Helping your female dog or cat get through a healthy pregnancy can be very fun, exciting and enjoyable! You are helping to bring new puppies and kittens into this world. New families will be able to have new pets! However, this blog is not how to get your pet through a healthy pregnancy.
If your female dog or cat is not spayed, please read on.
Your pet can experience a false-pregnancy (poor thing!). We want you to know the symptoms, what happens, and why your pet may be acting not-so-normal so you won’t think she is in fact pregnant when she isn’t.
The exact cause for this condition is unknown. Some studies show that in some female dogs they had hormonal imbalances. If your pet gets a false pregnancy, it would generally occur a month or so after a heat cycle and could last a few weeks. Some symptoms include:
- Enlarged mammary glands
- Nursing, self-nursing
- Loss of appetite
The above symptoms are part and parcel for any actual pregnancy, so if you see these symptoms in your pet, she could be pregnant. This cannot be 100% ruled out (especially if you let your pet roam) without getting a physical exam. Dr. Adney will give a thorough examination to ensure all possibilities of pregnancy are non-existent.
So, your pet could be showing signs of pregnancy without really being pregnant. If you didn’t want new puppies or kittens this month, don’t be too quick to get stressed—it could in fact just be a false pregnancy!
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