Is your dog showing all the signs and symptoms of a pregnancy? Don’t begin fantasizing about having cute puppies just yet! Your dog might be going through a false pregnancy cycle.
Generally, false pregnancy begins from four to six weeks after the estrus cycle (heat period). False pregnancy is characterized by both physical and behavioral changes mirroring a real pregnancy. This occurs because once the heat cycle ends, the body releases hormones to prepare it for a fetus.
The symptoms of a false pregnancy are exactly the same, although varying in strength, as a real pregnancy. For example you might notice that the mammary glands are larger or even producing milk. Also your dog might lose appetite but not lose weight. There are clear behavioral changes that are seen during a false pregnancy. Your dog might seem depressed, or seem to have a more protective/motherly behavior. She might seem anxious yet tired.
There is no treatment or need for one during a false pregnancy. You should contact your veterinarian if the symptoms seem to worsen or persist for a period longer than one month.
The only way to alleviate the symptoms is either by taking hormonal supplements provided by your veterinarian or placing cold packs on your dog's mammary glands. The only way to prevent a false pregnancy is by spaying your dog before the full development of her reproductive system.
In conclusion false pregnancy is natural stage in your dog's life and shouldn’t be a concerning issue. The best thing to do is to try and make your dog as comfortable as possible during this cycle.
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