Love has been in the air in february and some of our patients have been feeling a bit too romantic much to the horror of their owners and unfortunately accidents do happen occasionally!

Did you know that if your bitch has an unwanted romance we can help with a course of 2 injections of an anti-hormone drug 24 hours apart that can be given from 1 to 45 days after the event to prevent pregnancy, so there really is no need to have a litter of unwanted puppies.

Obviously it is better for your pet to have the injections as soon after the event as possible as after 20 days it will be much more distressing for the dog and there is more risk of a uterine infection developing. The injection also has a small risk of some unpleasant side effects such as vomiting, diarrhoea and anorexia and the bitches seasons can be irregular for a while afterwards so you wouldn’t want to give it unless you knew for sure there had been a mating.

The alternative if you don’t wish to breed from your bitch is to have them spayed early in the pregnancy. This means the problem won’t happen again and you won’t have to carefully manage your pet during her seasons anymore. It also means she has no risk of uterine infections and a greatly reduced risk of getting mammary tumours later in life.

Unfortunately there is no injection available for cats and it can be very difficult to know if your cat has been mated so the best option for cats is still to get them neutered so there is no risk of an unwanted pregnancy.

If you are worried that your pet may have had an unplanned mating then please give us a call at Bourne Vet Practice on 01227 832322 and we can discuss the options with you.