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Q. BMD acting dejected packs toy everywhere never cared for toys b4 licking genital and her lips. Overly clingy always on my bed even all day. Not happy

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. Stealing and mothering of toys can be a sign of a false pregnancy where her hormones are confusing her and her system thinks she is pregnant/has pups to mind. Monitor closely for altered (increased or decreased) thirst, vomiting, loss of appetite or other signs of fever which would be associated with an infection and would require intensive treatment. Mild cases of false pregnancy can resolve over time but some bitches will require hormone treatment to restore balance. This is likely to recur with repeated heats and the risk of infections also increases with each heat cycle so consider neutering if you do not intend to breed her at er next cycle

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. Licking of the genitalia can be a sign of excessive discharge, urine infection or vaginitis. Licking the lips is usually a sign of nausea.

I noticed she is not spayed, was she in heat in the past few weeks?

If so I would suspect pyometra (infection of the uterus) which is a very severe condition and requires surgery.

Go to your vet first chance you have.


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