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    I love how you and your husband have a passion for wanting to help Hope and save her puppies.

    I had to go back to read up on Hope's story again. I remembered you found her and thought maybe she already had puppies. I am afraid with her problems (tumor, mal nutrition, ect.) that if she is indeed pregnant the puppies will suffer poor health or major issues, and so will she from what she has been through.

    I am also a bit skeptical that she is pregnant. Discharge can happen for many reasons. I would get an ultrasound done right away or I believe there is a blood pregnancy test that can be done. Find out immediately so you do not have to wait to get Hope healthy again. Many vets do not have ultrasounds so you should find one that does.

    As David posted above you do not know who the Sire is, and not doing it by c-section is incredibly risky. Not only due to water puppies but depending on how many puppies there is could cause mama to overheat, their heads are large and hard to deliver, fluid loss, possible seizures.... since everything is unknown I would never take that chance.

    C-sections vary in cost. I have never paid less than $2,000 for a c-section, and not only do you have to think of the cost but also finding a vet whom you can trust. Putting the mama and the puppies at risk each time it is done. Your vet must have tons of experience in performing this surgery and also not using anesthesia that will make the puppies sleepy or they will die/not wake up at birth to take their first breath. There are so many variables to consider I hope you both think about this a bit more before making a final decision. No matter what you choose we will help you get through this.

    I worry about Hope, because she is already emanciated, and having puppies is going to take so much nutrition away from her, that it is going to continue to impact her health and well being. Especially if she recently had a litter. I cannot express how hard it is to raise a healthy litter under the perfect conditions, (a nice healthy mama and pregnancy).

    Please find out as soon as possible if she is indeed pregnant. I am here if you need me xx

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    I went to do some dishes and was thinking about this.... I wanted to add that it is easy for us all to say what we would do in your shoes, I do not envy you having to make this choice. I support you for whatever decision you make, Hope was brought to you for a reason, I truly believe in fate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    I went to do some dishes and was thinking about this.... I wanted to add that it is easy for us all to say what we would do in your shoes, I do not envy you having to make this choice. I support you for whatever decision you make, Hope was brought to you for a reason, I truly believe in fate.

    Let me add, we too rescued a female Rottie from the streets of L.A. We took her to our vet for "The Works". guess what? she too was pregnant. We went ahead with the spay and of course terminating the pups. It really wasn't our decision to make, since we didn't discover this until our vet had started the procedure. But, she wasn't healthy coming right off the streets and had been through so much. We focused on making her life as great as we could for as long as we had her.

    Often under stress, females will exhibit all the signs of pregnancy. False pregnancies are very common in rescued females. We all only want the best for Hope.

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    The vet did tell me about how dogs can have false pregnancies.. that particular clinic doesnt have an ultrasound that's why he wants to do an xray unless I find another clinic who has one... That I'm searching for. And from what I've researched and spoke to some ab breeders natural birth is common and ok I know Hope's situation is different since she was on the streets. And I don't care who sired her as long as I can keep her healthy. So I'll be speaking with the lead Vet more about her and if she is pregnant if she's healthy enough to withstand the delivery or is it best to terminate now. My husband says if she's healthy enough and if she's pregnant he wants to keep the pups. And I'm aware of the round the clock care for the babies I've had to do it before so that part I'm good with... So I'm just praying for the best GOD put her in my hands for a reason so I have faith she'll have a good outcome either way. Oh @Davidh I don't take Ur comment as a "bad guy" its Ur opinion and well good advice that I take into thought!!! I take all comments as something I may have missed or something I need to research more on!!! But of course I'll keep everyone updated!
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    she found you for a reason... whatever it is, best of luck --- lots of prayers to all
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    I'm so glad you found each other. I know you will do what's best for her

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    Attachment 27946
    Hope on 9/26 gaining some weight!! Hope with my son Jr on her new bed!
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    @lakermarie, cannot see the picture.
    Can't wait to see Hope!




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    OK here's Hope weighing in at 57.6 lbs on 9/26. Lounging with my son Jr
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    Oh wow, Hope is looking beautiful. Her coat looks so healthy and pretty too. What a transformation since the first pic you showed. Give Hope a big hug and kiss from us!




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    Thank you!! Yes we, well .... I'm working extremely hard with her, i'm thinking she gained maybe 5-10lbs in the 3 weeks i've had her. I can't wait to see her in a couple months.
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    WOW!! She looks GREAT!! Good job getting her healthy and she looks so happy and comfortable with you guys!
    Princess, Diva, and Gio <3

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