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2 Basic Signs To Watch For Dog Pregnancy

By Blake Jacobs

For any sort of dog lover with positive maternal or paternal inclinations, the wait for your own pups is an exciting time as you get ready for the newbies of the household. Together with this excitement comes the need to know of the transformations that could crop up and is taking place to your dog. For first time dog keepers, it may be a somewhat anxiety-inducing as you mentally fiddle with it, if your dog is really pregnant or if you are just simply over-eager and hallucinating.

You cut the chase any time you are prepared for these signals. After all, if having a pet dog is costly enough, you would choose to fully ready yourself financially and mentally if your family pet is pregnant. The first thing that you can do if you are suspecting of giving birth is to transport your pet dog to the vet. The vet will be running a number of tests to verify this but normally it would take several weeks before the pregnancy can be completely confirmed. Meanwhile, you can also start with your own ‘testing’ to ascertain your dog’s pregnancy. Do not worry too much though, this is simple to do and need not be as complicated or energy consuming as finding out how to complete your own custom website design. You will have more or less 65 days before your pet dog gives birth so you have all the time for observation.

The first thing that you must do is study your dog’s behavior. Pregnant dogs are less playful than usual and from time to time, could be distant as a consequence of the physiological changes that they are having. She may plan to sleep more than usual and would like to be left by herself in her corner. If she is obviously fond of your physical affection, she may appear withdrawn at one occasion and may only choose to be patted at certain times. At some time, this tendency may swing to her wanting more affection and your attention.

There will also be several changes in her desire for food. At the beginning of her pregnancy, she may not have interest in taking in food and might even appear uninterested with her chosen dog bones. But when the young puppies are approximately a month old, your pet’s desire for food will increase tremendously. If she had been satisfied with a cup or 2 cups per meal, this could increase and she would wish to drink water more regularly. This is not a good time to put her on a diet. If possible, she should be turned to a diet more in protein. You may switch her back to puppy food as this is much higher in protein in comparison to adult dog food. Also right now, her nipples will become bigger and suppler. Also, is the evident increase your pet’s size; she will have the baby bump.

As soon as you start to see these couple of major signs, you should take your pet dog back to the vet. There are several tests that can be used to determine the pregnancy of your mom-to-be. One of these tests is the ultrasound. This is also helpful as it is non invasive and will your family dog with the least amount of discomfort. Also at about 25 days into the pregnancy, the pet’s body would release relaxin and this would manifest in endocrinological tests. If you own a stethoscope at home, you should be able to hear to the heart rhythm of the puppy dogs. Just remember that the heartbeats will be not able to reveal exactly the number of pups she has. An x-ray test may be carried out to properly ascertain the number of puppies that the family pet is carrying. This is not advised though as radiation may have adverse reactions on the puppies.

On the 60th day of her pregnancy, you should start to see physical and behavioral transformations in your dog such as a white and odorless secretion as her body getting ready for whelping (or giving birth). A number of days just before she gives birth, she will start to show more behavioral instincts by scratching on the floor to prepare her nest. She may also like keeping dimly lit and quieter corners and may be seen holding her favorite toys or bone there. Always check her temperature every once in a while. A day before she gives birth, her temperature could abruptly shift to 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

By now, you should be more confident and may have possibly determined if your family dog is now an expecting mother. As you are now fully ready for the birth of puppies, you can relish the days up to the point they arrive as this will be a truly memorable valuable experience for the whole family.

Nathan Woodbury has been in the field of Utah website design for a long time and maintains a Utah website company where you can get answers to the rest of your questions.

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