‘All dogs go through a hormonal ‘pregnancy’’
With the huge surge in puppy purchases during the Covid-19 lockdown this year we thought this would be a good subject to cover.
We recommend that if you are not planning on breeding your bitch then she should be neutered to stop unplanned pregnancies, mammary cancers, life-threatening infections of the womb and …phantom pregnancies.
After every season or heat, there are hormonal changes which prepare every bitch’s body for pregnancy, even if they are not pregnant. Some females are more affected by the hormones than others and these bitches may suffer symptoms of a phantom pregnancy. These symptoms can include:
- Depression and/or other behavioural changes
- Loss of appetitive
- Nesting behaviour – this can involve moving around and digging bedding
- Nursing behaviour – your dog may become particularly attached to a toy or soft cushion or blanket
- Milk can be produced from mammary glands
These signs can last up a month in duration and can increase in their demonstration as each season passes.
It may be worth saying that if your pet is experiencing these symptoms that it may be worth bringing them to see us so we can be can rule out pregnancy.
Unless symptoms persist for a long period of time, treatment is not normally necessary and the phantom pregnancy will normally stop on its own.
Once neutered, problem solved!