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Can a dog produce milk...

and not be pregnant? This is the weirdest thing. My dog has milk but hasnt been bred! Is this possible? Thanks.


Asked by Bl4ckR0ses at 5:22 PM on Dec. 2, 2008 in Pets

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  • Femals dogs can actually go false pregnancy. Its really sad to watch. This false pregnancy, or pseudocyesis (pronounced “sudo-sigh-eesis”), can get out of control, lasting for weeks. She may lactate, nest, mother inanimate objects, abdominal distension, and she can even appear to go into labor!
    Since your dog is lactating, it is important to remember that any touching of the mammary tissue is what stimulates milk production, so it is important to minimize stimulation. If your dog is licking herself, she may need an Elizabethan collar to minimize stimulation.


    Answer by NewArrival at 9:13 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Yes. it's possible.

    Answer by christaberk at 5:32 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • If your dog is not spade and she is in her cycle she can have a false pregnancy and this will cause her to lactate. Her hormones are causing this to happen. It should go away when the cycle ends. I never heard of a spaded female doing this, but anything may be possible, but not likely.


    Answer by doglovergranny at 7:13 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • Yes, and the previous posters answered well

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 10:26 PM on Dec. 2, 2008

  • I had a pregnant foster cat and my dog was doing the same thing. It really helped out actually...she took care of the kittens when the cat had to have emergency surgery to remove a tumor.

    Answer by OneToughMami at 2:35 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • Yep it's possible. They use dogs as surrogate mothers for other animals that have lost their moms but need to be fed. Dogs lactate and are able to feed them. There was even one instance where a dog lactated to feed a new member of the family that was a bird!! Look up some videos on youtube. It's pretty cool to see a dog nursing baby lions and other wild animals

    Answer by MarlyeGirl at 4:45 AM on Dec. 3, 2008

  • My pitbull Roxxie actually had 2 psuedo-pregnancies and finally, had to get an emergency hysterectomy because she had pyometra. Its kinda sad because they think theyre pregnant, her nipples got large, but now she's normal. Our vet said that when a female goes into heat and the cyst on their ovaries doesnt pop, their bodies think that they are pregnant!.

    Answer by CamnJaydensMom at 2:41 PM on Dec. 3, 2008