Q. Well my female yorkies terrier is leaking milk from her nipples and would like to know do u think she could be pregnant ,but I can't tell

A. There are two scenarios here:

1) Your pet is pregnant, but typically by the time milk is being produced their are obvious signs already there that your pet is pregnant (i.e. Weight gain, changes in eating habits, etc).

2) Your pet is experiencing a "false pregnancy" or pseudopregnancy. These can occur at the end of diestrus when progesterone levels fall and prolactin levels rise whether the pet is pregnant or not.

So if you are confident your pet is NOT pregnant, then it is probably a pseudopregnancy. Pseudoprenancy's are typically self-limiting and therefore require no treatment, although it can take up to 6 weeks for the milk-let down process to stop.

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A. If she was bred at least 4 weeks ago, have her examined by your vet. He or she will be able to determine pregnancy by palpation (feeling) or by abdominal ultrasound.

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A. Either she is pregnant or it is a phantom pregnancy. A phantom pregnancy is a false pregnancy. Most of the signs are there but the dog is not really pregnant.

I recommend going to the vet and perform an ultrasound in order to rule out pregnancy, then these symptoms can be treated medically.

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