Our poor Daphne will not be having any puppies this time around. She is experiencing a phantom (false) pregnancy. False pregnancy, phantom pregnancy, pseudo-pregnancy or pseudocyesis are all terms that refer to a display of maternal (mothering) behavior combined with the physical signs of pregnancy following estrus (“heat”) in a female dog that is not actually pregnant. Our Daphne went through all the physical and psychological signs of being pregnant. She experienced a loss of appetite around week 7, her milk came in, her belly hardened, she started nesting and even close to what we presumed would be her due date, started having discharge common to before labour. Having not done an ultrasound (we have never actually done one before) we had trusted her signs and thought she would be having a very small litter but in the end she had no puppies at all.
A few days after her due date we started to worry something was wrong and took her in to the vet to see what was going on. He did an ultrasound and indeed said it was a false pregnancy and not to worry it was actually very common. He looked over all her organs which were in great shape and checked for any infections as to why after mating she was having a false pregnancy and summed it up to mother nature.
Mother Nature is an odd thing. Often the most wanted pregnancies are hard to achieve, yet the unwanted ones happen in the blink of an eye…and that goes for humans, cats, horses and everything else, not only dogs.
As poor Daphne still thinks she’s going to have pups and is quite disappointed in herself we’re going to concentrate on getting her out of the house and around people to keep her busy and her mind occupied. This weekend were going to get her out to the St Jacobs farmers market for an afternoon and then we’re also going to spend a day in Elora with her. Time to focus on the positive and that she is physically alright and since we know she still wants to have pups in the future we shall wait and see what happens next time for this little one.