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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My Frenchie is just gone 4 weeks pregnant but has bled the

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Hi my Frenchie is just gone 4 weeks pregnant but has bled the whole time, she is showing all signs of pregnancy and due a scan on Saturday but I am worried about the bleeding
Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: French bulldog
Assistant: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do about this bleeding. I'll connect you ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the French bulldog?
Customer: No she seems fine other than that
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Although of concern, it's important to note that her bleeding can still represent normal physiology in a pregnant dog. Proestrus - the initial stage of the estrus cycle and the stage in which bleeding is first seen can last up to 17 days; estrus - the next stage in which bleeding can persist and when she should stand for the male can last up to 21 days. You can see, then, that bleeding could potentially continue for up to 38 days (5+ weeks) and be considered normal. Pregnancy doesn't stop the natural progression of the estrus cycle. (This is not the case in cats.) The only difference will be that a dog would be pregnant under the influence of progesterone rather than falsely pregnant (pseudopregnant/pseudocyesis) under the influence of progesterone as all unbred dogs become following their estrus cycle.

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