German Shepherd Dog > Buy a pup delivered by C-Section? (6 replies)
Buy a pup delivered by C-Section?
by halekahakai on 26 April 2012 - 16:07
|Are there special risks for a GSD born by c-section? Any special questions I should ask the breeder? I worry about long term effects of the anesthsia. I guess the question is this: If I have a choice between a naturally whelped pup and a c-section pup should I avoid buying the latter? Appreciate your help|
by Ramage on 26 April 2012 - 16:58
|For me, it would depend on why the c-section was needed. I am not one to promote dogs who cannot naturally breed or whelp, but instead need AI or c-sections. However, if it was a bitch who'd had litters previously, never an issue, and this one time had a problem - I would have no issue buying a puppy. If this is a bitch, though, that needs a c-section every time she whelps - then I would NOT buy a puppy. |
So, what is the reason? Does it have to due with a genetic problem (ex: unnaturally small birthing canal) or was it simply some sort of freak thing on an otherwise normal bitch?
by Hutchins on 26 April 2012 - 18:23
|I have never heard of pups having issues later in life because of the way they are delivered, weither it is natural or by c-section. I've had litters born both ways and not one puppy ever had repurcussions because of the way they came into the world. Sometimes mother nature throws us a curve ball. One litter maybe born natually, and the next litter born by c-section, both from the same mother. In this case, would she be considered not desirable to reproduce because of the c-section even though she has had a natural delivery also? |
Im not sure what the breeder could even tell a buyer to watch out for because of the puppy being born by c-section. If you are concerned that there maybe issues later, I would talk to your vet BEFORE you by the puppy born by c-section. That way that would leave no stone unturned and would give you ease of mind.
Just my opinion!
by macrowe1 on 26 April 2012 - 18:58
|I've never heard of pups having issues due to C-sections, given that the vet was responsible with what type of anesthesia used (ketamine is a no no). But I don't see a problem against it, except maybe why there was a c-section in general.|
by Blitzen on 26 April 2012 - 19:33
Some breeders opt to do c-sections in lieu of allowing bitches to try to deliver vaginally. Sometimes vets are too quick to suggest sections for reasons other than the welfare of the bitch like an upcoming vacation. Sometimes owners mishandle whelpings stressing the bitch and then a c-section is needed. Sometimes owners hire professionals to whelp their bitches in their stead and that could cause the need for a c-section.
by ShelleyR on 26 April 2012 - 19:47
|No issues with a pup delivered by c-section. I've had quite a few. Many breeders will have litters born to older females delivered that way to make it easier on the female and avoid losing whelps due to distocia. Mom and pups are not out for very long, suckle within the hour.|
by guddu on 26 April 2012 - 20:19
|Also depends if the pup was born at full gestation or was immature. In general, all things being equal between 2 pups, would go with the natural born...if the c-section pup has better pedigree, no harm in taking it. In anycase, you will need to wait until 6-7 weeks to evaluate the pups.|