Let's be real, Pixie is a super weird dog. She's lazy and rather cuddle with me on the couch then go on a walk. To get my attention in the morning, instead of giving me kisses, she pats my head and combs my knotty hair. She flops over for belly rubs and makes snorting sounds if she doesn't her belly rubs. This girl even sighs if I microwave something and it's not for her. Recently, my little Pixie Wixie took weird to a whole new level. My dog is going through a fake pregnancy!!
I'm sure your first reaction is WTF. And then your second one is nooo. And your third one is you just made that up because you're a crazy dog lady. Nope, it's true. Pixie is fake pregnant and this article about dog lactating backs me up.
Let's start from the beginning. Pixie is adopted and it's required that she's fixed to help with the homeless dog problem. So of course, I thought she was fixed but apparently, she wasn't fixed properly. I talked to her vet about this and though rare, she stated that this happens, especially with smaller breeds. Unlike humans, dogs have multiple ovaries and they need to fix all of it and they could miss one which means they aren't fully fixed. As you can imagine, Pixie's is so small it's possible the vet that fixed her missed one. Also, it's a harder surgery if they don't do it when they are young. I assume Pixie was 5ish by the time she was fixed and had many many litters.
Unfortunately, because of all this, Pixie is going through a fake pregnancy. Unlike us humans, dogs don't go through menopause and can have litters for most of their lives. She was super feisty, very clingy and also lactating. It was crazy to see the mother in Pixie and in this weird way, I was proud of her. She must've been such an amazing mom to her litters who I day dream are all in super loving homes.
I want to emphasize that in no way do I blame anyone for this. Does it suck for Pixie? Totally! But it's just no ones fault... well except for the F-ing puppy mill that used her just to produce babies. Yes I hate you and blame you. But I don't blame anyone that was truly trying to help my little girl. Things like this just happens and of course it happens to my little Pixie. I've contemplated getting her fixed again but given that no one really knows her age, I'm afraid to put her under anesthesia for something that isn't life threatening.
I doubt it but if you've gone through the same thing, we would love to know more about your experience.