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My dog is lactating but she isn't pregnant

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago

All unbred females will become falsely pregnant to some extent 1-3 months after an estrous cycle. False pregnancy (pseudopregnancy, pseudocyesis) is characterized by different degrees and combinations of maternal behavior (nesting, digging, adoption of animals or objects), mammary gland engorgement, lactation, licking of the glands, as well as depression or anxiety, anorexia, and/or excessive vocalization (whining). Pseudocyesis typically resolves spontaneously within 2-3 weeks from its onset but can occasionally persist until the next estrous cycle. If my patient is excessively uncomfortable, I can administer a dopamine agonist such as cabergoline which will shorten the course of the pseudocyesis.

Are you seeing signs other than her lactation? How old is she, please?

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