Deirdre Discovers a Deficiency
Pet Care VictoriesLast updated: March 22, 2017
"My dogs and I had recently moved and I originally thought the problem had something to do with that," says licensed breeder, Deirdre.
For nine years, Deirdre has been breeding Chihuahuas. But in 2015, she experienced something she never had before. "My two females went into heat in the spring, but I had decided to let them skip a heat at that time and breed them again in the fall. But in the fall, they didn't go back into heat and seemed a big sluggish. I wasn't sure what was going on," she recalls.
In November, Deirdre called Deedee, a Revival Pet Care Pro and explained the situation. "When she called and told me what she was facing, I felt sure it was a simple vitamin issue we could fix. We face this issue every day. People aren't aware there is a problem with a vitamin deficiency because the every-day house dog is who dog food companies make food for. I explained to her that dogs you want to breed need more," says Deedee.
Deedee suggested Deirdre give her dogs Doc Roy's® B Strong, a vitamin and mineral supplement. "I had her double dose with B Strong for four to six weeks before they were due to come into heat. This would first correct the deficiency, then build what was needed for breeding health. A few weeks later she called to tell me her dogs were pregnant and how happy she was!" Deedee says. "It benefitted them tremendously. It helped give them a boost and they both went into heat within a couple of weeks. I'm so convinced it was the B Strong," Deirdre says.
Soon after both dogs became pregnant, Deirdre again turned to Deedee for advice. "I was so excited when I found out both dogs were pregnant that I called Deedee right away. She helped me then develop a vitamin and supplement schedule so this never happens again. In addition to B Strong, she suggested prenatal vitamins for moms, regular vitamins for my males and calcium gel when whelping begins," Deirdre says. "She should not have problems with her heat cycles again," Deedee says.
Irregular heat cycles are frustrating, but Deirdre says with help from a knowledgeable source, they can be fixed. "Don't just look online for a solution. You don't want to accidentally end up giving your dogs something that might hurt them. Call someone you trust who knows and specializes in what they sell. Call Revival!" Deirdre says.
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Shelley Hexom is Revival's Content Manager and helps develop educational pet health resources. A three-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor, Shelley works with Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to help create useful and easy-to-understand articles, videos, and webinars. Shelley received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University in 2002. As a pet owner, Shelley enjoys time with her Boxer mix, Sally. Shelley has been part of the Revival Paw Squad since 2016.
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