Pregnancy in a dog - what does the owner need to know?
At what age can a dog be bred?
You can knit a dog when it reaches 2 - 2.5 years. If the bitch is older than 4 - 5 years, pregnancy and childbirth can be associated with complications.
Pregnancy for the health of the dog - is it true or myth?
“Pregnancy for health” is one of the most dangerous myths!
Pregnancy is not a healing process. This is a strong stress and load on the immune system and internal organs. Therefore, only a perfectly healthy dog should give birth.
How does a dog's pregnancy proceed?
Typically, a dog’s pregnancy lasts 63 days. The maximum run-up is from 53 to 71 days, in this case puppies are born viable.
- At an early stage (the first 3 weeks after mating), it is impossible to determine if the bitch is pregnant.
- On the 4th week with the help of ultrasound, you can estimate the approximate number of puppies.
- At the 5th week, the sides become more convex (sometimes the sign is absent until the 7th week), the skin of the nipples becomes lighter.
- On the 6th week, puppies can be probed. After this, the size of the fruit increases, the nipples become softer and larger.
It is better if the veterinarian performs palpation, you can damage the fruit yourself, especially in dogs of small breeds.
During pregnancy, the dog should move, but not overwork. A future mother should not be without extreme need to worry, make long trips by car or public transport, keep in a noisy cramped room. If during a dog’s pregnancy a condition suddenly changes, she refuses to eat, has a fever or discharge from the genitals, it is worth contacting a veterinarian.
The second half of a dog’s pregnancy can be characterized by mucous discharge. Allocations become abundant, yellowish or greenish - which means that labor is approaching. 1 to 2 days before birth, the dog begins to worry, whine, lick the genitals, scratch the walls or floor. Pulse, breathing, urination become more frequent. The dog refuses to feed and constantly drinks.