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Hello, I adopted a six year old dachshund from the humane society a few months ago. The vet would not spay her until she gained more weight (she was not treated well in her past home) so we set the date for her to be spayed in September. One week ago, she lost use of her hind legs, though she can stand, she has no motor control and has been seeing a pet chiropractor/rehab and is doing better evey day. Over the last few days though, she has begun producing milk and her tummy has grown and become larger and hard. She came into heat the first week or so in April. We had a dog sitter for some of the time that she was in heat as my husband was in the hospital after falling ten feet from our roof, so it is possible that she got loose during this time, though the sitter denies it.
Anyway, my vet is gone until end of next week and I took her to an on call vet who thinks she is suffering false pregnancy from the depo-medrol she is on, but he did not x-ray her or anything. I swear I feel movement in her tummy, but perhaps I am paranoid. My question is, if she is pregant and goes into labor can she deliver them? At what point do I know if she is in trouble and needs to be taken in? I have called the only other local vet as well and they said I should trust the opinion of the first vet. I am worried about my little sweet heart and feel like no cares. Any insite would be appriciated.
Hi...I can appreciate the worry because when I found my dog as a paralyzed stray, the hospital said she was in heat at the time, so after she had surgery I took her home and worried for weeks she might be pregnant. But she wasn't so I have no actual experience with this. I searched the Internet and it said gestation for a dachshund is 59-63 days, so you would be on schedule. It also said false pregnancy can show up 6-12 weeks after the dog is in heat, so you would also be on schedule for that.
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I found several websites that said you should be able to hear the puppies' heartbeats with a stethoscope before now, so maybe it would be worth it to go to the corner drugstore and buy a $10 stethoscope and see if you can hear your dog's heartbeat and any heartbeats in the tummy.
I don't know the answer on how well she can deliver as a paralyzed dog, I'm sorry, I wish I did. I'm inclined to think it will go OK, but that's only my guess.
It did turn out to be a false pregnancy, thanks for the reply. I guess that the way the muscles twitch in the belly can make it feel like a pup is moving in there. On the up side, she is doing very well. She is able to stand for short periods of time, but looses her motor control when she tries to take a step. She kicks her feet when tickled and is wagging her tail. She has also regained her bowl and bladder control, so it is hopeful she will make a recovery. Now, I just hope the vet will spay her before she has another heat cycle so I don't worry that she might get away!
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