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Phantom Pregnancies – Rhodes 2 Safety

Sometimes a bitch may appear to be pregnant, but then not produce any puppies.  This can be something that is referred to as a false or “Phantom” pregnancy. As we mentioned yesterday, a bitch’s cycle is split into four parts and a Phantom pregnancy can result after the phase where she ovulates.  Hormonal changes occur […]

Bitches, their Cycle & Seasons – Rhodes 2 Safety

Bitches, their Cycle and Seasons: When you first get a female puppy, any thoughts of them reaching sexual maturity is way off in the distance but from the age of around 5-7 months of age, a female dog is generally considered to be mature.  There is of course considerable variation within the different breeds with […]

Eating Poo – Rhodes 2 Safety

Eating Poo (or coprophagia to give it its medical term) causes an awful lot of revulsion for the owners of dogs who, for whatever reason, like to eat poo.  Because faeces are an easily digestible source of protein or vegetation (mine do love a sneaky mouthfull of horse-poo!!) many predatory species will do this.  Here […]

Vaginal Discharge & Pyometra

Vaginal Discharge & Pyometra:  Vaginal discharge is not actually a condition in itself, but rather the indication that something is wrong with either the reproductive tract or the urinary tract.  There are many possible causes for this problem: Uterine Problems: * Uterine infection called pyometra – in bitches who have not been spayed. (this is […]

Eclampsia – Rhodes 2 Safety

  Eclampsia (often known as milk fever) is a serious disease caused by calcium deficiency which may occur in late pregnancy or, more usually, after the puppies are born, when the milk production is at its peak.  It is more common amongst smaller bitches who are nursing large litters or bitches who are feeding big, healthy, […]