Question by  nicole71 (15)

Has anyone discovered postpartum problems in dogs?


Answer by  garymarkle (599)

There are documented cases of mood changes in dogs after having puppies, however I have never found any information where a vet had actually used the words postpartum depression. I think that having puppies is very stressful for dogs, even to the point of giving them mood swings. That could be called postpartum depression.


Answer by  jparrott02 (39)

There is no evidence to suggest dogs suffer from postpartum depression as humans do. However, taking a dog off its regular schedule can cause depression like symptoms for dogs. Maintain a regular excercise/play time as well as feedings and the animal will be fine.


Answer by  Jo46 (394)

Yes, especially nursing mothers whose puppies are given away. Oftentimes, the mother will wander the house looking for her pups. She may even start taking small toys into her crate or bed and try to nurse them as her own. Dogs can go through many of the same emotions as humans, believe it or not!


Answer by  nicolebrodeur (206)

Postpartum problems in dogs almost always need to be taken care of by an veterinarian. You should be careful with matters of pet psychology as they are not always responsive.


Answer by  sspugs (496)

If the dog seems depressed after having a litter, try spending some time alone with her. Take her out for walks or playtime - just the 2 of you.


Answer by  Travis404607 (3916)

There have not been many studies in this area, since funding is limited, so there is not a general consensus on this issue. Some people have noticed personality changes in dogs after they have a litter.


Answer by  Kozmo (286)

Post-partum care for your dog is as important for her survival as it is for humans. For this reason, one should have an understanding of what might be expected in the event something goes wrong. Education and quick action could be the difference between life and death of your dog.

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