Dogs take 63 days from the ovulation stage to the delivery day. Regardless of whether they were planned or undesired, the pregnancy stage is usually challenging for dog owners. There is a sudden change in behavior that can be challenging to control. A pregnant dog can exhibit the following signs:
- Your dog’s teats become noticeable in size and color, where they may start producing a semi-clear fluid.
- Vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy; however, you should seek help from your vet if this conditions continues.
- Slight mucus discharge in early stages of pregnancy
- Your dog can begin gaining weight gradually during the entire period of pregnancy
- Some dogs may have swollen tummies
- Loss of appetite; however, you should call your vet since the loss of appetite can be a sign of another disease.
Here are some of the things you should do when your dog is pregnant:
Maintaining a healthy diet and nutrition
When your dog is pregnant, you should give it a balanced diet to boost its health and that of the unborn puppies. According to research, from day 42 of pregnancy, the unborn puppies develop very fast hence dog owner should start feeding the mum food rich in protein and energy. Additionally, you should adjust her feeding schedule and begin feeding her small meals but at many intervals.
A dog owner should make sure their pregnant dogs are up to date on their regular vaccinations. If your pregnant dog is unwell, you should seek your vet intervention since when the puppies are born, they depend on their mum’s milk which can only be feed if she is protected and well vaccinated. Vaccination against other terminal illnesses should be administered since your dog can transmit them to the puppies. Therefore, your dog can spread diseases such as herpes virus to her puppies during birth; hence it’s essential to vaccinate your pregnant dog to control the spread of such diseases.
When young female dogs are pregnant, they have to be given a wormer. The most commonly used is Fenbendazole which is given when your dog is 40 days pregnant until the second day after giving birth. Worming is done to prevent puppies from getting worms from their mum during birth.
Exercising your dog
Pregnant dogs require exercise; however, you should be keen not to over-exercise them. You can take your dog for small nature walks after day 30 of pregnancy. You should make sure your dog won’t get too tired during the exercise.
You should prepare a whelping box for your pregnant dog and then place it in a quiet area in your house. In your whelping box, you should place a big nest that will be enough for both your puppies and the mother. The whelping box should be raised to prevent puppies from running away.
Ensure the room is clean, cozy, and nice since newborn puppies have to be in a warm place. You can tell your pregnant dog is ready to give birth when it becomes restless and start panting. Contractions happen, releasing a clear fluid from the vulva followed by the first dog.
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