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Old 10-08-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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I posted the other day that my dog had bred with another,and was worried about any complications i may of caused due to seperating them,i have visited a couple of vets today and this has been ruled out but another problem has been brought to my attention.
2 of the 4 vets i visited say that because she is an american bulldog i will have to have to pups delivered by c section whereas the other 2 say that this is only the case with english bulldogs due to their large heads and with american bulldogs there is rarely a problem with a natural birth.
I have contacted 2 breeders of american bulldogs who both say that a natural birth has always been the case when they have bred dogs.
So im a little confused as to what to expect??
Are the vets telling me this to make 500 out of me for a c section that will not be necessary, or are they just classing it in the same group as an english bulldog??
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:49 AM   #2
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I know that French and English bulldogs are always delivered by C-section cos they have very big heads versus the mom's rather small pelvic but I haven't heard that for AB.
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Yes, I too have heard that English and French bulldogs can have a lot of problems during birth so many of them need C sections. I've not heard this about American bulldogs, so maybe it is not needed. Maybe some other AB owners can help you with this.
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Old 10-08-2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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It just depends on the birthing, I owned an English Bulldog, she came naturally. The entire litter did and it was of six quite large. I would not absolutely count on that as one never knows, alot of dogs go into whelp, one gets into birth canal and stops, she is rushed to vets for a C section for the rest to be saved and her. This is Brita and me, Pat
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My niece has an American Bulldog,the breeder she got them from has had no problems with her girls giving birth
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I've always heard that American Bulldogs are one of several breeds quite prone to c-section too. Natural births are possible, of course; however, if you're going to allow the pregnancy to continue, you should be prepared with a vet on call 24/7 nearing her delivery time. Considering the fact that your upcoming litter is a mix, I'd be quite concerned at that prospect.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:46 PM   #7
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Was just sitting thinking about g&h,s comments about different bulldogs and why they may experience birth problems and it makes a lot of sense that with english and french bulldogs it may be the fact that the head is rather large in proportion to the back end of the dog wheres with an american bulldog its head is more in proportion with its body and so it has more room to accomodate bigger pups at the rear.Not meaning to be crude or anything but my Madge aint no small girl at the back when she is relaxed so im presuming on going into labour it will expand even more so the more i think about it i dont reckon she will have a problem, but still i will be sure to have the vet on standby just in case.

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Since it's just been a few days since she was bred and you don't even know if the breeding took, have you considered having her spayed immediately? This would eliminate all your concerns and be much easier on your dog.
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Since it's just been a few days since she was bred and you don't even know if the breeding took, have you considered having her spayed immediately? This would eliminate all your concerns and be much easier on your dog.
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Very good point! Could you ask the breeder of your girl for advice?

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