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Hey everyone! I've had dogs my whole life, and it's been two years since I left home and my mom's two dogs there, so I couldn't wait to be able to afford a dog. :) About a week and a half ago, I adopted a dog, a collie/spaniel/cattledog mix that I named Kathy.

Some background: Kathy is the sweetest dog, very mellow, was already housebroken, doesn't pull on the leash. She had a bit of constipation for the first few days, nerves about being in a new apartment I think, and eventually let it all go in the kitchen (was so guilty she didn't even come greet me at the door when I came home on my lunch break from work) but her bowels are fine now. Also she has kennel cough, but the antibiotics are working and I think she should be all better within a few more days (hopefully, because she seems bored and eager to go interact with other dogs). She isn't that into a stuffed duck I got her or a tennis ball, but has taken quite nicely to a bone I got and loves Beggin Strips, and is a pretty quick study on tricks (six, lie down, stay, come, up, down). Overall, she's an angel and I just love her.

The thing is, I can tell from Kathy's enlarged nipples that she had puppies. But she's only two years old, which is young to have already given birth, and I'm worried that she's a bit overly timid and mellow because she's depressed, if perhaps it was a bad situation, that they were given away too quickly or died, etc. Is there anything I can be doing, psychologically, aside from the normal love and attention? Could it be a sort of PTSD, or am I perhaps just being an overly protective new mother? Thanks!
 

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Congrats on your new dog :)

Enlarged nipples could simply mean she has been in heat recently. Even if she had puppies, she's unlikely to be depressed about it. She could be mellow and timid because she's in a new home, and/or because she wasn't properly socialised as a puppy and/or she wasn't treated all that well.

Give her some time, a week and a half is nothing and she will most likely need several months to settle in properly. Just give her plenty of love and attention :) If she's very timid I would also recommend that you look into how desensitisation and counter conditioning works, just so you know what to do if there's something specific she's worried about. Starting some basic, reward based training is good for building confidence too.
 

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I agree enlarged nipples do not necessarily mean a dog has given birth recently, my young bitch just got done with her first heat cycle at 13-14 months old and she still has much larger nipples now than before her heat. just like a young female human will develop breast tissue whether they are pregnant or not. It's just a part of puberty. However many people are only familiar with bitches who have been spayed before their first heat so never had the chance to go thru puberty and still have little baby nipples.
 

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She's just settling in. If a mother dog loses her puppies she might look for them for a couple days or so but generally no longer than that. Dogs live in the here and now and don't dwell on the past.
 

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I have a Beagle and I'm am not sure if she is pregnant. I got her in October on Halloween and when I got her she was a rescue and I found her in a abandon home I haven't had the money to take care her to the vet I am supposed to start work in to weeks. When I got her I thought she was fixed. Well she started her period bout a month ago and she had gotten out. Her nipples are now swollen, darker, longer and softer, she has become more lazy and don't want to play all she wants to do is lay down her stomach is also slowly enlarging. Would you. Be able to tell me if She is pregnant? I don't have any money to take her to the vet. I have been trying to replace all my daughters stuff that her father took when he left. So what little money I do have I have to spend on her so could anyone help me, can someone tell me if she is pregnant?
 

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Without seeing the dog it is not possible for anyone to say whether she is bred or not. The fact she was in heat and got out, the chances are that she is. I would write down the date she got out and count 63 days from then and you would be close to when she should have her pups. She really needs to see a Vet to have her checked out as you do not know what she was bred to and if it was a larger dog, you could have problems. What kind of dog is it? Do you have any pictures of her?
 

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If you think having a dog spayed is expensive, let me tell you that having a litter of puppies is way WAY more expensive. Just about every urban area has a low cost or free spay program. If you do a little research I am sure you can find one.

If she was in heat one month ago it is not too late to get her spayed, but you must act now. Dogs are only pregnant for 60 days so get on this tomorrow.

A very quick google search turned up this resource http://www.spayohio.org/
 
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