Although your dog might have a shorter list of visits to the doctor like pregnant women however, you must be aware of how to care for a pregnant dog before, during, and after the birth. This tutorial will show you how to set up a whelping area, feed pregnant dogs, what to expect during dog deliveries, provide postpartum care, and care for your new puppies.
Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep your dog and her puppies healthy and happy.
Pregnancy Symptoms in dog
You may not notice any changes in your dog’s behavior in the first several weeks. Others dogs will appear exhausted, some will vomit, and some will eat less.It is possible to notice that the dogs weight is increasing, and also that her mammary glands have become bigger. Many dogs will display nesting behavior late in pregnancy.
Is There a Dog Pregnancy Test?
A dog’s pregnancy ultrasound which is recommended to be taken on the 25th day of the pregnancy, and blood tests that can be taken on day 35. and stomach radiographs, which may be done on day 45, are all methods of verifying pregnancy. For more information, talk to your veterinarian about these techniques.
Pseudopregnancy, or false pregnancy in dogs, is thought to be caused by hormonal imbalances that lead non-pregnant dogs to exhibit symptoms including breastfeeding and behavioral changes. These changes normally happen one to two months after her heat has passed, and they can persist up to a month.
If these indicators continue, treatment for a fake pregnancy is usually not required. If your dog isn’t going to be bred, though, spaying her can help prevent future problems.
What is the Average Duration of a Dog’s Pregnancy?
Dogs’ gestation period (pregnancy length) is usually around 63 days, or just over two months, but it can vary between 58 and 68 days. A veterinarian should evaluate the pregnant woman between 25 and 45 days of pregnancy.
Pregnant Dogs and What to Feed Them:
At four weeks of pregnancy, pregnant dogs should be switched to a higher-calorie diet (about a month into their pregnancy). This could be a puppy diet or a commercial diet designated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Several high-quality, over-the-counter, veterinary-recommended diets for pregnant dogs are available.
Weaning should be done while the pigs are still on this higher-calorie diet. Because of their reduced calcium, phosphorus, and energy levels, puppy feeds made for large breeds are generally not suggested for pregnant and nursing dogs.
These diets can assist provide adequate nutrition for pregnant and lactating bitches, who have a substantially higher metabolic demand involved with growing, delivering, and feeding puppies. Because your dog’s stomach will be smaller, she will need to consume smaller, more frequent meals.
Pregnant Dogs’ Health Issues:
Intestinal parasites can be transmitted to puppies both in utero (in the womb) and while nursing, so get a fresh feces sample tested by your veterinarian.
Over-the-counter dewormers should not be used in a pregnant or nursing dog, since some of them can be harmful. If a parasite illness is detected in her stool sample, your veterinarian can prescribe the proper medicine
Female dogs should not receive immunizations, so make sure she is up to date on her shots as well as flea, tick, and heartworm protection before she conceives.
What Is the Maximum Number of Puppies a Dog Can Have?
Depending on the breed, the average litter size varies greatly.
Litters of larger breed dogs are usually larger. The usual litter size is six to eight puppies, although certain large breed dogs have been known to have up to 15 puppies! One to five puppies are common for small breed dogs.
After 55 days of pregnancy, your veterinarian can conduct an x-ray to determine how many puppies your dog is expecting.
When a Puppy Is Born, What Should You Do?
Puppies are born with a protective fetal membrane, which the mother dog normally removes shortly after delivery.
If she doesn’t release the sac on her own, you’ll have to manually remove it to get the puppy to breathe. Break the sac, wipe the puppy’s nostrils clean, then open the mouth with the head facing down and wipe away any leftover fluids. Stroke the puppy’s body firmly with a cloth to encourage them to breathe.
You must cut the umbilical cord if it was not severed after birth or by the mother, but be careful not to pull on it, since this may cause damage to the puppy’s organs. Tear it lightly with your first two fingers and thumb about an inch from the puppy’s body.
Here are the steps for postpartum care, nutrition, and nursing that you should be aware of.
1. Feed a high-calorie diet to your dog
For as long as your dog is lactating, she should be fed a higher-calorie (pregnancy or puppy) diet (nursing her puppies). Ensure that she has access to food and fresh water at all times.
2. Make a Separate Area for Your Dog and Puppies
Maintain a clean, quiet, low-traffic area of the house for the mother dog and her puppies. She may grow anxious and ignore her puppies if there is too much bustle around her.
3. Keep an eye on the nursing staff
Because newborn puppies need to be fed every one to two hours, your dog will most likely be with them for the first week or two. Contact your veterinarian straight away if you suspect your dog isn’t producing milk or isn’t allowing the puppies to nurse. Medications and immunizations should not be given to your dog while she is breastfeeding (nursing).
4. If your dog appears to be ill, contact your veterinarian.
If your dog becomes ill, contact your veterinarian right away and inform them that she is breastfeeding so that safe treatments can be prescribed if necessary. Contact your veterinarian if your dog stops eating, vomits, or becomes very sluggish (weak and tired), or if you observe redness and swelling in any of her mammary glands.