I intended to get Mayzie spayed before she went into heat, but around Easter, I noticed a couple of red droplets on her pillow and knew it was too late. So I bought her some fancy pants, and we buckled down to weather the storm. I have never had a dog go into heat before, and I was shocked that her vulva got so big...about the size of a kiwi! I was also surprised that her nipples and breasts were so pronounced - the nipples were firm like a tic-tac and felt like there were a couple of nickels stacked under each one.
I dropped her off to be spayed yesterday, and today the vet said that she had gone into a false pregnancy which explained the nipple/breast issues. He said she had had several cysts on her ovaries, which I guess was unusual. He said, "and we cleaned out her uterus" which struck me as odd because I was thinking, "well, I hope you did more than clean it...I hope you removed it"!
Anyway, Mayzie is home today, and she is mopey. She was not mopey before, so I attribute her behavior to pain and grogginess and just being traumatized from spending the night at the vet more than from any psych symptoms of false pregnancy. On the one hand, I hope that is the case because I don't want her feeling blue because of false pregnancy, but on the other hand it would be better for me if she did not have any trauma associated with the vet. We are leaving in 3 weeks for a 3-week vacation, and our dogsitter/housesitter bailed on us, so unless I find a replacement, I will have to board her back at the vet. I sure don't want her associating it with trauma or else it will be a very long vacation.
Anyone with experience with false pregnancy, what are the symptoms and how long do they last? Also, what about this "cyst on the ovaries" stuff? Don't they remove ovaries when they spay a dog?