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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 7.5 lb Papillion/Poodle was raped by my 11 lb Maltese. I

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My 7.5 lb Papillion/Poodle was raped by my 11 lb Maltese. I am devastated that I did not do more to protect her. Is there a 'morning after' shot or pill a vet can give her to make sure no pups come from this? She was starting to swell, no coloring yet, and flirting but I did not think it would happen so quick. She yelled bloody murder with the act, but now she is flagging anything that moves. I will shut her up until this is over, but I do not think I should ignore this and she may have pups too large for her. I am 73, my husband has Parkinsons, I am his sole caretaker and it caught me offguard. We are on Social Security and money is so short, I do not know if I can afford a shot. I cannot afford a C section for sure.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I understand how upset you must be. On a positive note, up to 1/3 of bitches presented for pregnancy termination aren't pregnant. On a negative note, your Maltese is old enough. Here are your alternatives...
1) Have her spayed at a low cost spay clinic. Special consideration for seniors and owners with financial constraints often given - particularly at an SPCA.
2) Have an estrogen injection given. This is inexpensive and quite effective but it has the risk of inducing pyometra (a uterine disorder that involves infection), ovarian cystic disease, and/or pancytopenia (bone marrow toxicity).
3) Treat with a prostaglandin. Unfortunately, this is expensive and very uncomfortable for our dogs who should be hospitalized while being treated.
4) Dexamethasone administration. Inexpensive drug. This is effective when dosed after day 30-35 of pregnancy. It can be given orally at home.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Toby. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin