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Signs Your Dog Is Pregnant

Updated on February 12, 2016

Pregnant or Not?

When it comes to canine pregnancy there are two different types of owners: the "hopeful" and the "concerned."

The hopeful owner is the one that is keeping his fingers crossed in hope that his bitch is pregnant and that she will soon have a litter of cute, healthy puppies.

The concerned one hopes the bitch did not get pregnant when she accidentally slipped out the door and came back two hours later. Regardless of the owner's state of mind, there are some specific signs that may help suggest or rule out a pregnancy.

Pregnancy Fast Facts

—The gestation period ranges between 57 and 65 days, with an average of 63.

—Abdominal ultrasound is the preferred method for detecting pregnancy. Scans performed after day 28 are reliable. Blood tests can be done at day 30 and are also reliable.

——An X-ray performed during the last two weeks of pregnancy (around week seven) is the most accurate way to determine litter size. It should be done for all pregnant dogs.

Early Signs

Early pregnancy signs may be hard to detect, especially by an inexperienced owner and breeder. These signs may be misleading because dogs can go through a false pregnancy which can mimic all the signs of a real one.

Generally, early signs of pregnancy can be observed as early as 30 days after mating. Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Some dogs may lose their appetite in the first weeks, similar to what women experience when they get morning sickness.
  • Other dogs might have an increase in appetite and start gobbling their food more than usual.
  • A slight decrease of activity may also be seen as the bitch goes through hormonal changes.
  • Nipple growth is an early sign as well. The nipples will appear slightly larger and may be slightly darker. Taking a picture after the mating and comparing it later on can help you see if there are actually changes taking place.
  • The abdomen starts swelling and the dog starts gaining weight.
  • A pregnant dog may become more needy and clingy or have other behavioral changes.

As mentioned, there is also a chance that your bitch is exhibiting false pregnancy symptoms. Every dog actually does this after they go through heat and displays pregnancy symptoms for about a month. Therefore, your vet is the best person to confirm or rule out a pregnancy.

Ways the Vet Can Test for Pregnancy

  • Your vet may palpate your dog's abdomen as early as 28 days post-breeding to feel for possible embryos. However, an ultrasound may be a more accurate test. It may even help determine how many puppies your bitch is expecting.
  • Relaxin (a special substance produced only during pregnancy) can also be detected as early as in the first 25 - 30 days after breeding through an endocrinological test. This may be available at your vet's office, or you could also find a kit online. However, the kit may be challenging to use unless you have a way to separate the plasma in order to be tested.
  • X-rays may detect puppies' skeletons 45 days post-breeding.
  • Puppies' heartbeats can be heard via stethoscope 25 days post-breeding.

If your dog ends up being pregnant and you are a "hopeful owner," congratulations! You can start celebrating and counting down 63 days!

On the other hand, if you are the "concerned owner," keep in mind that accidents do happen and get her spayed ASAP!

If Your Dog Is Pregnant

Or if you suspect your dog is pregnant, schedule an appointment with the vet as soon as you'll be able to get a reliable test. Until then, give her good nutrition and moderate exercise, keep her environment low-stress, and provide her with a nice place to rest.

Vet Explains First Symptoms of Pregancy

Fertility Cycle of Dogs

The heat cycle is divided into phases which when combined, average about 21 days.

Phase One: Pro-estrus

  • You will be aware of this stage because it is when vaginal bleeding and vaginal swelling occurs.
  • This phase lasts about 7 to 10 days.
  • If male dogs are around they will be interested in the bitch but she will be reluctant and will not let him mount.

Phase Two: Estrus (Fertile Phase)

In this phase, the female is actually fertile.

  • The bleeding has stopped and it is replaced by a yellowish vaginal discharge.
  • This phase will last about 4 - 13 days.
  • She will be more tolerant and will keep her tail to the side. She will allow the male to mount at this point. If you witness "a tie" where they are both stuck together for a while, then it's possible puppies are on the way.

Third Phase: Diestrus

The female will again be reluctant to mate, because she is no longer fertile. The male, however, may still try to mount.

The Estrus Phase Is the Most Crucial

The estrus phase is the fertile one and therefore the most important. It usually occurs between the 8th and 15th day after bleeding has started. This is the time you should be looking for if you are the "hopeful breeder." Alternatively, this is the time you hope she didn't go out if you are the "concerned owner."

Each dog is different, however. The only way to be sure whether or not she is pregnant is a pregnancy test by a vet.

Being in a "Tie"

It also appears that being in a "tie" ups the chances for pregnancy in dogs. A tie occurs when the male and female dog are stuck for some time. However, some dogs have also become pregnant without a tie, and some dogs don't get pregnant despite tying, so it's not a guarantee.

Increasing the Chance for Pregnancy

Breeding every other day from estrus up until the female allows it may also increase the chance for pregnancy since the male is allowed to rest and the sperm has time to refresh.

However, there are really no reliable days. This is why some professional breeders have their dog's hormones checked by a vet to ensure breeding on the most fertile day.

Again, even this may not be sufficient. Therefore, there is no way to guarantee pregnancy, but by monitoring the phases, you may be able to heighten the chance of it happening.

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      Shona 2 months ago

      My dog got pragent but only one side of her had pups wats this mean if only one said of her got cought

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      BJ 5 months ago

      My dog got hooked two days ago she's not a year old yet and was almost off her period does that mean she is pregnant? she doesn't have all her shots if pregnant will that effect the puppies if pregnant?

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      unknown 6 months ago

      hi there my dogs locked by mistake. they just went out for a quick pee and BAM they were locked. my female.is.young she just got her first period a week ago. do you think I should worry about pregnancy?

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      Hale 6 months ago

      My 7 year chocolate lab mounted my 1 year basset hound Lastnight and I'm scared that she could get pregnant. Would that kill her if she tried to deliver puppies by a lab?

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      Pappu 7 months ago

      My dog is just a year old.She is a female dog and Indian breed . I found her tummy swelling for the past 2 weeks and she started walking abnormally by lifting one leg as she is aware of the sound produced while she walk that is when her tummy gets rubbed with the thighs . I couldn't guess the reason for swelling .

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      Sexy_mom 7 months ago

      I have my friend Maltese, it is about 27 days since my chihuahua & her have mated but she refuse to eat. Is this normal?

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      josie maury 7 months ago

      What if she lost the puppy there very small we not sure if she is or not pregnant but she sick not doing good she not eating but she drinking lot of water but goes in come out at both end but month what to do for our dog she not good

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      Ajha 7 months ago

      Hi, I have a Shih Tzu and she was bred last November, the last tie was in Dec 2 (This is planned and I hope for the puppies). She's on her 40th day now, one thing I noticed is that her tummy is tight and hard, her nipples and vulva doesn't swell so much. She has a decreased appetite but asking for a munch more often, she's very lethargic and it seems like she doesn't want me to feel her tummy. I am going to take her to the vet this coming Saturday. But can I also ask your opinion about this? This is her first time mating and she is two years old.

      You can also email me: ajhaness@gmail.com .I am trying to gather all the information I can, so I am prepared when the day comes.

      Thanks!

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      Gold 7 months ago

      I have a 13 year old female Dachshund which is at least 75 days pregnant, she has all the symptoms and I can see bulges on the tummy. She was with a male 'Grand Griffon Vendéen' . I even saw my male dog mounting my Dachshund but I am a bit worried because her gestation is more than 72 days and because of her age. But I make her walk a bit each day in order to Induce her into labor and I can see the bulges moving towards the birth canal.

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      Kirston 8 months ago

      Hi, my boxers have mated, she was happy to stand for him days 8,9,12. Had her scanned at home on what would be day 28 from day 12. Scan said no puppies but she's had a change in her nipples. Been sick( frothy clear). Could the scan have been too early and incorrect

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 months ago from USA

      Stacey, You have two choices here: you can get her spayed as soon as her heat is over or let her finish her pregnancy. In this latter case, you will have to have x-rays done about a week prior to delivery so the vet can check the size or pups and determine if she can whelp naturally or needs a Cesarean section. A third option are some medications that can cause an abortion, but it can be risky as there are side effects and one may want to check first if she it truly pregnant. You may want to discuss these options with your vet and picks what works best.

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      stacey 8 months ago

      my male presa 1 year old and female staffie 7 years old got stuck last night. She is around day 16 and i am worried his pups will be too big for her. She had her first litter at 2 and I wasnt going to let her have another one. I got my male dog unexpectedly and they are friend but hadnt seen any indication of him trying to mount her. Any advice?

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      Jasmine 9 months ago

      My dochshund/chiwawa bred and is do on the ninth. She is pretty full of milk but we have only felt a little bit of movement and arn't sure if she's actually pregnant. She has had 6 puppies in 2 litters and 4 in another litter and they have all turned out very healthy. Does anybody have a way to get a better idea if she's pregnant that we can do at home?

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      krimmley 9 months ago

      hello can i ask why my female shih tzu having vaginal discharge after she's been matted 2 weeks ago, now there are some blood but not bloody

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      jenna 10 months ago

      Hi. My dog is a girl and her stomach is turning dark and I don't know if she is starting her period

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      Euna 13 months ago

      Up to. What age can a husky be pregnant?

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      Nariah 14 months ago

      Hi. I have a dog who is lazier and is always eating anything that we give her. She has gained some weight but I don't know if she is pregnant. She likes to sleep very long and is a lead tired. She seems to breathe more heavily and waddles. I need help and advice. Also my male will not leave her alone. Everywhere she goes he follows. I don't know what his issue is, but he is driving me crazy.

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      Bryce Roderick 14 months ago

      Hi. My nine year old red bone coon hound seems to be lactating,has stopped bleeding,is lazier,and eats more.she is my life and soul.will she maybe be able to go through with birth or should we have an abortion?

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      Help please 15 months ago

      Please help me with my 10 month old female boerboel. Shes in heat and her bleeding stopped. Iv seperated the male and female but by mistake the male got to the female and mated with her. They mated only once and shes only 10 months old. Im afraid she might die because shes to young. Please give me advice. Il appreciate it.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      Yes, not that easy, yet not impossible. There are dogs who get pregnant without a tie.

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      Evelin 16 months ago

      I have a cheweenie she mate with a chihuahua today is it possible for her to get Pregnant without his area being stuck inside her?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      Wow, Holly, that's quite surprising! Thanks for sharing your story about your pregnant dog.

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      Holly 16 months ago

      Alexadry, Would just like to say that NO you cannot ALWAYS rely on the Vet to confirm preg?!?! Last July my Female Shih Tzu went into heat, I also have a Male for breeding them. Well I was told 3 times my girl was NOT preg & having a False preg. Xray showed nothing either. He gave her meds to stop the "false Preg" (Ovaban)Well she cont to grow & behave as if she was really preg which happens in false preg as well but being exposed to my intact male I just found it hard to believe this in fact was a false preg. so I did take her back to the vet & she was about 6 weeks into her preg or false preg. Vet still said no babies. a week later I began to feel movement in her belly. gathered everyone & anyone I know to feel because I surely thought I was just going crazy.. well they all felt the movement. Then I read that you can hear the heartbeats through a stethascope, so I got one & for sure I was able to detect 4 separate heartbeats. At this point she was going into her 8th week so I decided to wait it out & knowing at this point there def had to be babies & she delivered 4 VERY healthy babies on Sept 22/23. 3 boys & 1 girl.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 17 months ago from USA

      Only way to no for sure if your dog is pregnant is to see the vet, I would see the vet also especially since you are seeing a discharge.

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      Bhupender 17 months ago

      my fem is concieve 32days but I cant understand she is concieve or not she give 3 time delivery but now I cant her activities are slow nd she eat food high she give some white dark liquid 5 to 6 time how can I know

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 17 months ago from USA

      Consult with your vet please. Your vet may recommend spaying her if she is at risk. Some dogs can deliver with a C-section if the pups are too big.

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      Diana Warner 17 months ago

      I have a very tiny Yorkie. She weighs about two pounds and is 1 1/2 years old. I was working on the yard and I turned around and she was tied with another Yorkie 3 times her size. What should be done? I do not want to lose her to this mishap. Can you help me know what i should do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 17 months ago from USA

      Sounds like this dog needs to see the vet, not normal at all to pee that often.

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      Josie Garner 17 months ago

      Hello I found a lost Boston terrier in my neighborhood and I toke it home with me and it had huge dark nipples and it was peeing like every 5 mins.....is it pregnant?

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      paul varghese 17 months ago

      hlo sir i have a rottie and now she is 10 month old so...in which age she is to be pregnant?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 22 months ago from USA

      Juanita, hopefully she's near, any puppies yet?

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      Juanita 22 months ago

      Hello my pom was stuck a couple of times .... Its past 63 days no pupies but seems she is lactaiting and she seems tired..

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      sueg 23 months ago

      hi my bitch had a scan at 30 days , to find that she had 3 puppies ... she has really sagging titties and producing milk she is now 60 days today , but i dont feel or see any movement , and she seems to be quite small in the tummy .... she sleeps nearly all day and when she is awake she eats normal and still runs around like normal...i can feel what seems to be 2 puppies , 1 either side but they dont move ...she is forever cleaning herself ..but just worried there might be something wrong ...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      It's hard to say, just as in humans, only a pregnancy test can really give accurate results and in dogs this often means seeing the vet. What's for sure is that a tie isn't necessarily a guarantee of pregnancy, therefore a dog can get pregnant without getting stuck.

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      Daniela 2 years ago

      I have a cane corso female almost 11 month old,and she just got her first season on wednsday,and the next day she was found with a male dog in the yard,but they were not been stuck.so i was wondering if it's possible for her to be pregnent after a mating on the second day of the bleading,thanks.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      The only way to know for sure is having the vet determine it. Getting stuck is not always a guarantee of pregnancy and false pregnancies may look like the real thing

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      wanda 2 years ago

      My female Chihuahua got stuck by my male Chihuahua an I didn't know she was in heat an I woke up bcause I heard her yelping an I came in the dining room and they both was stuck don't know how many times she got stuck but I only know once an it was sometimes in may an her belly is a little bit big and her nipples r pink an big an hanging but no milk yet can she b pregnant

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      It's hard to tell what is happening. Your best bet would be a vet visit. Consider though that signs of pregnancy wouldn't develop immediately, you'll like usually see the most subtle ones give or take after about 30 days. These articles address signs of pregnancy and signs of false pregnancy:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Signs-your-dog-is-preg

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Understanding-Dog-Fals...

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      ahm11 3 years ago

      The sagging was immediately. And its been several months ago since ahe was in heat though. And she was but I tried to supervise her. I never saw anything

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      How many days after bleeding for a week have you started to notice this? Has she been around males?

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      ahm11 3 years ago

      I have a pit that is 2 years old and she seemed to have had a rough first heat cycle. She bleed for about a week and her tits started to sag. I have heard this was normal ao I blew it off but now they seem to be more swollen and I squeezed one nipple and a milky substance came out. I figure she is pregnant but her belly has not grown any, if anything ot looks slimmer. She has not shown any mood change or anything like that. What could this be?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      The tie or duration of the tie is not a guarantee of pregnancy. Sounds like you let her mate on the correct days as around that time she was likely in estrus. Good that you mated her twice with a day in between, so the male's sperm can be "renovated". Chances should be good, but there's no way to know for sure. Even breeders with years of experience who test their females, get those chances of females remaining "empty" despite all their effort. So hold on, wait a few weeks and then see your vet to determine if she is actually pregnant or not. Good luck.

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      Meghna 3 years ago

      I got female golden retriver of 2 years and got mated on 12 and 14 th day of her heat and the tie was only about less than 5 mins

      and I am very tensed about her pregnancy..what is the chances of her pregnancy and yes she got mated on her 3rd heat!!

      Help alex...I am worried :( :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      You might be seeing signs of a false pregnancy, read more about it here:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Understanding-Dog-Fals...

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      nichole 3 years ago

      I have a 1 year pit bull and she was tied with my male in the middle of January and she still did not have puppies. I checked her and she has clear liquid coming out of her tits she has not been eating as well she does not look big. What is going on

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Some dogs "practice" their mothering skills, so to say, before giving birth. They'll carry the toy around, lick it and even sleep with it. While mostly seen in false pregnancies, mothering a toy during pregnancy is not unusual behavior. You can read about it here:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/pregnancy-in-dogs/pag...

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      Fitzy 3 years ago

      My dog is 53 days pregnant we had her checked by the vet, she is nesting all the time and a lot quieter. Lately. Tonight she has started to carry around a soft toy with her and she is very protective over it, is this normal ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      It's hard to tell, it could also be a false pregnancy which begin about four to nine weeks after the heat period, and mimic the symptoms of true pregnancy.

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      me 3 years ago

      Hi my dog came in on heat in December and our knowledge is she didn't mate with any males, but you never no. She has been very sluggish and quite also has put on wait all over and her nipples have never really give back to being small after being on heat. This morning I saw a milky/ clear discharge. Do you think she is pregnant she is mine months old

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      bunty baba 3 years ago

      My pet bull 10 months when she was in heat, but he had not performed his meeting Prgnet ox stomach is not good that will come when the next heat

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      While a tie will up the chances for pregnancy, there are also cases of dogs getting pregnant without a tie; so I would not completely rule out a possible pregnancy. Best wishes!

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      Geri 4 years ago

      my dog is really clingy and jack my boy dog is all over her she is very tired and she is always asleep on me my parents don't have the oney to take her to a vet. jack has 3 legs and we want them to breed but he doesn't aim right. we have been watching him very closely and he has been right on but were not sure if the got stuck...help me!!!!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Have them spayed and neutered ASAP, https://hubpages.com/animals/Should-You-Breed-Your...

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      lexib123 5 years ago

      i am worried i just found my dogs (brother and sister)stuck what should i expect to happen next?

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      PetCollars 5 years ago from Saint Augustine, Florida

      If that the case, then i guess its better off to check a vet. As what we always say, it is still best to ask an expert.

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      savans 5 years ago

      My dog mated and locked 30 days ago. She doesn't look pregnant, but in the first 3 weeks she threw up a few times. We expected she may be pregnant. But then about a week ago we noticed her having blood in her urine. Could she be having a miscarriage. A family members dog had pups. She brought her pups to my house when they are six weeks old.Could puppies that are not hers make her loose her babies if she is pregnant.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You're welcome, puppies are born around 57-65 after breeding. best wishes!

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      Adrianna 5 years ago

      Thank u so much for the help. Hopefully she will have it or them soon.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If you cannot afford a vet all you can do is just wait and see and watch for more obvious signs. Best wishes.

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      Adrianna 5 years ago

      Hey, im 15 years old and I have a 2 year old jack russel. She was in heat 2 months ago and I wasn't home. Idk ifshe tied or not and we have a neighbor whose dog gets out a lot. She's showing a lot of signs and I don't have any money to take her to the vet. Im worried about her cuz she is my life. I was feeling her tummy and I felt one lump. Oh ya and this is also her very first litter.

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      PetCollars 5 years ago from Saint Augustine, Florida

      Thanks for the well written hub. I also do appreciate that you post idea like this. Perhaps, there were enormous pet owners that don not even know that their pet is pregnant! Can't wait for your another informative hub.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, a dog can and the result is puppies from different fathers. This is called a multiple sired litter.

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      dijealjo 5 years ago

      Can a dog get pregnant by more than one dog during the same heat cycle?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Here is a link about mastitis, best of luck:

      http://www.petplace.com/dogs/mastitis-in-dogs/page...

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      dixie 5 years ago

      thank you for your answer though i have never heard of mastitis i will look it up, i rubbed her teats with a warm rag and put some neasporin on her nipples where she has been chewing. i have been trying to reach my vet since 5 pm yesterday when i got home and still trying as of 6 am this morning, i was just learrie of putting anything warm on her titts was not sure if it would make her milk drop faster or not! but thank you again!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sounds like mastitis, even though I find it quite unusual before nursing. Warm compresses may help give relief if she allows you, I would have her see the vet as soon as you can.+

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      dixie 5 years ago

      i have breed many labs before and never ran into this problem, my bitch is 40 days today, upon me getting home today, her teats are swollen, hot to the touch and now hard to the inside and she is trying to chew them off, what could this be if anything, i have never ran into this before!

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      jaidaa 5 years ago

      i think my dog is pregnant what should i do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      She is young to have pups, if she is out of the heat cycle you can have her spayed and this will cause abortion. There is an abortion option with estrogen but it may cause complication and should be done within a certain time-frame. Ask your vet about it. I understand the pedigree and all, but breeding should be ultimately left for the pros, here is a helpful hub on seeing if your dog is breeding material. It takes an experienced breeder to ultimately breed and improve the breed. Best wished.

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Should-You-Breed-Your...

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      Jedda 5 years ago

      Hi my 9 month old kelpie was at my aunts getting babysat while I was on holiday for 2 weeks and when I got back they told me she was on heat and they'd found her with a male pit bull looking dog in their yard 5 days earlier. They never kept record of when she first went on heat and they never even texted me or rang me to tell me when the other dog got in I really don't want her to be pregnant only cause she's so young and is really fine built and so I'm worried about her ability to give birth to them since pit bull kind of dogs are so much stockier build is there a way to abort pups after 6 days? Also the reason I'm worried is that her mum was the same build and when she had my dogs litter she had troubles giving birth and ended up at the vets in the end she had 10 pups but 9 alive as number 4 got stuck really bad and vet had to cut it up to get it out. I don't want my dog spayed cause she's a pedigreed dog with working dog bloodlines and we might be breeding her when shes older. Please help! What's the possibilities of her having trouble giving birth? Oh signs she is showing is she's barely eating and she's really lazy when she's always been super excitable.

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      shae 5 years ago

      I rescued amy neighbors to pits bout 2 wks ago. The female is about 7 yrs and due any day. She is fairly healthy but shows signs of eary stage of mastitis in one of her teats. Her last litter August 2011 she developed mastitis with a gaping hole on side of the teat. He treated it at home. Now she looks like she has it again. I made appt to vet but what can I do aat home until she sees vet? I clearly googled everything and. Know the basics but feel I need to hear it from someone else. She is still pregnant but show signs that labor is around corner. Once she has the pups she will be spayed..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You usually can notice slight change in the nipple appearance (getting darker, slightly bigger) after the second week of pregnancy. So sounds like you are about that time.

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      Ashley 5 years ago

      Hi, my two mini pinschers got stuck 1/18/12 & 1/19/12 I'm hoping she's pregnant and I feel like her nipples are a little bigger but can't tell exactly. Is it to soon to notice signs? Please write back ASAP thank you!!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Kyla, dog should never be separated when in a tie, this could cause serious injuries. My article posted signs and symptoms, there is really no way to know for sure unless you have the vet confirm it, best wishes!

      Heyitsme, same goes with your dog, I wished there was a way to know for sure, false pregnancy and real pregnancy are very similar, the only way is to have the vet diagnose pregnancy, best wishes.

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      heyitsme 5 years ago

      its also her first time being in heat. i'm thinking its a false pregnancy from what i've read but i don't want to rule everything out.

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      heyitsme 5 years ago

      My dog's nipples are HUGE right now! she went into heat on christmas, and she lives with two other female dogs. she used to live with another male dog, but he was fixed. at least we both hope so. i moved her out about two weeks beofre she went into heat. is it possible she's pregnant? or is it a false pregnancy? she got sick yesterday and i'm not sure if she got sick today yet. but my friend said she got fatter lately.

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      aguilar7 5 years ago

      sounds like it....

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      kyla 5 years ago

      my to dogs got tied BUT we kinda pulled them apart but they were tied for 12minutes .....the female has gotton very big and her nipples are big and sagggie do you think she can still be pregnant ..... its been 6 weeks and she wiil only eat a little but is growing rapidley PLEASE WRITE BACK :)

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      jayruth 5 years ago

      my dog is 12 year old how old does a male dog live his name is robot and im 12 year old tooooooo..........

      can he live longer

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Good to hear! Best wishes, and I would change dog-sitter next time;)

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      aguilar7 5 years ago

      took her to vet today just to make sure... we will be having 4 pups in the next couple of days... Vet said she looks good..pups do to..

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Well, at this stage you should be able to determine pregnancy simply by looking at her and you should feel or hear movements in her belly. Some dogs make milk after giving birth. You will very likely know for sure in less than five days. A temperature drop upon reading her rectal temperature is generally suggestive of puppies within 24 hours, best wishes! Here is a helpful hub: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-help-your-dog-g...

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      aguilar7 5 years ago

      I have a 2yr old min-pin. I left her with a sitter while I was on vacation.the lady left her with her male dog.My female was in heat.. Now 57 days later she is very big, her nipples are also big ,she eats like she is starving.want to lay in my lap . I don't feel anything moving tho. she does not have any milk.. she has never been pregnant...since i don't feel any puppies does that mean she is not pregnact??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If you are concerned, and do not want a litter of pups you can always spay her. It looks like she would be the right age for it. Some dogs do not make good moms when they are bred on their first heat.

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      ashley 5 years ago

      my dog is a rat terrier and i really do not know if she is pregnet i am kinda hopeing she isn't we just got her like 1 1/2 weeks ago and my sister has the dogs sister and my dog lu lu has big pink nippels and her sisters are tiny she is only like 6 months old and when we got her this is how she was

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      emma 5 years ago

      Okay so my female shih tzu .. I believe is prego.. what happened was I bought her from a lady off a classified website and blah blah blah long story short her nipples started getting enlarged and she is very sleepy.. so I email the lady I got her from and asked if there was a chance is may be prego.. She tells me AFTER i buy the dog and have her home for a few weeks that the dog tied with her male shih tzu that she had sold before I bought the female! My question is she is showing signs of pregnancy however her belly isn't as big as i would think it should be is this just because she is a smaller dog or maybe only a few in the litter? Or could it just be a false pregnancy? ..(luckily my aunt is a breeder and i grew up in her house so i have assisted her with litters before.. BUT she breeds american bulldogs and old english bulldogges ).. so my little shih tzu female is a lot different then the big american bulldogs. Should I just prepare for a litter or perhaps visit my vet? or maybe both? lmao just a crazy situation!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Loise and MelM there is really no way to tell for sure if your dogs are pregnant or not. I hoped I could help more! My article addresses signs and when your vet can detect pregnancy.

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      MelM 5 years ago

      Hello there, I have a 4yr old Border Collie with a hint of Husky in her. I found a pure breed male Border Collie for her to mate with. I haven't seen them tie the knot. But we had the male over for 3 days and 2 nights last week and my female was in her 2nd week of her heat. I live in the country with like no neighbors and so I just let my dogs out the door and they always stay in the yard. But the stud and my female took off on the first day and came back 3 hours later, I didn't notice anything unusual about my female. But the next day the two did the same thing but were gone for 5 hours. When they came back my female had a hard time walking and seemed very exhausted. She is always usually hyper and has a lot of energy. I have never seen her like this before. Now this is her first and only time being breed. So could this be a possibility that she could be pregnant?

      Thanks

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      worried 5 years ago

      my puppy is 9 mos she just got this heat stuff her nipples are a lil bigger then the norm and she sleeping a lot she went over to where her parents live and now i don't know if she is pregnant this happened the 22 and 25 of Dec or this just her first heat what do u think she started bleeding on 1 of jan now its going away

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tiffany, if she is in heat now she cannot be pregnant, a pregnant dog does not go into heat. Sounds like she is sick, worth getting her checked out by the vet if it continues.

      Betty, the first signs take weeks to notice. A male should never be taken to a female in heat, they get nervous and cannot perform as at home. Females are always brought to male. In any case, I would recommend skipping the mating alltogether, as you both sound like novice to breeding dogs, no offense, but a good breeder takes years to learn about breeding dogs and there are too many backyard breeders nowadays. here's a great read:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Things-First-Time-dog...

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      Betty 5 years ago

      my beagle is in heat we brought over a male to breed her he didn't do anything just acted nervis, so we went in side left them alone well we went back out the male went home with his owner im not sure if anything happened is it to soon to tell or should i still try again?

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      Tiffany 5 years ago

      Hi I have a chocolate lab she is 2 and in her 3 heat. I didn't really notice it till yesterday when she was spotting and swallon. This morning she was throwing up a yellow vomit like when a women gets morning sickness a yellow yoke looking. I felt her stomach but yelped so I didn't bug her anymore. She has also gained lbs but not to where she phased. Her nipples are sticking out to is it possible this. Can be early signs of pregnant

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      There are no rules set in stone, just as in humans, each dog is different when pregnant. Generally, you should expect the glands underneath her nipples to swell to make room for her baby's milk in the next 3-4 weeks. She should also rapidly start gaining weight in the first few weeks. Pregnancy in dogs lasts 63 days. You will be able to feel the puppy movement during the last week of her pregnancy because that is when the babies are getting into position for birth. Your vet is the best person to determine and confirm pregnancy in your dog.

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      Amy 5 years ago

      I have a pekingese bitch and had her mated 5 times about 2 and a half weeks ago. we have not seen any possible signs of pregnancy yet but around what time would we start to see signs?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Have your vet check her in a few days through palpation and possibly a relaxin test, best wishes.

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      Sal 5 years ago

      i have 31 month old female Rottweiler after her period 3 days later she met with other 1 year old Rottweiler male and they met twice and stuck twice and they make that in round 1 hour so now is 25 days and there is no sign .. what can you say ?

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      Tracy 5 years ago

      Shes a rottycross mastif cross nakeeta she got the pregnancy woddle lol

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      Tracy 5 years ago

      I've worked it out my dog mated about 72 days ago she got milk she's got the pregnancy widely but shown no signs of labour help

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      This article will better help you understand the heat cycle:

      https://pethelpful.com/dogs/-The-Dogs-Heat-Cycle-E...

      However, I am always concerned when people ask me when to breed because it often means they lack knowledge. Breeding yorkies responsibly requires a lot of knowledge and may turn out costly, did you health test your dogs? do you have money to pay for a c-section? did you test them for brucellosis? do you have people signed up already for the pups? did you prepare seller contracts? did you attend shows so to know if your female/male are breeding material? here are 2 helpful guides:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/What-to--consider-bef...

      http://adrienne-farricelli.suite101.com/types-of-d...

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      Sincere 5 years ago

      Hi. I have a female Yorkie that is 4 months shy of her second birthday. She is in heat and her nipples are a little larger then before. Is it a good idea to mate her now?