Question for Dog Breeders and Vets.....
Ok, I know this is a weird one but it seems like I am always victim to the bizarre and not the common. I've been breeding cats for about 10 years, and have been breeding pugs for about 2, but NEVER have I seen this.
My newest black female pug, Storm, had her first heat at 5 months of age in September 2005. This was about 3 months ago. Right about now she started looking pregnant but I know that she was separated from the boys during her heat cycle, and pregnancy was not a possibility. I do not encourage under-aged pregnancies and am obsessive when it comes to maintaining separation during early heats.
So, I called a breeding friend and we palpatated her belly for pups. I felt one lump and my breeding friend felt 2 lumps that were not like the usual marbles but more like large capsules. Weird? I took Storm in for a formal palpitation at a very experienced and reputable vet and he thought he felt 2 puppies. Not being able to think of a conception date or even a possible date that our "heat iscolation security" could have been breeched we did x-rays and were SHOCKED by the results.
When a female dog is not pregnant the uterus cannot be seen on an x-ray. Yet here, on our x-rays for Storm, was a palm sized uterus that was COMPLETELY EMPTY! We took 5 x-rays from multiple angles hoping for a hiding pup but one could not be found. I have always seen pups be cocooned or reabsorbed when they die inside the womb but even the cocoons can be seen on an x-ray, and reabsorbed pups usually occur early on in gestation, not at 4-6 weeks out of a 9 week gestation.
So, my question is this: Is this a false pregnancy?????? A case of miscarriage????? What am I looking at here??
How could the uterus enlarge when the feamle dog has never been pregnant? Her nipples are large and saggy as if she were pregnant and she is gaining weight, but I have also been trying to put weight on her because she was looking weedy for a while.
Any ideas? I'm lost..........