Q. My femail dog has had her ovaries and utérus removed and still has bouts of imaginary pregnancy. When this happens, she scratches all over the place

A. Scratching of the body is not usually a sign of a phantom pregnancy, and phantom pregnancies are rare in a dog that has been spayed. If you are seeing physical signs of a phantom pregnancy or excessive scratching of the body, then scheduling a vet check up is best.

If you are referring to nesting behavior (such as scratching at a bed before laying down, or digging at a blanket) this is a normal behavior in ALL dogs, and is how they get comfy. Dogs will often form a "nest" and may dig into their bedding before getting comfortable and settling down. Providing thick beds or extra blankets may provide some extra fun for your dog.

Answered By

Was this helpful?

Related Questions

Related Articles

Aggression in Dogs Toward Familiar People

Dominance, Fear, or Predatory Aggression in Dogs While some consider aggression to be normal behavior in dogs, it can be impulsive, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Aggressive behavior includes growling, lip lifting, barking, snapping,...

Read More
When Your Dog is Overly Aggressive Towards Other Dogs

Interdog Aggression in Dogs Inter-dog aggression occurs when a dog is overly aggressive towards dogs in the same household or unfamiliar dogs. This behavior is often considered normal, but some dogs can become excessively aggressive...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading