Have you noticed some changes in your dog and wondered if she was pregnant or not? It is very important to know the symptoms and signs of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms, as your knowledge of the changes that occur in females during the period of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms will help you maintain the health of your dog and the safety of the fetuses and arrive safely.
In general, dogs have special care and extra attention in all stages of their lives, but the stage of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms is the most difficult stage for dogs and breeders at the same time
At what age does Dog Pregnancy Symptoms begin?
- The age of puberty in females begins at the age of 6 months to 24 months, depending on their lineage, as the young strains get into estrus at an early age compared to the older strains and thus become ready for mating and pregnancy
- The date of fertilization for a female dog is after her seventh estrus
- The duration of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms is about 63 days, measured from the day of ovulation to the day of the birth of the puppies, and the duration of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms is divided into three thirds, each third of them is estimated at about 21 days.
- The shape of the uterus in female dogs is V-shaped, and the embryos in it are distributed evenly along the arms of the uterus, which are called the uterine horns. The number of fetuses varies according to the type, size and breed of the dog, but it often ranges from 5 to 6 pups.
What are the signs of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms?
You may not notice any change during the first weeks of the period of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms, here are the top ten signs of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms that breeders can notice:
- Female dogs appear to be normal in early pregnancy, although they may gain some weight.
- Morning sickness affects some dogs, but only for a few days during the third or fourth week of pregnancy, and morning sickness occurs due to hormonal changes.
- The first signs of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms also include fatigue or exhaustion. The dog does not tend to do the usual daily activities, but prefers rest and recovery for long periods
- The dog may also eat less than usual. Some breeders may notice a lack of appetite for female dogs or that the dog does not eat the usual amount of food at each meal.
- Vomiting may occur in some female dogs during pregnancy, if you notice the occurrence of vomiting; Offer small meals to the dog
- By the end of the second trimester of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms; That is, after 40 days, the size of the abdomen becomes larger, and at the same time the nipples become larger in size and darker in color.
- The vet may ask you to accompany the dog at the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy (around day 45) if he wants to make an x-ray of the belly of a pregnant dog, and where X-rays can be used instead of ultrasound to check the bone structure in the growing fetuses of puppies, and also to find out the number of puppies in the uterus.
- Over time; A pregnant bitch gets bigger belly, and her belly may swing gently below her as she walks.
- During the last two weeks of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms, you may see and feel the movement of the puppies inside the belly of the dog.
- At the end of the pregnancy period, the vet may do an X-ray to find out the number of puppies and make sure that they are not too large to pass the birth canal. If their size is too large, the vet will schedule a caesarean delivery for the dog.
Some behavioral changes that can be observed during Dog Pregnancy Symptoms:
Noticing a change in the behavior of a pregnant dog in the last weeks of pregnancy is as follows:
- It is noticed that the female in the last days of pregnancy that she prefers to retire away
- He shows signs of anxiety and discomfort
- Moaning lightly, and panting more quickly than usual
- The female begins to build and equip her own place, which is called nesting, in preparation for childbirth. She may use a blanket or something similar.
- In the last two weeks, the dog becomes very restless, and children are advised not to approach her.
What do I do once confirmed Dog Pregnancy Symptoms?
- After the breeder notices the signs of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms, it is recommended to take them to the veterinarian after two or three weeks of mating, to conduct prenatal examinations after two or three weeks of mating.
- The vet can answer any questions you may have, such as the type of food pregnant dogs should eat and the changes that they should expect, and if a pregnant dog needs any tests, checks or analyzes, the vet will inform you and also if the dog is infected with any parasites the vet will treat her.
- If you are late in taking your pregnant dog to the vet until the fourth week of pregnancy, the doctor can examine the dog’s abdomen to confirm pregnancy and the presence of puppies in the uterus, but this method can only be used between days 28 and 35 of pregnancy, that is, about a month after pregnancy.
- Watch out; A veterinarian is trained to check pregnancy in this way, so if an untrained person examines pregnancy in this way through the dog’s abdomen, he can harm the embryos or cause a miscarriage, as dogs’ fetuses in early pregnancy are as small as the size of a walnut
How do I take care of my dog during the period of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms?
- Feed your dog high-quality dog food that has been subjected to the nutrition tests of the American Dietetic Association. Feeding your dog high-quality foods during pregnancy can improve her health and the health of her young.
- Do not tire your pregnant dog. This is especially important after the sixth week. She should be allowed to rest for as long as she needs it, as pregnancy can be stressful.
- If you have a working dog, talk to your vet about an appropriate exercise plan
- Daily walking is a great light exercise for your dog. Most dogs can take daily walks throughout their pregnancy.
- Choose the right time of the day by knowing the weather in your area (i.e., early in the morning during the summer or mid-afternoon in the winter).
- If your dog jogged regularly before pregnancy, she can continue to do so during the first 4-6 weeks of pregnancy, but after the sixth week it is preferable to stop jogging and focus on daily walking.
- Keep your dog away from other dogs during the last three weeks of pregnancy and for the first three weeks after giving birth. This means that you should avoid taking her to the dog park or any road in your area that is crowded with dogs. This will protect her from infectious diseases that can seriously harm her and her young alike.
With the end of the period of Dog Pregnancy Symptoms and the approaching date of birth, what should you help your dog with?
- Providing delivery box or a nest :
- The delivery box is a safe place for your dog to give birth to her young. It consists of an area like a soft bed and surrounded by relatively high fences. They can be made of carton or hard plastic, or you can buy them.
- The delivery box should be large enough to allow your dog to fully stretch and there also remains room for all the pups.
- Box walls should be high enough to prevent dogs from climbing on and out when they are six weeks old, but also short enough for the mother to go outside as she wishes.
- The walls must be firm and secure enough to prevent them from collapsing and decimating the pups.
- If the delivery box is not available, your dog will choose a less desirable place on her own
- Line the bottom with towels. Replace and wash towels frequently after the puppies are born.
- Childbirth and puppies can be messy, so put a plan accordingly.
- It is not recommended to line the delivery box with newspaper because it is not soft or warm, and newspaper ink can transfer to the fur of puppies.
- Keep the box floor at 24 ° C using low-power bulbs. Make sure the floor is not too hot or too cold for the safety of your dog and pup.
- Do not give your dog nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, or meat if your veterinarian does not recommend them:
- You may think that you need to add calcium. Even some inaccurate websites recommend that, but do not give your dog any extra calcium.
- Extra calcium can affect the internal ability to regulate calcium in the body and could put your dog at risk of life threatening such as a sudden calcium drop (called spastic eclampsia).
- Adding meat to your dog’s food could make her eat fewer carbohydrates and thus reduce the amount of energy she gained
- 3. Make sure you know where the nearest veterinary emergency hospital is located:
- This hospital should have a 24-hour clinic, not the usual veterinary clinic.
- It is preferable to be ready for any emergency, especially in the event of complications during labor at night.