saying that this could easily replace the need for all the food that we were giving....
    what do you think ?

    again thanks for your help

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