Q. My femail dog has had her ovaries and utÃ©rus removed and still has bouts of imaginary pregnancy. When this happens, she scratches all over the place
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Scratching of the body is not usually a sign of a phantom pregnancy, and phantom pregnancies are rare in a dog that has been spayed. If you are seeing physical signs of a phantom pregnancy or excessive scratching of the body, then scheduling a vet check up is best.
If you are referring to nesting behavior (such as scratching at a bed before laying down, or digging at a blanket) this is a normal behavior in ALL dogs, and is how they get comfy. Dogs will often form a "nest" and may dig into their bedding before getting comfortable and settling down. Providing thick beds or extra blankets may provide some extra fun for your dog.