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PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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Female lab 3 years old, 11th day of heat cycle will not

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Female lab 3 years old, 11th day of heat cycle will not accept my male lab
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: She keeps snapping at him when he mounts her
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: She doesn't hurt
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Faith
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Faith?
Customer: No, healthy happy lab
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Typically female dogs are receptive to male dogs starting around the 7th day of the heat cycle. However, some bitches will absolutely refuse to mate with the male we have selected for them. In cases like this, artificial insemination is usually the wisest move. For this, you would take the male and female to the vet, have the male collected through manual stimulation and then the female would be inseminated with the fluid collected. Similar procedures exist for dogs that live in different areas or for whom the option of in-person breeding does not exist. You're at the perfect time to opt for this to be done if you're certain you're wanting puppies from these two dogs. Otherwise, it may be worth waiting until her next heat cycle and trying a different male next time.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
How much does it usually cost
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

It depends on where you live, the time involved, etc. I've seen the cost as cheap as $150 and I know of breeders who have invested well over $750 each time the dog was to be AI'd. Not all clinics offer this option, either, so calling around tomorrow may help. Someone skilled in this area of vet med can be invaluable for someone in your situations as they can guide you through any concerns that might arise over the coming months, if the pregnancy takes.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Checking in. How is Faith doing?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

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