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Hi All,
Our family adopted a 6 year old GSP from a local shelter. When she was surrendered, she was pregnant. She was spayed while pregnant at the shelter. We knew her circumstance before adopting her and are aware that her hormones are causing some behavior that is in line with a female that is ready to mother babies. Other than that she is such a well behaved girl. What she is experiencing is temporary but I want to help her through it any way I can.

We noticed that all the toys we would bring out, she would gather them all and bring them to her bed. Then last night she was restless all night. Come morning, her nesting behavior amped up and she is digging at anything she can as well as squeezing herself into any small space she can. Her milk letdown also came in today.

I have a call into the Dr that was watching over her care at the shelter and I’m almost certain she is going to suggest putting her on meds but I wanted to get advice here as well.

Thank You.
 

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I'm not sure there are any medications for what is essentially now a false pregnancy. Once the hormones are out of her system, the odds are that she'll be fine. One thing you might do is not allow her to collect "babies", since that can exacerbate her mothering instincts.
 

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I'm not sure there are any medications for what is essentially now a false pregnancy. Once the hormones are out of her system, the odds are that she'll be fine. One thing you might do is not allow her to collect "babies", since that can exacerbate her mothering instincts.
thank you for the tip on not allowing her to collect “babies”… you are correct, I was so concerned about making her comfortable I didn’t think about the fact she was become fixated on them. We removed them last night and it sent her a bit into a frenzy but she was able to forget about them after a bit. Dr Prescribed trazadone for 1 wk.
 
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