In theory, a pregnant dog seems easy to recognize; warmth, physical changes and rising hormones can be very striking.
But a pregnant bitch can also remain unnoticed for a long time if you do not exactly recognize the symptoms.
Planned or unplanned, many people like a litter of puppies at home. But for this your bitch must have been pregnant first.
So before the puppies are there, the care for your bitch requires a lot of attention and foreknowledge.
How does your bitch actually become pregnant ?
And how do you best care for a pregnant dog ?
Cause pregnant dog
We all know how puppies are made: put a male with a bitch, then Mother Nature does her job. But is this as straightforward as it sounds ?
Your bitch is not pregnant when unexpectedly a male crawls on. Most breeds are only running about once or twice a year.
During this heat, bitches are really fertile for only a few days. If they are not covered during these specific days, then no puppies will emerge.
In contrast, males are continuously available for couples from the age of eight. They do not need a special period for this, just a bitch.
Would you rather not have a litter of puppies ?
Then it is wise to keep your uncastrated male far away from a female bitch. Because during that period, you might get to know all the Houdini talents of your dog.
Is he gone already ?
During the initial phase of the heat, the bitch has bloody discharge and somewhat swollen vulva. In addition, she can be somewhat restless and moody because of the hormone change.
After a few days the discharge decreases and the bitch is ready to mate. She is therefore extra attractive for males at this stage. If the bitch is covered during this period, she can become pregnant.
But if the mating is not successful, she goes back to her original condition.
If the mating is successful, the bitch will bring puppies into the world after about 57 to 72 days. A special feature, however, is the fancy dress.
The body of the dog behaves as if it is wearing puppies. In reality, mating is not successful at all and there are no puppies.
This is a mistake of nature: the bitch should actually have gone back to how she was before the loop period. It is not yet known what is caused by a false pregnancy.
Symptoms pregnant dog
The symptoms of a successful pregnancy and delivery are almost the same. The only way to get behind the reality is to have an ultrasound examination done at the vet.
This is possible from the 21st day of pregnancy. Because, you know very well, very sure that your bitch is not secretly covered ?
How do you recognize a pregnant dog ?
The behavior of your bitch can change considerably during the period of time; she may not listen as well, is fiercely withdrawn or withdrawn. How does the owner notice in this
confusion that she has become pregnant ?
The pregnancy is a completely new phase for the bitch. Where the bitch during the heat was mainly concerned with the right partner and the right moment, the pregnancy is a period of self-preservation and preparation.
The changes we see with the bitch during this period can be divided into two categories: physical and behavioral changes.