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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    We went to vet yesterday with Ruby. He confirmed phantom pregnancy due to her producing milk. We calculated and it should only be abother couple of weeks and she should be back to normal. There is no evidence of mastitis and/or infection of her teats (4 of them are just quite swollen), so we will let nature take its course this time.

    He also said that bitches who have had one phantom...tends to get others, so we have been warned
    They do. But not always. A proportion of bitches who suffer from phantom pregnancies tend to not have it happen again after they have had their first litter. So I guess only time will tell with Ruby, Cleas.

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    I'd show at specialty but not an all breeds because you have a tendency to pull your dogs out of retirement and maternal duties for specialities but not all breeds.

    For instance whippets with scaring (which is very common) will often not be seen at all breeds shows. But a specialist judge will go further than if the dog has scaring.

    Hope you get my drift.

    Be aware though of her temperament.

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    aww poor baby girl Ruby, damm those stupid hormones & mother nature, how dare they get Ruby all confused


    As for advice, sorry i cant give any as AF has never had a bitch or bitch experience, only ever had male dogs.

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    I've not had a bitch with a false pregnancy so I spoke to a friend who had a girl who would go so far as pinching stuffed toys from the kids room and treating them as her babies and making a nest for them.

    If you disturbed her nest she would move her babies, under the bed or behind the lounge.

    She had repeat false pregnancies but these stopped when she was mated and had real babies. She also had a very short time period between seasons and again this rectified after a real pregnancy.

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    Then if you do show her while she is in a mood, provided this snappiness is only towards other dogs I'd work out a strategy to keep a gap between you and the dog behind you.

    The one in front is easy, if the person behind me crowds me I leave a gap to the dog in front, wait for the one behind to be set up then step closer to the dog in front and set up.

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