OHMYGODOHMYGODITHINKMYDOGISPREGNANTANDI'MFREAKINGO UT /end panic attack
Alright, so, I think my Boxer x Dane girl was wooed by some rouge warrior before I came to own her and has a bunch of Mini-Hazels in her belly. I am, to say the least, utterly freaked out. I've never even considered breeding a dog, and here I am! Possible-preggo pooch snoozing right next to me. And she might multiply! O_O augh! WhatdoIdo?!
Heres what I've come to realize:
-She was kept outside right in her 'prime time' on a chain and let in during the night. Outside. Alone. On a chain. Unspayed.
-The previous owners said that she had growled at the neighbor's dog. Today she met my future-neighbors dog (a very unfriendly pooch, female) and she didn't do so much as raise a hair. She wanted to play, then go meet all of the other neighbors, with me in tow.
-Her eating habits are strange. To me it seemed like she just really hates the dry food I've been offering, so this is a really iffy realization, but she just doesn't seem to eat that much considering her boundless energy.
-She's very cuddly. Again, an 'iffy' sign, she could just be an affectionate lap-potato like my pup Button was (Button was absolutely not preggo).
-She's never come into heat. Ever. Even so she was due last month, according to my one-breeding-age-dog experience. She was born around the 8th of January and never showed ANY signs of coming into heat. She did lick her vulva quite a bit around the end of January, and I thought she was in heat, but there was no blood or any other signs of a regular heat cycle. I really do mean none.
-She has huge nipples, and there growing sacks. Isn't a maiden pooch supposed to have small, flat nipples? Hers are big, and are starting to show puffy, soft 'sacks' above them.
-She's doing some weird nesting thing. This started a few days ago on beds, she would literally spend minuets (this is long, her normal behavior is sniff, turn, and sleep) moving blankets and pillows, 'digging' and generally arranging the area.
Today, she spent a good hour or two digging a 'nest' into a dirt pile. I've never seen her dig, or exhibit any interest in this dirt pile before today. She spent quite some time digging, sniffing around, moving rocks, etc. then just sorta settled down in it.
-She seems preoccupied. I noticed this especially today, she just seemed like she had something on her mind (I really wish she was thinking about biscuits or beef jerky). Normally you have her attention, if you want it or not, all of the time. Today you got her attention, but not that I-only-revolve-around-you way. Sometimes it was almost like she just didn't hear you entirely.
The only non-preggo dog thing about her seems to be her utterly endless supply of zoom. She's quite the athletic girl, one solid hunk of muscle, and can run for a good 30 minuets straight, full speed ahead, leaping over things (and sometimes, into you) without tiring. Sometimes it's rather frighting, as one of her favorite things to do is to come racing up behind you like a locomotive and zip past with only the barest breath-of-an-inch between you and her.
I intended on getting her spayed before her next heat cycle had a chance to kick in. Since she didn't have it here, even though she was due, I figured it came early before I got her. Didn't even occur to me that hey! She was outside during this time!.
Now I get to worry that she's pregnant, so what about her nutrition? She's not eating to well right now...at least not how I would prefer her to be eating.
She's had all her shots and has been wormed, so that's good...and oh-dear-god what about the birth? Birth itself doesn't bother me, but I've read the stories where there's been some sort of complication resulting in the death of the mother, or the pups, or both.
Like a retained puppy. Or a stillborn. Or what if one comes out deformed...or she tries to eat them, or lays on one, or doesn't produce enough milk, or any milk, or one dies randomly. Or what if she bites my fingers off during labor?
And all I wanted was ONE dog to enjoy for the rest of her natural (SPAYED) years. Now I have one dog with the possibility of 1-15!
And if the pups survive then theres puppy shots and dewclaws and...and then the rehoming of the puppies. !
Help please? Anyone at all?