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Is my dog pregnant?

Species: Dog
Breed: chihuahua / mini pin
Age: 5-8 years
my dog had puppies about 7 months ago and i wasn't home often to make sure her and the male were separate once she got back into heat now she looks like she gaining weight but I'm not sure and shes now producing milk which she wasn't before could this be a sign of pregnancy again ?


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

It does sound like your dog might be pregnant again. There is no quick pregnancy test for dogs like there is for humans.

Signs of pregnancy in dogs include:

  • Mild stomach upset (vomiting, diarrhea) around 3 weeks into the pregnancy

  • Large mammary glands

  • Milk production (usually happens late in the pregnancy)

  • Large abdomen



However, many dogs who have these symptoms are actually having a false pregnancy. A false pregnancy can happen if a dog was in heat but did not get bred.

In your case though if the male and the female were not separated then it sounds like she is pregnant again.

Dr. Marie

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