During the gestation period, which can range from 57 to 65 days, you should prepare everything you need for the birth, including a whelping box.
At what age can my dog become pregnant?
Female dogs come into season from the time they turn six months, or later on for larger dog breeds. This means a dog is fertile and will normally attract males for mating.
How to tell if your dog is pregnant
The way to find out whether your dog is pregnant is to contact your vet about four to five weeks from the time of conception to arrange a check-up. If she’s relaxed, the vet might be able to feel small lumps the size of table tennis balls in her womb. You can also have her scanned (around 25-30 days) to confirm whether she is pregnant or not.
Bear in mind, a scan just gives you a cross-section at any point, and for this reason, it’s not possible to know exactly how many puppies there are.
Her belly may also swell as it would during a woman’s pregnancy, but if your dog is carrying a small litter or she has a well-muscled tummy it may be difficult to tell just by looking at her.
How long are dogs pregnant?
Dogs are pregnant for an average of 63 days. The date is not from when she is mated but when she ovulated. Canine semen can remain in the womb for up to seven days, and because of this, it can be difficult to know the due date for sure, but you can prepare for it. With the variation in dog sizes, it is hard to tell how far along the pregnancy is.
How will I know when my dog has gone into labour?
The first stage of labour is nesting, you might notice your dog preparing the spot she’s picked to give birth to her puppies. She might appear restless for the first 24 hours and her body temperature will drop. She might also refuse food and have clear/watery vaginal discharge.