Gestation Period for Dogs
If you are new to having a pregnant dog, you are probably wondering about the gestation period for dogs. Dogs have a relatively short gestation period of about 63 days. The average is between 59 and 64 days from the time the dog was impregnated. When you know that your dog is pregnant, there are a few things that you should know.
Watch for Morning Sickness
One of the first things that you should know is that your dog can develop morning sickness, just like humans can. During the first few weeks of being pregnant, your dog may not show any signs of pregnancy, with the exception of morning sickness. However, the morning sickness will only last a few days. If you notice that your dog is not eating much or is vomiting, then it is wise to only feed your dog little meals throughout the day. If your dog does not show any signs of morning sickness by the time that she is half way through the pregnancy, then you will not see vomiting from your dog because of morning sickness.
Also during the first few weeks of being pregnant, your dog might seem a bit tired. This is quite normal for pregnant dogs, too. Let your dog rest, because being pregnant is a lot of work and your dog will need the rest.
Time to Visit the Vet
Once your dog has gotten to the 30 day point, you can take your dog to the vet to see how many puppies she will be having. At the 30 day point, a vet can palpate your dog’s belly and count how many embryos are in your dog’s uterus. They are about the size of a walnut at this time – unless you have a really big or really small dog, then the size will vary. There is a limited window of opportunity to feel the embryos because once your dog passes the 30 day point, then the embryos will be wrapped in a fluid sac and they will be difficult to feel individually.
Going into Hiding
Shortly before the time that your dog will be giving birth, you should not be surprised if your dog goes into hiding. Dogs prefer to give birth in a quiet area that provides privacy from noise and chaos. Your dog will try to find the best place in the house, so you should not worry if you happen to find your dog relaxing in a closet or somewhere that is not a normal hangout spot. If you want to help your dog find a great spot, make a comfortable nesting area with a blanket that you can throw away after she has delivered the puppies. Be sure that the spot you make is in a quiet place in the house that is not anywhere the busy action.
Having a pregnant dog can be very exciting, but it can also be a scary if you do not know the gestation period for dogs and the rest of the steps from conception to birth.