Dear VetBabble: Canine Pregnancy Complications and How to Handle Them
I am a pet parent to a female dog who is 60 days pregnant. Yesterday, I noticed a red, swollen spot on her genital area that seemed hard. By nighttime, it appears she had chewed it open. What steps should I take; should I consult a vet?
Understanding the Complexity of Canine Pregnancy
Firstly, kudos to you for being a vigilant pet-parent observing your dog during her pregnancy, as this journey can sometimes result in complications, just as in humans. More understanding on Pregnancy in Dogs can equip you with knowledge to navigate the challenges better. Situations like the one you described can occur, each one unique and cater to individualized treatment considering dog’s overall health, breed, age, and more factors.
Spotting a Problem and Responding Promptly
In observing any form of swelling, redness, or discomfort in your dog, it’s pertinent to reach out to a veterinarian. The spot you mentioned, that your dog chewed open, does raise a few red flags. Self-chewing is often a response to itching or irritation, and this issue could potentially pose a risk to her health, particularly being pregnant. Hence, you should definitely consult your vet.
Lumps or bumps, like the one you described, could indicate a range of health concerns ranging from simple irritations to serious conditions. You can read more about this in our article Lumps and Bumps: When to Worry. Keeping an eye on such occurrences and acting promptly ensures your canine friend’s well-being.
Ensuring Your Dog’s Overall Health
While dealing with this particular issue, it’s equally important to not overlook the overall health management of your furry friend. Regular deworming, for instance, is an aspect that cannot be sidelined even during pregnancy. If you ever find yourself in a situation where your dog has missed a dose, do visit our article My dog was given heartworm medication late, what should I do? for guidance.
In conclusion, every change in your pregnant dog’s behavior or appearance calls for careful attention. And when in doubt, always consult the vet. After all, being proactive and responsible is the key to nurturing a healthy and happy pet.
Remember, a healthy mom will bring healthy pups into the world. Let’s ensure she gets the best care possible in her journey of motherhood.