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Ok my sister has a pit bull female. She's like, I don't know, maybe 6? My sister refuses to get spayed because she says the vet told her it'll make her more aggressive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> I think she's dumb, personally, but she won't listen to me. The dog is easily the least aggressive animal on the planet. She literally carries my sisters kittens around in her mouth and licks them on the head like she would puppies (and the kittens are over a year old! lol). My dog attempted to attack her and she hid behind my sister. I don't see the threat BUT I digress.<br><br>
My sister brought home another kitten (don't ask, I can't stand her myself) and this one is about 2 months old. Just recently her dog started lactating a little. I asked her if Meesha (the dog) might be pregnant and my sister said "No she just thinks she is because of the kitten". That doesn't make any sense to me. My sister won't take her to the vet because she swears she doesn't see HOW she could be pregnant. She walks Meesha whenever they go out. her boyfriend is lazy though. Though he swears he's always with Meesha I know he's let her off her lead once or twice in the winter because he doesn't feel like walking through the snow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
Is it possible for the dog to lactate because of the young kitten like my sister claims or is it more likely she's pregnant? If it's unlikely that the dog would lactate simply because a young animal was brought in the house (she didn't do it with the past kittens but my sister insists it's because this one was a little younger) I'm going to press my mom to talk to the vet and pressure my sister into testing the dog. At the very least, I'm sure she'll need prenatal checkups. :sigh:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br>
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My sister refuses to get spayed - Mary</div>
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I hope you don't mind but I found that funny!<br><br><br><br>
I have heard of dogs lactating after going into heat. Also there is a possiblity of false pregnancy if she isn't actually pregnant.
 

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I hope you don't mind but I found that funny!<br><br><br><br>
I have heard of dogs lactating after going into heat. Also there is a possiblity of false pregnancy if she isn't actually pregnant.</div>
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Nope thats what happens when I try to type out something while my mom yaps in my ear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> That is pretty funny.<br><br>
Ok, well, maybe she's right then. I hope the dog isn't pregnant. My sister already lives in a tiny one bedroom with a pit bull, 4 cats, 2 turtles, a lizard and some fish. The last thing she needs is the puppies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
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Years ago, a friend of mine had a cat for about a year or so, and then when she got another kitten it started to latch on to the first cat. I'm not sure if she was actually lactating. But I did find it odd at the time.
 

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I've never heard of a mature female becoming more aggressive after being spayed. All the aggression books I've read recommend spaying bitches. So I don't know what that vet is talking about. The only article I could find online to back up that vet's opinion suggested that early spaying could potentially increase dominance aggression in females up to 11 months due to hormonal changes, but that's it.<br><br><br><br>
(I don't know the answer to the pregnancy question)
 

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I also have a pit bull breed, an American Pit Bull Terrier to be exact. What kind of pit bull does your sister have?<br><br><br><br>
The information given to your sister about spaying making a dog more aggressive is 100% nonsense. I cannot believe a vet would even make such a ridiculous statement. I am actually angered over that vet for spreading false information that is so serious to your sister's dogs health!<br><br><br><br>
Secondly, not spaying her can lead to a false pregnancy (which she may have now) and that can cause her to become temporarily aggressive. Not to mention the health problems that intact males AND females are prone to- cancer being one of the many.<br><br><br><br>
Has this dog been around in-tact males? If not- then she cannot be pregnant and it would most likely be false pregnancy. If so, she should go to a vet immediately. Aside from your sister not needing more pets- with the amount of helpless dogs and cats in shelters dying everyday the world doesn't need it either!<br><br><br><br>
It is very admirable of you to try and sort out the facts here for your sister. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
 

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i wanted to breed my dog Dutchess (the little angel in the pic) for along time. i always said she was going to have just one litter and i would find very good homes for her pups. only one litter though b/c if u've ever seen a dog that had more than one litter, okay this is going to sound very very vain but i love my little princess... their nips sag down past their knees. so then i got a kitten who Dutchess nursed. yes, the kitten latched on and Dutchess began producing milk. i was very upset by this. so i made the kitten stop. and then read an article spaying and it said for every good home u find ur taking a good home from a dog/cat who needs it. i never thought about it like that. so i got her spayed. i do feel sad that i can't have a little baby dutchy but i couldn't do that to another dog. i'm now the official spayer around town i make an appt and take the animals owners only have to pay for the surgery. (for those who can't afford it i know of a place in Chicago where its free). as for the spaying makes them mean that is just not true. Tell her to look it up.
 

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I've lactated when I was on the shot & my body thought I was pregnant. Lol. Not quite the same thing but thats the first thing that came to mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I don't have much knowledge on this, but I think it could be natural instinct, having a "baby" around. But that's just logical to ME.
 

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Surprisingly, I can't really find much on the subject, although I've heard it is possible for dogs to adopt other species of baby animals, go through a false pregnancy and therefore start to lactate... and even feed the babies as their own. I've seen a ton of those "amazing animals" programs that cover the subject (I remember one where a pit bull, i think, adopted an African Gray parrot and breast-fed it!). I dunno.. if you google something along the lines of "dog adopts kitten" an awful lot of stories specifically about pit bulls come up. Here's one I found:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/26-04-2006/79556-dog-0" target="_blank">http://english.pravda.ru/society/sto...06/79556-dog-0</a><br><br><br><br>
I guess pit bulls just make very good, dedicated mommas. I wonder if it is something special about their personalities... It'd be interesting to find more info on this...
 

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I've read a few stories like that as well! I believe that is a form of false pregnancy.<br><br><br><br>
Kay9- I know what you mean! As a young teen I was so upset with my mother for spaying our poodle, Suzy. Then as I got older and worked in rescue I started to see just how wrong I was. Good for you to recognize the issues and try to help the cause... if only more people were like you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i wanted to breed my dog Dutchess (the little angel in the pic) for along time. ... ... and then read an article spaying and it said for every good home u find ur taking a good home from a dog/cat who needs it. i never thought about it like that. so i got her spayed.</div>
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Whew, I'm glad to hear you made the right choice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Everyone thinks their dog is the best and wants to have <span style="text-decoration:underline;">just one</span> litter. Which is why <span style="text-decoration:underline;">just one</span> million dogs are euthanized every four months in the united states due to lack of homes each year.
 

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Info I got in vet school or at seminars:<br><br>
Female dogs often lactate without being pregant. False pregnancy is normal in dogs and in wolves it has a function in survival. In pack, all individuals are related and all pack members help with the pups. Due to food and other resource limitations, typically only the alpha pair produces a litter. When the mom is off hunting or doing what she needs to do, the other female will nurse the pups.<br><br><br><br>
Estrogen has a calming effect on a naturally aggressive animal. For that reason, any aggressive female dog should go through ONE heat cycle, then get spayed. She may have been informed of this when her pit was a pup and made her own interpretation. This may just be her lame excuse for being a negligent owner.<br><br><br><br>
In Chicago, money is not an excuse not to spay a pit, there are humane societies which will do it for free.
 

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Info I got in vet school or at seminars:<br><br>
Female dogs often lactate without being pregant. False pregnancy is normal in dogs and in wolves it has a function in survival. In pack, all individuals are related and all pack members help with the pups. Due to food and other resource limitations, typically only the alpha pair produces a litter. When the mom is off hunting or doing what she needs to do, the other female will nurse the pups.<br><br><br><br>
Estrogen has a calming effect on a naturally aggressive animal. For that reason, any aggressive female dog should go through ONE heat cycle, then get spayed. She may have been informed of this when her pit was a pup and made her own interpretation. This may just be her lame excuse for being a negligent owner.<br><br><br><br>
In Chicago, money is not an excuse not to spay a pit, there are humane societies which will do it for free.</div>
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Thank you. I will tell her but I'm afraid it probably won't do much good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> She is convinced that it will make the dog aggressive. Her dog is the FARTHEST dog from aggressive that you could possibly get but nothing I've said has gotten through to her. I know money isn't the issue, she just refuses to believe that spaying her won't make her into Cujo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
Thanks everyone.<br><br>
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I also have a pit bull breed, an American Pit Bull Terrier to be exact. What kind of pit bull does your sister have?</div>
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Um- there is only 1 "Pit Bull". There are Bull Dog types, or "Bully Breeds", but there is only 1 Pit Bull...
 
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