False pregnancy in dogs – symptoms
This phenomenon, such as false pregnancy, is often found in animals, especially in dogs. This psychophysical process can manifest itself after unsuccessful fertilization and in unbound bitches.
In the wild, oestrus in dogs of one herd is about at the same time, and the appearance of babies before. A false mechanism is activated in the body, which then enables all individuals to raise their offspring, not even their own offspring.
Signs of a false pregnancy in dogs
False pregnancy starts after 1-2 months after the estrus. It can be “calculated” on various grounds. First, the mammary glands will increase, their pigmentation will change. Milk will be badly assigned, the appetite will be gone.
The behavior of the pet will also change. The bitch begins to equip the den: he will find a secluded spot, where he, for example, pulls soft toys, he will lick them. The rest of life, such as walks, games, training, will cease to be interesting. False pregnancy in the toy-terrier, in others, like dogs of other breeds, makes them jerky and nervous. The mother tries to protect the imaginary family from any contact with strangers.
Treatment and consequences of false pregnancy
As already mentioned, with a false pregnancy, York, for example, the symptoms are similar in all races. It should be noted that in small dogs this “side effect” is more difficult to notice. Should the hosts mix? The answer is ambiguous. In most cases, the painful state within a few weeks without external interference. The process can be accelerated by removing dairy products from the pet’s diet and reducing the amount of water used. Increase physical activity, protect the dog from communication with puppies, do not need to express milk, as this only causes the manifestation of maternal instincts.
The danger to the health of the individual is that, during a false pregnancy in a dog, one of the symptoms is a blockage of the milk, which can lead to mastitis. Concentrating excess mucus in the uterus area can cause a purulent inflammation. Is there a false pregnancy that leads to death? Rarely, but it happens. Only a veterinarian can prescribe medical treatment in the form of hormonal preparations. The right way to get rid of pseudo-processes is surgical sterilization.