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Do female dogs get really lethargic after a heat/breeding cycle?

Do female dogs get really lethargic after a heat/breeding cycle?

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Posted by:  mrsfoster0325
Post date:  April, 2011

I have a 2yr old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She was in heat and was bred on March 26th. For the past 3 or 4 days she has just not seemed like herself. She has seemed lethargic and isn't eating as normally as usual. She is still eating, just not a lot not at her normal times. I normally feed her at the same time everyday and she eats right then. Lately she just kind of looks at it and will munch on it a couple times through the day. She is still drinking plenty of water and her stool seems fine and she is urinating about the same. She just doesn't seem like herself, really lethargic and with loss of appetite. Her nipples are enlarged and there is some milk secretion from them if you lightly squeeze them but I didn't find that to be abnormal because she had it last heat cycle with a false pregnancy. This breeding on the 26th was her first breeding ever. So it is just a little concerning to me that she is acting a little different. After every other heat cycle she has returned to her normal self fairly quickly. I'm just trying to be cautious and I'd like advice if there might be something wrong. I'm aware of Pyometra but she has no vomiting and she has no discharge of any sort coming from her area. She also has not COMPLETELY quit eating, it's just gone down quite a bit. I called to get her into the vet on Monday, but I wanted to see if anyone maybe with experience had any advice or suggestions for me until then. Thank you so much!

Answers

1. This sounds just like Pyometra. My GSD had pyometra after breeding..she did not vomit at all. There is not always discharge, only in open pyometra. As for the not eating, give it time eventually she will completely stop. I ALMOST lost her due to pyometra, if I would have left her even another few days she would have died. I suggest taking her to the vet just in case, she might be acting weird just because she is, but it is better to be safe than sorry. edit: Also about being lethargic, my GSD was extremely lethargic and would lay there looking sad. Wasn't her normal vibrant self. You know your pet and if this behaviour is not normal for her, that is a big indicator that something is wrong. Good luck at the vets and I hope the best for your girl!
Posted by:  SuperNova
Post date:  January, 0001
2. I have no experience, but from what I have read from others, this sounds pretty normal. The best things to do would be to ask your breeding mentor and your vet.
Posted by:  sunshine
Post date:  April, 2011
3. This sounds just like Pyometra. My GSD had pyometra after breeding..she did not vomit at all. There is not always discharge, only in open pyometra. As for the not eating, give it time eventually she will completely stop. I ALMOST lost her due to pyometra, if I would have left her even another few days she would have died. I suggest taking her to the vet just in case, she might be acting weird just because she is, but it is better to be safe than sorry. edit: Also about being lethargic, my GSD was extremely lethargic and would lay there looking sad. Wasn't her normal vibrant self. You know your pet and if this behaviour is not normal for her, that is a big indicator that something is wrong. Good luck at the vets and I hope the best for your girl!
Posted by:  SuperNova
Post date:  April, 2011
4. Good god. I hope you have done her OFA clearances. The breed is a train wreck from irresponsible breeding practices. Call your mentor and ask. Surely you have mentor?? It's way too early for milk secretion- that may point to a false pregnancy. There is no way to know if she took before about day 30 when you can have an ultrasound.
Posted by:  JenVT
Post date:  April, 2011

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