stop unwanted pregnancy in bitches

Want to prevent unwanted pregnancy in bitches!!

Bitches as young as 6 months can be pregnant!

If you don’t want your female dog to be pregnant this article is for you.

A bitch as young as 6 months old can have pups which is something many people don’t realise.

It is not until well into the pregnancy that any real signs become apparent but you may notice your dog putting on weight around their abdomen and you may also notice their mammary glands start to swell and develop.

If you have any doubts or worries, you should take your dog to the vet and have them examined as soon as you notice any changes or have a suspicion that things are not quite right.



Should we stop seasons?
The advantages of stopping seasons are 

    1. it prevents unwanted pregnancies,
    2. is more hygienic in bitches that live in the house,
    3. prevents false pregnancies,




  1. stops you having to confine the bitch during the time she is in season
  2. prevents dogs hanging around the house and garden causing damage and making a nuisance of themselves.

 

What methods are available?

There are basically two methods available: Spaying and Delvosteron Injections.

Spaying. 

For most bitches, especially if it can be done before her second season. this is the method of choice for the reasons given earlier.  The disadvantages are that the coats of springers and setters are likely to be affected and become thicker.  There is also an increased chance of spayed bitches leaking urine as they get older. This is especially common in Dobermans, Spaniels, Setters, Old English Sheepdogs and some other traditionally docked breeds. Urinary incontinence, however, is usually easily controlled by medication.



If bitches are spayed when they are very young they can get arthritis. We think this is caused by the delayed growth plate closure. Some breeds are also more prone to some types of cancer, especially Haemangiosarcomas if they are spayed early. Further if a bitch is spayed before her vulva has developed properly are likely to have problems with urine scalding of the skin when they are older.

Bitches spayed when they are older are prone to putting on weight and must have their food controlled very strictly.



Delvosteron Injections. 

A special mention to this is needed. These are a type of hormone injection that controls seasons well with very few problems. Bitches on routine injections are less likely to put on weight and can lose it if dieting.

Springers and setters keep their fine coats and bitches are no more likely to leak urine than untreated dogs. It increases the incidence of Pyometras from roughly 17.2% in normal bitches to 17.4% in treated bitches. If we decide to use the drug we need to give one injection to start with, repeated again in 3 months and again in 4 months and then she needs routine injections every 5 months.

We recommend continuing the injections indefinitely, and we have certainly seen 13-year-old dogs get pregnant if we stop them. We routinely send out reminder cards when the next injection is due and a further reminder a month later if we have not seen you.

The disadvantages are that a few dogs develop false pregnancies a month or so after the injection and will have to have another injection then. 

In our opinion, Delvoesterone injection is better than spaying your dog. A visit to our clinic is a must if you are interested to stop unwanted pregnancy in your female dog. To know the truth about spaying watch this video

 

Small animal veterinarian for last 20 years. works in self-owned pet clinic in Ranchi, India called Pluto Pet Clinic. Published several articles on pets and social media in various national and international pet magazines, blogs. Part of many international organisations including Nabuur, Mission Rabies, Asian Society of small animal dermatology, WSAVA.

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