1) how long are dogs pregnant
Generally, most dogs will give birth to a litter of up to six months following the commencement of their pregnancy. During this time they may display warning signs such as vomiting, inactivity, and even loose motion
As the dog pregnancy advances, you should keep an eye on the puppy’s behavior, particularly since they are easily agitated by any loud noises, sudden movements, or unfamiliar smells.
It is important to keep a careful eye on the dog’s diet because the diet needs to contain all the essential nutrients during this critical period. If you see any sign of possible problems or illness, contact your veterinarian immediately. He or she will perform a thorough check-up to rule out any underlying heart disease, metabolic disorders, or other serious problems that could affect your dog during its pregnancy.
If you are still unsure as to how long your dog has been, you may want to have an X-ray exam done to determine the exact length of time that she is pregnant. Also, an x-ray will make it easier for your veterinarian to check for complications such as uterine rupture or other complications due to hormonal levels. However, you should keep in mind that complications such as these may require more drastic measures such as surgery.
You should also note that your dog may show signs of premature labor. If so, you should immediately take your dog to the veterinarian so you can obtain proper treatment.
2) Dog’s Pregnancy Symptoms
One of the most obvious signs which you will notice right away is the change of your dog. Usually, pregnant dogs are eating more than they normally would and this can be attributed to the changes in their body’s hormones and the fact that they are carrying puppets in their wombs that must be fed too.
Another sign that you should take note of is your dog’s nest-building habits. Normally, during the regular course of dog pregnancy, they start building nests around two weeks after pregnancy. This can be due to a variety of reasons, from hunger to protection, or just to make sure that the new puppies have their own living space. But, after approximately eight to nine weeks, these nesting behaviors will start to diminish.
In addition, you may notice that your dog is sleeping more than usual, and you also notice her making different kinds of noises. If so, it is maybe the time you may want to take your dog to the vet to have her checked out since these behavioral changes may not always be tied to pregnancy.
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