After mating season has your dog been rather suspicious lately or experiencing different bodily changes? Thinking that there may be a possible pregnancy? Read this guide to find out if that's just the case
A first sign to look out for is if your dog loses her appetite. This can be a sign that she is pregnant.
Clam down though, there's no cause for alarm –her appetite should return within a few weeks.
When you need to be concerned is f she has stopped eating altogether, however, a checkup with the vet is recommended.
Confusing right? Both decreased and Increased Apettite can indicate a pregnancy.
Your dog could experience an increase in appetite after getting pregnant. If your dog is free fed, you shouldn't have to change that –she will balance out her food intake.
If she is on scheduled feeding, you may have to introduce extra feeding throughout the day.
In early pregnancy, it can lead to fatigue, so don't be too concerned if you find your dog sleeping more than usual. This is normal. While she's putting her energies into her developing pups, she'll need to rest more often.
Maybe you don't really observe your dog's teats, but if you've ever stumbled to lay your eyes on them their usually fairly small and flat.
But it is a good time to roll your dog over to check. In pregnancy this will encourage them to lengthen, providing something for the pups to suckle on
Again, we don't expect you to be constantly checking up on your dog's teats but give them a look. Along with nipple growth, you may also see a change in the color of your dog’s nipples. The nipples are usually light pink to almost gray...but during pregnancy, they will change to a brighter pink and will look flushed compared to before.
There is an increase in blood flow to the teats, so they may appear to be brighter pink or flushed.
Something you also may notice is your dog becoming affectionate or clingy. This is typically a common personality change in younger dogs. The same may not apply for older dogs. Older dogs may experience bad moods and impatient temperaments
If you see any of these signs in your dog, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian so they can confirm the pregnancy. They will also run some tests to make sure your dog is healthy.