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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Phantom Pregnancy?

Has anybody any experience of a phantom pregnancy (obviously your V), since Ruby's first proper heat her teats have grown quite large and not gone down at all. I'm 99.9999% sure that no intact dog got to her, but wondering if she's maybe having a phantom. She's not showing any other parenting instincts that I'm aware of, but she's the first female dog I've had, so not really sure what to be looking for.

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How long have her memory glands been swollen, and how long is it after her season ended> You say she doesn't show any "parenting signs" - does she nest - eg keep her favorite toy with her all the time and keep it in her bed with her, or dig in that immacualte lawn of yours? Those are classic signs of phantom pregnacy.

I had a Dane years a go who had a phantom pregnacy after every season. If it is a phantom the vet can inject her to stop it, but they will probably suggest you get her spayed, as they tend to have one after every season.
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thanks HM, no she doesn't do any nesting , digging or snuggling her toys. it's just her nipples that are larger than pre-heat not actually her boobs. I am going to get her spayed within the next couple of months though, when she's mid way between heats

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I wouldn't jump on spaying her if your not ready to. Out of 3 heat cycles my female did this once. No intervention from the vet and they went down on their own.

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I know it's not the same but I had an English pointer and she had phantom pregnancy a few times. Though she digged up the whole garden and kept carrying around her toys too. But in time it went away without us doing anything about it. :

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If in doubt she could wear bitchwear from the above company. 8)

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This picture of June was posted on a hunting forum after she went shopping with my daughter. The breeder saw it and posted " What have you done to that field bred puppy?"

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I gotta get me a V girl as well... they are so pretty :-*

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Hi, My 15 month V's teats were the same and they gradually got bigger. In the last few days they started leaking slightly and the surrounding area become a little swollen. This morning she was due to have a spay operation and was diagnosed with having a phantom pregnancy (which explains the big hole in the lawn : ) She is now on Galastop to dry up the lactation and then we will sort out the planned spay op. The vet advised that holding off on the spaying at this point was best as it could otherwise prolong the phantom symptoms if we went ahead.

Hope this helps and good luck
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what do you think about Roobies Boobies, do they look large?


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