How To Recognise A False Pregnancy In A Dog

How To Recognise A False Pregnancy In A Dog

Female dogs can experience false, or phantom, pregnancies after they have been on heat. Veterinary surgeon Roger Wickenden explains how to recognise the symptoms and what to do about them.

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  • Phantom pregnancies usually occur 4 to 6 weeks after the bitch was on heat.
  • Symptoms include mammary and nipple enlargement, the secretion of milk and protective nesting behaviour.
  • It's very important to make sure your bitch isn't pregnant. You can feel the pups in her stomach from as early as 30 days and a vet can do an ultrasound to confirm.