Owners are always delighted to find out that their female dog is beginning to show signs of pregnancy. Imagine the frustration when they find out that what actually occurred is a false pregnancy and that the dog isn’t pregnant at all.
False Pregnancy In Dogs
- False pregnancy can also be called pseudocyesis.
- In false pregnancy, the dog is tricked into thinking it is pregnant.
- All of the symptoms of being pregnant are present, except the puppies.
Signs of False Pregnancy in Dogs
- The dog shows signs of nesting
- The dog beings mother inanimate objects
- The dog mothers puppies of other dogs
- The mammary glands swell and produce milk
- The abdomen becomes enlarged
- The dog can even appear to be in labor
- “Pregnancy” occurred even without having been mated
- “Pregnancy” occurred after a long interval of having been mated.
How Long Does False Pregnancy Last in Dogs?
- The signs of false pregnancy usual being around four weeks after estrus.
- The signs continue to show and develop for a continued number of weeks and subside on its own usually around two to three weeks.
- Dogs that have experienced a false pregnancy are at high risk of developing it again.
False Pregnancy in Dogs Treatment
Treatment is aimed at decreasing the dog’s discomfort:
- Prevent further lactation by preventing the dog from licking her mammary glands.
- Diuretics and water deprivation may be done to decrease milk production but this should not be done without the presence of a vet or specific instructions from the vet.
- Hormonal medications may be administered.
Spaying may be considered for dogs with repeated false pregnancy experiences.
Pregnancy in Cats
A trip to the vet may also be necessary to help pinpoint a specific due date and to help keep a cat healthy.
Pregnant Cat Stages
A cat’s pregnancy is going to last between 61 to 69 days. That would be somewhere between 9 to 10 weeks.
- First trimester - first 3 weeks of pregnancy
- Second trimester ??” second 3 weeks of pregnancy
- Third Trimesters – last trimester 3 weeks of pregnancy
Owners will most likely start to notice symptoms of pregnancy at around the second trimester.
Pregnant Cat Care
- Proper Nutrition ??” Cats need to given the proper nutrition when they are pregnant. This includes an increase in dietary intake of calcium and other minerals and vitamins.
- Supplementation ??” Cats are going to need supplements. Vets will be able to provide owners prescription for supplements.
- Rest ??” Pregnant cats are going to need enough rest, especially during the third trimester of the pregnancy.
Confirming Cat Pregnancy
- More often than not, an owner will not know if a cat is pregnant till she starts showing the symptoms of pregnancy.
- There are two ways to confirm if a cat is pregnant or not.
- The first one is to wait until the pregnancy progresses and wait for further symptoms of pregnancy
- The second way would be to visit the vet.
- The vet can provide the different tests that confirm pregnancy (e.g. ultrasound)
Pregnancy Symptoms Owners Should Look Out For
- Nipple Enlargement and Color Change
- Increased sleep
- Decreased interest in male cats
- Changes in activity ??” cats that used to spend a lot of time outside will most likely want to spend more time at home.
- Increased appetite, these are some of pregnancy symptoms.
It is important to remember that cats can have false pregnancies. So it is important to go to a vet to confirm things.