How To Tell When A Dog Is Pregnant

How To Tell When A Dog Is Pregnant


In this tutorial, we’ll be looking at the signs of pregnancy in dogs and how to use that information to determine the best way to proceed. We’ll also show you how to tell if a dog is pregnant after giving birth.

A dog’s pregnancy lasts approximately 58-68 days.

  • The gestation period for dogs is approximately 58-68 days.
  • A dog’s pregnancy lasts approximately 58-68 days, but it can vary depending on the breed and other factors.

Signs of early pregnancy usually appear in the third week after mating.

Signs of early pregnancy usually appear in the third week after mating. With your dog, you may notice one or more of these changes:

  • Enlargement of the abdomen
  • Weight gain
  • Swelling and tenderness of the nipples

The most noticeable sign of pregnancy is the enlargement of the abdomen.

The most noticeable sign of pregnancy is the enlargement of the abdomen. You will also see a slight swelling, tenderness and warmth in this area that wasn’t there before.

Your dog may show significant weight gain, particularly around the abdomen and chest.

If your dog shows significant weight gain, particularly around the abdomen and chest, she may be pregnant. When a bitch becomes pregnant, it’s normal for her to gain between 2-5 pounds in the first two weeks of pregnancy. This is because the puppies grow quickly during this time, so they need more room inside of their mother’s uterus. It’s important to keep in mind that not all dogs will show noticeable weight gain during the first few weeks of pregnancy; some breeds are known for having litters with large numbers of puppies or multiple births (which can mean more food intake), while other dogs don’t usually carry their litter until later on in their gestation period.

If you’re still unsure whether or not your dog is expecting pups after weighing both yourself and/or your pet regularly over an extended period of time (at least one month), then take note: increased appetite can also be an indicator that a female has become pregnant!

Likewise, there may be noticeable swelling and tenderness of the nipples.

The first thing to watch out for is if the dog shows signs of pregnancy. These can include:

  • A swollen belly, which may have a slight bulge.
  • The abdomen may feel firm and hard.
  • Some dogs experience nausea or vomiting during their pregnancy. If your dog experiences this, it could be due to the fact that she’s pregnant!

Other signs of early pregnancy include a decrease in activity and a decrease in appetite.

If you notice a decrease in activity, it could be because the dog’s body is working extra hard to support the growing embryo. This is especially common when there are multiple puppies and may be accompanied by a noticeable increase in appetite.

As with many other symptoms of pregnancy, this one is more obvious as the pregnancy advances. For example, if you’re noticing that your dog has been sleeping more than normal or not wanting to go on walks as much as they usually do (which is definitely something I’ve noticed), chances are they might be pregnant!

Pregnant dogs will begin to eat more and increase their food intake by 25 to 50 percent

When a female dog enters her pregnancy, the body goes through several changes. One of them is an increase in appetite and food intake. The pregnant animal will likely eat more than usual and can even double her daily calorie intake.

Pregnant dogs typically increase their food intake by 25 to 50 percent during the last three weeks before giving birth (with some puppies born earlier). This is why it’s important to consult a veterinarian if you’re not sure whether or not your pet is pregnant yet—there may be other reasons why she’s eating so much!

If you suspect your dog is pregnant, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible for confirmation.

If you suspect that your dog is pregnant, it’s important to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine whether or not this is true. Waiting until the pregnancy has progressed too far can make it harder for your vet to diagnose what stage of gestation your dog is in—and later on, might have implications for how they are able to treat her and her puppies.

The veterinarian will be able to give you advice on how best to care for your dog during the pregnancy, from diet and exercise recommendations through labor and delivery considerations. The vet will also be able to determine the due date based on its size and age at conception, which can help prepare owners for their new arrival!

Your soon to be momma dog needs all the TLC she can get right now!

If you have a pregnant dog in your home, it’s important to keep her healthy and safe. In the last few weeks of her pregnancy, she will most likely be less active than usual. A good rule of thumb is that if your dog seems less energetic than normal or not herself at all, check with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Here are some other things that you can do to ensure that your soon-to-be momma dog is comfortable:

  • Provide a quiet place for her to rest. If there’s no room in the house, make sure she has access outside where temperatures are moderate (below 85 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Provide soft bedding—a thick blanket or towel on the floor will do just fine!
  • Make sure there’s plenty of fresh water available at all times! Drinking plenty of water helps regulate body temperature during periods when excessive panting occurs due to heat stress caused by labor contractions occurring during delivery; so make sure she has plenty within reach at all times!


Congratulations on the imminent arrival of your new litter! It’s a wonderful time for you, and even more so for your dog. Don’t worry if you missed any of the earlier signs; there are still other ways to tell your dog is pregnant.

If you’re concerned that she might not be pregnant, visit your vet to rule out any medical issues. Whatever happens, we hope our guide has helped you in some way and wish you all the best with what comes next.

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