If your dog has not been sterilized, there is a chance she could meet other dogs and end up expecting little ones. It's not always easy to spot the signs of a pregnant dog as they are often quite discreet.
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A canine pregnancy is not without its complications and it's important to be able to recognize these and know what to do, especially if this is your dogs first pregnancy.We have put together a few ways to help you recognize if your dog is pregnant and make sure that this period is as smooth as possible for them and for you.
A dog's pregnancy usually lasts around 60 days, maximum 68. It's a relatively short period and during the early days, even months, the signs are not the easiest to recognize.Your dog is probably pregnant if she displays the following signs:
If your dog shows one or several of these signs, a veterinarian will be able to confirm if your dog is pregnant and then assist you with the pregnancy itself.There are two tests to confirm a dog's pregnancy. Firstly, a sonogram, which will be able to detect the pregnancy from 28 days onwards. Secondly, an ultrasound, which is also very reliable.
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None of these methods will be able to tell you the exact number of expected puppies at the beginning of the pregnancy. Smaller dog breeds usually have between one and four puppies, while larger dogs can have between eight and 12.It is only 45 days onwards into pregnancy that an x-ray can distinguish their skeletons and therefore the number of puppies. The x-rays can however pose a risk to the future puppies.
During the pregnancy period, a dog can be subject to health problems specific to dog pregnancy, some of which can be very dangerous. It's for this reason that it's very important that you're able to recognize the signs.Here are all the risks linked to a canine pregnancy:
A pregnant dog can also "super-gestate". This is when theirheatcycle continues even if its already fertilised. This means that she can have puppies from two different dogs within the same litter. This doesn't pose any danger for her health.To make sure you look after your dog in the best way possible, you can change her food, especially thanks to the new "super-foods" loved by dogs. You can also massage your dog to make sure she stays in good shape.
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