A lot of people choose surgical neutering for dogs and bitches as a reliable method of breeding control, and many vets will carry out the surgery at six months of age. In March, we saw a Pug called Cooper whose owners were concerned she was growing fat. Her owners had planned on getting her neutered but time had passed quicker than expected and she was now eight months old.
The owners had not noticed Cooper coming into season which typically occurs around eight months of age for the first season. Cooper lived with her litter brother and unfortunately she was now pregnant. Cooper had an ultrasound scan which indicated that she was in advanced pregnancy and would likely give birth in the next week. The veterinary nurses at the Langford Small Animal Practice gave Cooper's owners some advice on what to expect, signs to look out for and when to contact the practice if concerned.
Cooper started labour during the afternoon when the only person in the house were her owners’ teenage daughter. She phoned the vets and our nurses patiently talked her through helping with the birth. When Cooper's owners returned she was having difficulty and she was brought into the clinic where, with a little assistance, she was able to have all of the puppies naturally. Unfortunately one puppy was born dead, which was why Cooper had difficulty during the labour, but the other four pups were delivered fit and healthy. Although this pregnancy was not planned, the outcome was still good for mum and pups due to the dedication of her owners and the support of the practice team.