False Pregnancy - not a Lab
My JRT went into a false pregnancy when she was about 8 months old.* She is now 4 years old. It was a sad sight to see -- little squeaky toys all being guarded on the pillows on my bed.* Poor Reba, the lab, didn't even dare to enter the doorway.* * Knowing nothing about breeding dogs I called the breeder.* *She told me to have her spayed immediately.
On hindsight, I think maybe that was a bad idea.* * It was a horrific spay job with an incision almost the length of her tummy.* The vet said it was a difficult job because of the extra mammary blood vessels, etc.* *Then to top it off, I brought her home on a Saturday and she was not acting well.* *Took her back to the vet on Monday and she had something like mastitis.* *What a poor miserable little dog.
I sometimes think that they did not get everything on the spay job and am wondering just how or if we could test for hormones in the blood of something.* *She will sometimes act like she is in heat.* *Just an uncomfortable feeling/pain that will make her hide under the bed.* *She will get flirty with Reba and then snap at her.* *She will try to hump Reba -- usually her head!* If she is having heat cycles, what will be the timing of those cycles?* *Every 6 months?* *
I have often felt guilty about not getting her spayed before all this happened.* But have been reading the articles against early spaying and maybe feel better about the delay.* * She was purchased as pet quality and we never intended to breed her; the contract would not allow it.
Does anyone have any comments on false pregnancies?* *What causes them?* *Would she have eventually 'weaned' her litter and gone back to normal?* *Or did I really have no choice but to spay her before things got worse?
Just kicking myself....
Judy, mom to Reba, the Lab, and Jalapeno, the JRT
Judy, mom to Reba, the Lab, and Jalapeno (Halle), the JRT