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Before we inform you the indications that whether your dog is pregnant or not, you need to keep in mind that a dog’s gestation duration is around two months, also many experienced dog owner noticed that their female dogs were expectant in between 58 and 66 days. Like many dog owners, you may have a chance miss some of the earlier indications of pregnancy if you have a female pet dog. If you believe that your dog is pregnant then it’s good idea to monitor the dog’s behavior & physical characteristics. If you monitor these two important things, then you can easily determine the pregnancy of your dog. Not only that, but also the dog will have proper care as she should. So in the end, both you & the dog will end up being happy.
If your dog is pregnant then the earliest sign of is the low appetite. Most dogs avoid food initially before their pregnancy period. However, in some cases, dogs may not show this symptom. But in most cases, it is noticed that most dogs eat less or avoid the daily meals before the first week of pregnancy. If the dog does anything like this then you should take her to the vet.
Eating too much
When the initial stage of pregnancy is over dogs are most likely eat very often than normal times. You will notice that the dog becomes hungry all the time very easily, also when you serve the food, you will see she eats all the food instantly. This is a very good sign if the dog eats too much, because during the pregnancy their body need a lot of food. As a responsible dog owner you must provide more food than three times. However a simple thing you should be careful which is do not overload the dish because the hungry dog will all & the tummy will be overloaded. So whenever you give food, make sure you balance it.
Another very important sign that you will notice is the nipple areas starts to change over the expecting duration. So whenever you notice the changes in the nipple area, be sure that the dog is pregnant. Also you will see that those areas are becoming darker & growing. If you rub the tummy of your pregnant dog, you will see everything in the naked eyes. Also the hair around those areas will start to fall.
A most common sign that every dog owner noticed is that the pregnant dog becomes tired very easily all the time. During the stage of pregnancy dogs love to spend the time in resting & sleeping.
All dogs have different reaction during pregnancy. Sometimes you may notice that the pregnant dog is very calm, quiet and sometimes very exhausted. Now the main thing is that, at the stage of pregnancy, dogs want to rest so they become quiet but sometimes they feel pain in the belly & becomes exhausted pretty easily & that’s when the trouble begin. So you should take extra care if you see the dog is exhausted.
As a responsible dog owner, if you see any negative habit then you must take her to the vet before it’s too late.
In many cases, it is noticed, that the expectant dog goes through a raised genital discharge for about four weeks during the stage of pregnancy. If you notice genital blood loss, you better to take her to the vet immediately.
Now before we get into this fact, you know that there is a beautiful puppy in the dog’s tummy. The puppy inside her tummy becomes bigger & bigger over the time so you will see your dog’s abdominal area will become bigger as time goes by. When your dog is almost at the last stage of pregnancy you will notice her tummy is bigger than ever before. Also you will find out that the dog’s weight can increase by 20 to 55 percent before the forty days of delivery.
What you should do
If you believe that your dog is pregnant then it’s your responsivity to take her to the vet. Your vet initially can take prenatal test. If the vet see any problems like food habit changes or something unusual then he may take some additional test.
Depending on the condition of your dog, the vet will take ultrasound test to check if everything is okay or not. This test normally uses acoustic waves to get a photo inside the tummy. You don’t have to worry about this test because it’s completely risk free.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.