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Draconess25's avatar

Do canines, felines, or reptiles have more pregnancy problems?

Asked by Draconess25 (4448points) March 21st, 2010

Just wondering.

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Coloma's avatar

The tiny dog breeds can have complications, may need C-section births at a higher rate than the larger breeds. Cats are usually very low in problem births.

I’d imagine, depending on the species of reptile, live birth/ egg laying… I wouldn’t think there could be too many issues, but I am not reptile savvy.

SeventhSense's avatar

I would say that the incidence of canines and felines having more pregnancy issues would be greater based on the following:
The mammals have a longer gestation cycle and always give birth to live young. The possibility of a breach birth could create difficulty. Contrarily while some snakes give birth to living young these are rarely an issue of labor based on their ability to slip out quite easily. And of course in the case of the egg bearing reptiles which would be most snakes and lizards they simply deposit their brood in a decomposing log or under leaf litter and slither away. Of course there’s always the chance that they may be eaten while giving birth. But still because of the simplicity of their birth the reptiles have it easier. But as far as the mortality of their young most reptiles have a greater risk being completely on their own from birth. Hence the need for greater numbers of offspring to compensate for the loss. I would have to say the mammals hold a greater chance of mortality in giving birth.

Buttonstc's avatar

I would assume it would be dogs over cats due to the large size variations possible.

Cats have a much narrower size differential so wouldn’t have those kinds of situations.

mattbrowne's avatar

My pregnant goldfish was due February 30. Should I be worried?

snowberry's avatar

More pregnancy problems than…What?

Draconess25's avatar

@snowberry Than each other….

MaryW's avatar

I think dogs would have more problems because more dogs have been “engineered” by humans and kept alive despite bad head size and pelvic size and other issues. Nature “takes care” of those issues a generation at a time. Reptiles I’d bet are relatively ok.
On another note we should all spay and neuter dogs and cats and adopt through local shelters.

snowberry's avatar

Breeds of animals, especially dogs tend to have medical problems built in through selective breeding (hip dysplasia , etc). Next in line would be cats, and after that, reptiles, because reptiles in general don’t have selective breeding, so in general the genetic lines are free of inherited diseases.

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