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Hi Dr Anand, I have an 8 year old Lhasa Apso. She is unspayed.I groomed her on Saturday, and my daughter noticed dirt around her nipples so she was messing with them trying to take it off. Today, I came home from work and she is lactating, also when I stand her up it seems like her abdomen is slightly distended. She has had one litter, they are 3 yrs old. And that was the only time she was bred. I have been meaning to take her in to get spayed, and just havent done it yet. We have 2 of her pups in the home also, a neutered male, spayed female. The are all allowed outside daily in the chainlink fenced yard, and are supervised, however they have been out alone maybe 10-15 mins at a time on occasion. She was last in heat approximately 5 wks ago. She has an appointment on Friday afternoon at the vet...but until then i am scared. She is too old to go thru a pregnancy, is it possible my daughter stimulated her lactation while cleaning her?  Thank you so much for any help you can give.

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Dear Lori,

It is not clear whether she has had any contacts with other dogs to get pregnant.The only animals in contact were her 3 year old litter,that too neutered.So the chances of getting pregnant can be ruled out.
As it is lactating now,it requires a thorough  examination to find out the cause. Sometimes pseudo pregnancies(False pregnancy is a term used to denote a common condition in a non-pregnant female dog that is showing symptoms of pregnancy)also can cause same symptoms.Hence I request you to be patient till Friday  for appointment with your vet.

regards
anand

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Dr S Bindu Anand

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

Experience

A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

Organizations
Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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