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If your dog is pregnant, you must have several questions to help you deal with the situation and meet the requirements of your dog.
Pregnancy in dogs is different from humans so make sure you are thoroughly equipped to face each stage and it is always better to have someone assist you in case it's a first time for you.
Is your dog pregnant?
This is an important question that you need to answer. Once you confirm the pregnancy, you can start implementing the required changes to care for your pregnant dog.
You need to look out for these signs.
- Increase in abdomen size
- Increase in size of the nipples or lactation
- Changes in behaviour; lethargy or laziness
- Increase or loss of appetite
Once you notice any of these signs, you can take a trip to your vet for proper confirmation that he can provide through blood tests or ultrasounds.
Care during Gestation
Certain changes need to be made in your dog’s routine to prepare it for a successful delivery. The gestation phase for dogs lasts for only two months, so you must be prepared to face rapid stages of development.
● Food and nutrition - If your dog is healthy and has the right body weight, you can continue with the same diet. After three weeks of pregnancy, you must start increasing the diet almost twice the usual to balance with the rapid growth of the puppies.
Do not include dietary supplements unless asked to by your vet.
● Visiting the vet - Periodical trips to the vet are essential as he can check if the dog is on the right track of pregnancy. In case the dog has an infection or illness, he can take steps to combat it at the early stages itself. He can also suggest dietary changes if required.
At any point during the pregnancy, if you feel there is something unusual with your dog, check with the vet immediately.
Preparing for Delivery
In case you plan to oversee the delivery yourself, make sure you have the following ready.
- A whelping box that is lined with newspapers or sheets for your dog to give birth.
- Make sure it is spacious enough.
- Scissors and clean towels.
- Dog first aid kitWelcoming puppies to the world is a precious phenomenon and we wish you the best on your journey!
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