Pregnant Dog Symptoms

by admin on July 17, 2010

When it comes to canine pregnancy, the pregnant dog symptoms are very easy to spot, and bear striking similarities to the symptoms being exhibited by human females. If you see the following symptoms being exhibited by your dog, it would be advisable to take her to a veterinarian in order to get a proper diagnosis:

  1. Lack of appetite. This simple early sign may not happen with your dog, but a certain percentage of female dogs tend to eat less within the first few weeks of gestation, but will more than make up for it during the later stages of pregnancy.
  2. Loss of interest in physical activities. Similar to a lot of women, dogs may experience tiredness and exhaustion due to changes in hormone levels.
  3. Enlargement of the nipples. This is a normal body change brought on by pregnancy, as the dog’s body starts preparing for eventual milk production and nursing.
  4. Changes in behavior and attitude. Like most women, pregnant canines tend to exhibit antisocial behavior and mood swings during the pregnancy stage.
  5. Increased appetite. During the mid to late stage of pregnancy, the dog will make up for the loss of appetite during the onset, and will start eating enough food for her and her pups.
  6. Weight Gain. This is the point where the increase in appetite and the gestation of the pup will start to show its effects.
  7. Increase in abdomen size. A marked increase in the thickness of the belly is pretty much a given at this point, and will not require an expert to conclude that your dog is pregnant and soon to give birth.

These are the main pregnant dog symptoms that you should look out for. Bear in mind that dogs are mammals, like humans, and as such they share some symptoms with humans. It doesn’t take a guidebook to work out that when a dog’s abdomen increases in size, she is pregnant. Remember not to overlook simple things, and to do everything you can to keep your dog in comfort.

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MArkie October 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

my friend markie, is not a dog. But she has the symptoms the same panting symptoms as a dog… what do i do?!?

admin October 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

I’m going to assume your comment is a joke, because it’s actually quite funny.

Well Dogs and Humans do have very similar symptoms when it comes to being pregnant.
Thankfully, if your friend is pregnant there is a very good chance she will only have one offspring instead of an entire litter. =)

Misty October 20, 2011 at 2:42 am

Our dog was abondoned and we adopted her. We are unsure how old she is..but we think she might be around 1 year. As far as we know, she has been having these symptoms. Are there any more specific signs to look out for?


kathy October 21, 2011 at 4:32 am

might my dog be having puppies? she has had behavioral problems all week like tearing a bag of batting up and shreading stuff, peeing on the carpet, whining a lot, pacing a lot, and now discharging from her vigina. nevr had this happen to me before as first dog i have owened . she was givin to me and is about 7-8 years old. because she is big (fat) u can’t see any difference in weight gain but did notice her tits are very hot to touch and moist. can you please advise

admin October 23, 2011 at 4:22 am

Her abdomen would feel harder, she would have an increased or decreased appetite and thirst depending on how far along she is. She would be less active. If you’re really curious you could always take her to vet to find out or there are pregnancy tests for dogs that you can order online. Keep us posted.

admin October 23, 2011 at 4:34 am

It is possible for a dog of that age to still get pregnant. There is no way to tell if she is unless you bring her to see a veterinarian. Sometimes getting pregnant as a senior age can put a lot of stress on the mother which can have deadly consequences. Puppies of a litter that are born also don’t have a great survival rate and can be born with disabilities. Definitely go see a vet about this. The only other thing I can think of that could be causing the changes in her nipples would be some type of infection.

Judy December 20, 2011 at 3:38 am

Hi my moms chihuauas pregnant n i want to knw hw longthey tend to b pregnant N wondr wat shuld she eat instead off da table food.

savanna March 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

my dog has had mood swings, she is so sensitive and barking at every little thing, she also is vicous towards her brother thats been with her all her life, im not seeing or feeling her abdoment getting bigger? what could it possibly be ?

luisa April 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

my dog is bleeding and i don’t know if she is pregnant … and if she is pregnant is it normal for bleeding to acquire

admin April 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

If your dog is pregnant it would be normal to have a milky or clear discharge but not bloody. If this is the case your dog may be experiencing a miscarriage or may have an infection associated with the pregnancy. Both of these cases can be life threatening and require medical attention.

admin April 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

These could be signs of a heat cycle. She could be experiencing hormonal changes in which her vulva and nipples become swollen and will experience a bloody discharge. During this time females dogs will not allow males dogs to approach, which may be the reason for hostile behavior towards her bother. After this cycle which can last anywhere from 5-20 days, she will experience ovulation and allow mating to occur. It is not uncommon for siblings to mate so keeping them separated during this time will be necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancies. This part of the cycle known as estrus will last between 5-13 days.

jessica May 1, 2012 at 2:24 am

I think that my female may be pregnant, she is tired, loss of appetite, but my main question is that she has became very aggressive with the other two dogs i have when it comes to any kind of food whether it is hers or not, she also wont let them near any of us while we are eating…she snaps at them and growls at them. Is this normal and if so what can i do to get her to stop?

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:21 am

Gestation for dogs usually last around 9 weeks. Tables scraps are never good for a dogs daily diet, they require a balanced proportions of protein, vegetables, fruits. It is important to feed a food that is AAFCO approved for all stages of life. Check on the back of commercial bought foods for the the words “AAFCO Approved”.

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