How to Care for Your Pregnant Dog

Once you know that your dog is pregnant, it needs special care regarding food and health. For successful labor and delivery, you can take several steps known as whelping. Below are some of the guides for you.

Firstly, when you know about your dog’s pregnancy, discuss the care and nutritional needs with your veterinarian. Approximately, pregnancy in dogs can last for 63 days. Some of the essential things to consider are;

 

Nutrition

Dogs need a lot of nutrition when they are pregnant. Generally, during pregnancy, puppy food is recommended by experts. The dog food formulated according to AAFCO standards is the best for your dog.

In addition, when the dog reaches halfway of its pregnancy, the food intake requirement becomes double compared with the need before pregnancy. Plus, the dog must eat a nutritional diet while nursing puppies if your dog is getting a proper diet.

Veterinary Care

A visit to your vet is required by your dog a couple of times during pregnancy. After 21 days, an ultrasound or blood test can be done to confirm the pregnancy. After 45 days, the veterinarian performs an x-ray to know the size and number of pups. Any vaccine during pregnancy must be avoided. Any signs of illness or vaginal bleeding, or discharge must be taken seriously, and you have to discuss them with your vet.

Exercise

Dogs can do most of the exercise during pregnancy but avoid demanding and stressful activities. In addition, you can give your dogs gentle walks. You must limit the number and type of activities during the first four to six weeks of pregnancy.

Birth preparations

Some supplies are needed by you, which you can discuss with your vet. It is also a good idea to consult an experienced dog breeder about what you will expect. As breeders are more experienced and they provide you best knowledge.

Supplies

You can use the following supplies instead of whelping supplies;

Digital thermometer

Absorbent disposable pads

Disposable exam gloves

Aspiration bulb

Locking hemostats

Surgical scissors with blunt tips (stainless steel)

Hand towels and washcloths

Antiseptic (iodine/betadine)

Rubbing alcohol

In addition, keep the first aid kit of your dog ready and keep the emergency veterinarian contact nearby.

Help During Birth

The good news is that most dogs do not need help during birth. The dogs have an excellent natural ability to manage all things by themselves. However, you can help the puppies to a safe, warm, comfortable place.

You may sit at a distance and watch things with a plan if anything goes out of order.

Final Words

When your dog is pregnant, she needs some extra care regarding food and medical assistance. For this purpose, you may contact your veterinarian or an expert breeder to know better. For dietary needs, you must give the pregnant dog AAFCO-approved nutritional content.

You do not need to feed your extra dog vitamins as long as it gets an appropriate diet. Regular visits to veterinarians are needed. Plus, do not engage your dog in heavy stressful exercise; just a light walk is enough.

On the big day, just sit close to your dog and let nature take its course. Be ready to tackle the things if they go out of order.

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