Medical considerations during and after pregnancy

So, now your bitch is pregnant… Or so you hope…

Please consider all that can go wrong:


Phantom pregnancy:

You have done all by the book, spent money on prepping your bitch, doing health checks

and even started marketing your litter. After 30 + days, she seems to be pregnant. You

might have even collect deposits for your litter.

But it’s 65 days after the mating and no birth is happening?

It’s time to take her to the vet, as maybe the puppies have died? 

And then you are informed she was never pregnant to begin with..


This cenario is really not unheard of. Some bitches will go through all the classic

pregnancy signs, like nipple swelling, increased appetite, increased body weight, and

might even start the ‘nesting’ behaviour close to the due date… but with no pups to

deliver.  Unfortunately hormones can cause all this to happen, thus it’s very advisable

to take your bitch for a Ultrasound scan around 28-30 days, to confirm pregnancy.



In this cenario, you discover a funny looking discharge around 30 + days after mating

(sometimes even longer), and due to your concern for the litter, you take her to the vet.

This time she is  NOT pregnant, but it’s not a phantom pregnancy, rather the dreaded

Payometra infection.

This infection occurs after a bitch had a season, and she picked up some bacteria whilst her

cerfix was opened (for mating).  There are 2 types of payo: Open and Closed.  If it’s the first

you are lucky, as you will see the coffee colored discharge, and it’s usually smelly. Like a

type of puss.

If it’s the latter you wont see any discharge as the cerfix has closed up again after the season,

but trapped the ‘puss’ inside. Thus your bitch will litteraly be poisened from inside out,

without you realising what is happening.  But your bitch will become sick. Won’t eat, might

have a temperature, and might even start to look ‘pregnant’ due to the amount of puss

building up inside her. 

This is a very serious condition, and will need immidiate medical care.

The really bad news is that once payo has struck, it’s more likely to return the very next

season. The only ‘cure’ is that she fall pregnant the following season (but this will need to be

done in the lab, to prevent a repeat infection), or your prized bitch will need to be spuyed. 

So right there all your ‘breeding’ dreams comes to an ubrupt halt!

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