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How old is your girl?
Did the older dog mount her that you know of?
How long ago was she in heat?
Is her abdomen bloated like pregnancy?
Any mammory increase?
Any discharge from the vulva?
Is she digging at the area under the bed?
Any odor to the area around her vulva?
If she was just in heat about 2 weeks ago, you shouldn't see any abdominal swelling yet from pregnancy. You usually do not see any weight gain from pregnancy until about 4 weeks. What I am worried about is pyometra.
Pyometra generally occurs 60-70 days after a heat cycle. It is usually seen in older unspayed females but can be seen in any age. It is diagnosed by ultrasound showing fluid in the uterus. There are two types of Pyometra (open and closed cervix) Symptoms of open cervix Pyometra are a vaginal discharge that may be pus or bloody, lethargy, anorexia, increased thirst and urination, vomiting and diarrhea, and abdominal swelling though the dog remains fairly healthy due to the infection draining from the body. Closed cervix Pyometra symptoms are the same without much of a discharge, they appear very ill, there is usually weight loss and abdominal swelling and is much more extreme. Dehydration, shock and death can occur if not treated aggressively.
So what might have seemed like a heat cycle might be the start of pyometra (uterine infection). Her behavior does sound more like a dog who is ill rather than a dog that is pregnant. I urge you to have her seen as soon as possible.
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