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How to Tell Pregnancy from False Pregnancy or Heat in Dogs

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Q. Are swollen nipples a sign that my dog is in heat, or  could she be pregnant?

A. The nipple itself may swell when a dog is in heat (in season). However, if it appears that the dog is producing milk, it can be a sign of either false pregnancy or a true pregnancy.  If you think your dog may be pregnant, you should take her to your vet as soon as possible.
 
WebVet offers a few articles on this subject:

False Pregnancy in dogs

Dogs in Heat

 

Credit: Written and reviewed by Shawn Messonnier, DVM
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