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1 year old yorkie...
1 year old yorkie supposedly went in heat 70 days ago; was kept away from mate. Now, 73 days later the male will not leave her alone; the female genitals are swollen and her nipples are swolllen; she is also eating a lot. what do you think
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Thanks for using JustAnswer.com, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you.

What you are describing is very likely to be pseudopregnancy. This is where the hormone progesterone tricks your dog's body into thinking it's pregnant. This is why the genitals are swollen and the nipples are swollen. As this goes on she may even produce milk, make a nest, and carry around toys like they are puppies. Because it is a hormone influence even though it is the wrong hormone the male can be tricked as well. It is technically possible but exceedingly rare for her to be in heat again so I'd keep the dogs separate but realistically she should not be able to get pregnant and will not likely let the male mount her.

For more on this condition see this website: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1896

I hope this helps, best wishes.
Dr. Dan
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