Anyone who is a breeder and has experienced this knows Pyometra in Dogs is Terrifying. New breeders read this article! It is so important you know the risks of breeding and the warning signs that something is very wrong with your female. American Bully breeding has become very popular in the past few years. It is so important to study and do research before becoming a breeding. However many people think breeding is a natural occurrence that the dogs will mate on their own and 63 days later little cash cows will also magically come out on their own. People come out to a show or see a beautiful dog in their neighborhood and decide they are going to be breeders overnight. They jump into the game with little no to knowledge or guidance and can make crucial errors in the process of breeding which can result in sterile or worse… dead females.
Pyometra is terrifying! What is it? Pyometra is an infection that occurs as a result of a change within the female’s reproductive tract. Female dogs go into ” heat” this is the same process as a human female having a period. During this stage the females body releases white blood cells to protect them against infection. The cervix is the gateway to the uterus. It remains closed like a bottle cap at all times, except during estrus or heat. At this time, the cervix relaxes causes an opening to allow the sperm to enter. Having a gateway for sperm also means having a gateway for bacteria to get in as well. Bacteria found on the vagina can now easily make their way into the uterus and set up camp. Bacteria in the uterus is the cocktail for serious medical problems.
I just bred my dog and shes not acting right, should I just assume its morning sickness and a normal part of the pregnancy? Absolutely not! Dogs can take a lot more pain then people can. If your dog is showing something is wrong then something is wrong! Do not ignore the signs. Typically symptoms will occur between 2 weeks to 8 weeks after the heat. So novice will confuse with signs their breeding took and assume its normal “pregnancy characteristics”
Most common signs or pyometra include pus or discharge from the vagina. This is not normal. Pus or discharge is a sign of an infection the body is trying to expel. You would most likely notice this around the skin and hair under the tail, or maybe spots or stains on your dogs bed. Accompanied by any infection are fever, sleepiness, anorexia, loss or lack of appetite, vomiting, and depression.
Please don’t take your dogs sleepiness as a sign of pregnancy its not! During pregnancy your dog would remain active until their are very large and nearing the last few days of term.
My dog shows all the signs listed above except a discharge so she must be ok? Wrong, There are 2 types of Pyometra one where the cervix remains open allowing drainage, one the silent killer, where it closes back up and there is no drainage. This form is extremely dangerous because all the pus is collecting inside the uterus as it has no way to drain. This will cause an extended abdomen, which again a novice may assume is a growing belly of a pregnant female. The trapped bacteria will eventually be absorbed into the bloodstream and now have a highway through the entire body. Toxins released from the bacteria will affect the kidneys, making them unable to do their job, this will result in an excessive thirst your dog will not be able to quench. therefore you will see an increased amount of water being drank. Extreme thirst is a sign of both closed and open cervix pyometra.
Pyometra symptoms are easily detectable to the trained eye, they can easily be confirmed by ultrasound or x-ray at the vet. The vet will look for an enlarged uterus, thickened uterine walls and built up fluid within the uterus.
Pyometra treatment can be devastating to a owner. The most common treatment to pyometra is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries, a.k.a spay the female. This is not a typical spay it is much more complicated and has higher risk. It will be accompanied by fluids and antibiotics.
There is a second treatment option which will leave the female intact, or able to be bred at a future time. This second treatment is through administering Prostaglandins, which are a group of hormones that lower the blood level of progesterone and re-open the cervix, using contractions to expel the bacteria and pus. This treatment option is not always successful and not always an option based on the seriousness of the pyometra. This option comes with a long list of side effects and could result in long term complications.
Successful treatment of Pyometra can be broken down into catagories based on the type of pyometra.
75-90% sucees ratio in open cervix pyometra in less complicated cases.
Only 25-40% in closed cervix pyometra.
Rate of reoccurance in treated dogs 50-75%!
Future chance of successful breeding 50-75%.
My dog seems to be getting better on their own? I am going to let nature heal her. She’s a tough dog she’ll weather threw it. Incorrect. Survival chances without treatment are VERY, VERY low. Treatment needs to be performed quickly or you can more then likely guarantee a fatal outcome.
Pyometra can happen as a result of breeding and bacteria traveling into the uterus on the sperm train. It can also happen in the absence of breeding, just from your female being in a less then sanitary environment. If your female is in heat and not being bred it is important to keep her environment and her private area clean. If you are breeding, consult an expert. Perform the breeding in a sterile environment with the knowledge of an experienced vet or breeder. Pyometra is also more common in older female dogs who are intact and have never been bred. Each time a female does threw a heat the walls of her uterus may become thicker causing a narrowing of the exit route for bacteria to be expelled. This will lead in the trapping of bacteria and a case of closed cervix pyometra. Spaying a female dog who is finished being bred or you have no intention of breeding will decrease your chance of encountering pyometra.
A lot of so called breeders get caught up in the “HYPE” of becoming rich by breeding dogs, and selling puppies. Well, let us be the first to tell you that it is just that, “HYPE”. What separates those who are successful through breeding from those who are unsuccessful, is that the successful breeders aren’t in it for the money. They have a bigger vision, which is to produce quality dogs, and enhance the breed. Most successful breeders don’t breed more than twice a year, because they understand that female dog pregnancy carries serious risks that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many things that can go wrong during the her pregnancy that could put not only the pups life at risk, but the mother as well. Unless the mother has proven to produce high quality, physically correct, healthy pups on a consistent basis, additional breedings are not worth the risk.
Breeding shouldn’t even be considered until your female dog is at least two years of age. This will ensure that she is mature, and can get full health clearance. It is also good practice not to breed your female in back-to-back heat cycles. Not only does this raise your risk as far as health goes, but ethically it is just not right. If you breed a female dog every single time she comes in heat, when does she ever have the time to just be a dog? From the pregnancy to the whelping of the pups, to raising a litter, a mother can get overwhelmed, and stressed. Some breeders will argue that there are times when it is ethical to do a back-to-back breeding. But from experience, most breeders who feel the need to get as many breeding’s as possible, do not have the best interest of the breed in mind.
Good breeders do health testing, take dogs back when necessary, and treats every dog like one of the family. Any breeder who consistently breeds the same female dog, regardless of the fact that the pups she is producing are of lower quality than the breed standard, is overbreeding and is only in it for the money. Take your time when doing research for a reputable breeder. They are out there. Nine times out of ten, if they interview you before giving you a pup, they offer a health guarantee, and want you to keep in touch to see how your pup is developing, they are a good breeder. Beware of overbreeders, they will sell you an unhealthy pup, and disappear in the wind with your money.
Back to Basics: Caring for your Dog
Dogs are definitely great companions, and make wonderful additions to any loving home. However, it’s imperative that you understand that their health and happiness is as much a priority as your own.
A balanced diet is very important, whether it be a puppy or a full grown dog. A lot of health issues can be prevented, simply by making sure that your canine is eating healthy, nutritous food and getting all of the necessary vitamins. You should consult your vet to find out which dog foods have the right nutritional balance for your dog.
Water is just as important as food. Clean, fresh water should be available to your dog throughout the day. All food and water bowls, should be cleaned as often as possible to prevent any bacteria from growing inside them.
Every dog, of every breed needs exercise. Exercise will not only help them to burn calories and stay healthy, but it will stimulate your dog’s mind. The amount and type of exercise will vary depending on the breed of the dog. Keeping your dog active with exercise will keep them from getting bored and pickup up bad habits such as: chewing on furninture, or running throughout the house.
The type of breed that you have will determine the amount of bathing and grooming that you will need to keep up with. For example, long haired dogs will need more frequent brushing to reduce shedding, whereas a short haired dog will just need a maintenance brushing here and there to maintain a healthy and shiny coat. Again, check with your vet to see what the best practices are for the type of dog that you have, or will be getting.
Also, make sure to check your dogs coat daily for fleas and ticks. Especially during the warm seasons. Your vet should also be able to give you options for flea and tick prevention. Avoid giving your dog any type of medicine or product that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. There are many poisonous medicines and products out there that could harm your pet.
Always keep your dog, no matter what size, on a leash when you are outside of your yard. If your yard is not fenced in, then keep your dog on a leash when outside, period. Puppies, as well as large dogs, could take off in any direction and be harmed or worse by oncomnig traffic. Dogs get excited very easily. Keep them on a short leash if you see anything that may cause them to get excited. This will enable you to control them better, should this occur.
Eventually your companion will need to relieve themself. When walking your dog, alway keep a pooper scooper, or bag with you at all times, to clean up any mess that they make.
Following these guidelines will help you and your dog live a healthy and stress free life. For more great article of taking care of your dog, visit www.bullygirlmagazine.com.
4 Ways to Prepare for a Bully Breed Dog Show
Bully Breed Dog Shows are popping up all over the globe, as the breed becomes more and more popular. If you have bully breed dogs, and you are looking to put them inside a registry show ring, there are a few things you need to do first.
BOND WITH YOUR DOG
This is one of the simplest, yet most important steps you can take to guarantee a more positive experience at a bully breed dog show. If you and your dog don’t share a bond, you can’t expect your dog to behave, and perform at a high level inside a show ring. All of this work needs to be done outside of the show ring. Take your dog for long walks. Play with your dog. Let him or her know that they are part of the family, and there will be nothing that they won’t do for you. It is a natural canine instinct for a dog to want to please their owner. So bond with your dog, and praise all of their accomplishments. You will see a big difference at any event, when your dog feels like it’s you and him/her against the world.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Far too many people show up to bully breed dog shows, with no former experience, and no type of training or preparation for the event. You can’t expect to take 1st place inside a show ring, against someone who has a ton of experience and knows exactly what the judges are looking for. Again I stress that all of the work begins outside of the show ring. Find someone local to you who has shown inside the ring before, and ask for tips and advice. Have them show you how to stack your dog properly when inside the show ring. Most registry websites will have a list of their judges, with some form of contact information. Give the judges a call, or send them an email and pick their brain. They will be more than happy to give you tips and advice on how to properly show dog, because they would rather have a show ring full of professional looking handlers, than a bunch of people just winging it and hoping for the best.
LOOK THE PART
I’m not saying that is guaranteed that you will ever lose at a bully breed dog show, strictly because of the way you’re dressed. But, if it came down to your dog and one other dog for Best in Show, would you want to be the guy the in the dress clothes, or the guy in the street clothes. In my opinion, it all adds up when judges are making crucial decisions. Maybe not for easy choices, but when there is a tough call, I would definitely feel more comfortable knowing that I look the part.
If possible, arrive early to the event. This will allow you to set up and get your dog, as well as yourself, comfortable with the environment. Take him/her inside the show ring and practice before the crowd gets there and praise him/her for doing a good job. Introduce yourself to the show hosts, staff and judges. Fill out whatever necessary paperwork to register your dog for the show. Get all of that stuff out of the way, so that you can focus on the show ring, and taking home some trophies, and ribbons.
All of these things will help you to have a better experience at a bully breed dog show, whether you take home 1st place or not. You will definitely give your dog the best shot possible, by having a strong bond, practicing, looking the part, and arriving early to the event.
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