How Do I Tell if My Labrador Is Pregnant and Not Just Having a Phantom Pregnancy?

My Labrador is 30 months old and went on heat around Feb this year. We mated her with another Labrador, we took her to her vet on the 28th day from when they first mated (we gave them 3 shots) the vet stated he couldnt feel anything and to come back the following week which would have been 28 days from the last time they mated. On our second visit to the vets he stated he couldnt confirm or deny whether or not she was pregnant but he felt she was just having a phantom pregnancy. I asked if there was a further test other than him just feeling for pups and I got a "why do you need to know so urgently", and then told us to come back in a week. My pouchy Remy has turned off her food, got heaps bigger in the abdomen, has enlarged nipples, and is nursing one of her toys a little but not a lot, our dog is an inside lab and can normally stay in all night but lately hasnt been unable to stick the whole night out with out a toilet break.

yea vets try to keep you coming back so they can make more money. Go buy a stethscope. its cheaper. sounds to me like she is pregnant. oh and search around for prices as you don't need an expensive one. listen to your dogs stomache. and then to her heart. you should be able to hear the diffrence in heart beats. the puppies heart beats are really really fast. the mothers is normal. This is also helpful after delievery as you can check to see that she is done if no more of the fast heartbeats. I have gotten good at it over the years. Last litter I could tell there was 2 pups and one heartbeat was to slow and I knew it was not going to make it. It didn't. Really its only like 30.00 less then half a vet visit. and next time they will say oh we need to do exrays see how many or sonogram. 100's of dollars. I have been there once never again. delievered 10 litters with my good old stethascope.

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10 Responses to “How Do I Tell if My Labrador Is Pregnant and Not Just Having a Phantom Pregnancy?”

  1. Mahooli says:

    The only way to tell is have her scanned. That way you can confirm for sure that she is pregnant. However, even if it shows she is pregnant, bitches can reabsorb their puppies up to about 5 weeks pregnant when the bones start to calcify.
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  2. Pam says:

    30 days after mating, a vet can do an ultra sound to determine pregnancy. It isn't a good method to get a head count, but an x-ray at 55 days can give you a close head count.

    With the toy, that is a typical false pregnancy sign or first time mother sign. Not being able to make it through the night like she used to, that's more a sign of pregnancy.

    Go to a different vet and ask for an Ultra Sound! They're $50-$70.
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  3. Shelly t says:

    yea vets try to keep you coming back so they can make more money. Go buy a stethscope. its cheaper. sounds to me like she is pregnant. oh and search around for prices as you don't need an expensive one. listen to your dogs stomache. and then to her heart. you should be able to hear the diffrence in heart beats. the puppies heart beats are really really fast. the mothers is normal. This is also helpful after delievery as you can check to see that she is done if no more of the fast heartbeats. I have gotten good at it over the years. Last litter I could tell there was 2 pups and one heartbeat was to slow and I knew it was not going to make it. It didn't. Really its only like 30.00 less then half a vet visit. and next time they will say oh we need to do exrays see how many or sonogram. 100's of dollars. I have been there once never again. delievered 10 litters with my good old stethascope.
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  4. Goldengal says:

    If your Lab is of the big barrel chested type they can carry their pups very high up within their abdomen. It makes it difficult for the vet to feel them way up there. Also if she is showing signs of being pregnant then perhaps she is. The only sure way to tell is to get an x-ray to determine if she is or is not. Around 55 days is a good time to do this and also it will tell you approximately how many pups she is caring. This way you have a good start to know when she is done whelping all her pups.
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    Former Golden breeder and owner for over 20 years

  5. Freckels says:

    It sure sounds that way to me, all these worrying it's not good for the mommy dogie. Let nature take it's course. Next thing before you know it, there will be a lot of pups running around. Good Luck, very good dogs Labs.
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  6. china says:

    First of all I would be finding me a new vet..If you breed her around Feb. she should be having her babies around April.

    A vet can take blood test to tell you if your dog is having puppies or not ..or X-rays. I will be finding me a new vet. I am concern on what shots you gave your dog…Any way do not take her back to that vet..If she is pregnant she will have her puppies in April just wait until then.. Don't put her through anymore drama by taken her to the vet. Let nature take its course. lol she can't nurse one of her toys..Close to her due date don't let her go out by herself. Many of dogs have been known to drop puppies in the middle of the night, so you need to watch her while she is out there. I know you want to know if she is or not I was the same way when my dog was matted..but please let nature take its course and find another vet..
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  7. Pet Lover says:

    Sometimes a bitch will display general signs of dog pregnancy without actually being pregnant. This will happen as she comes off a heat cycle, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether or not there was any breeding activity. Rather, it seems to be brought on psychologically, and the symptoms usually subside within about a month.

    Your bitch may also decide to “adopt” some babies
    to fill the void during this time. This may be puppies from another litter on the premises, or she may substitute objects such as toys or stuffed animals. Borrowing puppies from another bitch can lead a potentially dangerous situation and calls for your intervention; however, if she is only playing mom with toys, give her time to come to terms with the situation on her own before removing the items, then try to get her focused on other activities.

    Dog pregnancy

  8. Veronica says:

    I have a 9month old Yellow Lab Puppy that was scheduled to be spayed in November. Well I went up north of Labor Day weekend and had my grandparents watch her for two days. I told her I was pretty sure she was just getting done being inheat so please don’t let her run off a leash. Well I started noticing her nipples swelling and I think she may be pregnant. I talked to my grandparents and they swear there is no way she got pregnant at there house. They said she was never out of their sight and they never saw another dog around. Is there any kind of at home test or way to know for sure if she is pregnant? I have an appt to take her to the vet next week to get her spayed. The vet said it’s extra money if she is infact pregnant. Well I don’t want them to charge me extra money if she’s not pregnant and I’m not sure I want to have her puppies aborted if she is pregnant. Does anybody have any suggestions or advice?

  9. lisa clarius says:

    I’m a Lab breeder and I too would like to know about the shots that where given … why and what ?

  10. Angela says:

    I had my choc lab mated with another choc lab if im right she is due now she has milk coming out of her but I got her scaned from another dog breeder who does’nt breed labs he scaned all around her belly area and said there was nothing 2 me she has diffently put on weight and she is sleeping a lot more at times she does’nt even want 2 leave the house I dont know if this is a fantom pregancy or do lab’s hold them further up than down at there belly area????? please if u know could u please reply……

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