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Old 07-13-2012, 12:44 PM
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Default Signs of a false pregnancy?

Simi has been out of heat for aprox. 3 weeks now, and she still has swollen mammary glands and there seems to be some slime from her vulva. She's had the swollen mammary glands since she was in heat, but we only just now noticed the slime... Besides that I can't see anything else strange about her. Still eating, drinking, etc., all normal... just a little swollen and leaking grodies.

Anyone with experience with false pregnancies have any insight?
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:52 PM
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I would start taking her temp and watching for pyo if she's got any sort of discharge. Your vet might want to put her on antibiotics just in case. Nothing to mess around and wait and see on.

It could just be that but if it's the first stage of pyo you want to act now.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:53 PM
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Just read about that -- going to call the vet and see if they can fit her in today.

What should her temperature be? I'll check that too.
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Normal dog temps are around 101*F - and yes with any discharge after a heat cycle I'd be doing a vet check just in case.
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Around like 100.8 I believe
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:00 PM
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She's at 101.0 *F.

ETA: I guess I should add that Crash did "breed" her while she was in heat. He wasn't showing any interest in her at all, and he's neutered and has been for more than a year, and then he just took interest in her and wam-bam-thankyou-m'am. They weren't locked long, but a site I'm looking at says vaginal discharge could be caused by trauma?

Crash is so frustrating. We just got rid of out intact male when Amanda moved out with Morrie, so we were all "yeah, no need to crate and rotate on heat cycles!" Then there's Crash, who thinks he's still a man and has to do the deed.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:22 PM
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It shouldn't cause that much of a problem - if she was a willing partner and there was damage, it would have been within a week or so. But it could have introduced bacteria. Dirty boys.

Watch for lack of eating and drinking a lot of water, those are the usual signs. Learned the hard way not to use neighbors that aren't dog wise and are also unwilling to pick up the phone and ask about that sort of thing. Came home to 'oh she's not eating but figured it was hot and she was full of water, she's been drinking buckets and buckets of water - she's still in heat right, there's a bit of discharge'.....

Dog was normally a garbage can who would eat herself sick, no dog should be drinking 2-3 ice cream buckets of water a day, and the bit of discharge was not 'a bit' by any means. Emergency spay the next morning (she was still willing to much on some people food so the vet said to fast her and bring her in the morning) - you know it's bad when the tech is waiting and an IV is started before you have the paperwork handed to you.... she was fine but it was a long week.
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She's still eating, drinking, playing all normal. Normal bathroom habits. She's working in training better than she has been, actually.

Mom noticed the discharge shortly after she'd pee'd, so I'm wondering if that had something to do with it. Besides the discharge, what could be the cause of her swelling? There's no fluid or anything coming from her mammary glands, just swollen... I was thinking it was left over from her heat.
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Discharge in my intact bitch would be a handbreak turn into my vets parking lot.
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Both Aeri and Snipe had some mammary development that lasted for a few weeks. False pregnancy is very common so that's what I chalked it up to. False pregnancy can last up to the normal gestation length in dogs, so the first two months after heat are where you'll be apt to see symptoms.
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