Dogs gestate for nine weeks and their stomach only increases in size when they are close to their delivery period. As a result of this, it might not be easy to detect a dog’s pen pregnancy at the initial stage. However, regular visits to the veterinarian shortly after the dog’s heat period and mating could solve the problem. What if you can actually notice pregnancy in your dog by using some specific observatory tips? Check it out below!
The dog’s nipple color would begin to change. The nipples of the dog will begin to change in color gradually, as she takes in. This is probably one of the earliest signs. This coloration of the nipples is a sort of preparation for breastfeeding. The nipple becomes more prominent and bigger within the first two to three weeks.
There will be noticeable body changes. The body of a pregnant dog does not begin to swell unevenly like in a pregnant woman. Even the stomach does not begin to get bigger until after four to five weeks. However, one specific place that might grow thicker is the waist. Watch out for the waist filling out in your dog.
A pregnant dog begins to eat more. A prominent sign of pregnancy in dogs is a increase in food consumption. However, most pet owners feed their pregnant dogs too early. Dogs may eat more while pregnant but the change is not drastic. They may only need a huge increase in their meals when they are beginning to get heavy. The rush to increase food after mating sometimes makes the dog look pregnant because her stomach gets bigger.
Feel the dog’s stomach for puppy movement. Just like it happens in human pregnancy, puppies also ‘kick’ in their mother’s womb. At the last stage of the pregnancy, just as the stomach begins to increase notably in size, you will feel the puppy movement when you touch the stomach. Sometimes, her flank moves visibly when she’s at this period.
Sometimes you might not feel or see anything. You might have to check a couple of times to confirm. The puppies are not always kicking, that’s not why they are there. However, they move once in awhile, so you can feel it after a couple of trials.
Frequent eating and changes in appetite. When the dog is near delivery, she will begin to eat frequently, but never heavy meals. Since the womb is larger, the stomach gets smaller and due to some reactions, the dog won’t want to eat much. Despite not being able ready heavy meals, the dog would want to eat from time to time. She will prefer to snack on small meals at intervals or to eat the big meal, little by little.
The dog would begin nesting. Just like a human being would prepare for pregnancy, a dog would too. She would begin to gather things to a private corner, especially soft clothing and beddings. This is called nesting, a preparation for her coming babies. It happens about two weeks to the delivery period.
These signs are mostly for you to alert your veterinarian, except you are experienced and can handle it on your own. This is because dogs can lose their puppies easily.