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Signs of Pregnancy in Dogs

Adrienne is a certified dog trainer and former veterinarian assistant who partners with some of the best veterinarians worldwide.

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Dog owners searching for this information are generally split into two distinct categories: those that have carefully planned the breeding and those who are worried their dog accidentally ''slipped out the door'' when nobody was looking. Either way, here are the early signs that may suggest that puppies are on the way.

Early Signs of Dog Pregnancy

Generally, the first signs of pregnancy are detected a few weeks after mating. These signs are quite subtle and may be hard to detect for the unexperienced owner. These signs may be present on a case by case basis, so not all dogs exhibit the same signs. To make things worse, false pregnancy may be confused for a real pregnancy.

Morning Sickness

Just as humans, female dogs may get something a bit similar to ''morning sickness.'' They tend to lose their appetite and feel a bit nauseated at times. This is a normal occurrence that should subside as the pregnancy progresses and bigger appetites make up for these times.


The female dog may appear to be a bit sluggish and will be seen resting for some periods of time. This slight increase in inactivity is due to the hormonal fluctuations.

Nipple Changes

The dog's nipples will begin to swell slightly. This may not be really evident at times. It is good practice to take a picture of them or measuring the size with some tape after suspecting pregnancy to compare the size.

Increase in Weight

A slight increase in weight may be noticeable around the first month. The dog's abdomen will also slightly enlarge and appear to feel firmer.

Can You Give Your Dog a Pregnancy Test?

While there are several signs suggesting pregnancy, the early signs are often quite subtle and hard to recognize. For owners that must really know, there are several tests that may give a black or white response.

For instance, your vet may palpate your dog's abdomen as early as 28 days after mating to feel possible embryos while an ultrasound may help determine how many puppies your bitch is expecting. A Relaxin blood test may detected pregnancy as early as in the first 21-25 days post breeding. X-rays may detect puppies skeletons 45 days post breeding. Puppies heartbeats may be heard via stethoscope 25 days post breeding.

Now that you know that your dog may be on her way to having puppies soon, congratulations if the breeding was planned, and have your dog spayed as soon as possible if your dog sneaked out of your home!

A Dog's Heat Cycle Is Called "Estrus"

In order to determine if a pregnancy is likely, it helps to first get a grip on how the dog's heat cycle works. If the dog was purposely bred or ''slipped out the door'' at the right time of her estrus, then the likeliness of pregnancy are much higher.

A dog's estrus is typically divided into specific phases that all together average about 21 days. These phases are known as pro-estrus, estrus, and di-estrus.

What Happens at Each Stage of a Dog's Estrus?

Here is what occurs in each stage of estrus.


This first phase lasts an average of 7-10 days and it is easily recognized by owners because it occurs when there is vaginal bleeding accompanied by vaginal puffiness and swelling. Female dogs at this stage flirt around a bit but do not allow the male to mount.


The estrus phase is the actual fertile phase that lasts an average of 4-13 days. The bleeding will be replaced by a straw colored fluid. Females at this stage are receptive to the male, they will keep their tail to their side and mating will occur. A male and female stuck together is known as a ''tie'' and this usually indicates a good chance of pregnancy.


The dog's heat ends at the di-estrus stage. During this stage the female will no longer be interested in mating however, males may still try to mount.

As seen, the estrus phase is the crucial phase that determines the likeliness of pregnancy. If you have planned the breeding, this is the stage at which you should have allowed your stud and bitch to mate. However, there is really no magic formula to grant a pregnancy. Some breeders prefer to have their dog's hormones checked by a vet to ensure breeding on the most fertile day. If you have not witnessed an actual mating, then there are still some chances that your female dog may not be pregnant. Now to possible signs...

Late Pregnancy Signs in a Dog

As the pregnancy advances, more evident signs make their appearance, most likely confirming a pregnancy or suggesting a false pregnancy.

Behavior Changes

The bitch may appear restless and nesting behaviors may take place for about a week prior to parturition. This means that the dog starts looking for a place to give birth.

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Relaxed Muscles

The dog's abdomen will become pendulous and more distended as the puppies are carried quite low. This occurs because the abdominal muscles start to relax as labor nears.

The Presence of Milk

This sign quite widely differs from one dog to another. Some dogs may start producing milk already weeks in advance where others do not produce milk until the puppies are born.

Imminent Pregnancy Signs

These signs generally present from a day in advance or even hours from parturition.

Temperature Drop

If the temperature is taken multiple times daily at the same time when the dog is near giving birth, a distinct temperature drop will be seen when parturition is only 12 to 24 hours away. A dog's normal temperature is an average of 101.5 degrees so a temperature under 100 degreed often nearer to 98-99 degrees is suggestive of imminent birth.

Muscle Flaccidity

The muscles of the vulva will appear significantly flaccid and pendulous. The same happens to the pelvic muscles.

Appetite Changes

When labor is just a few days away, the bitch may gradually lose her appetite. In some cases, there may be episodes of vomiting.

Increased Activity

The dog will pace and appear restless. She will go to a nesting place, lay down and get up repeatedly. She may also start panting, whining and lick her genitals. She may also seek her owners for reassurance.

Vaginal Discharge

A fluid resembling the white of eggs will be expelled. This is a sign of impending pregnancy because this is the mucus plug that used to fill the cervix.


This is the most visible sign that parturition is near. These contractions involve both the uterus and the abdomen and will increase in intensity as the birth process comes near. Shortly, puppies will be delivered.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: My dog is about 12 days pregnant and some sticky stuff is coming out of her private area what is this?

Answer: This is something that you will have to bring to your vet's attention. It might be something minor such as changes in hormones due to false pregnancy or possible implantation (some owners occasionally report seeing this around 2 weeks post mating and interpret it as a sign the dog "took"), but always best to get it checked out. Your vet can do cytology on this and determine whether the discharge you are seeing is nothing to worry about or may stem from an infection.

Question: Can a dog get pregnant if you don't see any bleeding?

Answer: Yes, some dogs clean up their discharge by licking it off promptly, so dog owners never get to witness it. Some dogs get what is known as "silent heat."

Question: My dog's private parts have gotten bigger. What does this mean?

Answer: Your dog may be in heat, or if she was in heat and mated with a male dog, it can be a sign of pregnancy for the private area to appear soft and swollen and not completely shrink down. You may also see a discharge that is sticky and dries quickly on the hair around the private area. To confirm pregnancy, your vet can run a blood test or gently palpate the abdomen around a month after breeding to feel for puppies. Alternatively, your vet can perform an ultrasound or even an x-ray during the final week of pregnancy so to look for puppy skeletons and have an idea of how many pups are in there.

Question: Four days after breeding my dog is having diluted blood drippings. Is this normal or could something be wrong?

Answer: When a dog is in heat, they tend to be willing to mate when their bleeding starts getting more diluted and pinkish. It is normal for a dog in estrus (heat) to continue to have bleeding even after they've been bred. As long as the bloody discharge isn't excessive and you dog isn't acting unusually (not eating, acting lethargic,vomiting or having diarrhea) then this shouldn't be cause for concern.You can read more about the heat cycle in dogs here:


Sabi on September 07, 2020:

After my dog is done after mating, she get really calm and not so energetic for almost a week is that a sign or is it normal?

Akansha on August 16, 2020:


I have a lab. Dog

After heat of 1 week her viginal discharge is there what does this indicate weather my dog is pregnant or not

Jen on August 10, 2020:

My dog bleeding for 1 day after 1 week of consumption, is shes still pregnant or she lost her baby?

Jay on June 17, 2020:

My dog has mated but after 53 days her belly has not gotten bigger. Is it a false pregnancy?

Charli on June 05, 2020:

My dog has 13 more day till she gives birth and her privates are swollen her nipples are starting to get a pink tint to them but she's not showing

Arijit Ghosal on May 24, 2020:

Matting has done 8 days but my female is vomiting several time at morning, 2 times matting has done and 2nd time lock done. Please help.

Raymond on March 28, 2020:

My dog got stuck 2 times is she pregnant

Vicky on May 09, 2019:

Hii my female lab is 19 month's now and recently i have done matting fr it and after 5-6 days its breathing levels are increased constantly mah i know the reason is there any problem or its all ok

Sharron on March 26, 2019:

Can my male dog at 7 months old get my female dog that’s 2 years old get her pregnant?

Demi on October 02, 2018:

I haven’t seen my dog come in season and she’s way overdo her Parts have got bigger and it’s a white discharge coming out what does this mean??

ambika on August 18, 2018:

my dog(husky) accidentally communicate with stray dog when she was on heat and she is 1.5 years old . how can i check if she is pregnant and how can i avoid it ?

puneet on April 02, 2018:

my female is not eating well what should i give it going to be a month now please tell me wat to do

Steven on March 02, 2018:

Can a 10 month puppy get a female dog pregnant

Dl on December 25, 2017:

My 6 yr 9l.bitch. is six lbs and it was her firdt time tyo tie up she tied up 9 time after 5 days with male he is 3 lbs .how many puppy will she have and will they be little

Peggy on November 27, 2017:

My shitzu is 1 month pregnant and started to jump in the bathtub is that where she might have her pups

nicola on August 12, 2017:

hi my dog got caught today by another dog and after it she was bleeding now its just spotting will she get pregnant any help is appreciated thanks she sneaked out

Aries on July 12, 2017:

Does a dog stop bleeding after becoming pregnant?

Holly Pahdocony on July 09, 2017:

My little Chiwoxy mix was bred and is showing signs of pregnancy but has been spotting for a few days now.I am very worried about this.She has been nesting and has good appetite and seems well otherwise.Any thing I can do?

Alfonson on May 22, 2017:

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Denise on April 25, 2017:

Can a dog be pregnant before being in heat?

Amber on March 05, 2017:

hi i have had two litters in the past......but my dogs hooked up four times when my female was in heat.....they tied each time and it lasted for 40 mins each i looking at a litter next month?

Allen on February 20, 2017:

After mating my dog still experienced vaginal bleeding. Its her 4th day today feb20,17 after last stud. Dog: doberman. Thanks allen

T. Sapp on December 28, 2016:


We just got a 1yr old Pug Mix from the shelter and her "medical history" indicates that she may be pregnant. This is my first female dog and our kids absolutely love her. I'm worried about her being pregnant, that's no problem. It will be a great experience for my children, but want I want to know, hell need to know is that the shelter said she had the surgery but can she still be pregnant? Her nipples are down and she sleeps a lot and she always cries for me to hold her. Please no rude comments, this is my first female dog and I'm just trying to get some understanding. Thanks in advance.


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Katharine on September 27, 2016:

I wanted to ask a few things. Now, I've been around dogs. All My life. All types & Breeds.

I have Two Pure Huskys. I was trying my best, to keep Sapphire and Julian away from each other. Since it was Her first heat.

But, I think it's Possible he got her, at Night. I didn't see them tie at all. But, Her Blobs are Pink. And are a bit more Swollen. She is resting more. Now, this happened around the Week of Aug. Almost the Very end. But, as i said. I'm not sure. I won't do the Ex-Ray on her. I'm the Other One. Since, they aren't alright, for Mother or pups. But, what are the odds? She also throws up just a bit. But not much. She is NOT sick.. Thanks.

Please let me know.

Dpatterson on September 05, 2016:

I have a female who just turned a year two males got her a bunch of times cause she smart and know how to get out of the cage they got her August 12 and only thing she showe is her belly a little bigger and she not eating as much and not as active

Gen.Banana on August 31, 2016:

my bitch mated a week ago. now she eat less, gasping and sometimes gives off a foul odor. is it normal or should i be worried?

Torii on August 27, 2016:

Hi well my pitbull mated like two days ago and now the keep mating..just today she was whimpering is this normal what does it mean?

Dogg pug on July 21, 2016:

I would go with the second answer it happened to my pet pug doggy

Noelle H. on June 30, 2016:

I just adopted a young dog who recently had her first heat, they said that a dog tried to mount her but wasn't bred, but I notice she has hardening between her tits and around her nipples, could that be from her heat a month ago or pregnancy?

Garry on May 26, 2016:

My rottweiler is now 68th day of pregnant but still no puppies

Jasmine on May 24, 2016:

Can you put the male dog with the female dog while she is pregnant?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 11, 2016:

I wonder if perhaps your dog is in heat, from the swelling and bleeding it sounds like it. However, the blood should be coming from her privates and not in the urine, even though it can get mixed at times and make things confusing. I would take her to the vet though if you aren't sure as a urinary tract infection can cause blood in the urine.

Nook Middelton on May 01, 2016:

Hi, my name is Nook Middelton. I have a dog who is about 1 year and a half. She is lazy at times, but lately she has been really lazy. Her privates are swelling a bit and she has been peeing blood a few times this morning. Also she is sometimes licking her nips. She has not been 'tied' or anything like that. Is she pregnant, or is does she have some other problem? Because I seriously do not know.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 20, 2016:

Sure, the fact she tied twice in 4 days can up the chances for pregnancy and she may have pups from different fathers if she was fertile in those days.

chasity on April 19, 2016:

Hi my dog got out tied up with a dog and then about 4 days later with another one is it possible for her to be pregnant

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 19, 2016:

Tying is not a guarantee of pregnancy. There are dogs who get pregnant without a tie and dogs who don't get pregnant even after tying for a long time. The other option to not get a dog pregnant other than spaying is keeping male and female dog separated.

Ana on March 25, 2016:

My dog was accidentally mounted by another dog while she was out walking with my sister. We do not want her to get pregnant seeing as she is a small dog and it might be dangerous for her to get pregnant. Apparently, she and the male dog had already 'tied' by the time my sister caught them... is 'tying' a guarantee of pregnancy? What are the possible options we have to prevent pregnancy besides spaying?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 21, 2016:

I would have her checked out by a vet, this sounds abnormal.It could be a possible infection or a mass or polyp in the uterus.

Bb on March 20, 2016:

My female was in heat. We kept her secluded so she doesnt get pregnant. We boarded her and now 2 weeks later she is bleeding again (way to soon). My boarder said she wasnt with any other male. Is this to soon for this bleeding?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 13, 2016:

Have her checked out by your vet to be safe.

mohsin on March 02, 2016:

hi.... i want to ask i have rott and she mated a month ago today she accidentally rolled down from 3 step of our stairs to ground does there any chances of damage to her or babies although she is fine

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 23, 2015:

I would have her checked out by a vet , seems like she's sick.

Leana on October 23, 2015:

My dog may b 1 week pregnant. She's staying in a bush and wont come out. She seems sick. Could this b morning sickness.

AllsoBullie on October 12, 2015:

This is the first time that ever happen as long as I've been breeding a little bit of blood came out of vagina and she is 4 weeks since got her mated is that normal

soji on September 16, 2015:

Well dats because some dogs come on heat early

alison on July 01, 2015:

So my dog had puppies 3 months ago and this morning my male and female were stuck together. However there was no bleeding prior to this and no signs of her being in heat. Can she still be pregnant even though there was no bleeding?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on June 28, 2015:

It could be she's not ready or she is inexperienced and worried about the male's behavior.

Edel on June 28, 2015:

My dog is 10/12 days into her heat and cried when male tried to mount her. Can it be too early

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 20, 2015:

It's hard to tell as signs of false pregnancy and real pregnancy are very similar. At that stage of pregnancy if she were pregnant, you might see the occasional movement of puppies in the abdomen. I would see the vet to make sure because if she's pregnant she needs to be on an appropriate diet.

Flavour101 on April 19, 2015:

My Alsatian is almost 2yrs 6months old and still not come on heat as every other Dogs do,a male Alsatian brought to my compound and they got tied for almost 3consecutive days hoping she should be pregnant, sometimes I saw her belle big and sometimes not does this mean she's pregnant and today is 51days. She has not been eating properly these days, I wonder if she's labouring but confuced on the belle,milk not coming out from her breast as well Pls what can I do?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 23, 2015:

Sometimes female dogs with urinary tract infections or anal gland problems may attract male dogs

sarah burrows on February 20, 2015:

Hi im needing a little advice my male dog is acting like he wants to mate with my dam pregnant she is around 7 weeks pregnant . Why is this happening please

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 09, 2015:

This could be sign of a false pregnancy or perhaps some issue of the mammary gland. Consult with your vet.

isamar on February 09, 2015:

My blue nose she is not pregnant and yellowish liquid is coming out of her tits

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 18, 2015:

Sounds like she was still in heat, standing for him and even flagging (moving the tail sideways). So sounds like the vets did artificial insemination on the spot. Considering that the estrus (heat) phase when the dog is most fertile can last six to ten days, things may still be favorable. However, there's no guarantee when it comes to these things, and only those tests I mentioned in my previous post could help getting as close to possible to the most fertile time.

Megan on January 18, 2015:

The male was the one having problems breeding. When she finally excepted him and wanted him to mount her. He would lick her and then walk away. Turns out he was not sure what to do. We took them to the vet and they observed his behavior with her. She was standing for him and moving her tail to the side but he still would not mount her. They ended up having to take a sample from him and inject it in her. She was trying to get him to mount her for the past 3 days. So that is why I was wondering if we were to late in her cycle. At that time she was still standing for him so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 17, 2015:

Generally, if the female stands for the male, it's sign it's a good time. It's usually late when the female loses interest and the male is still interested but she starts giving signs of caring less. Things get trickier with artificial insemination. With a natural breeding, consider that sperm lives for up to a week, so even if the timing is a bit off, chances may still be good. Now, as for chances of giving birth to pups , it's not easy to make predictions. The chances can be heightened by breeding the dogs every other day until the female will stand and is receptive. The off day in between allows sperm to refresh and be more viable. Now, if you really want to go into specifics, next time, if you really want to do things professionally, consult with a breeding mentor and inquire about doing progesterone and LH testing to pinpoint ovulation, the optimal breeding day is two days after ovulation.

Megan on January 17, 2015:

My goldendoodle has been bred with another goldendoodle. This is our first time doing this. They officially hooked up on day 15 of her cycle. She stopped bleeding on day 12/13. What's the chances she is going to have pups? Were we to late in her cycle?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on January 08, 2015:

How many days since she was last bred?

mai on January 06, 2015:

hello my dog is pregnet but her vulva doesn't seem to be getting any bigger is that going to be a problem she is a rat terrier

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 07, 2014:

It could be she may be stressed if she was brought into a new environment and/or this was the first time she was mated. Keep an eye on her and report to the vet if this continues.

Alma on December 07, 2014:

My dogs were in tie and now my female threw up twice is that normal?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 05, 2014:

If she hasn't eaten food for 3 days she really needs to see a vet ASAP.

Ninad on April 04, 2014:

Hi I am Ninad from India

I have pug female around 2 years old

I tied her with a male dog before 46 days her stomack and belly are grown up but before 15 she not ate any food for 3 days i m worried about her pups

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 27, 2014:

A tie isn't a guarantee of pregnancy, and there are also dogs getting pregnant without it. The chances are higher if she was bred at the right time, and breeding every other day is helpful too.

meghna on March 27, 2014:

Hello im meghna golden retriver got 5 mins tie...what's the possiblity for her to get pregnant??

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 31, 2013:

A tie isn't a guarantee that a dog will get pregnant, so there are dogs who tie and don't get pregnant, and there are dogs who don't tie and get pregnant.

raj on August 31, 2013:

i had taken my dog for matting but it did not get locked with male will it still be pregnant

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 21, 2013:

Unfortunately, the tie myth is hard to debunk. There are dogs who don't tie and get pregnant and then there are dogs that tie and don't get pregnant, so the tie and its length are not a guarantee of a pregnancy. At around 30 days, your vet can palpate to feel embyros which feel like lumps. Don't try this on your own though as too much mishandling can harm them at this stage, best wishes!

jordan mitchell on May 21, 2013:

hi my female blue nose pitbull was mated a week ago by my male blue nose pitbull. she was appearing to be fertile earlier in the day so the male mounted her and over a three day period they'd tied twice each tie lasted for about 15 min. this mating occurred during her second heat, and shes 16 months. is my female pregnant for sure?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 04, 2012:

Hnm. sounds like a medical mystery worth seeing your vet.

danielle simpson on December 04, 2012:

My dog is not pregnaut but has milk coming out of her tits she has not had misscarige and is not going threw fake pregnacy

We are certain

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 13, 2012:

How long ago did she mate the first time?

julia on November 12, 2012:

I thought my dog was pregnant but now I'm not so sure, she has been flirting and acting like she want the male to mount her again. Is this normal or is she not pregnant and in heat again?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 01, 2012:

If she is bleeding and other dogs are interested in her it means she is in heat. You need to keep her separated or she will get pregnant. Pregnant dogs give birth after about 57 to 63 days.

Angad Phadte on August 01, 2012:

i hve 1 Q. my lab which is 6 months old 1 morning i given her bath and after dat i noticed der was drops of blood on d floor frm her vargina.. i dont know how dis blood came..2-3 times & 3 days it happened.... many street dogs r coming for her & trying 2 mount afraid dat breed might mix... is she pregnant??? im new to dog so plzz help.. we r not leaving her outside but no trust on street dogs

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on April 06, 2012:

Reginald, I am not sure of what the problem is, in diestrus your female's heat cycle has ended, an increase in appetite is normal since she is no longer interested in mating. Only your vet can determine if she is expecting puppies. You see early signs of pregnancy within the first few weeks.

reginald on April 06, 2012:

My dam dog is in her diestrus stage but she is fully active and increase in appitite help

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on March 13, 2012:

While a tie ups the chances for pregnancy, dogs do not have to tie together in order for the female to get pregnant. All that is necessary is for the male to ejaculate into her. So you don't necessarily have to have a tie for it to happen.

kezzer23 on March 13, 2012:

hi my dog was mated twice 8 days ago but both times it was a slip mating could she still get pregnant

brandy on February 10, 2012:

I have a question, my female boxer went into heat for her first time. 2 weeks after she stopped bleed I brought her to my parent's who has a male blood hound. Well I believe they got stuck but I did not see. That night at homee had what looked like sperm coming out of her vagina. (tmi sorry) but my question is are dogs fertile 2 weeks after bleeding? Could she be pregnant. This happened 2 weeks ago and her nipples are extremely swollen and she has been acting different.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 02, 2012:

The female that got stuck 65 days ago would be by now obviously pregnant and ready to give birth anytime. Your other female was she bred? how long ago? licking the rear is not typically a sign of pregnancy

Erica on February 01, 2012:

My female was "stuck" 65 days ago by a stray dog and lately my other female has taken to licking the others there any way for me to know if she is pregnant

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on November 21, 2011:

It very likely could be, but those are also signs of phantom pregnancies in dogs, so the only way to tell for sure is by the vet.

shelly on November 20, 2011:

We breed our dog and I am pretty sure she is prgnant, this is our first time. She is a big breed dog so the signs are harder to see, but I am really notiicing "nesting" she continues to try to dig under our deck, my husband keep trying to cover it up and she continues to go back, is this a potential sign?

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 07, 2011:

I really wished I could know, only your vet can really tell. Generally ,a tie significantly heightens the chances for pregnancy but it is not necessary for pregnancy to take place. Have her see a vet so he could diagnose pregnancy, best wishes!

helen67 on October 04, 2011:

i think my dog maybe pregnant, shes not eating much just drinking (normally a big eater) shes itching her nipples she didn't tie with the dog just a slip do u think she could be pregnant, it happened 2-3 weeks ago. thanks

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on July 10, 2010:

Heavy breathing and panting are normal occurrences that may mean active labor. Weakness may be not, mostly a dog about to give birth will be restless, change position often, lick behind and seek a place to give birth. While weakness is not normal consider that some female dogs stay still and calm before giving birth, according to

So watch closely keep your vet's number handy and give him a call if you notice something unusual. Best wishes sent your way!

cindyblue2003 on July 10, 2010:


I was wondering if you could help me with this: my dachshund is on day 63 of her pregnancy...she is breathing heavy and is very this normal?

lily1516 on June 29, 2010:

thanks for the tips i really hope my dog will have puppies and i am so exited

rose56 on May 04, 2010:

Thanks for the hub . i am thinking about breeding my dog. Thanks for the tips on dog breeding.

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