It’s not always obvious to tell if your dog is pregnant or giving birth (a dog-specific term for giving birth). She won’t be “late” and there aren’t exactly home pregnancy kits you can buy at the drug store for her. Also, it would be pretty hard to get him to pee on a stick. The most definitive way to find out if she will soon have newborn puppies in her home is to go to the vet’s office. A basic blood test and x-ray is all that is needed. But if your dog isn’t spayed and you deduce that she may be pregnant, there are some signs and symptoms you can watch for on your own.
Are you acting differently? If your dog is characteristically on the go but currently doesn’t have much energy, that’s a sign that she may be pregnant. If she has a hard time being at peace or resting, this may be a clue. She can also become more aggressive with her territory.
Watch for vaginal discharge, this is an expected symptom of pregnancy.
Look at your dog’s feeding schedule. Are you eating regularly? If he has little appetite or doesn’t show as much consideration for food as usual, he may have morning sickness.
A female dog’s nipples will swell in preparation for nursing her puppies.
Observe your dog’s stomach to see if it appears puffy or bloated. This happens partly during pregnancy. It is even possible that you can also feel tenderness for the puppies.
Your dog may not want to be in the region of people or animals as much as usual, but he wants his own space.
Your dog may begin to “nest” or prepare for the delivery and care of the puppies. He can scrape the floor or blankets as if he wants to fluff them up.
How To Prevent Dog Pregnancy Symptoms:
If your dog is not pregnant and you do not wish to have puppies in the future, there is a clear answer. As Bob Barker used to say, “Spay or neuter her pet.” Mobile pet clinics are making this price more convenient and practical every day.
If you’re expecting your dog to give birth at home, you’ll want to help her feel stress-free. Provide him with some old blankets in a calm and quiet area. You may want to keep ample newspaper on hand as well. Dogs normally prefer dark, quiet places to give birth, which probably explains why most births occur at night. Labor can last between 2 and 6 hours. Make sure you are getting a balanced diet, including plenty of vitamins and minerals so that you have enough strength and energy for this process.
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