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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 2 yr old boxer is acting different after her last heat she

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My 2 yr old boxer is acting different after her last heat she is hiding under bed not drinking alot her stool is formed but one stool was yellow mucus then brown diarrhea one time sleeping alot,last 2nipples swollen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Gloria, I suspect that Colbie is experiencing pseudocyesis (pseudopregnancy/false pregnancy) which can appear in a number of ways. The history will include estrus 6-12 weeks earlier without an ensuing pregnancy and chief complaints may involve any combination of the following: mammary problems (engorgement - most evident in the caudal (nearest to the rear) pair of glands), lactation, licking of the glands) and abnormalities associated with aberrant maternal behavior (nesting, digging, adoption of animals or objects), depression or anxiety, anorexia, and excessive vocalization. Diarrhea isn't expected but any dog can experience a few episodes of diarrhea due to a host of possible causes. It's important to recognize that pyometra (infectious endometritis) can exist concomitantly or as a sole entity at this time in her cycle as well. If she's febrile and, particularly, drinking excessively she'll need to see her vet who will perform a complete blood count looking for a significant elevation of the white blood cell count and perhaps X-rays or ultrasound looking for an enlarged uterus. You can take her rectal temperature with any body thermometer placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thats what i thought so what do i do.feed her what how long does this last
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
It's generally self-limiting in 1-3 weeks but in some cases can last until the next heat period. It's rarely treated medically. Spaying is curative, of course. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Shw has no fever but not eating or drinking alot. Iam feeding her rice and chicken is that ok.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Yes, I'm sure she enjoys that. If she remains inappetent it would be best to have her vet check her white blood cell count. We can't ignore the possibility of pyometra. I have to leave my computer for a few hours but promise to reply as soon as I return if need be.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Gloria,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Colbie. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin