False pregnancy

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Has anyone ever had a girl with a false pregnancy? I just found out Pandora is apparently having one so need advice. 

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Deb

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Oh I'm very sorry for you both that must be difficult :( I've never really had female dogs and when I did she was a spayed rescue. I just wanted to say I'm very sorry and wish you both the best :( I would certainly call the vet and ask if you can do anything! 

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Just let her cuddle up and let her sleep and "nurse" her toys/babies. Zelda had a bout of it early in May, lasting about two and a half weeks. She vomited the first two days, which was normal, but was a little worrisome. For the next two weeks, all she wanted to do was curl up next to me on the couch and sleep with her favorite toy. She might not want to eat very much, but give her a bit of chicken and she should want to eat a little.

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Thanks for the advice. Pandora went through her first heat in late April, at 9 1/2 months. I took her to the vet for an unrelated issue and she told me that P was going through a false pregnancy based on the fact that my little girls breasts are engorged with milk. She told me it might take 30 to 60 days for the symptoms to disappear but wasn't concerned. I was so relieved that it wasn't a problem, I didn't think to get advice from her. Sigh, poor thing. I hope it's not too bad.

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Sometimes the dogs don't even notice! Tia went through a phantom preg. and didn't seem affected at all. Hope you don't have too much of a problem with it. Good luck if she starts making her toys into a nest, LOL.

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Yep.. it's heartrending.. but I am going to disagree ( respectfully mind you) with Ledgend.

When Sofia went through hers she would take each of her stuffies upstairs, one at a time, shred the futon into a 'nest' and lay the 'babies' down by  her belly to nurse.

She refused all food and water and lost 20 pounds.. we feared we would lose her, as she'd just stare out the window and give great ragged sighs...

Our vet recommended taking the 'babies' away.. which did not please the Diva at first, but within a day or so she was completely better.. 

Wishing you the best with your Pandora, it's very sad to watch.. but not uncommon. If left alone with the 'babies' she could even start to lactate..

Please let us know how you're doing.. it's very emotional

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Gasp...Oh my goodness. So far she doesn't seem to be mothering anything and because she had always cuddled with us, everything seems kind of normal. Her mammary glands are engorged and apparently her vet was able to express a small amount of milk. Fingers crossed. I've been telling her if you "have" a baby you can't " be" the baby. LOL.  Hoping for the best.                                                                                                   Deb and Pandora