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Signs and symptoms of pregnancy in dogs

Is your dog pregnant? There are some dog pregnancy signs and symptoms to help you find out if she is. The first question that should come to your mind is if she has recently been on ‘heat.’ Dogs reach sexual maturity as early as 6 months or as late as 16 months, depending on the breed and the individual dog.

While this means that they are able to get pregnant, it advisable to know that a dog should not be no less than 18 to 24 months old before being pregnant.


If you think your dog is pregnant because she is acting weird or she’s on heat, think again. It might either be true or simply a false alarm. To understand early pregnant dog symptoms you need to figure out the truth as to whether she is expecting pups or not. Here are some canine pregnancy indicators and manifestations to help you discover dog pregnancy is around the corner.

1. Anything that deviates from your bitch’s normal behavior might be an early indication of pregnancy. For example, a stand-offish bitch may suddenly become clingy, while a normally affectionate bitch may seek to be left alone.

2. Many bitches will experience a drop in their appetite during the first few weeks of pregnancy, becoming reluctant to eat anything. Eventually, their appetite returns with gusto and they will require nearly twice their normal amount of food to support the pups.

3. Some, but not all, bitches will vomit intermittently during the first few weeks of pregnancy. This can range from clear mucous to actual food. The use of the word “morning” can be a bit misleading since the vomiting can occur at any time of day.

4. Many females will show some level of breast development after a heat cycle. However, continued breast growth is a good indicator that a pregnancy is under way.

5. Many bitches will spend a good deal of their time resting, if not fully sleeping. This is mainly noticed during the early and final stages with the bitch rebounding a bit during mid-pregnancy.

While a dog is pregnant, it is going through a lot of hormonal changes. She may go through a period of not wanting to eat, and go on a hunger strike for days and days. Missing meals is detrimental to a pregnant dogs’ health, and this is when pet food supplements can make a huge difference to the health of your dog and her future litter.


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