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How to Care for Your Dog During Her Pregnancy

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Pregnancy care for your dog

Pregnancy Care for Dogs

Pregnancy care for your dog new born puppies

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It’s always an exciting time when a dog is pregnant. Soon, your home will be populated by cute whippersnappers that bring nothing but joy to anyone. But while this is so, pregnancy also can be taxing and daunting as it is one of the most sensitive phases of a female dog’s life.

If you think your dog is carrying babies inside her tummy, there are certain measures you should follow to make sure that she remains healthy throughout the pregnancy until the most awaited time of birth. You can read below for more!

 

Signs that Your Dog is Pregnant

One of the most common signs that your bitch is pregnant is shown by her breasts. During the initial stages of pregnancy, female dogs will start to have enlarged breasts that sometimes ooze milk. You could also notice sudden ballooning of her abdomen and her gaining pounds even when under a strict diet.

Sudden changes in behavior such as lethargy, decreased appetite, and even aggression are other signs that your dog is pregnant. Pregnant dogs also like to make nests in preparation for their whelping. Look for places in your home made by your dog that looks like a den. If you discover one, there might be puppies in your dog’s oven.

Of course, even if your dog is showing some signs above, it doesn’t mean they are pregnant. Some of the changes and pain they’re experiencing could link to diseases or even false pregnancy. Now, if you don’t want to rely on pure deduction, go to your vet in case there are glaring pregnancy signs on your dog.

Take Her to the Vet

When you and your dog are visiting the veterinarian regularly, there is a definite probability of early confirmation that she is pregnant. If this happens, the care for your pregnant dog could start immediately which is good.

If you do not have consistent visits to the doctor and you suspect your dog is forming puppies in her womb then it’s time to drive to the clinic. If a dog’s pregnancy is detected as early as possible, you could prepare better and you and your veterinarian could dodge pregnancy complications much more easily.

Ensure She’s Getting the Right Nutrition

If your dog is already on a healthy diet then there is no need to change it. This only applies to the first few weeks, though. With the approval of your doctor, you could opt for bigger meals or an even larger diet. During the last few weeks, there should be an increase in their food intake as she would need double the calories that she’s having.

Your dog’s doctor would also recommend daily intake of prenatal vitamins and other supplements. Pregnancy could take a toll on a dog’s body so additional nutrition such as iron and folic acid is very much essential.

Mother dog with her puppy.

Image by Steve Adcock, Pixabay.com

Exercises should also not be blotted out of a pregnant dog’s daily schedule. Along with food and supplements, taking your pregnant dog on walks would not only strengthen her but also the litter that she is carrying. Of course, any pregnant dog exercises that you are planning to do should be consulted with her vet.

Keep Your Distance

Dogs had been pregnant and had given birth long before humans started domesticating them so you should know that momma dogs could handle themselves. There will come a time during pregnancy that your dog will be aloof, and that’s fine. Give them space. Let them stay in their safe space. With this, you are not interrupting some natural development they need to ensure their babies are healthy and normal.

Still, you should keep your eyes on your pregnant dog. Go on with your daily routine, continue giving her food, vitamins, fresh water, and any other things that she might need at the moment.

Everyone at Home Should Work Together

Just like it is to humans, dog pregnancy can be severely sensitive so the support of everyone in the family is very much needed. When there are emergencies, a dog could be taken to the vet quickly if everyone is on the move.

Prepare for Delivery

A dog will be pregnant for up to 68 days or at least nine weeks. During this time, you should be planning for the long-awaited delivery. Start by determining the best spot for your dog’s whelping. There are available whelping boxes that should be secure to the bitch and guarantees convenient clean up afterwards.

Whelping, Labor & Delivering

An alternative to whelping boxes is a makeshift whelping spot made up of newspapers, cartons, rugs, and towels. If your momma dog had already chosen her whelping site then it’s best to not urge her to move as it could disturb her labor and could cause greater discomfort. One evident sign that your dog is close to giving birth is her building her nest and a rapid drop of her temperature.

At the time of labor, get towels ready and make sure that everything is sterile. By this moment, a pregnant dog would be huffing and distress would be apparent on her face and body.

When she is finally pushing the babies out, you could assist especially if she’s clearly struggling or if a puppy is stuck. With a clean towel, you could pull the puppy out gently. Other than that, let the momma dog do her own thing.

When all the puppies are seemingly delivered then it’s time to count them according to the results of her ultrasound. If some of the puppies don’t look like they are breathing, remove them from the nest as they could be suffocating. Wash out mucus that could be preventing them from breathing or pull the puppy’s tongue to provide better airflow. If that’s not effective, call your veterinarian immediately!

Common Things You See During Delivery

If it’s your first time to witness a dog’s birth, there are some unusual things that’ll happen. No worries, though, as most of this is only natural. Below are some of the events that you might likely to encounter:

  • Green fluid discharge from a dog’s vagina after the first puppy
  • The momma dog eating the puppies’ placenta (if she doesn’t, tear the placenta yourself to free the puppy)
  • The momma dog cutting the umbilical cords (if she doesn’t, you need to do the deed with disinfected scissors)
  • Stillborn pups
  • Lots of blood
Cute puppy, dog pregnancy care

Image by Laura Lucia, Pixabay.com

Pregnancy and eventual birth are beautiful despite some gnarly stuff. If you survive this process, you would be as proud as your bitch would be!

Final Thoughts

Pregnant dogs need extra care than usual.   You or everyone at home should be hand-in-hand in guaranteeing a safe and healthy gestation period, even if that means keeping your distance and letting the dog go through her natural birthing practice.

Is your dog pregnant?  We would love to hear stories about how she’s doing and what are your routines to keep her strong and healthy until the fateful day of labor! Let us hear it in the comments!


About the Author:

Brian Larsen is the Co-Founder and CEO of RejuvaPet, LLC — the creator of RestoraPet and RestoraPet Hemp. He spent nearly 10 years developing these products to rehabilitate and protect pets at the cellular level, for a vastly improved quality of life.

February 11, 2020 |

Pet Loss: Significant and Profound Loss or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Montage of pets loss that we grieve for.
Montage of pets loss that we grieve for.

For those who have deeply loved and lost their animal companions, the answer is obvious and yet disturbing. There are still far too many people in our culture who minimize and trivialize the loss of a pet. They tell the grieving friend, colleague or family member, “What’s wrong with you? Get over it. It was only a dog (or cat, bird, horse, etc.) Get yourself a new one! After all, it’s been a month already. You shouldn’t be so torn up over this.”

Having been a grief counselor and a pet loss support group facilitator for many years, I have encountered a wide range of stories from people who have suffered cruel and insensitive statements from those around them, to others who receive wonderful support and unconditional love from their family and friends after the death or disappearance of a beloved animal.

The Grieving Process for an Animal or Human Companion

The truth is that grieving an animal companion or grieving the loss of a human companion can feel devastating emotionally and encompasses all kinds of feelings: sorrow, depression, anger, confusion, physical pain, guilt and a profound bittersweet love.

If you add on the stress of dealing with an unsupportive work, home or social environment that makes you feel guilty or like you’re an emotional misfit, the grief process becomes more difficult and complicated.

Pets Are Spiritual Beings, Too

Silhouette of dog and cat

Animals, like humans, are spiritual beings having an earth-experience. Many people in my pet loss group recognize these spiritual beings as their teachers and healers. Mourning their physical absence in our lives is not only normal, but honours their incredible gifts to us. As most of us know, the grief process has no timetable and is unique to each situation and relationship. As a spiritual experience, it offers the opportunity for positive transformation of self and of giving more meaning and purpose to our lives.

How do you get over losing a pet? Healing Suggestions

* Allow yourself to feel all your feelings. It is a sign of strength, not weakness, to feel deeply. Doing breathing exercises can relax you, and allow your feelings to move more freely. Writing a letter to your pet can ease the pain in your heart.

* Stay connected to others who care about you and understand, as best they can, your attachment. Be receptive to receiving their kindness and help with daily activities, such as shopping or laundry.

* Attend a pet loss support group to help you get through the initial difficult mourning period.

* Be kind to yourself and allow yourself all the time you need to grieve. Nurture your spirit, mind, body and heart with activities, books, movies and friends that uplift and soothe your soul.

* Do your best to stay healthy, through proper nutrition, rest and exercise. This is difficult to do; imagine what your pet would want you to do.

* Honor your animal companion through a memorial service, a tree-planting, community service or helping a friend.

* Plan activities for days that will be especially difficult, such as holidays, birthdays and anniversaries.

* Some depression is a normal grief response. If you feel you are in trouble, have suicidal thoughts or plans, substance abuse problems, or long-term depression, please seek professional help at once. Call your local crisis center.

* Balance negative thoughts about yourself with positive ones, such as “I did the best I knew how for my pet.” “I am a loving, compassionate guardian for my animal companions.”

* Take walks or interact with nature in some way. Nature heals.

* Don’t sweat the small stuff. Allow your perspective on what really counts in life to expand.

 

Pet Loss Grief Counsellor & Creative Arts Therapist

Grief is a process that affects not only spirit, but mind, body and heart. As a grief counsellor, I focus on strengthening all aspects of self in order to give more balance and integration to the grief journey.

As a creative arts therapist, I use a variety of tools for expression and integration that open new vistas and depth to the healing process. Grief is a sacred rite of passage, a doorway to a more loving, compassionate and purposeful life. Move with the energy of grief, rather than fighting it, and you will discover the gifts and treasures that are part of path of healing!

   

Author Bio –

Debbie Lindour is a pet lover. She is a professional writer also work with Gentle Pet Passages. She is always found a new way for pet care, Pet training and Pet euthanasia. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a qualified veterinarian with many years of experience in private, online and welfare practice.

July 27, 2019 |

Winterizing Your Dog!

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Winterizing your dog | Vancouvervetinfo.comn
Winterizing your dog, dog in snow | VancouverVetInfo.com

5 Ways to Winterizing Your Dog

Winter’s arrival brings frigid winds and dipping temperatures that require making a few adjustments to your pet care routine. While you may want to snuggle by the fire, it is hard to resist when your dog playfully brings you their leash. Fortunately, you can protect your pup from winter’s bite by taking a few simple actions that will keep them comfortable and healthy throughout these colder months.

Dress Them Up

Doggie sweaters and jackets do more than just make an adorable fashion statement. During freezing weather, your dog may need an extra layer to keep them warm. This is especially important for shorthaired breeds such as Chihuahuas, but all dogs can benefit from some type of extra clothing during the winter months. If your dog has a thick coat, make sure to go with a lighter fabric for their sweaters, and remember to take it off once you get indoors. It is also important to change their coat if it gets wet while you are playing outside since being soaked in freezing temperatures can lead to hypothermia.

Protect Their Paws

Your dog’s paw pads are susceptible to the cold. Just as they may become burned by the hot summer concrete, those delicate pads can also be harmed by ice on your walking path. During walks, try to avoid icy sidewalks and hiking trails, and check your dog’s pads periodically for signs of injury such as bleeding or raw spots. You can also prevent some of the ice accumulation by asking your dog’s groomer to clip their hair shorter between their toes. On long walks, put special dog booties on your pet’s feet to protect the pads from prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures.

Trim Their Coat Longer

Dogs have the benefit of wearing their coat year round. Yet, your groomer has probably kept it shorter during the summer months to keep them cool. Now, you can switch back to keeping their coat on the longer side so that it can serve its purpose as an extra layer of warmth. Just make sure to keep their coat dry. When you come inside after playing in the snow, give them a good wipe down with a towel. It is also important to wait until their coat is completely dry after grooming before doing outside.

Pet Proof Your Home

Once winter hits full swing, you can expect that your dog will be staying indoors more often. Yet, there are several indoor winter hazards to check for in your home. Make sure that any portable heaters are kept away from your pet’s reach so you can avoid burns. It is also important to make sure your dog does not ingest a toxic plant or food since these are more common during the winter. Plants, such as poinsettias are toxic to dogs, so only place these where they will be out of your dog’s range.

Winterizing your dog walking through the snowBe Cautious When Traveling

Taking your pet with you on winter forays is always fun, but be alert to potentially dangerous situations. For example, winter hikes are a great way to let your dog explore nature, but frozen bodies of water could pose a risk for your dog falling through. Never let your dog walk on ice, and remember that your car’s temperature quickly drops once it is no longer running. Similar to the summer, make sure you can take your dog inside with you if you bring your dog along on errands or decide to dine out.

This winter, winterizing your dog will get them ready for fun by making sure they stay comfortably warm. By dressing them up and knowing about potential winter hazards, you can get the most enjoyment out of the cooler months while keeping your pet healthy.
 
 
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Thank you to Kaley McAuliffe, the owner/ operator/ groomer of Hey Rover! Be Right Over.com for this informative article!  She is a Southern California girl who is living her dream by making dogs’ lives better each and every day.
 

November 22, 2016 |

Preventing heat stroke in dogs in cars, a solution

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The recent tragedy of six dogs dying from heat stroke in a car shows how it’s very important to keep your car cool while your dog, or any pet for that matter, is in your car during spring and summer.

Obviously, the best way to prevent this is to:

  • park in the shade
  • leave at least 2 windows cross from each other open to permit air flow
  • minimize the time your dog is left alone in the car and
  • leave a bowl of water for her.

A solution to heat stroke in dogs in cars

Still, the above actions may not be enough to prevent your dog from heat exhaustion in a car.

A better solution then, if you have to bring your dog along, consider parking your car in an underground parkade when ever you can. This will certainly keep your car cool and it’s worth your dog’s life to uncovered parking for the convenience of being close to your destination.

Would a solar powered cooling fan prevent heat stroke in dogs in cars?

Solar powered car window fan | VancouverVetInfoAlso, has anyone tried out solar powered cooling fans on their car windows?

Is it a viable solution if you have to park your car in an uncovered area?  I have access to this product and can get a good bulk deal on them (any interested buyers?), but I’m not going to chance buying them if they don’t work; I’m a bit skeptical if they really can significantly cool a car and thus make the car safe for Fido.

What are your experiences with this product if you’ve tried it? Does it really work?

I may have to buy one and test it out and report back later in a future post…
 
What are your thoughts on this post? If you have any comments or questions, please write below. We welcome and appreciate your feedback!

 

May 20, 2014 |

EXAMINING YOUR PET

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This excellent article is courtesy of  Freeonlinevet.com

When examining your pet, look at the overall condition of your pet. The body systems and conditions to monitor can be examined at home using the following:

Eyes

  1. Are they draining?
  2. Is the pet squinting excessively?
  3. Are they red?
  4. Do they buldge?
  5. Are they painful?
  6. Does the pet act blind or bump into objects?

Ears

  1. Are they clean?
  2. Does the pet shake its head?
  3. Does the pet rub its head on the floor?
  4. Does the pet paw at its ears?
  5. Does the pet hear you?

Mucous membranes

  1. Are the pets gums pink? If no, your pet may have a low red blood cell count, be in shock, or have a low blood volume
  2. When you place pressure against the pets gums and release, does the color return quickly? The normal time is less than two seconds, if longer your pet may be dehydrated.

Teeth

  1. Check for tartar build up on the teeth.
  2. Check for a red line being present above the teeth. If this is present, your pet may have gingivitis.
  3. Does the pet have oral ulcers? This could be caused by kidney disease, dental disease, viruses, electrocution, or a variety of others.
  4. Does your pet have bad breath? This could occur due to bacteria and thus infection.
  5. Are there any tumors present?

Respiratory system

  1. Is the pet breathing fast?
  2. Is the pet coughing?
  3. Does the pet breathe with abdominal contractions?
  4. Does the elbows point out when breathing?

Cardiovascular system

  1. Does the patient have exercise intolerance?
  2. Does the patient cough?
  3. Does your pet have trouble with the respiratory system?
  4. Is your pet’s activity below normal?

Lymph nodes

Pets have lymph nodes throughout the body. Some of the lymph nodes can be felt and some cannot. The lymph nodes which can be palpated include the following:

1. Submandibular – these lymph nodes are located at the angle of the lower jaw

2. Prescapular – these lymph nodes are located in front of the shoulder

3. Popliteal – these lymph nodes are located in the hamstring portion of the hind leg

Lymph nodes are normally only noticed by owners when they are abnormal. The common reasons for lymph node enlargement include infection and cancer.

Skin

Your pet should have a nice thick hair coat that is not dull in color. The following signs can represent a skin disease:

  1. Excessive hair loss
  2. Patient scratching
  3. Bumps on the skin
  4. Licking and biting of the skin

 
Here’s a couple of videos where you can see how you can examine your pet at home:
 

 
What are your thoughts on this post? If you have any comments or questions, please write below. We welcome and appreciate your feedback!

April 16, 2014 |

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