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Q. My femail dog has had her ovaries and utérus removed and still has bouts of imaginary pregnancy. When this happens, she scratches all over the place

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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.

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