by GSCat on 22 April 2018 - 11:04
But... her heat lasts f o r e v e r... the last one lasted almost two months! The first spot of blood was either 2nd or 4th of January (calendar is packed away right now) and ended the last day of February! Yikes!
She doesn't "flag" until late in the heat, so the instructions to breed on certain days counted from the first bleeding don't appear to be right for her.
The drive to the stud is several hundred miles, so I want to make sure we're there in plenty of time, but at the same time, I don't want her there f o r e v e r. And then, there is always the issue of getting time off from my "real" job.
When do I start testing hormones and when exactly do we need to start the drive? I'd like her to have at least a day or two to relax/get used to the surroundings before breeding.
Is there an issue related to her long, heavy heat that could also cause problems conceiving and/or carrying to term? Or is this a good thing/sign? Is she likely to have larger/smaller litters than usual?
Thanks, in advance.
by joanro on 22 April 2018 - 16:04
A reproduction veterinarian would be the best place to get reliable answers.
by hexe on 22 April 2018 - 20:04
by GSCat on 22 April 2018 - 21:04
My vet is not a reproductive specialist/vet, so I've been looking for one. The one my vet recommended is getting ready to retire and the two I talked to I didn't get a "warm and fuzzy" about, so still looking.
by Bundishep on 23 April 2018 - 01:04
by dshlerner on 23 April 2018 - 03:04
Just a suggestion , but you may want to try getting in touch with Dr.Hutchison. He is one of the leading canine repro specialists in the US and does telephone consultations. Perhaps he could provide some insight ?
Best of luck !
by Jenni78 on 23 April 2018 - 03:04
RE: Bundishep's comment, split heats will surely mess you up in terms of breeding, but longer or shorter can certainly be normal for certain individuals. It's not something I would deliberately seek (abnormal duration in either direction), however, my foundation female cycles every 4 months (so 3x year instead of twice) and was ready to breed between days 7-9 and never missed a breeding. So, don't write one off just for duration being not the norm.
by GSCat on 23 April 2018 - 11:04
Thank you undishep, dshlerner, and Jenni78.
Is it possible the food I'm feeding her is contributing to the length of her heat? Orijen Puppy Large (38 percent protein)... planning on changing to Orijen Regional Red (very similar and also 38 percent protein) when she's fully mature, but would consider Acana Heritage Red Meat or Lamb and Apple if lower protein might help. Obviously after labs and consultation with repro vet.
by joanro on 23 April 2018 - 11:04
I'd get off the orijen and go with Victor Nutra-pro.
But I doubt the dog food is causing the problem. The veterinarians to to school for many years to learn about the stuff talked about here....their education should trump any speculating or guessing being sought here.
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