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Can I see and feel movement in my dog’s belly...

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15 Jan 2022

Can I see and feel movement in my dog’s belly if she is having a false pregnancy?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little bit more about what's going on?
Customer: She started putting on some weight and we didn’t think anything of it, but yesterday we notice movement in her belly. We can see and feel movement. Can this occur if it’s a false pregnancy?
JA: When were they last seen by a vet? Are they taking any medications?
Customer: about a year ago. No.
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Customer: just wanting to know if that’s possible.
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Hi, I'm Dr. A., thank you for reaching out to just answer today. I am happy to assist. Please give me a few moments to review the information you have provided.

Please be aware I am a licensed veterinarian, but since I am not actually examining your animal, I cannot legally provide you with any specific diagnosis or prescribe medication. I can only speak in general terms about what might be happening and help you determine if/when you need to seek medical attention.

15 Jan 2022
Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Do you mean you can feel something like babies moving in the abdomen?

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Ok. Thank you
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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Yes
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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Can I send you a video?
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

With a false pregnancy there would not be any developing fetuses. It is just due to excessive hormones. If you feel movement, then there is most likely an actual pregnancy.

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Dog Specialist's response
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Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Yes, you can attach a video to this chat.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Right above the play button
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Did you attach the video? I don't see it on my end.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Yes.
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

I'm sorry, I still don't see it.

Could you try to send it again?

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
I can resend it
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Dog Specialist's response
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Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Thank you.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Hope you get it
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

When was the last time she was in heat?

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
November I do believe
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

In that case, if she did get bred, she should be having puppies soon.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
We have a male husky here too, but she never lets him do his thing, but I guess this time he did.
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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
more than likely she is pregnant?
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Yes, I would say that if you felt movement there very well could be puppies.

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Dog Specialist's response
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Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Are her mammary glands enlarged?

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Yes
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Okay, then I suspect she is pregnant.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
About how many weeks do you think we have? I read if you can feel movement then she is around 7 weeks pregnant.
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Gestation is around 63 days from when she was bred.

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Customer reply
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Ok. Not sure exactly when he got to her.
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Customer reply
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I am thinking around 2 more weeks.
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Depending on when she was in heat in November she could be having puppies soon.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Is there anything we need to be doing or giving her?
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

I would recommend swapping her to a puppy food now and until she is done nursing the puppies. Puppy food is higher in calories which will help keep her from losing weight while the puppies are growing and nursing.

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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Also, get set her up a bed or crate somewhere quiet so that she has somewhere to go when she goes into labor.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Awesome. We got her puppy food this morning.
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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Thank you so much for your help today
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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
About how much puppy food should we be feeding her?
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Dog Specialist's response
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Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Just replace her normal food with the puppy food.

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Dog Specialist's response
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Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson
associate veterinarian

Feed her the same amount.

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Customer reply
15 Jan 2022
Ok. Thank you.
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Dog Specialist's response
15 Jan 2022
Abbett Hudson
Abbett Hudson

You're welcome!

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Abbett Hudson
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