How to care for your pregnant dog

Pregnancy can be a stressful time for a dog and its owner. Dogs are usually pregnant for just over two months and may need a little extra care during this time. In this article, we'll discuss some tips on how to care for a pregnant dog properly so that both mother and pups are healthy throughout the pregnancy.

Spotting the pregnancy

The very first step is to be able to identify the pregnancy. The best way to do this is to take your dog to the vet and have them tested professionally, but before this, there are a few signs you can look out for yourself. These signs include:

• Increased appetite

• Weight gain

• Increased nipple size

• Swollen belly

• Tiredness

• Nesting behaviour

• More affectionate

• Irritability

Nutrition

It's important to make sure your dog is eating the healthiest food possible at all times, but especially so during pregnancy. It may be worth talking to your vet about how you can improve your dog's nutrition. Apart from this though, you shouldn't make any changes to your dog's diet until the last third of the pregnancy. During these late stages, it's recommended to increase her food intake by 35-50%. You should do this through several small meals rather than large meals.

Exercise

During pregnancy, you should keep a close eye on the level of exercise your dog is getting. Veterinarians recommend reducing exercise for the first two weeks of gestation, then returning to normal until the late stages when your dog's belly is visibly enlarged. At this point, you should keep any exercise light and easy on your dog.

Regular vet visits

Having a professional keeping a close eye on your dog's pregnancy as it progresses is highly recommended. You should also be putting into place a plan for when your dog eventually goes into labour, and what you will do if there are any emergencies. This is something you should discuss with both your vet and anyone else who cares for your pet.

If there are any other concerns during pregnancy, don't hesitate to contact Breedertec and your local vet.

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