August 15, 2008

My boston terrier's vulva is swollen and her heat cycle is over, could she actually be pregnant?

I adopted a Boston from a rescue org on July 5th. We have an appt for a check up & spaying on Tues.

The org told me she was surrendered from a nursing home &/or confiscated from a puppy mill. In both cases, they swear she's a purebred & she looks it! They say she's between 1 & 2 yrs & that she's never had pups.

She has enlarged teats & a swollen vulva and it seemed she was in heat until last weekend. She did spot a bit on our white blanket - a pinkish, watery amount. She's been very clean and licking it a lot. Her vulva is still really swollen tho and she's no longer in heat (no male attention, no bleeding).

Is it possible that she's actually pregnant? She's put on a lot of weight (she was emaciated) but only in her stomach area. Her energy level is low - she likes to sleep most of the day but will perk up during her walks. She's a good eater but is not gaining muscle. I just want to be prepared bc we love her so much and have never had pups before.

Dogs are generally in season for 21 days or 3 weeks.
Although they remain swollen for that period of time the swelling is not as hard but it is still large during the later portion of the season. At around 11-14 days discharge becomes a pinkish watery fluid. That is when they are receptive or have ovulated and are ready. They can and often do have swollen breasts just as humans do during menstruation. They can also have some swelling to breasts after their seasons. For some reason, I think your dog may still be in season though. You may not see any discharge but that does not mean anything. Are you truly aware of when the first day of the season was?

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July 19, 2008

John A @ 2:14 pm

when she goes to the vet, ask them to check. if she is, you can have the litter aborted, or she can just have the puppies if you want.
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cmartdvm @ 2:35 pm

Anytime a dog is in heat there is a chance that she could have been bred and become pregnant. However, the earliest that you can tell if a dog is pregnant is 4 weeks after the breeding, the best way to tell is with an ultrasound at a veterinarian. The dog may still be swollen for other reasons, including residual hormones from the heat cycle. The other signs are not typical of pregnancy, espeically at such an early stage and do not in anyway indicate that she is pregnant.
Anyway, if you have a plan to spay the dog right away, the dog does not implant the eggs right away and so can still be spayed at this time with minimal if any additional risk to your pet.
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ghayden02 @ 2:39 pm

only one way to find out, take her to the vet.
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happycamper @ 3:03 pm

Dogs are generally in season for 21 days or 3 weeks.
Although they remain swollen for that period of time the swelling is not as hard but it is still large during the later portion of the season. At around 11-14 days discharge becomes a pinkish watery fluid. That is when they are receptive or have ovulated and are ready. They can and often do have swollen breasts just as humans do during menstruation. They can also have some swelling to breasts after their seasons. For some reason, I think your dog may still be in season though. You may not see any discharge but that does not mean anything. Are you truly aware of when the first day of the season was?
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