Dog Pregnancy Symptoms

by admin on July 17, 2010

You know that your dog was ‘hit’ by a stud, and now you are expecting her to bear puppies in the coming months. And as her master, you must be keen enough to take note of the dog pregnancy symptoms. This will enable you to deliver the best approach in caring for your expecting canine friend.

Unlike human beings, dogs usually endure the pregnancy state for at least sixty (60) days or for about two months, instead of nine months as with the human mother. But akin to what is being experienced by pregnant women, female dogs, or are accurately called as ‘bitch’, also submit themselves to various signs of pregnancy, namely the early signs, the progressing signs, and the late signs.

In the early signs of dog pregnancy, the first thing you should expect is the behavioral change. Most of the time she wants you to leave her alone, and she is not in the mood for play and recreation. Moreover, she will also lose her interest to eat or consume her food. You do not have to worry about this, because it is normal for pregnant dogs to experience these on the first few days of pregnancy. These are probably because of the hormonal changes taking place within her body to welcome the development of the new embryo inside her womb.

Also as part of the hormonal modifications, the nipples of your female canine friend will also be enlarged. This is the most noticeable physical sign that you can observe when a dog undergoes pregnancy. Bulging of the nipples is also one way to prepare for the lactation process.

The progressing sings of dog pregnancy are usually more of a gain than a lost. That is, your bitch will experience increase in appetite after a month from the first day when the early sign first manifested. There is a boost in appetite because she needs to support her nutritional demands, as well as, the needs of the fetus inside her womb.

In addition to this progressing sign, your dog will also increase in weight, simply because she is having a load inside her womb, and it will be getting heavier as the days go by.

The late signs of dog pregnancy will definitely be manifested by your bitch in the last week before giving birth. This will include a very visible enlargement of the abdominal area, because of the increase of fetal size. Some dogs, especially some particular breeds, the womb may contain more than one fetus. Thus you should expect a very heavy load for your female canine friend to carry.

Another late sign is the movement of the puppies inside the womb that can be felt upon palpation. This is a good sign because they are alive and active. You should congratulate your dog because at this point, she has endured her pregnancy state very well as she comes to the homestretch.

You will also notice some milk droplets in the nipples of your dog. This is another late sign that will signal you to prepare yourself to welcome the new members of your household.

When the final day arrives, your dog will first find her nesting site, where she can deliver her puppies. Don’t stop her from getting to the place she desires best, because she knows where she will find a comfortable birthing zone.

Aside from these natural expressions of dog pregnancy symptoms, you can also confirm if your dog is pregnant by bringing her to the veterinary clinic for ultrasound.

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Keith Fonville October 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

you know nothing makes me madder then to take precautions to protect my dog when shes in heat from all the mangy neighbors dogs by keeping her in the house or a fenced in yard and the little turds dig under the fence and get to her. I took her over to my parents next door and they have a chain link fence around their back yard and he dug under and got to her, I found them hung up, I had to spray him with cold water and run him off. So it looks like I will be having puppys.
That was September 25. Today is October 20, Its now been almost a month, Shes never been breed before and is 4 years old, this will be something new for all of us. Her symptoms are now changing daily. She sleeps like a log. She eats alot more and drinks a lot of water. she is very clingy, she shivers a lot. Shes getting bigger, her stomach is hard, her nipples look larger, Noticed this week shes not pooping as much. But does seem to pee a lot. This week she did something she has never done before….She wet my bed, I thought it was because of the thunder storm that was going on at the time, then she did it again tonight but it was in the chair that she sleeps in. She jumped up and looked at her butt and then jumped down. I then noticed the chair was standing in pee. I think she farted and the pee just happened.
Yesterday she hurt her back-leg somehow and couldn’t put any weight on it. I worried about her all night because she would sit in her chair and stare at me and shake like she was in lots of pain. It made me cry because there was nothing I could do to ease her. This morning she couldn’t hardly move but didnt seam to be favoring the leg much. But she wouldn’t jump into the chair. I had to pick her up and put her in the chair. She just layed there and shivered. I thought maybe she as cold so I covered her up but she keep kicking the covers off then she started panting. I tried to give her a baby aspirin in a wienie (her favorite food) but she just turned her head and that freaked me out so I tried to fix her something to eat and she refused, then I offered to take her outside and again she refused so I gave her a baby aspirin the hard way hoping that would help her and not harm the puppys. Then I thought Puppys, maybe shes having cramps, so I got a hot water bottle, wrapped it in a towel and put in on her tummy, put a pillow behind her back and one in front of her to help secure the water bottle. It seam like she liked it because she quit shivering and went to sleep. By afternoon she was feeling much better. She ate some left over roast and drank a lot of water. she wanted to go outside so I took her for a walk. She was doing great and wagging her tail. Then tonight she started acting like she was hurting again. I tried the hot water bottle but she kicked away. She got on the couch with my wife and started the panting again. She came and jumped up on me and I was rubbing her belly, she went to jump from my chair to her chair and she landed on the sore leg and I could tell she had hurt it again. She was very restless so I gave her another baby aspirin, It was shortly after that she wet in the chair. I dont know if all this is normal, the only answers I can get from the local VET is all dogs are different. Me and my wife are going crazy, this is our little baby, we dont know what to do or what to expect, what to look for etc. etc etc. If anyone has gone through this PLEASE let me know. My email address is [email protected] oh and the mutt that knocked her up is a schnauzer, so she will have Schneagles I guess.

admin October 23, 2011 at 4:16 am

What did the vet say about her leg, could this be a source of this behavior? Every pregnancy is different, but it seems like your vet isn’t doing a good job explaining things. I mean your dog could just be reacting to a normal pregnancy but then again she could be experiencing some complications. I would monitor/record all the odd behavior and explain everything to your vet again. If he/she doesn’t care enough about making you and your dog more comfortable then maybe you should get a second option.

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