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Do female dogs make milk from their nipples if they are not pregnant

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If a female dog is lacating does that mean she is pregnant
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 10 years ago.
Dogs can make milk when not pregnant. Often a dog who has gone through a heat season but has not mated with a male will go through what is called a false pregnancy. The hormonal changes in the body after ovulation can even lead to her having milk in her mammary glands. You can read about false pregnancies here
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_canine_false_pregnancy.html
But if you saw her mate with a male then you can expect she is pregnant.
Hope this helps you!