Why dogs are a different case:
Puppies are a bundle of joy to have with. From their cute barks to the milestones they can achieve when they grow up, puppies are a blessing to a home. Pregnancy for dogs is different from human pregnancy. It’s not like dogs can say to an owner that she is expecting. Most dogs don’t show pregnancy symptoms until the 4-5 weeks.
If you have doubts as to whether or not your dog is pregnant, here are some signs to watch out for:
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy can be found in a dog’s nipples. If it appears more noticeable, swollen and pinkish in color, this might confirm that your dog is pregnant.
Round bellies and thicker waist
As the pregnancy progress towards the 4th and 5th week, a dog’s belly will appear rounder than usual. In addition, a dog’s mammary gland will appear more swollen than before as it prepares to produce milk.
Much like the human beings, dog will also experience morning sickness. This can only be noticed after the third week of pregnancy. For a pet owner, this is nothing to be worried about as this is only a normal occurrence. But when vomiting continues for more than 2 days, it is best to consult your veterinarian.
Changes in a dog’s behavior is also a natural reaction from the pregnancy. For example, a dog who’s affectionate may become distant during these times and the vice versa. Treat your dog with patience and understanding throughout this stage as they only have you to trust to.
Changes in appetite
During pregnancy, the appetite of your dog will shift. This is to accommodate the puppies inside her belly. Instead of eating one large meal, it will prefer eating small ones frequently.
During this moment, the dog starts to gather blanket and groups it in a secluded area. This is for a safe delivery of the puppies. This happens 2-3 weeks or 2-3 days away from the birthing moment.
When in doubt, it is best to have a veterinarian check on your dog. In this way, you’ll be properly guided of the proper procedures or steps in handling a pregnant dog. The most effective way of confirming a pregnancy is through a blood test. Aside from these, veterinarians can teach you with the proper food and nutrition for the dog and her babies. Letting your dog undergo an ultrasound can determine when to expect the delivery. It is best if you prepare a safe, uncluttered and quiet area for your dog’s nesting during the expected date. After all, you’re not only responsible for one dog now but a whole family instead.