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When Can Dogs Get Pregnant? Canine Pregnancy Cycle.



(November 3, 2011)

What are the symptoms of dog pregnancy?

There are various possible symptoms of dog pregnancy. These signs and symptoms of dog pregnancy also tend to differ depending on which stage of pregnancy the dog may be in. The pregnancy symptoms in a dog can be a bit of a challenge to figure out. Some of the signs of pregnant dog include a drop in the dog’s energy levels. The pregnant dog may also suffer from a reduction in appetite when they experiencing what would be the canine equivalent of morning sickness. They will also start to exhibit various behavioral changes.

These behavioral changes may not always be that easy to identify.  For some dogs, appetite loss is simply a temporary symptom in early pregnancy that lose appetite in the early pregnancy stages may then start to eat properly in the later stages. As the pregnancy advances, some other symptoms of dog pregnancy on a week by week basis include an increase in weight. The dramatic increases in weight and the dog’s abdominal size  will tend to occur during the last few weeks of the pregnancy term. In fact at this point if one touches the increased abdomen, one may even feel the puppies moving inside. Don’t try to keep prodding your dog’s belly though! A dog’s pregnancy term may last from 60 days to 64 days. The dog will exhibit nesting behavior when it nears its delivery time.

Submitted by N on November 3, 2011 at 12:20

 

How long is the gestation period for dogs?

You could simply plot the gestation period for dogs on a calendar, but if you prefer using precise tools and applications a pregnancy calculator may interest you. The gestation period for dogs can be calculated using a pregnancy calculator. Pregnancy calculators to determine the gestation period for dogs are available online or at your vet’s clinic.  The main determinant of any such calculation would be the date of conception or breeding and so you need to keep a track. It is vital to input the correct first date on which the dog was paired with a mate. The calculator will assume a gestation period of 59 to 63 days. Hence the calculator will then provide one with a tentative period between two dates.  

The gestation period for a dog is considerably shorter than a human. The canine gestation period is roughly 2 months long.  In a canine pregnancy the diet and environment provided to the dog are extremely important and you need to ensure that the dog is getting a diet that is high in protein. The Dog will also tend to eat a lot more food as the pregnancy advances. In the initial stages some dogs may lose their appetites. They may also have reduced energy levels. Regular checkups are essential to make sure that all goes well through the pregnancy.
Submitted by N on October 17, 2011 at 05:01

 

What are the causes and symptoms of false pregnancy in dogs?

A false pregnancy in dogs is also medically referred to as Pseudocyesis. This condition can occur naturally during the estrus cycle of a dog. At most times, false pregnancies will be of a short duration. Some of the main symptoms of false pregnancies in dogs include nesting signs. The canine may start to treat toys and other objects that are inanimate, like her puppies. Some other signs of a false pregnancy include the dog starting to lactate. These dogs may actually have their abdomen areas swell just like in a real pregnancy and may in fact even experience fake labor pains.

Usually, most false pregnancies tend to last 3 weeks but the symptoms of a false pregnancy may last for a longer period of time. Some of the causes of false pregnancy in dogs may be due to fluctuating hormones especially during the time when a dog is in heat. During this time the dog’s body may mimic a pregnancy occurring even though the dog has not mated. Treatment for false pregnancy can include the vet prescribing some kind of hormonal therapy. The vet may even prescribe furosemide which is a diuretic.  Spaying a dog when they are younger may prevent this from occurring if the dog is not going to be allowed to breed.
Submitted by N on October 7, 2011 at 06:29

 

Dog Pregnancy

 

Just like human beings, female dogs can also get pregnant and they can get pregnant only if they have mated while they were in heat. The estrous period that is the heat period is when dogs mate and the first estrous cycle that female dogs get for the first time is when they are between 6 to 12 months of age. The estrous cycle consists of 4 stages, the first one known as the proestrus cycle where you will see vaginal bleeding and even the vulva swell up. In this phase, the dogs are attracted to the female dogs but the female dog does not mate yet.

The next phase that is the estrus cycle lasts anything between 4 to 13 days and during this period the male dog mates with the female dog. There is no blood test or urine test that can confirm your dog is pregnant and your doctor can diagnose the same by feeling the abdomen and this is possible only in between the 26th and 35th day after breeding. Dog gestation period lasts anything between 60 to 64 days or about 9 weeks. You will know that your dog is pregnant as the initial signs show a considerable loss in appetite, lack of energy most of the times and lowered activity, growing nipples and a lot of changes in behavior where your dog might become extremely affectionate or want to be left alone.

Eventually these signs change during the later stages of dog pregnancy period an show an increase in appetite and weight gain by around the first month of pregnancy. Pregnant dog care is very important to ensure that your dog as well as her baby is in the best of health. The food consumption of your dog increases to a great extent towards the end of pregnancy and thus, you need to make sure that all her nutritional needs are met. The amount of food intake by your dog is highest while she has given birth. During the first 4 weeks of gestation, you can give your dog normal quantities of food that she generally eats along with tons of water that is accessible by her at all times. There are a number of dog pregnancy problems that can occur if proper care is not taken and thus, dogs need that extra attention during this period and for this purpose it is essential that you also visit a veterinarian on a regular basis.

Submitted by N M on May 5, 2010 at 06:15

 

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