How To Handle Your Pregnant Dog
Many of you may think that our little pregnant dogs may have all kinds of strange cravings and want to eat like crazy when they’re pregnant…but dog’s are pretty controlled in all honesty. They may want a few more morsels than usual, but that’s normal.
So, what should your regimen be when your dog is pregnant?
Well, a dog’s pregnancy is typically 60-63 days long, roughly 9 weeks.
So, here is your food schedule:
1st 30 days
The dog should be eating normally…nothing new, nothing different.
. Tip: You may supplement fresh meat into their diet on a daily basis if you are so inclined.
The mommy dog should be eating a high quality puppy food. Now, in my opinion, I think it’s healthy to also supplement a mother dog’s diet, and any dog’s diet for that matter, with fresh fruits and vegetables when you can.
Grapes and raisins are a “no-no” for your dog, as is chocolate and macadamia nuts.
I also give my dogs a few healthy treats a day, which I bake myself, so that I know exactly what’s in them.
. Tip: Don’t worry if your dog doesn’t feel like eating much around the 3rd-4th week of pregnancy, as they may have some morning sickness…This is normal…Make sure you ALWAYS have FRESH, CLEAN water out for your dog at all times.
. Tip: I’ve even started to have water in the bedroom, at night, when we sleep, so that they don’t have to walk into the kitchen.
You would be surprised how often you’ll fill up this bowl, even throughout the day. Dogs like variety too you know!
WHAT ARE THE PREGNANT DOG SYMPTOMS ?
Most owners are very careful to keep their dog contained but if the dog has not been fixed, there is always the possibility of it getting pregnant. This often happens without the owner even knowing about it.
Becoming familiar with pregnant dog symptoms is a good idea in order to know about it as early as possible, and so that you don’t make the mistake of thinking that it is some other health problem.
Decreased Appetite – This is sometimes one of the earliest signs that your dog is pregnant. Not all dogs go through this, but the ones that do will eat significantly less during the first few weeks or pregnancy, and make up for it later.
Lessened Activity – A pregnant dog will be less energetic as her body shifts attention to gestation.
Nipple Growth – A dog’s nipples are usually quite small. But a pregnant dog’s nipples will grow and breast material will develop beneath them as she readies for milk production. This is one of the biggest indicators.
Increased Appetite – This will be especially pronounced if your dog’s appetite decreased during the first three or four weeks.
Weight Gain – Your dog will start showing by about the fourth week. The abdomen will appear large, and it will feel firm instead of fat like it usually does.
A Definite Increase in Abdomen Size
If your dog is carrying an average-sized litter, her belly will be hard to miss. In smaller breeds, her belly can even drag along the ground near the very end of the pregnancy.
In the days leading up to the birth, you will be able to see the puppies moving around inside your dog’s belly.
As the birth draws near, you will be able to visibly see the first of her milk start to leak out from her nipples.
The birth is imminent (24 to 48 hours) when your dog starts gathering blankets, newspapers, and toys in the area where she intends to give birth.
Rather than depend on your own observations, it is recommended that you consult a veterinarian to determine pregnancy.
Once you have a litter of pups in your home, do not just give them away. Make the effort to have them fixed, get them their shots, and start a rudimentary training program. Charge a small fee for their placement. This will ensure that they find a good home with a committed owner.