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Old 07-02-2017, 05:27 AM
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Accidental breeding, possibly?

One of my dogs, a GSD, turned 1 year old last month. She went into her first heat and as soon as we noticed it, she was kept separate from my male for the next 21 days. The only indicator we had was him trying to hump her when she got close to him (he was on a run at the time and she was loose with us outside).

Fast forward to yesterday. I glanced at her belly and her teats looked a little bit bigger than they should be. Not that Ive ever stared at her belly but never being bred before, her teats should be flat?

They are slightly "puffy" around each nipple. There is hair loss about the size of a quarter around each nipple. Some of her nipples look larger than I would expect, maybe 1/2 inch in length.

I have not noticed any change in her eating habits or any other indicator she could be pregnant. I have also read "Once a female puppy goes into her first heat or estrus cycle, you will notice her breasts enlarge, along with the usual signs of a swollen vulva and bloody discharge. This usually happens when she is between five and 12 months of age, depending on the breed. "

The day we noticed him trying to hump her was June 5th. Does it sound like she is pregnant? We never saw them tie together. If they tied prior to June 5th, would he still have been humping her afterwards?

I do plan to take her to the vet but need to wait another week before a vet can properly tell me if she is bred. Just looking for thoughts from those here.
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One possibility is fake pregnancy. Your vet will be able to let you know once you see them.
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One possibility is fake pregnancy. Your vet will be able to let you know once you see them.

Well yes. I've already stated that. Was looking for feedback from those who had experienced something like this beforehand.
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It is normal for females to start going through pregnancy symptoms without being pregnant or even matting. This is because a number of the reproductive hormones still have the same fluctuations/behavior regardless of an impending litter. You can easily expect for your girls nipples to get larger, often times they get darker, and they may even produce milk, they will "blow" there coat around 8wks after finishing their cycle, you may even see significant hair loss around those nipples. While technically all intact females go though a false pregnancy, because the hormones behave the same after their heat cycle regardless of being pregnant or not, the condition of a false pregnancy involves more significant and undesirable behavior. A female going through a false pregnancy will start behaving as if they are truly pregnant, including becoming attached to certain toys and treating them as thier puppies, they can even become protective of those toys, they may display nesting behavior, or even go off their food. While there are no scientific studies that I'm aware of, anecdotally I've been told that dogs with false pregnancies will continue to get worse with each heat cycle and are at a higher risk of developing pyometria. If you're not planning on breeding your girl, it is certainly more convenient to get her spayed ASAP, but if and when is something you should discus with your vet.
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