False Pregnancy In Dogs Is A Common Condition That Can Cause Behavioral Changes, Lactation, And Even Loss Of Appetite, According To A Press Release From The American Veterinary Medical Association

False pregnancy in dogs presents with symptoms including behavior, lactation, swelling of mammary glands, distended abdomen, and even signs like anxiety or loss of appetite. There is no definite cause for false pregnancy. However, it is common in intact (not spayed) dogs that have recently experienced a heat cycle. The heat cycle of female dogs has four stages. They are Proestrus, Estrus, Diestrus and Anestrus. These changes prepare the body for pregnancy if she has mated. False pregnancy in females resembles an actual pregnancy. The symptoms are very similar. Owners may also observe behavioral changes in female dogs during a false pregnancy . Some of the following signs are common: The mammary gland swell during pregnancy in the same way as during a true pregnancy. False pregnancies can cause behavioral changes that include anxiety. This may be accompanied by restlessness or lethargy. Owners can even notice aggression if guarding behaviors develop. It is believed that this condition is related to the hormone production that occurs after a dog's conception. Tests to confirm a canine pregnancy can be done around two to three weeks after conception. If the signs of false pregnancy are severe or prolonged, your veterinarian may recommend different treatments. You and your pet dog can work together. False Pregnancy often resolves on its own within one to two weeks. Your veterinarian may need to intervene if signs persist or are extreme. The only permanent method of preventing false pregnancy in animals is an ovariohysterectomy, commonly known as a spay. . . .

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