my dog went into her first heat recently and right after she stopped bleeding her breast got very inlarged like they had milk, i know for a fact she did not have contact with a uneutered male dog so she can not be pregnant. my co-workers female dog would have false pregnancys and when she did her breast would get inlarged with milk but it was 60 so days after she was in heat. i was woundering why my dogs breast got inlarged so fast after her bleeding. any help would be great, thanks!
This just happened to my dog. Except we had boarded her while we were on vacation and we didn't know if she had been with a male or not. I noticed the same thing with the bigger nipples and they were engorged with milk. The milk would even come out when squeezed. I took her to the vet because I was worried since I didn't know for sure if she had been with a male. They did an ultrasound and found no fetal heart beats. Which was a relief for us since we are not trying to breed our dog. The vet told us that more often than not this happens and if it happens once it will happen almost every time she goes through a heat cycle. All you can do it just keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn't go through any extreme symptoms. For example becoming obsessed with a toy like it was a baby or lick/sucking on her breast to stimulate more milk production. This can cause other health issues. Don't worry though the milk will dry up within a couple weeks and she should be back to normal. I hope this helps and good luck.
Usually symptoms of false pregnancy do start a while after she has been 'on heat'. Often symptoms begin about the equivalent time to the duration of a pregnancy (say 60 days or so) So it is odd that she started with this so soon.
False pregnancy is caused by a surge of hormones, and the only sure-fire cure for it recurring and recurring is to have her spayed. That will also protect her to a certain extent, from the threat of mammary cancer in later life (though not 100%, as the only 100% protection against this is to have the female spayed before her first 'heat'.
I am not an absolute expert on this, although have seen mild signs of false pregnancy in my own dog (who was a rescue dog, and I don't want to put her through the surgery now as she is nearly 12)....with her, if she got any symptoms, they started about 2 months after her 'heat'
It might be wise to consult your vet about your dog, just in case there is any breast inflammation going on.
My Great Dane just ended her 1st heat about 3 most ago, my 2 other females followed her and were in heat about a month after she finished. As the other 2 were in heat my Danes teats got very swollen and developed milk yet she was not pregnant, now they are rock hard, feel very abnormal and leak dark bloody matter when squeezed. I absolutely can't afford to go to see her vet, was praying someone knew what it was and what I can do for her. If anyone knows I will be very much appreciative of your help.
hey this is exactly what happened to my lil nelly bell's :(
I noticed about 3 weeks ago that her lil boobies started to grow. she just finished her 1st heat and i am sure she had no male contact. so now 3 weeks after her heat finished, her lil boobies are rock hard.
I called the vet before they had gotten so hard and they asked me if her boobs were hard, at the time they were not. they asked if she seemed happy n healthy and not in pain and if her boobs were hot or leaking. they still are not hot or leaking. she seems fine and happy.
My chihuahua went through her first heat cycle and like after 2 days or so her cleavage started getting big and I was panacking and saying that she is way to small to be prego she will die if she gives birth to a litter...I don't want her to be pregnant because me and my dog have become very close...will anyone help and see if this is normal in dogs? Thanks
This breast enlargement is always a case of hormonal surges of one kind or another, or mastitis.
False pregnancy is connected with hormonal surges.
The ONLY way to stop it happening is to have the dog spayed. Unless, of course, it is very important that she is bred. And that really should only be done by an experienced dog breeder. SO many things can go wrong during breeding/pregnancy/whelping....and with the newborn pups. All emergencies will be very expensive.
Plus, females with a history of false pregnancies are very VERY likely to develop Pyometra at any time, but more likely during middle age or older. Pyometra can and does kill. There is usually a 4 or so hour window to get emergency treatment (removal of womb and ovaries) for Pyometra, and some dogs either don't make it or end up with kidney failure.
With spaying, that worry is over.
There are many low cost spay/neuter clinics so it does make sense to get it done.
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