|A Dog's Pregnancy|
Observing Physical Change
One of the earliest signs of a dog's pregnancy is when it suddenly "flushes young." This refers to the change in the nipple, which appears to be more reddened than usual, slightly swollen and protruding. This mark can develop for 2-3 weeks after marriage.
1. Notice if the color of the nipple changes.
2. Be aware of body changes.The body of a pregnant dog will not change until the second half of pregnancy. Between about 4-5 weeks his waist will begin to thicken and his stomach enlarged.
3. Do not rush to add food rations.A pregnant dog should be given an increase in the portion of the meal at the end of the third half of pregnancy, but many employers tend to rush to increase the ratio of allotments. As a result, the additional calories that occur will make the fat accumulate in the stomach, which is often misinterpreted as a sign of pregnancy. It is impossible for a layman to determine whether the stomach enlargement is due to a fetus, or just fat.
4. Keep an eye on body changes that are still happening.At the end of the third half of pregnancy (weeks 6 to 9), the female's belly is round and bulging. Her milk glands begin to grow and become more obviously swollen, as they are getting ready to produce milk.
5. Watch for and feel the movements of puppies.At the end of the third half of pregnancy, you may be able to see the side of the female body moving, as the puppy moves inside the womb. If you place your palms on the sides of the body as they appear, you may feel them too.
Do not be too disappointed if you do not feel a thing. The puppies lie deep in the womb, and each floats in a fluid bag, so it is impossible to feel their body lines.
Observing Behavioral Changes
Every dog has a different reaction to pregnancy. Someone is more calm and tired early in pregnancy, but the dog is sick also more silent, so this mark should not be used as a medium of pregnancy prediction. The average female dog behaves the same, as usual, until the end of the third half of pregnancy.
1. Do not expect drastic changes.
- At the end of the third half of pregnancy, the dog's size makes it even more difficult to move, and she tends to sleep more.
2. notice changes in appetite.At the end of the pregnancy, the dog's uterus grows larger and takes up a lot of space in the stomach. He will not be able to eat much, so usually will begin to want to snack, eat a little every time, but more often.
When it is almost time to give birth, the dog will probably start nesting.  He will appear to be collecting blankets or fabrics in remote places, busy preparing a safe and warm environment to immediately welcome the birth of his son.
3. Watch the activity nesting.
Exactly, these nesting activities vary from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 days before birth.
Finding a Doctor Diagnosis
If you suspect that your dog is pregnant, it's good to be taken to the vet to be sure. There are various ways a vet can do to ensure pregnancy.
1. Visit a veterinarian.
The veterinarian will examine the dog, feel and feel his stomach thoroughly. With the palpation method (feeling by touching the outside of the abdomen) the doctor can sometimes feel the condition of the uterus and the puppy's body line inside. However, this method is much more difficult and not as easy as one might expect because it is easy to mistake puppies with stools in the stomach, and vice versa.
2. Perform a physical exam.
- The most ideal time to experience a dog's pregnancy is from the 28th day until the 35th day after conception. Before this time, the difference was not so obvious that doctors could not know the dog's pregnancy. And, after this period, puppies in the womb can be misconstrued as anything else, such as food in the stomach.
3. Check the heartbeat.In the old pregnancy (6 weeks back), a veterinarian can sometimes hear the fetal heartbeat by pressing the stethoscope into the dog's stomach. However, this method is more difficult than the human baby because it is blocked by rustling feathers and the fact that the dog's belly is round, not flat.
4. Do a blood test.The main standard of pregnancy test is when the doctor performs a blood test to look for the presence or absence of a pregnancy hormone called Relaxin.
This hormone will only appear after the 28th day of pregnancy. If testing is done before this date, there is the possibility of getting a misleading negative result, where you think the dog is not pregnant, when in fact it is.
Positive results obtained at any time, even before the 28th day, confirm that the dog is indeed pregnant.
5. Perform an ultrasound examination.The quickest method to confirm pregnancy is an ultrasound exam. Doctors can capture the presence of puppies on screen scan since about day 16 and so on.
If the dog is docile and calm, the scan can be performed without anesthesia.
When it is bushy, the operator must pinch the hair on the stomach so that the touch can touch the skin.
6. Ask to do an x-ray test.With increasingly general use of ultrasound, the need for x-ray tests to ensure pregnancy is reduced. The main reason for using x-rays of pregnant dogs in old gestational age is to count the number of puppies in the womb.
- This information is helpful for dog owners to know if all the puppies can be born safely. This test gives warning to the owner of the dog when the dog's process of stopping, when in fact there are still puppies in the womb.
Diagnose Early Signs of Pregnancy
1. Be patient.A dog may not reveal any signs of pregnancy in the first 2-3 weeks (first trimester of pregnancy). Appetite remains normal.
- Like humans, pregnant female dogs also suffer from morning sickness and vomiting, but not until about 21 days after being mated. Usually lasts for 1-2 weeks. Also, on the 21st day, you can start paying attention to the gum condition. If the marriage is successful, the gums will turn white instead of the usual pink. This is because the fetus is attached to the uterus and the blood is gathered there. So, for a day or two, the gums will look white. Do not worry. If this continues after 2 days, contact your veterinarian.
2. Observe the mood change of the dog.Some people first suspect the female dog is pregnant because it suddenly becomes calmer than usual, but this is more of a myth than a fact. Pregnancy causes changes in hormone levels and this has a different effect on each dog.
- There are dogs that suddenly become more calm than usual, there is a more compassionate and want to stick on, but some are even so staying.
3. Beware of signs of illness.
Although mood changes or behavior in dogs can mean pregnancy, the same signs can also indicate that their health is not good enough. Therefore, you should watch carefully to see if there are symptoms of pain such as decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, or vaginal discharge.
- If your dog has been mated but after that difficult to eat for several days or weeks, it is unlikely that changes in appetite associated with pregnancy. Instead, immediately consult a veterinarian. Similarly, if you see any fluid coming out of her vagina (because it is not normal during pregnancy) or if she likes to vomit regularly.
Make sure you apply gently to your dog's stomach, even if uncertain whether she is pregnant or not. Do not take the risk of hurting the puppy inside.
Some dogs experience "morning sickness". This is due to hormonal fluctuations. Also, it is normal if there is clear fluid that comes out of the genitals during pregnancy. But if it stinks, you should immediately be taken to the veterinarian.
Female dogs that are in labor and unusual to be picked up or touched, will tend to bite, so be careful! Keep the "nest" or territory of the puppy out of reach of children and strangers.
Fake pregnancy is common in dogs. A few weeks after lust, a dog can show signs of pregnancy, such as an enlarged nipple and increased appetite, but is not actually pregnant.  Check the dog to the vet to ensure her pregnancy.