I have a pair of breeders that I put together on the fourth of May and separated the twentieth of May i saw some blood on her food on the twenty eighth today is the thirty first and still no babies is it likely she isn't pregnant or ate the babies

Hi Letisha,

Judging from the time frame you've provided, a litter would be expected anywhere from May 25th (if they mated May 4th) to June 10th (if they mated as late as May 20th).  It's possible that she is still pregnant or even that she never became pregnant during this pairing - you won't know for sure until a couple of days past June 10th, if she is still behaving normally and no pups have arrived.

Blood on the food is not normal, and would be cause for concern.  The only reason I would think it was from a complete cannibalization of the litter would be if she appeared very pregnant (noticeably round in the middle, the "swallowed a golf ball" look) and then suddenly did not on the 28th.  If her weight and habits have been fairly steady in that time, then I would look elsewhere for possible causes.  The primary thing I would caution you to watch for would be future symptoms - is she still eating sufficiently and drinking?  Is she becoming lethargic or listless, or having trouble breathing/panting?  Has there been any blood since?  The reason I am saying to watch for this is because if she had a problem with the pregnancy and was bleeding as a result, you would want to visit your veterinarian very quickly.  However, if she is not pregnant currently, or even if she is still pregnant and everything has been healthy since, I would not see any cause for concern and would recommend waiting until the 10th-12th before pairing her again, or even a tad later to observe for whatever was the cause of the blood you saw on the 28th.

Best of luck, and let me know if there is anything else I can help with!


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