Dog is 60 Days Pregnant and Not Showing – A Case of False Pregnancy
The gestation period in dogs could be anywhere from 58 to 68 days. It can be concerning if your dog is 60 days pregnant but not showing any physical signs of pregnancy or labor. The primary cause of this might have to do with a condition called false pregnancy.
What is false pregnancy?
The clinical term for false pregnancy is pseudopregnancy or pseudocyesis. It can occur when hormonal changes can trick the dog’s body into think it is pregnant. That might be why your dog is not showing any signs of pregnancy despite her behaviors of being pregnant in the past 60 days. False pregnancy can happen with unspayed dogs. Vets could diagnose the condition by reviewing the dog’s condition, history, and physical state.
False pregnancy doesn’t just result in behavioral changes. It can also lead to physical changes such as the enlarging of the dog’s mammary glands (breast) and nipples. Some dogs may even produce milk.
Is false pregnancy dangerous?
Not necessarily as false pregnancy is caused by natural hormonal changes, specifically the decrease in progesterone and increase in prolactin. It can be quite sad for you as the dog owner, especially if you’ve been looking forward to a litter of puppies in the past 60 days.
While it may not lead to serious harm to a dog’s health, false pregnancy is a condition that can repeat itself during heat cycles as long as the dog remains unspayed.