If your female dog has recently been in heat, you may wonder how to tell if she is pregnant. In the beginning, it may be very hard to tell . There are a few things you may notice that are different, including behavior habits, that may indeed prove that you can expect to add a little of puppies to your household soon.
The easiest way to tell if your dog is pregnant is of course, to take her to the Vet. The Vet can take a blood test and if necessary, an x-ray to be sure. There are a few signs you can look for yourself though also. One is that you may notice that the mommy-to-be has a decreased appetite. Female dogs, just like women, may experience a bit of morning sickness which will put them off their food occasionally. Another sign that your dog is expecting puppies is that she may have a slight vaginal discharge or swelling in her teats. Behavioral changes are also noted after a few weeks, such as inactivity or odd traits such as scratching at and rearranging the bedding in her crate. This is the way most dogs prepare the “nursery” for the big event. Another physical sign of canine pregnancy includes a swollen abdomen, although this may take a few weeks to notice.
Although most dogs give birth easily on their own, there are certain breeds that may need to have a C-section scheduled with the Vet ahead of time. The Bulldog breed frequently has a hard time giving birth naturally due to the size of the newborns heads.
If you notice any signs that seem abnormal during your dogs pregnancy, it is always best to see the advise of a qualified Vet. Problems can crop up every so often, or on rare occasions, a dog may be suffering from a false pregnancy, or a completely different condition that needs medical attention. During the first weeks of pregnancy, your dog may not show any outward symptoms whatsoever.
The average time it normally takes for a dog to give birth is between fifty six and sixty six days. If you are unsure about which day the dog was bred with the male, you can just give the Vet the approximate date by guessing as closely as possible. The average gestation is approximately sixty three days from ovulation, but since many females aren’t bred exactly on that day, it may be hard to pinpoint the exact day of conception.
Another way to tell if your dog is pregnant is by palpitating her abdomen. This should only be done by if you have experience at it, to ensure it is done in a gentle manner. Sometimes simply holding your hands gently over the dogs stomach, you can feel the unborn pups moving.
As stated, if in doubt about your dogs pregnancy, consult the Vet. In this manner you will not only be able to confirm the pregnancy, but will also get a better idea on when to expect the puppies to be born, thus enabling the household to get ready to welcome the new batch of furry friends.
Source: Personal Experience