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Old 12-29-2012, 06:18 AM
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Question Phantom pregnancy

My little girl (chi) has been acting very strange for the last few days, she has taken every single one of her cuddly toys into her bed and barely comes out. She is normally attached to any of the family members but has isolated herself. She is also quite protective when trying to get her out to go outside for her business which also isn't like her. She will come out of hiding if she hears the rustle of a packet and when she does she cries, it's as if she doesn't want to be away from her 'babies'
The vet has said just leave her to it and if she is still like it in a week bring her in and they will give medication to snap her put of it.

What I would like advice on is should I just leave her to it or shall I take the toys away? I imagine she will be quite distressed but it's not the same with her not about.
Is this common in chihuahuas and is there something that triggers this behaviour? I am expecting that wouldn't have anything to do with it would it?
Any help is much appreciated.

Extra info- She had her first season about 2 months ago and there is no way in the slightest that she could be pregnant. Also her mammary glands are a little swollen.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:47 AM
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There was a prog on tv Battersea dogs home with a dog who was going through this,what they did was take one toy away a few days later they took another one till there was just one left,by the time they took that away the dog had got over it,then they had her spayed
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my girl Tootsie used to go into a false pregnancy. her mammary glands were very swelled up and i actually observed little droplets of milk. She got spayed, everything went perfect and no more of that.
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one of my chi cupcake had a phantom pregnancy , it was hard to watch feeling so bad for her and trying to figure out what the problem was...i personally don't believe there is a need to spayed ( NO we are not ever going to breed the girls). we will be prepared the next time this happens with her or the other 2.
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I would let her have one or two toys to 'nurse' on. Spaying stops this hormonal activity. It IS so sad to watch a bitch with a phantom pregnancy. The dog KNOWS that the toys ARE her pups! My Irish Setter adopted a hairbrush once!
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