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Old 02-11-2013, 04:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My toy was mated, twice, a month ago, and shows no signs of being pregnant. With the experienced people - other otherwise - here, might I gauge whether most show by now?

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I think most dogs start to show closer to 5-6 weeks in, some maiden bitches will hide pregnancy well. Although, yours being a toy I would think she would have a harder time hiding it.

I'm going to suggest taking her to your vet, maybe he or she can palpate growing fetuses. YOu may also be able to have a fibrinogen test done (just takes a bit of blood). Fibrinogen peaks about halfway through pregnancy and the highest the result *usually* means more pups. A low result could mean a tiny litter (one or two pups) or no pregnancy.

I do hope the male was a toy also.

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I think most dogs start to show closer to 5-6 weeks in, some maiden bitches will hide pregnancy well. Although, yours being a toy I would think she would have a harder time hiding it.

I'm going to suggest taking her to your vet, maybe he or she can palpate growing fetuses. YOu may also be able to have a fibrinogen test done (just takes a bit of blood). Fibrinogen peaks about halfway through pregnancy and the highest the result *usually* means more pups. A low result could mean a tiny litter (one or two pups) or no pregnancy.

I do hope the male was a toy also.

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Thank you very much for your reply.

She's a larger toy at 12" and I don't allow her to carry any body fat, so I am constantly pondering whether this means she would or would not be more likely to show signs... I guess it's down to the girl in question in the end...

The books are helpful - I have the one you kindly recommended on my phone and I also have the Complete Book of Dog Breeding (Barron's), plus I have recently bought The Book of the Bitch (terrible title!) by JM Evans & Kay White, on my vet's recommendation. They're great, but they make me long for specifics.

We booked her in for an ultrasound scan for tomorrow. This has been booked for two weeks now and the closer it gets, the less inclined I am to believe she did take. I don't know why.

Her "lady parts" have stayed slightly puffy (as they say a pregnant dog's parts do) but I suppose it's just my girl being typically cagey! I found it very encouraging, however, that you mention 5-6 weeks, so I am clinging to that!

I will post the scan result here tomorrow. I was considering putting it off until she does give me something of a sign, but I have a buyer waiting to know for sure.

Thanks again.

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Oh well, I made the silly mistake of forgetting to search this website for other interesting pregnancy posts before blurting out my questions! I must remember to search first!

Anyway, I am really pleased to say that the vet called me into the scanning room (two nurses holding my little whimpering toy in position) yesterday to see at least 4 puppies where they should be. We are opting for the x-ray closer to the due date, just so we can know how many to expect.

I don't think I will ever trust my instincts again - they're just rubbish!
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Puppies!!!

I can almost imagine the puppy breath!

I wish you all the best - happy, healthy puppies, great homes for them all and for Mama to have no issues having or raising them. Keep us posted, please.
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What a relief for you. Congratulations!!
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Wow, that is a lot of puppies for a toy. Swizzle was one of two. Best of luck, I am sure we are all looking forward to puppy pictures. What color or colors are you expecting?
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Wow, that is a lot of puppies for a toy. Swizzle was one of two. Best of luck, I am sure we are all looking forward to puppy pictures. What color or colors are you expecting?
I think it's because she's a larger toy that she's having a few. Her mum has had two lots of 5 as well.

As for colours, I can only hope for browns (I know I will be disappointed) but I love them all, and will be happy with healthy babies.

Love the name Swizzle!
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YAY!! puppies puppies puppies and more puppies! I love puppies! It's going to be fun for us if you keep us in the know and post baby pics!
Congrats! Hope she has a uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy litter!
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