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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2009, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Problems with breeding (non-GSD)

My co-worker has Shelties and her one female seems to be having difficulties with carrying a pregnancy. She bred her in the spring this year, she was confirmed pregnant around 4-5 weeks, then lost the pregnancy. She was bred again this fall, got pregnant was due middle to end of this week, and had her puppies over the weekend. She had 5, 2 died, 2 are very small and doing poorly, and 1 is normal and doing well. This is her first litter, she's almost 3 years old, has OFA's and other health tests recommended for Shelties, titled, etc.

Do you think it was just bad luck, or do you think there could be a problem with the girl?
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Re: Problems with breeding (non-GSD)

Find a reproduction vet and have progesterone pulled throughout pregnancy. Had a friend whose dog was confirmed, but later lost the pregnancy. Did a progesterone test and numbers where way off where they were supposed to be. Next breeding, started supplement progesterone daily (need gloves to give so you don't come in contact with it) from the females 2nd or 3rd week until she whelped. She did have a successful litter with doing this. They spayed her after that.

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Re: Problems with breeding (non-GSD)

There is also the question: should a female that has difficulties carrying a pregnancy be helped?

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Originally Posted By: lhczthThere is also the question: should a female that has difficulties carrying a pregnancy be helped?
My thoughts exactly.
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Re: Problems with breeding (non-GSD)

I have to say I agree with Lisa and Daphne here.


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Re: Problems with breeding (non-GSD)

I agree too, I hope she decides not to breed this girl again. If it were my girl I certainly wouldn't. I talked to her on the phone yesterday, since she's had to take off work all week and I've been working for her. She said the mother has NO interest in the puppies, and she's tube feeding the 2 smaller pups. The vet thinks they were born a week early.
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Re: Problems with breeding (non-GSD)

That sounds to me like she needs to spay the dog and not breed her.If she can't have healthy ones, and that maybe the reason she has no interest, than she should be left as a family dog.

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