Pregnancy in a female dog lasts nine weeks.
We determine the birthing date from the date of the first mating.
Some bitches will whelp (deliver their puppies) anywhere from day 59 to day 63.
As the owner, you will make no changes to her diet for the first 5 weeks.
Often, in the 3rd week after mating, she will go off her food for about 10 days.
You will notice that her vulva - the area around her vagina, did not return to the normal small size it was before mating, but looks rather enlarged.
There is normally no discharge during a pregnancy.
If you do see a discharge, then take her to the Veterinarian.
She may have an infection, or be losing the litter, or have developed a case of Pyometra, which, if left untreated, can kill her.
She needs a good exercise program, which involves a daily run to make sure all her muscles, including her uterine muscles, are in top condition.
She also needs a very high quality diet.
This is not the time to scrimp on her feeding formula.
Mother Nature tries to insure the survival of the species, so if the diet is lacking in any ingredient ,calcium or zinc for example, the developing puppies ( whelps) will take from the mother's body what they need to grow healthy, and therefore her body will become depleted.
DO NOT ADD ANY VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS IN THE FIRST MONTH OF PREGNANCY.
BIRTH DEFECTS WILL DEVELOP FROM TOO MUCH VITAMINS A & D.
DO NOT GIVE ANY MEDICINE NOW EITHER WITHOUT THE EXPRESS ORDER OF THE VETERINARIAN.
At week 5, her nipples will become deep pink in colour, and you may notice that she is thicker around the waist and broader around the rib cage.
Now you should increase her feeding by 25%.
Give her a daily Vitamin supplement from your Veterinarian
At week 6, increase her feeding again by 25% and divide her feedings into 2 meals a day.
You will notice that she is sleeping a little more now.
At week 7, increase her meal amount again by 25%.
Begin making preparations for the arrival of the puppies.
Build a whelping box for her and put it in a quiet room where she will be undisturbed by other pets and people and in an area that is easy to keep warm.
If you are putting the whelping box in a basement, then buy heavy weight plastic drop cloths, to hang 'walls' from the ceiling or beams to keep the heat inside the whelping box area.
Decide how you will heat the area where the new puppies will be.
It needs to be about 85 degrees until they are 3 weeks old.
A baseboard heater will do the job, as long as the dog cannot get near the electical cord or get burned by the heater.
You'll need to have it out of reach.
You will need reams of newspapers for the puppy box.
At week 8, increase the feed again by 25%. She is now eating double her normal amount.
Begin feeding her 3 times a day now and make the exercise time shorter, but more frequent.
Walking will be very tiring for her and she is very uncomfortable through the last week of the pregnancy.
Begin taking her temperature rectally twice a day.
The normal dog temperature is about 100.3F - 101.3F.
It will normally drop to about 98. degrees F 8 - 24 hours before the onset of labour and she will refuse to eat or drink anything.
NEVER EXPECT YOUR DOG TO DELIVER A LITTER BY HERSELF.
Although animal whelping is a 'natural event' this does not mean that the animal does not get into serious trouble if left unattended.
Mother and puppies frequently die because the owner thoughtlessly left her alone during this crucial time.
Phantom pregnancy is dogs is also called false pregnancy. During this the dog behaves as if she were pregnant. Signs of false pregnancy include the dog getting milk, nesting behavior, and she may carry around a doll or stuffed animal. She can sometimes be whiny as well.
after you see her stomach bigger
if the dogs titties get big but aren't filling with anything or at least that's what i noticed when my dog was having a fantasy pregnancy.
The earlist signs are Going off food (morning Sickness) Nipple enlargement Behavorial change
When can you expect signs of pregnancy
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Well, they get fat, they have weird cravings, and they poo a lot.
usually you can tell when the nipples of the dog are poping out or if the stomatch looks bloaded sudendly in a few weeks of noticing
Signs of pregnancy are the same in all patients. A missing period and positive pregnancy tests are signs of pregnancy.
Yes they can both be early signs of pregnancy.
A dog is pregnant for about 60-63 days. In the beginning, a dog can be in heat for weeks to about a month! In heat, her nips are usually very swollen even bulging. The bulging doesn't have to last throughout the whole pregnancy, but usually a few DAYS before a b***h gives whelps (gives birth) milk can excrete from her nips. However, a dog can have what is called a false pregnancy when she is still showing all the signs but it could be due to her "heat". Heat signs and pregnancy signs are very similar.
Yes they are signs of pregnancy.
Decreased appetite,activity, nipple growth, and changes in behavior are a few signs. More signs can be found in the related link below.
well even if your dog has mated it could be a phantom pregnancy this shows most of the signs of a real dog pregnancy, large belly bloated teets and mothering behavior. This is not a problem but if this goes on for a very long time you should get them checked out by the vet x
She doesn't come in heat, she's restless and tries to dig dens and her stomach looks swollen.
There are no signs of pregnancy during ovulation. If you are pregnant you don't ovulate.
Signs of pregnancy after tubal ligation are a positive pregnancy test. If your test is negative, you're not pregnant.
Fever and throwing up pregnancy signs
A phantom pregnancy has many of the same signs as a true pregnancy, including weight gain, abdominal distention and nesting behavior. However, the dog also can show abnormal heat cycles.
A missed period and positive pregnancy test are signs of pregnancy. Nausea, bloating, and lower abdominal pain are more likely to be signs of acute gastroenteritis. Take a pregnancy test.
There will be no signs of pregnancy 5 days after conceiving.You will not experience symptoms until the 3rd or 4th week of pregnancy.
Vomiting and missed periods are the signs of pregnancy within 2 weeks.
No They are not signs of pregnancy.
There are no signs after one week.