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Question from a new member....

December 9th, 2005, 12:41 AM

This is Marse in Colorado. I have recently acquired a lovely 2-yr-old Aussie
from a friend of mine. There is a remote chance that she may be impregnated by my friend's male Aussie. My question is this: In Persian cats
(and other breeds) you can generally tell when your female kitty is pregnant
after a few weeks, as her nipples will swell slightly and turn pinkish in color.
Is this true of dogs as well? My Aussie fits that description, with a slight
spread of the fur around the nipple forming a small circle of skin around it.
Just thought I'd ask, as it seems obvious that her nipples are larger than
normal. Mean anything???

Would love to hear from anyone who has witnessed the same.

Thank you!


December 9th, 2005, 07:25 AM
Hi Marse, welcome to the board!

Your Aussie's nipples could be that way because she is pregnant or because she is going into heat or coming out of heat. Your best bet would be to take her to the vet and have her checked. Do you have any idea when this may have occurred? Gestation is 62 days I believe. Having an idea of when it might have occurred and how far along she possibly may be will help the vet to determine as well. If she's not too far along then you could consider a spay in order to not add to the overpopulation of pets?

Lucky Rescue
December 9th, 2005, 07:52 AM
Personally I"ve never seen anyone who could tell a cat was pregnant until near delivery time. I sure can't tell. Don't know about dogs.

As BMDluver says, you needn't wonder and worry. Just take her and have her spayed asap - end of problem.:)

December 10th, 2005, 11:52 PM
Hello BMD and Lucky,

Thanks for the welcome, and for replying to my post! Actually you CAN tell
if a kitty is pregnant IF you know when to look for the "pinking". It was
evident in my Persians (all three) each time they were pregnant, but I've
never known anyone to mention it with dogs. The vet says she is too far
along for a safe spay, and since she is registered and papered, as well as
the sire, ... I should just let her have the pups and sell them to the area
ranchers and show people. She is a beautiful dog, and the "daddy" is a handsome show dog. Sooooo...... I guess we wait to spay until after the
litter arrives and all are weaned.

Maybe there was a good reason to have moved to Colorado on a 35-acre ranch, but I THOUGHT it was for our Arabians! Guess they are going to have a little company.

Thanks again. I surely appreciate your responses!