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Sarah P



Joined: 22 Jan 2005
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Location: Weymouth

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject: Phantom Pregnancy Reply with quote

Sad Poppy, our year old Dalamatian, appears to be in having a phantom Pregnancy, so help or advice would be gratefully recieved.

Poppyís season started 2nd August, and lasted four weeks including reducing size, and since then we have had no concerns. But now she is off her food, including treats, eggs etc, the only certainty is milk. She has no complaint of pain, no physical deformity, although her underside towards the last few nipples has definitely increased in size, looking like a limp plastic bag (sorry about the description).

She flatly refused to take her usual walking route with Mike, and is mostly either taken herself to bed or spent time in the garden, but wonít settle with us in the lounge which is her usual routine, and has become incredibly vocal. The only time she enjoys her walk is the weekend beach trips that we have started.

Sorry that there isnít really any more information. As a nurse I am very good a describing physical illness, but when you canít find anything obvious, it makes you kind of stumped.

Any help or advice would be gratefully recieved Smile
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Jeangenie



Joined: 01 Apr 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found that the best treatment for phantom pregnancies is to cut the amount of protein in the bitch's food; keep her busy and not allow her time on her own to brood and sulk; and lots of exercise. Take her about everywhere with you. If she starts 'nesting' you may have to remove her bedding; if she starts guarding toys, take them away from her for a few weeks. The attitude to take is very much that of a public-school games-mistress, very 'jolly-hockey-sticks'!

It's sensible to have a vet check her over to make sure she's not brewing a pyometra or any other sort of illness if you're concerned about her health.

Hope this helps. Smile
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Sarah P



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks you are the second person to mention pyometra, it may not be the case, but I will get Poppy checked out by the vet anyway. Smile
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