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    Unhappy Oh NO! Blue Heeler Pregnant First Season. Now pups and our journey

    I "share" a dog with my father in law, a part time working dog. She spends maybe half the week nights here.
    I have not seen her in a few days and have definitely noticed a shape change.

    We are farmers and do breed occasionally (last time was 14 years ago) to replenish our own dogs. The others we do not keep get snapped up by farmers. The Sire is an unrelated blue heeler that also belongs to him. FIL thinks she was about 8 months when he got her in June, he did not ask and the people have moved. She has to be a year or so now.


    It was planned to breed her LATER and not to this dog. she is too young, to my mind anyway. It would have been her first season and I put full blame on my father in law, but he has been ill and awaiting an operation. What's done is done and all I can do is get her in to vet check and get all the knowledge I can.

    I am going to madly research, I have assisted and watched many cat litters being born but not pups. I have laid down the Law that she now resides here for the duration and till pups are weaned. I can keep a better watch as I am home all day and she sleeps in our room at night here so I will wake if she starts then. I do not want her in her night cage in the machinery shed over there unchecked. She though will be out and about on the back of the ute at times as usual as she lives for that. She had not started actively with the cattle yet and won't be.Yes there is an excellent vet an hour away (none closer) He has done cow Caesars here occasionally over the years and has seen our cats and my son's bird. (so hard to see a vet for bird problems, they are as much a pet as a cat or dog)

    I am going to be an expert on this in a few days.
    I am so woefully ignorant on this as the dogs are always at my FIL's and give birth there (very successfully too)

    Di kicks the couch and swears on her way out.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 11-05-2009 at 04:34 PM.

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    There's a pill she can be given to cause her to abort the pups

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    There's also a pill for preventing pregnancy for next time.

    That's if you choose not to desex her.

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    Yes, have been in contact with the vet. 2 abortion injections 10 days apart, ultra sounds.
    Danger to her if a pup remains inside. FIL wants it let her have them. Vet knows us well, knows all the working dogs, says she should be fine. I have googled madly and now know what to look for, straining danger times between pups, discharge change and smell, feeding her quality puppy designed foods in last weeks of gestation. I will also have formula, bottle on hand in case of milk problems and he said that I should feed it to her if I do not need it for pups, get to him if there is 2hrs between pups that she has strained, to break membrane, clear mucus rub with paper toweling, tie cord if she won't. I hate that this has happened but I am now armed with knowledge.

    FIL will keep 1 pup as apart from Pretty and Boris the sire the other 2 bitches are basically pensioned off. One travels with them still, the other prefers to lie in the sun around the house.

    I will ask about the preventative for next time, thank you. He may desex her after this one, don't know as he did intend a litter in a year or so.

    THIS IS WHY I ONLY HAD MALES OR superanuated females, lol.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 10-14-2009 at 03:19 PM.

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    Pic taken July, about a month after he got her. Must do an updated one.



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    Be brave. You'll both do fine. Most working bred dogs whelp and mother pups without difficulty. If the lines are known the pups will find working or pet homes. And it sounds like your vet is sensible and helpful.

    Make sure she eats well, and talk to your vet about any mineral supplements she might need like calcium etc, also worming etc. She should be fine being young as long as she is eating well. Hopefully she's fully grown as it is, but if you look after her nutrition she should catch up any ground she loses.

    Keep in touch about it. You can check her temperature every day so you get some idea of what day she will whelp. You will see the pups wriggling inside her as they get bigger.

    One thing that I was never told and freaked me out the first time I saw a whelping was the dark green/black discharge which is actually normal.

    Accidents happen to the most experienced and competent breeders, dogs are sneaky and determined breeders sometimes. If the only crossbreds and non registered pups in the world were from genuine accidental matings there wouldn't be the oversupply problems etc. So don't let people give you a hard time about unwanted dogs etc. Just do your best for these guys and take care with rehoming them.

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    Thank you. I read about the discharge and changes that signal danger. It would have worried me not knowing and my vet would have had a call, lol.
    I know we will both be fine and her nutrition will be the best.
    Hubby tracked down someone who knows the previous owners and I have just this second found out that she is younger than we thought, born early this year. Her litter mate also had first season a month ago too. The mother is a heeler but the father this person thinks she was told is a collie but does not really know for sure. They have the litter mate.

    I intend to keep this thread going with updates, any questions that arise etc.

    As for people giving me a hard time they too only have the dog's and pup's welfare at heart and some on boards can be more abrasive than others. I have seen far worse on another pet board I am on with some there with idiot owners or just the uneducated owners asking for help. The pups will only go to those that I am happy with and I think demand will outdo the supply.

    I do not have to answer any should it happen and only post answers I choose to or I can ignore.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 10-15-2009 at 01:18 PM.

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    And photos are a must!!

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    Of course, lol

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    I think your bitch is very pretty but then I'm a bit biased when it comes to cattle dogs. I'm beginning to wonder if mine is blue heeler x kelpie x border collie... but still can't explain the really short coat.


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