February 19th, 2002, 11:03 PM
I have a female dog that is acting like she has puppies. She is a queensland mix (I think). She is less than 2 yrs. old. She has taken up residence in my closet for the past week. I bought her two toys that are very soft rubber and they squeal real easy. She has always like to keep her toys together somewhat, or actually I've noticed that it kind of bothers her if she has more than one to play with at a time because she can only carry one. But she has taken all of the toys that make noise into her bed in the closet and stays with them all the time. She honestly acts just like they are puppies doing everything a mother dog would do. Is this a herding instinct? I have had a lot of dogs but never one that did this. Should I be concerned? Thank you. Donna
February 21st, 2002, 09:42 AM
Here is something i found in the archives on this site.
But given your last post...I'd say BRING YOUR PET TO SEE A VET.
The following info is only useful if your pet is not sick....and from the sound of it your pet seems sick.
Anyhow here's the info.
My miniature Dachshund is a 5 year old female that has never been spayed and has never had a litter of puppies. Her mammary glands have recently become engorged with a lot of milk as if she is pregnant, but she isn't. I have heard of false pregnancies but I can't seem to find out any information. Your help would be appreciated.
False pregnancy, also called pseudopregnancy, is due to a hormonal ovarian imbalance, but similar symptoms can be related to a uterine inflammation or infection. The latter could be dangerous for the animal and therefore you should seek Vet care.
Symptoms to be concerned about would be lethargy, little or no appetite and discharge from vulva. A dog that experiences several pseudopregnancies, is at a higher risk for uterine and mammarian cancers. Spaying will decrease this risk.
If your dog shows no signs of illness and only the mammary glands are swollen, the following homeopathic remedies could be used to help relieve pain and swelling of mammary glands: FOLLICULINUM 5CH + PULSATILLA 9CH + BELLADONNA 5CH 3 pellets of each twice a day (orally) until mammary glands have regressed.
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