Dog pregnancy - Pregnancy info for dogs

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How Long is a Dog's Pregnancy - Dog Pregnancy guide

Dog pregnancy is a very serious issue. It's something that a lot of people struggle with figuring out, and if 'diagnosed' incorrectly by an owner, could be harmful to the dog.
Unfortunately, there is no clear visual way to tell if your dog is pregnant, unless you are very experienced...especially early on in the pregnancy. Thus, it's best to take your dog to a vet if there is any question.
A dog's pregnancy or gestation period lasts between 60 to 67 days. Most dogs give birth after 63 days. Sometime longer and if they are about 4 or 5 days after you need to take them to the vet. Or sometimes shorter amount of time. It all really depends on the type of the breed
The hormone relaxin can be measured in your dog's blood to determine if she's pregnant, but this measurement is only accurate after 30 to 35 days of gestation. The fetuses will grow most rapidly during the third trimester; and when you are more likely to see weight gain and the abdomen starting to expand.
During pregnancy, your dog may become unusually irritable to noise and strangers while others want more attention and affection.
Signs of Pregnancy in Dogs

Dog pregnancy - dog pregnancy symptoms

Knowing the signs of pregnancy in dogs can help you prepare to care for your pregnant dog. Unless you are breeding, dogs can be discrete about their mating and you may not realize that you have a pregnant dog on your hands. She will begin to have vaginal discharge approximately one month into the pregnancy and also swelling of the teats. Depending on the species and size of the pregnant dog, the abdomen may be a good sign of pregnancy. The abdomen usually swells 20 to 50 percent, but this may not be noticeable until a few weeks prior to the pregnant dog giving birth.

By this time, you may already know your dog is pregnant. When you do find out that your dog is pregnant, find out from your veterinarian all of the precautions and preventive care you should do for your dog to ensure a great pregnancy. And when the puppies come, have lots of fun with them.

Good health is vitally important if you're planning to breed your dog as this will have a strong influence on the success of a pregnancy. During gestation and nursing, nutritional needs of the pregnant dog and the developing fetuses, is a top priority. This is the time to make sure the diet is optimal, so don't cut corners on her food quality now.

You'll want to make sure there is no deficiency of vitamins and minerals in the diet - such as calcium or zinc, because if there is, the mother's body will get depleted by the primary needs of the growing pups.

Food servings will gradually need to be increased, especially with respect to protein, to make sure your dog has sufficient reserves when the puppies arrive. You'll want to be well informed on this subject prior to breeding.

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