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Old 06-23-2016, 12:50 PM
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False Pregnancy?

Hello everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone has experience with false pregnancy? My dog who is a black lab/border collie and is 3 years old, seems to be lactating and she hasn't had any sexual contact with any male dogs. She has been around a little male dog, playing, but nothing that would cause her to become pregnant.

She is lactating (or at least it seems - I noticed crusty stuff under her undercarriage and noticed milk coming out when I checked more thoroughly) but her breast do not seem to be really swollen like a real pregnant dog's would be.

She has recently been on prednisone for itching (during a transition to raw food) as she has been licking her vulva raw. We stopped that about a week ago. I don't really like using any medication but felt really bad for her because she was licking herself raw, that I thought its best to give her something temporary for itching relief. She is also on a antibiotic spray for the raw areas. She has been eating raw food for approximately 3 weeks and seems to be doing good otherwise.

False pregnancy wise, the only real symptom I see is lactating, and maybe some laziness but nothing worrisome.

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?
The vet doesn't seem to be too concerned - I didn't go in a see them, but told them over the phone what was happening and they said its probably from hormones and as long as the discharge is not a strange colour, everything should be fine... just want to be sure my baby Bella is ok!

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I had this happen multiple times with my bitches... It usually happens a few months after their last heat. It will last a few weeks then subside. Only thing to watch for is Mastitis
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I had a scottie that had at least one false pregnancy. It was when I was a teen but what I remember is that she looked and acted pregnant for a bit and then started lactating. She also horded some of her toys and mothered them. It all cleared up on it's own in her case, without issue.
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I had this happen multiple times with my bitches... It usually happens a few months after their last heat. It will last a few weeks then subside. Only thing to watch for is Mastitis
I read that false pregnancy "usually" happens after the dog has already had a litter, but my dog has not had a litter.. so maybe this is untrue. She is 3 and has had maybe 4 heats. The timing would be right though because she had her last heat about 2 months ago. I can't wait for it to subside so she can feel good again and no milk on the couch and blankets lol.
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I had a scottie that had at least one false pregnancy. It was when I was a teen but what I remember is that she looked and acted pregnant for a bit and then started lactating. She also horded some of her toys and mothered them. It all cleared up on it's own in her case, without issue.
I find it rather strange that a dog can experience "false" pregnancy. I didn't even know that was a thing until I recently looked it up when I realized Bella was lactating. I have had dogs before and never experienced this - so this is a first for me. Bella is pretty lazy, unless we take her for a walk, but I haven't really noticed hoarding anything YET lol. She has been lactating for almost a week now.. I can't wait for it to stop so she can feel good again
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I find it rather strange that a dog can experience "false" pregnancy. I didn't even know that was a thing until I recently looked it up when I realized Bella was lactating. I have had dogs before and never experienced this - so this is a first for me. Bella is pretty lazy, unless we take her for a walk, but I haven't really noticed hoarding anything YET lol. She has been lactating for almost a week now.. I can't wait for it to stop so she can feel good again
I've had it happen to both bitches who has litters and ones who havnt... Once it happens once it will most likely happen after each heat
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