Monday, October 18, 2010

222. Misalliance (accidental mating) of dogs



I have 2 chihuahuas, they are both siblings from the same parent (just a batch difference). My female Chihuahua which I recently adopted after being used for breeding by pet shop and pretty much traumatised with low self esteem is on heat recently, and this has gone on for a few days to about a week. Just an hour ago I heard my female Chihuahua yelped and I found that the two of them were in the midst of a sexually engagement, it was impossible to separate the two. Could you please advise me on the next course of action to take as we are not ready for puppies especially when there’s a chance of the puppies being deformed due to the same family line of breeding, which can be very heartbreaking.

When we first adopted the female Chihuahua which was on 28 July 2010 (less than 3 months), her heat was already clearing up. We brought her to a clinic in hope of having her spayed, but the vet advised that we wait a few months to let her build some self confidence first, so we brought her home instead. So we didn’t expect her heat to come in less than 3 months time, and this had to happen when we were caught off guard with our work.

We would really appreciate all advices from you, in the best interest of the two Chihuahuas. Thank you!

Lots of Love,


I am Dr Sing from Toa Payoh Vets. I offer the following advices.

1. If you don't want the offspring from the recent mating, please make an appointment with me to get the female dog spayed as soon as possible. If the female dog is healthy, there should be no anaesthetic problems during spay.

2. If you want breeding at a future date, come for an anti-conception injection promptly. This is effective if the injection is given within 3 days after mating. After the injection, you have to separate the male from the female and the heat period will be prolonged.

3. Come for pregnancy diagnosis around 3-4 weeks after mating to check if the dog is pregnant. Spay the dog when she is pregnant. There is a higher risk of spaying a pregnant dog but usually there should be no anaesthetic or bleeding death.

4. Come for an elective Caesarean section at the 60th - 65th day or when there are signs of impending birth. If the puppies are deformed, you have to decide what to do. This requires more than one consultation with the vet if you want to have good results.

5. Neuter the male Chihuahua if you don't future misalliances (accidental mating) and lots of worries.

Let me know if you more queries or phone the Toa Payoh Vets at 6254 3326.

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