One of the questions I get asked frequently is, how do I know when to C-section my bitch, or how do I know if she needs a C-section?
These decisions can be made significantly easier if the breeder has carried out a few simple checks along the way and throughout the dog's pregnancy. No one can ultimately answer this question because nobody has a crystal ball, not the breeder, not the vet, not me.
However, your options can depend on the breed of dog, but also your personal tolerance to the unknown and risk. It is safe to say that novice breeders should, and probably will, always tend to be more apprehensive. A more experienced breeder will already have knowledge of their own historical breedings, litters, plus experiences from peers, friends or family. They may also have gained knowledge from books and information on the internet.
There is no right or wrong to some of the information and the experiences you'll go through, but you must bear one thing in mind: your dog is number one. The Dam's health is a priority, and if you feel this is being compromised at any point, you must seek veterinary advice. A few things will make this journey easier whilst reducing any opportunities for drama and hopefully avoiding any expensive monetary scenarios by taking the journey step by step.
I genuinely believe in the phrase, "If in doubt, get them out". If you are unhappy with your girl's pregnancy or the birth is developing, after all, you know her best, then stick with your gut. I would much prefer to regret the decisions and actions I made than the ones I avoided or postponed to make. You making the decisions means you are in control of the situation. Any supporting professionals will be sure to shirk any responsibility if no decisions are made. They certainly won't make them for you, and ultimately "something" will happen eventually - that maybe be good or bad.
- Why Progesterone Testing including Reverse testing and the benefits the use of Steroid's could bring to the sticky situation.
- How Ultrasound scanning and gestation measure can help reassure you with your Dam's due date.
- Simple Dam observations and looking at the facts by removing your emotions will help you make better decisions.
- Find in advance of your needs a Breeder Friendly Vet who understand your needs and concerns at such a pivotal time when breeding.
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