Has anyone dealt with false pregnancy?

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Taegan has not been herself lately.

Has anyone dealt with a false pregnancy and can you give me some pointers on how to deal with this. (There is no way she is pregnant, she was not out of my sight when outside our house during her 1st heat cycle a few months ago.)

A few days ago she started whining and being very clingy. She was eating great, playing, going potty, everything as far as daily functions are normal. No fever, no soreness when checking her all over, no visual abnormalities. But she keeps whining for her favorite ball (purple) and carrying it everywhere. If it goes under the couch she will not stop whining until we get it for her, or she will go get her green ball or her blue ball, she carries it around and whines like she needs to do something with it. My husband ask, "could she be going in heat again?" I said no but then as I thought about it, I remembered reading about dobermans experiencing symptoms of a fake pregnancy.

She goes in her crate and lays down but gets right back up and drags her blanket out and all over the place. She whines, is restless, she digs at her dog bed, digs on the bedroom carpet, digs at the rug by the front door. These aren't normal behaviors for her.

Then today, she didn't want her breakfast. I did entice her to eat some of it with her favorite (egg and greek yogurt) mixed in. I checked her nipples and a couple of them have a little clear stuff coming out.

She has been out of heat approximately 8 weeks now. I have an appointment for my new kitten Monday with the vet and planned to set up Taegan's spay appointment and still will but will set it up for a couple weeks in advance to give her time to get through this. 

Is there anything I should or shouldn't do? I don't want to make it worse.

I took this picture yesterday evening because she pushed her ball down there and yes this is her favorite purple ball........ possibly placed to nurse?????... LOL

 

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Oh my how dreadful this can be.

When we first got Sofia, we had her spayed and she still went through a false pregnancy... taking her stuffies upstairs.. shredding the futon to nest and putting the "babies" by her belly to nurse.

She stopped eating and drinking and lost so much weight in just a week, we feared losing her..

Our vet suggested taking the 'babies' away.. ( seemed cruel) but within a day she was back to normal.

It's heartrending I know.. but she could ever start to lactate... please let us know how she's doing..

Katie

I'm assuming that she is still lean with no unusual weight gain? False pregnancys are pretty common, but you may want to have your vet check her out just to be sure. Some bitches in a false pregnancy will look a little bloated and have enlarged nipples... may even lactate. 

 

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Thanks so much for the response. I talked to our vet yesterday and with the symptoms I explained she said that it sounds like a false pregnancy is definitely what is going on.

Now today Taegan is lactating. But her tummy isn't swollen any at all. Her back boobs are the largest. The Dr said when I start seeing milk she will be almost done. We are going to spay her in about a month, we don't want to confuse her system anymore than it already is.

She won't eat her normal diet but I am keeping food in her by making her fresh eggs and yogurt with some of her kibble mixed in. ;-)  She loves her eggs LOL.

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Things are back to normal now! Yippee! Mercy, I am glad that is also over. As if the heat cycle wasn't bad enough, LOL.  She started eating normally a couple days ago and I am so glad. The boobs are going back down to normal and she isn't whining anymore. She will be having her spay in a couple weeks.

Kudo's to normal! :-)

Talking about normal, does your dog like to play on his/her back? This dog is hilarious. I never remember any of the others doing this but she loves it. Matter of fact, I had to take away anything that could slide down her throat because I was afraid she would choke while doing this when I wasn't around. Hahaha, silly dog.