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Today I did a dumb thing - I walked through the electric dog fence, while holding the dogs' collars. It's a fairly low voltage (my husband describes it as similar to putting a 9V battery to your tongue) and I felt fine, but I went to the hospital just in case. The doctor asked about bleeding (I'm about 5 weeks along) and checked my blood pressure. He said that my heart was fine and he wasn't worried.<br><br>
All of this happened about 2-3 hours after I got zapped - would I have been bleeding already (per his question) if I were going to miscarry? I didn't push for an ultrasound because I know that 5 weeks is too early to see anything anyway.<br><br>
I guess my question is - how long do I have to wait to know how badly I messed up? A week? A day? Is he right, and there's nothing to be worried about? I'm not bleeding at all, but I don't know if that's a good thing, or just means that nothing has happened yet but there's still lots of time.<br><br>
Thanks a lot<br><br>
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I truly wouldn't worry about it. Not a big deal. Just like any other pregnancy when you see or hear the heartbeat you'll know that the baby is doing ok. There's no specific amount of time to wait.
 

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Yeah, I know that I could m/c at any point, just because - I'm just kicking myself for being so dumb with the collars, and I'll feel better if I 'know' that there weren't any consequences to it.<br><br>
But thanks for the reassurance. I'm normally not a worrier, or one to take every remote precaution possible. But I scared myself with this one.<br><br>
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I'm really sorry to hear you got shocked. I'm sure everything will be okay, but you may want to consider getting an alternative fencing for the sake of your and your dog's future safety.<br><br>
Electric fences seem excellent because they are cheap and don't stick out in the yard (chainlinks are ugly, aren't they?). However, the collars have been known to malfunction. My girlfriend was the walking poster child for them, and would frequently tell me to get one. She ended up having to go to the hospital bc her one of her dogs' collar went shock crazy and started electrocuting the dog repeatedly (the dog wasn't even outside). She got the tar bit out of her getting it off her dog and also got shocked herself. Even though it was a 9-volt, it left some nasty burns.<br><br>
Another problem with electric fences is they allow other animals in the yard. Nothing like having to break up a dog fight if an aggeressive neighborhood dog comes to visit.<br><br>
And if your dog excited enough he/she can run right through the fence.<br><br>
Our neighbor's behind us have one and their dogs are always getting lose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
They will probably get hit one day, because we live on a busy street that is not too far from a highway and they aren't very street-smart dogs (I almost hit one). When that happens, it'll not only be sad for the dogs, but very dangerous to whoever hits them because they are quite large (great dane).<br><br>
A much more dependable and humane alternative is a low visibility Best Friend Fence. We have one and LOVE it. It's inexpensive and doesn't stick out like an ugly chain link fence.<br><br>
It also keeps deer out of our yard, which has drastically reduced the number of ticks our dogs drag in (they'd still get them even with Frontline or Advantix—they'd just be dying on them).
 

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You are fine. Nothing to worry about. I hope you can let yourself enjoy and not worry about this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Blessings!
 

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thanks everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Since I posted I was able to talk to my husband (he's away for business) and do feel a lot better.<br><br>
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A friend of mine was in her apartment kitchen that wasn't grounded properly. She touched the stove and refrigerator at the same time (something like that) and was electrocuted and fell on the ground. She wasn't very far along in her pregnancy. Not exactly sure how far along. But her son was born healthy and thriving and is a happy five year old today. I wouldn't worry too much if it were me, especially at only five weeks along.
 

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Yes, just chiming in to say that I wouldn't worry. I was actually talking about electric shocks recently with an electrician (why? who knows...), who assured me that the womb creates a grounded zone and thus, even if the mama gets shocked, it won't affect the baby.<br><br>
But, I know those first few weeks are so nerve-wracking. Be good to yourself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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But thanks for the reassurance. I'm normally not a worrier, or one to take every remote precaution possible. But I scared myself with this one.<br><br>
Erica</div>
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I would not worry (this is coming from an Electrical Engineer). First off I imagine you were holding the collar in one hand, Right? Well electricity likes to travel in the path of least resistance, And from what I can guess about human physiology your womb would not be that path. No worries! Also if their was anything to worry about it would have been your heart stopping due to basically an electrical interruption. You only need about 10mA (which is almost nothing) straight though the heart to cause interruption which could lead to your heart stopping. BUT that would be an IMMEDIATE effect! Not something that would happen days later.<br><br>
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