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Hi Stormi, I'm Dr. Deb. I will do my best to assist you today. I'm sorry for this concern for Savannah but I do have a few more questions to ask about her first, if you don't mind:1. Is she still lactating from all of her nipples?2. Is she still lactating from just this one nipple?3. If no lactating, have her other nipples resumed a more normal size and it's only the one that seems bigger?4. Is it red or very hard around the gland?
There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb
Yes, she was lactating from all of her nipples, it last about 3 or 4 days. All of them went down to normal size except for the one. The color appears normal but it does seem a bit hard when I slightly squeeze it.
I just checked to see if it was warm, and it is a bit more pink. and I was just worried since just this one nipple has been swollen like this for 2, almost 3 weeks now. She's never had a false pregnancy before, so I'm still learning what to look for.
so far, i want to say it's like the first 2 pictures right now. i guess i will just keep an eye on it, and hopefully it will go down. how long will the nesting stage with the adopted toy last? she's a very energetic and playful dog, and now she doesn't play at all, and barely eats. she just stay with her toy.
i expected about a month for the nesting stage. i'm just not used to seeing her so quiet and still. she just whines all the time and will sometimes walk around with her 'baby' in her mouth and whine, so i just don't know what to do when she does that. i know to try to make this process as stress-free as possible and i'm trying.
well, it hasn't been a month, i just figured it could last as long as month. she adopter her toy about 3 days ago. the only part that's hard for me is not knowing what she wants when she whines.
Stormi: Sorry if I misunderstood. This behavior is psychological at this point; I would remove the "baby" so she can't start to obsess over it; her whining should stop soon after.I'm not certain what the whining is about either or what she's trying to communicate to you but she may be a little confused and not understand why it's not nursing or behaving like a normal puppy would behave.This will sound awful but it's best to let her think that the puppy is completely gone rather than for her to continue to try and mother it.Deb
i've thought about doing that. but won't it cause separation anxiety?
well, if she does end up having withdrawals when i take it away, what is the best thing to do?
she always play with my sister's dog, but she doesn't anymore. i just took her 'baby' away when she wasn't looking. she's not searching for it, she just keeps looking at me and whining. and my sister's dog is trying to play with her but she's ignoring him.
ok. thank you for all of your help =) now i'm not at a loss anymore. and my sister is going to help me work with her too while i am at work during the day. again, thank you!
I hope you'll keep me posted about her. Even after you've rated (if you do, of course), we can still continue to communicate. I can also send you a follow up email in a few days to which you can respond when you have the time to do so.
yes, i would love a follow up email. =) and i will respond! thank you so much!
she's doing great! it only took about 3 days for her to forget about her 'baby'! she spent those days at my sister's house so she could have her 2 other dogs to play with and it helped so much!
you're very welcome! thank you for all of your help! now i'm hoping she's not pregnant for real!
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