It’s an exciting thing to know that puppies are along the way! But just what should you do to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape?
Get Prenatal Care Done
Are your dog’s vaccinations and medications up to date? Are they getting enough nutrition and exercise? It’s important to make sure your dog is cleared to have babies in the first place – abortions can be a very traumatic experience for your dog.
Stay Aware of Your Dog’s Gestation Period
Check with your vet to know the average gestation period for your dog, so you can keep on track.
What Stage Is She In?
Familiarise with the many stages of dog pregnancy, and know what to expect!
- Stage 1: 0-25 Days. Pregnancy symptoms appear.
- Stage 2: 25-45 Days. The puppies quickly develop.
- Stage 3: 45-65 Days. The mother begins showing nesting symptoms.
Do You Have Your Equipment Ready?
Your dog will need things such as a heating pad and a whelping box. Make sure you have everything on hand before the pregnancy starts!
Watch The Calendar
Keeping an eye on the date allows you to be ready when your dog goes into labor. Your dog is generally capable of delivery by herself, but there are a few things you can do to help.
- A quiet and familiar environment helps with stress.
- Keep an eye out for medical emergencies.
- Cut the umbilical cord with unwaxed dental floss.
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