Do you have a bitch? Do you find sometimes she acts a little strange – but she is spayed so surely that shouldn’t happen? Would you be surprised that even a spayed bitch can show signs of having a phantom pregnancy and this can affect her behaviour?

A study published last year is the biggest yet looking into phantom pregnancies, the behaviours associated with it, how vets diagnose and treat them and whether vets even consider phantoms when there is a change of behaviour in spayed bitches.

Did you know that all bitches have a phantom pregnancy? Not all bitches will show any physiological signs but all bitches go through the same hormonal cycles but how those hormones affect a bitch will depend on the individual and their family history.