Psychological pregnancy in dogs

Psychological pregnancy in dogs

October 11, 2018

Hello Ruffers! Did you know that dogs also suffer from psychological pregnancies? It is known as pseudopregnancy. This happens to around 60% of dogs due to a hormonal imbalance.
However, this condition is normal, since it is part of the process of canine evolution.

To be better informed we will explain a little more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this condition, all with the aim that you know a little more about this and know how to act if it happens to your dog.


-It appears after the heat.
- In the ovary, there is a small cyst known as the corpus luteum, which appears as a result of the expulsion of the ovum (since there is no fertilization). The problem is generated when instead of disappearing, the cyst remains active in stimulating the pregnancy process.


They have the same physical symptoms as a normal pregnancy. Dogs swell, the abdomen bulges, produce milk and gain weight.

In addition, its behavior also changes,

- Increase their nerves,
-They show inappetence, and
-Develop its maternal instinct.


The first and most recommendable advice is to consult a veterinarian since each case is different and it needs to apply a different procedure.
Generally what is recommended is to
-Reduce the amount of carbohydrate (such as cereals, rice, corn, barley, rye, etc.) and water in its daily diet.
-Increase physical activity.
It is known that after three weeks the psychological pregnancy process is over.
What we recommend you is to constantly monitor your dog and be aware of any signal or change you notice.
Reference: Consumer, E. (29 August, 2016). Psychological pregnancy in dogs: what is it and what to do? Eroski Consumer. Retrieved from:

Have a pawsome day!