Signs of Dog Pregnancy
If your dog has been acting sleepy and her behavior has changed, you might be seeing signs of dog pregnancy. There are a few significant stages to dog pregnancy, but because dog pregnancy is so quick you might miss the stages if you are not aware of the stages. Since dog pregnancy only lasts between 59-64 days, the signs of dog pregnancy do not last long and there are some signs that will only last for a few days.
Signs in the First Stages of Pregnancy
The signs of pregnancy only resemble human pregnancy in the very first stages. The first two signs of pregnancy are the ones that match the human pregnancy are morning sickness and tiredness. Just like all pregnant women will not have the same symptoms, the same goes for dogs, especially in the beginning of the pregnancy. Some dogs will have a subtle behavior change in the first few weeks of being pregnant. If your dog does behave differently, she will most likely be less playful and seem tired when she normally is not.
Dogs Get Morning Sickness, Too
The other early sign is morning sickness. Fortunately, this will only last a few days. If your dog shows signs of morning sickness, it is a good idea to only feed your dog little meals throughout those days. Your dog may not want to eat much, but you will need to watch your dog to be sure that she is drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated. She will also need to eat, so make sure that you keep her dish filled with the food that she loves. If you dog is vomiting, she might do it in a private spot where you might be surprised to see it. But, just like the fact that pregnant women do not get morning sickness, not all dogs will develop morning sickness, too.
Swollen Belly with Less Fur
At about the 30 day mark, your dog will begin to show more signs of dog pregnancy. The trademark sign of pregnancy, the swollen belly, will start to show. Your dog will also have nipples that start to get darker and the hair on her belly will lighten up so that it becomes easier for her to feed her babies. Just like newborn human babies, newborn puppies do not see very well at first, so it is important to their survival that mother dogs’ nipples are easier to find by being darker and not hidden by belly fur.
Nesting for a Delivery Spot
The last signs of dog pregnancy come in the last two or three weeks of being pregnant. Toward the end of pregnancy, female humans will begin to nest by cleaning their homes and preparing their babies’ nurseries. Female dogs will also nest, but they do it differently. Since female dogs do not visit the hospital or the vet to deliver their babies, they nest by finding a quiet place to deliver their puppies in a private location away from chaos.