jean

Why is my 8 year old female jack Russell both lactating and peeing everywhere. She hasn't been spayed and isn't pregnant.

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Jack not pregnant but lactating NEW
by: Jennifer

Sometimes a dog's body may trick itself into thinking it's pregnant when it's not. It can be caused by a hormonal imbalance that falls between 6 and 12 weeks after the end of her heat cycle, a false pregnancy might cause her to become moody, restless or protective of her favorite toys -- mothering them, in a way. Her belly might look swollen or distended, and she can leak milk out of her nipples. The hormones causing the false pregnancy usually fix themselves in about three weeks, but watch your pooch for signs of pain from the leaking milk. The pressure buildup can be painful, and she's at risk for mastitis just like a pregnant dog. The lactation can also be caused by hypothyroidism. One serious condition that mimics false pregnancies is pyrometra which is an infection of the uterus and can be quite serious. Which is why it can't hurt to double check with your vet that your girl is ok.

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