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Post by Ellen27 on Sun Oct 06 2019, 01:22

Hi there, I'm new to this forum. 3 months ago we got a beautiful affectionate blue staffy girl from a rescue centre.

She's obviously had lots of pups as her nipples are so large. When we got her she was just coming off season. After a month, she bit a dog (and didn't let go). It was awful. We got a dog behaviourist round, and he was astounded as she looks like she's on heat (very large nipples, big vulva), and wondered if that was the cause for her aggression. We took her to the vet, and they didn't think so. Then a month later we took her to be spayed - they said the couldn't as she was lactating - a possible phantom pregnancy. But this has been going on for at least 6 weeks now (the lactating). She's 2 to 5 years old, so I guess if she's been constantly bred, maybe her body just things she's had pups? It's awful to think.

Does anyone have experience of this? We do wonder if her hormones have something to do with her odd behaviour. As well as that we think she may have been treated terribly as a breeding dog (obviously not socialised or played with (she's only just started relaxing and playing with toys after 2 months of being with us)).

We're at a bit of a loss (especially as the dog behaviourist we've paid hundreds of pounds for has no clue whatsoever). Thank you!!

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Post by gillybrent on Sun Oct 06 2019, 07:22

Hi & welcome. 

Firstly, thank you for rescuing her - she's obviously found a caring home at last! 

It could well be a phantom pregnancy. If she has been bred at every season, then she could have had at least 4 or 5 litters & her body will react to her seasons & she'll think she's pregnant again. A phantom pregnancy can last for 6-8 weeks! 

Has your vet done any tests, or given you anything to dry up her milk?

The aggression could be because she's still very unsure of herself, and maybe she hasn't had good experiences with other dogs. Have you had any more problems?

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Post by Jenc on Sun Oct 06 2019, 09:08

Hi from me & Katy, well done on taking on a rescue Smile Sounds like she's had a hard life but has landed on her paws with you! It does sound like she's having a phantom & her hormones are going to be all over the place until she finishes.


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