Psychological pregnancy in bitches

Bitches that are not sterilized can undergo a psychological pregnancy at some point in their life, so it is commonplace so do not be alarmed if you observe your pet behaving in a strange way.

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In this article of YourCatCareguide we will tell you about the symptoms and the treatment with home remedies that you can give your dog. In addition, it will be vital to consult a veterinarian since only he can determine an appropriate diagnosis.

Then we will offer you all the data on psychological pregnancy in bitches and some home remedies to treat this problem properly.

What is a psychological pregnancy?

The psychological pregnancy in a bitch is a hormonal imbalance that can occur in some cases. Because of the complications and diseases they may have, veterinarians recommend sterilizing pets.

A psychological pregnancy may appear when we try to couple an unsuccessful bitch several times although it can also occur from natural causes . Animals that live in freedom can develop this behavior especially when they live in a pack, so if one mother dies, another figure of the pack can replace her and take care of her puppies.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

In our article about gestation of the dog we talk about the psychological pregnancy since the symptoms that the animal has are very similar to those of a really pregnant bitch. Be aware of your behavior and physical appearance:

  • Absence of menstruation
  • Vaginal flow changes
  • Swollen belly
  • Breasts developed
  • Breast with milk
  • Lick your breasts
  • Lambe a vagina
  • Hiccups
  • Do not want to walk
  • Steals stuffed animals
  • Is found
  • Scrub on floors and walls

Before any of these symptoms it is crucial to consult the veterinarian , only he can determine that it is really a psychological pregnancy. In addition, it will provide you with specific guidelines for the case of your particular bitch.

Remember that some of these symptoms (especially breast growth) can lead to problems such as an infection or other more serious such as mastitis. Psychological pregnancy in bitches can also lead to serious behavioral changes.

Home Remedies

In general, the psychological pregnancy usually disappears at three weeks and during this time the bitch will seem a little discouraged, so you will need a lot more affection. Before a mild case the veterinarian will recommend that you follow the following recommendations:

  • To begin with it will be essential that the bitch stops licking the breasts because this stimulates the production of milk. Too much milk can cause an infection or other problems. To do this, you can rub the breasts of your dog with alcohol , this will make it not lick them more, and will prevent a possible infection.
  • You should increase the number of walks and the exercise with the bitch to distract her and her hormone levels stabilize. You are likely to try to come back after urinating, so continue with the walk some more.

If following these advice the psychological pregnancy of your bitch does not seem to end, you should take it to the vet to be given medication in the most serious cases. It is important to never give medication to your bitch without a prior recommendation.

Consequences and prevention

Sometimes a psychological pregnancy can cause serious health problems , we have previously mentioned nipple infection as well as mastitis . Yet there are other problems that can also affect a bitch with a psychological pregnancy like depression, discomfort and behavioral changes. This makes the bitch suffer with the false pregnancy and causes her to go through a stressful situation .

Overall, it is estimated that 5 out of 10 bitches will suffer from a psychological pregnancy at any time in their life. Sometimes it can be that they suffer from several along their adult stage.

The best you can do to prevent this episode from recurring is to sterilize your dog . A sensible option that will end these episodes of malaise for her. In addition to stopping the reappearance of psychological pregnancies will also prevent you from becoming pregnant as well as serious behavioral changes.

Discover in our article on the benefits of canine castration some of the reasons why you should castrate your bitch as well as false myths about sterilization and castration.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest that you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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