pregnant female dog will need care especially in last few days of pregnancy.
This is crucial time for both well being of female dog and her babies in the
womb. To help a pregnant female will need following
provide proper and optimum nutrition for gestation period for normal
development of puppies special foods is needed. Cheap foods may not be able to
provide proper nutrition and may just be filling tummy. Increasing amount of
food being offered regularly may not be sufficient to meet out the requirement.
Commercial diets are available which are capable of providing required
nutrition. Starter foods are best but puppy food can serve the purpose if it’s
not available. Commercial starter foods are available according to breed and
their size. After one month onwards these changes should be made i.e. around
5-6 week of pregnancy. Amount of the food being offered should be increased by
20-25%. In last two weeks of the pregnancy food amount should be increased by
another 25% to meet out the requirement of the rapidly growing puppies.
walks are sufficient and the best way to keep moving. Pregnant females should
never be pushed to play or exercise more than her limits.
deworming, vaccination, supplements and any other over the counter medicines
should never be given without consulting your veterinarian. It can harm both
the developing unborn puppies in the uterus. Puppies and mother should be
dewormed according to schedule and prescribed dosage.
changes in Pregnant female dogs during pregnancy are common due to hormonal
changes. She can be extra protective and aggressive. A safe and private space
should be given for mother and puppies. Socialization should be avoided during
last three week of pregnancy and first three weeks post-partum.
whelping box can be provided to give birth to puppies. It should be of
sufficient size according to the breed. Always keep an eye on puppies and
mother both. It should be warm and comfortable.
When you should call a vet?
your dog is weak, exhausted, and straining for a long period of time without
only fetal fluid (greenish) is there and no foetus is delivered for one hour or
rectal temperature of dog continues to decrease (subnormal). The normal rectal
temperature is 101-102 °F.
are weak and not responding or dead pups are being delivered.
you may need to take your dog to vet for ultrasound or x-ray (to ensure
viability of foetus and remaining foetus).
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