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Old 10-10-2009, 07:28 PM
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I was walking my dog this morning when I saw a loose beagle. She was a bit shy at first but when I tossed her a treat, she came a bit closer and allowed me to pet her. She was very dirty and covered in fleas and she looked a bit sick. I went home to put my dog back in the yard and then me and my mom rushed the beagle to the vet. Our veterinarian gave her a bath, and checked her for a microchip (none) and since she didn't have a collar, I assume she's a stray even though I'm going to put up posters. The surprising news: this beagle is app. 6-7 weeks pregnant. I never noticed through all the excitement. Her teats, now that I'm looking closer, are pretty big (more in the back and a bit less in the front) and she's got a distinct lump on one side. Right now she's in the house with me, and is actually pretty calm and friendly, although still a bit shy.
I'm guessing maybe she was abandoned because she was pregnant.

Anyway, any tips would be great. My sister has a pregnant basset hound right now, around 5 weeks pregnant. The beagle (which I decided to name Bella) has already gotten friendly with our basset. They're sharing the same puppy food. I know what to do, but any more advice would be great.
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:52 PM
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It may be possible that she wondered off. Beagles can be like that lol

I don't have any advice with dogs giving birth, since I've never done it. There are others on here who will have wonderful advice with that. Kudos to you and your mom for taking her in, and getting her to a vet so quickly! She's very lucky she wandered into the lives of such caring people.

You may want to start to thinking ahead about adopting out the pups. Asking for references, a spay/neuter contract, etc would be in there best interest IMHO
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:05 PM
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It may be possible that she wondered off. Beagles can be like that lol
It is also possible that someone dumped her off. When a hunter has a beagle that does not meet up to their standards they usually just leave them. Sad but true. No collar and no tags I would say she's yours if you want her. If your going to keep her you might want to start lining up people that would be willing to take the pups when they are old enough now instead of waiting till they are born. The only thing you do know at this point is they are part beagle. Just make sure if you do that make sure you get reference checks because not only are beagles used as hunting dogs they are also used in medical labs for experimentation.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:16 PM
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. No collar and no tags I would say she's yours if you want her. .

The dog was found this morning..that gives very little time for someone to, say, get home from work and begin looking for their dog. Collars can slip off and, as we learned from a recent thread, not everyone leaves collars on their dogs when unattended. I'd heavily advertise (even with a vague 'female dog found' ad) for at least a week or so before assuming a dog is abandoned or dumped. And not everyone who has a hound hunts with them..and not everyone who hunts with a dog dumps them off at the first opportunity.

Do feed the girl puppy food for the time being. You might also keep her in a room to herself when you are out of the house, so she feels a bit more secure, particularly if you have dogs unfamiliar to her.
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:10 AM
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I like to think that maybe her nose got the best of her and she wandered off... maybe someone's looking for her. Try posting to CL and maybe putting an ad in a major paper that will be widely distributed... or at least one of the smaller free papers. Sounds like you've got it pretty much together. Good luck.... and if perchance puppies arrive, pictures are a must!
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:17 AM
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The OP had already said he was putting up fliers so I suggested that he might consider keeping the dog in case the owner is not found. I was in no way advocating that he keep the dog right away. Sorry for not mentioning that in my original post but I thought that it did not need mentioning because the finder was already talking about putting up fliers.

The only thing I would not do is post any pictures of the dog on line or on the fliers because then anyone can claim it is their dog. Let them send you a photo of the dog if someone does come forward. They should have at least one picture of their dog and in the event that they do not ask the person that's calling to be specific on what the dog looks like. There is usually a feature of what the dog looks like that only the right owner would know like a specific mark in a specific area for example.
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Glad that you took the poor gal in . Do hope you find the owner .
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:59 AM
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There are a lot of informative threads in the Breeding Ground The Breeding Ground section of the forum. You could do a search for specific questions there, too. HTH
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:21 AM
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It seems that you've already got plenty ideas on how to find the owner. You guys sound like a great family. Sounds like she lucked out. If she doesn't find her owners, at least she'll be in good hands, which is something to be thankful for. It could have ended up much worse for the little beagle.

Since you have two pregnant girls, I'm going to give you some nutrition advice. Sounds like you already have them on puppy food, but you should also supplement with cottage cheese and green cow tripe. You may also want to go to the store and get some doggie vitamins.

Just like pregnant women, pregnant dogs need all of the help they can get. After all, they're probably eating for 8 or 9 LOL.

Here is a link to a canine pregnancy calendar. Canine Pregnancy Calendar

I'm not sure how much it will help since you don't know her breeding date, but it may help you estimate.

Here is another link on pregnancy and birth in canines: Pregnancy & Birth in Dogs - whelping and breeding information

As the others said, start thinking about homes NOW. When the puppies come, you won't have time. Especially since you all will have two litters to take care of, not just the one. My suggestion would be that if you CAN afford it, take them to a low or no cost spay and neuter clinic and have each dog altered before it leaves your custody.

I bet they'll cut you a break if you contact them now and explain the situation. I bet they'll either do it for free or for very little per pup. You'll also want to think about giving vaccines before the puppies leave your care. The spay and neuter clinic may also give shots. Many do.

It is possible for you to get the puppies aborted from the female beagle if you wish to do so and have her spayed at the same time. If you don't want to have to deal with the double litter, you may want to just abort the pups and spay the mom.


However, should you choose to allow the bitch to whelp, you'll need a birthing box, plenty of hot water on hand, and make sure you keep your vet on call, or find a vet that is on call in case there is an emergency while whelping. You may also want some type of lubricant in case you have to physically help the bitch whelp.

Sometimes puppies are born deformed, or they get stuck in the birthing canal and you could lose your dog and the whole litter in one fail swoop. Plus, you don't know if she's ever had a litter. New moms are more prone to have puppy problems because they just don't know what to expect.

I would consider finding someone who has birthed a litter before to assist you, because as you can tell, there is really a whole big lot to birthing a litter. That's why although I may wish to get into performance or showing, I doubt I'll ever be a breeder. Too much to lose.

Good luck!
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:06 AM
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It is also possible that someone dumped her off. When a hunter has a beagle that does not meet up to their standards they usually just leave them. Sad but true. No collar and no tags I would say she's yours if you want her. If your going to keep her you might want to start lining up people that would be willing to take the pups when they are old enough now instead of waiting till they are born. The only thing you do know at this point is they are part beagle. Just make sure if you do that make sure you get reference checks because not only are beagles used as hunting dogs they are also used in medical labs for experimentation.
Whoa..... Nasty stereotype......

That is just not true at least where I come from, they don't keep them... no, but anyone I knew who had a hound that did not work found a pet home for them.... Not one, that I knew, dumped them or left them. I have know dogs to get lost and hunters who camp out waiting for them....

I can only speak of my area, but any time a hound showed up at the pound, people always said ***** Hunters* when they were usually from some byb who does not do anything with their dogs, let alone hunt them, then sells them to someone looking for a quiet lapdog and is taken in by the cute puppy... sigh
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