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Postby orhunter » Sun Jun 12, 2022 9:17 am

I'm asking here because many of you have a higher knowledge base of such things than your average Vet.

Dog appears to have a hormone problem. She's been through two heat cycles and there's some odd stuff going on. Everything is normal right up to the point where the cycle should be winding down. Her first cycle she had excessive mammary development to the point of producing small amounts of milk. Typically labeled as false pregnancy. I get that. But it persists. Genital swelling takes forever to get back to normal but never quite gets there. Her second cycle didn't have the level of mammary change as with the first. Her nipples have grown to the size one might think she's had a batch of pups. They are very prominent. Two months after her last cycle, genital swelling is getting close to normal. Only time will tell how far it progresses. My questions are, will any of this affect fertility? How about the pregnancy lasting full term? Any other issues I should be concerned with?

She has one more cycle this fall to go through before breeding next spring. The timing of this cycle is very poor as I'll be on the road hunting the entire time. Is there anything that can be done to change her biological clock? She'll be around a lot of other dogs during this period and it could cause big problems for other dog owners.

One more tidbit. She was very young at the time of her first cycle, 8 months. Any concerns with that?

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Re: ?? For Armchair Veterinarians

Postby Dakotazeb » Sun Jun 12, 2022 11:30 am

You may get some opinions here but I'd still consult with my vet. Are you dead set on breeding her? If not, I'd get her spayed. Problem solved and you won't have the problem this fall while hunting.
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Postby orhunter » Sun Jun 12, 2022 11:56 am

George: Breeding her isn't set in stone. It'd be a terrible waste of a pedigree not to for this geological area. Still need to get her hips evaluated.

Wanted info so I could have an educated conversation with the Vet.
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Postby Dakotazeb » Sun Jun 12, 2022 12:03 pm

I know Harvey. My last two Brittanys have had super pedigrees but I had them both spayed. Elle, my previous Brittany, would have really been the one to breed but I elected not to. Just didn't want to put up with the heat cycles. But we all have to do what we feel we need to. Good luck with your pup.
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Postby SwitchGrassWPG » Mon Jun 13, 2022 5:26 pm

Definitely consult your vet. Ovarian cysts can cause all kinds of "abnormalities".

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Postby orhunter » Mon Jun 13, 2022 9:55 pm

Thanks Jay.

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Postby JONOV » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:24 am

Dakotazeb wrote:You may get some opinions here but I'd still consult with my vet.

I'd consult with a reproductive specialist vet given he isn't convinced he''ll get a great answer from his main vet.
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Postby marysburg » Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:32 pm

If reproduction is a major issue with this dog, why do you want to breed her and possibly make more females with the same problem? The ability to reproduce is pretty basic to the species, and should be something that is easily achieved. I'm sure that she is a very nice individual, but maybe not every dog is breeding material. Maybe something to consider.
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Postby orhunter » Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:35 pm

I have considered that.
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