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My 4 year old English Lab finished her last heat cycle

around August 8th.But now, 6...
My 4 year old English Lab finished her last heat cycle around August 8th.But now, 6 weeks later...her mammaries are enlarged. Quite a bit.Our vet did ultrasound said, she's not pregnant..and no puss or infection.But would like a second opinion. What's going on?
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Ryan, 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. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 12 months ago
Thank you very much! This is so helpful! Especially with regards ***** ***** about the time line post estrous. I'm very thankful!Is there anything else that I should be mindful of monitoring?

You're quite welcome. No, you're well apprised at this time. This, too, shall end! 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. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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

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