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Mating & Pregnancy


How Do I Know If My Dog Is "in Season"?

Female dogs go through a season or heat cycle approximately every six months. It is a natural part of life if they have not been spayed, and it is the time when they can become pregnant. Knowing when your dog is coming into season is very important to prevent unplanned pregnancies.


How to Prevent Intact Male and Female Dogs From Mating

Explore these experienced-based tips on how to prevent intact dogs from mating.


How Long After a Dog Loses Her Mucus Plug Does Labor Start?

Dog owners often wonder when their pregnant dogs will whelp after losing their mucus plug. This article focuses on what to expect once your pregnant dog loses her mucus plug.


Understanding Dogs' Maternal Instincts: How to Know If Your Dog Is a Good Mother

What are the mothering behaviors of a dog? Let's delve deeper into a dog's maternal instincts and the recipe for good parenthood.


How to Set Up a Whelping Box and Whelp Puppies Successfully

Are you a dog breeder whelping your first litter of puppies? From preparation to delivery, use these tools and techniques to successfully whelp them.


How to Help a Dog Produce More Milk for Her Puppies

Does your dog whelp but fail to produce enough milk for her puppies? Here are a few humane options to help them out.


How to Feed a Pregnant or Nursing Dog a Natural Diet (Raw Dog Food)

If you are feeding a pregnant or nursing dog, you should be doing it naturally. Find out why, and what you should be giving her.


Is There a Morning-After Pill Available for Dogs to Stop Pregnancy?

Is there a morning-after pill available for dogs? If you don't want your dog to get pregnant, here are your options.


How Long Is Canine Gestation? Signs and Stages of Dog Pregnancy

How to recognize pregnancy in dogs: the signs, stages, and duration of canine pregnancy and the available testing methods.


How to Tell If Your Dog Is Pregnant and How to Help It With Gestation

This article will explain the signs of canine pregnancy and teach you how to help a pregnant dog through her gestation period.


What Determines Litter Size in Dogs?

Whether you're breeding and want to know how to have a large litter of pups or your dog is pregnant and you're wondering how many pups she's expecting, dog litter size determination is important.


Why Is My Dog Panting After Giving Birth?

Why do dogs pant after giving birth? There are several possibilities, but it's always best to consult with your veterinarian if something doesn't look right.


Understanding a Silent Heat in Female Dogs

Have you ever wondered about silent heats in female dogs and why they happen? If you have noticed that your female dog did not go in heat or isn't bleeding, then a silent heat may be a possibility.


How to Dry up a Dog’s Milk and Help Mom Stop Producing

How can you dry up a mother dog's milk? After nursing for the appropriate amount of time, the time comes to wean those puppies and help stop their mother's milk supply. How should you proceed?


Understanding False Pregnancy in Dogs

Did you that it's possible for dogs to have a false pregnancy? Learn why it happens, the signs to look out for, and what treatments are available for phantom pregnancy.


When Should You Start Weaning Puppies From Their Mother?

This article tackles when puppy weaning starts, how to begin the process, and how to help the mom dog produce less milk.


How to Help a Dog Whelp or Deliver Puppies

Are you expecting a litter of puppies anytime soon? This article will give you some tips on how you can help.


7 Ways to Tell if Your Dog Is Pregnant

What symptoms should you look for to determine if your dog is pregnant? Learn what the easy signs of canine pregnancy are and what tests may be needed for confirmation.


How to Breed Your Female Dog Successfully

Do you know how to breed your dog? This article will tell you the signs to watch for, what you need to do in preparation, and how to handle the breeding procedure.


How to Tell When Your Dog Is in Heat

This article will describe the signs that a female dog is coming into heat, as well as when it is best to breed or not breed!


Common Questions About Canine Pregnancies

How do you care for a pregnant dog? Dr. Cathy Alinovi, the owner of Hoofstock Veterinary Services, answers the most common questions that pet parents ask about this topic.


What Time of the Year Are Most Puppies Born?

When are puppies born? Is there a puppy season for dogs, and what time of the year are they mostly born? Learn when canines reproduce in the wild and when they reproduce in a domestic setting.


How to Take Care of Your Pregnant Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are beautiful toy dogs who are very sensitive, especially when pregnant. This article aims to help would-be Shih Tzu breeders to breed their pets successfully.


Why Mother Dogs May Kill Their Puppies

Learn the possible causes for mother dogs killing their puppies and how to prevent this from happening again.

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Risks and Signs of Puppies Weaned Too Early From Mother

Learn why puppies should be kept with their mother and litter mates until they are seven-weeks old. Learn what to do if your puppy was removed too early.


The Chihuahua Heat Cycle: Breeding Considerations and Risks

Learn about signs suggesting your Chihuahua is in heat and important considerations about breeding Chihuahuas.


Signs Your Dog Is in Heat (and Basic Pregnancy Prevention)

Think your dog might be in heat? Want to stop her from getting pregnant? Learn how to distinguish your female dog's heat cycle as well as tips and tricks from experienced breeders on preventing canine pregnancy.


Understanding the Stages of Dog Labor

Learn symptoms of the stages of labor in your pregnant dog and potential signs of problems. A comprehensive guide on the several stages of dog labor.

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Signs of Pregnancy in Dogs

Is my dog pregnant? Here are signs your dog may be pregnant, along with a description of the phases of a dog's estrus cycle.


What to Expect When Your Pregnant Dog Is Expecting Puppies

Is your dog pregnant with puppies? Here are the signs of pregnancy in dogs, the week-by-week development of puppies in the womb, and the canine whelping or birthing process.


Top Six Reasons to Neuter or Spay Your Jack Russell Terrier

There's a lot of controversy when it comes to the subject of neutering animals. In fact, neutering is good for both your pet and society in general. Explore the top six reasons why neutering your Jack Russell terrier is a good idea.


How to Care for Newborn, Orphaned Puppies

This article contains useful information about caring for newborn puppies when the mother can’t. Original photos are included.


How to Prevent, Recognize, and Treat Fading Puppy Syndrome

Fading puppy syndrome affects puppies under the age of 12 weeks. These puppies, known as "faders," basically fail to thrive and are unable to survive.


The Dog's Heat Cycle Explained

This article provides an overview of the stages of a dog's heat cycle and what to expect from each.


How to Keep Male Dogs Away From Females in Heat

Is your dog in heat? Here are six easy ways to keep the male dogs away!


False Pregnancy in Dogs: Enlarged Nipples and Other Signs to Look for

Learn how to tell the difference between a false pregnancy and a real one in dogs.


How to Help a Dog in Heat

If your dog is in heat you may wonder what you can do to make her more comfortable. While canine heat is not a disease or a condition that needs treatment, there are several small things you can do.


When Do Dogs Go Into Heat?

At what age do dogs go into heat? The answer is that it depends. Small dogs and large dogs have different timeframes for their first heat. Knowing the age is helpful.


Pregnancy and Labor in Dogs

Pregnancy can usually be detected in dogs by palpation (a veterinarian carefully feeling the dog's belly) 20 to 30 days after breeding, by ultrasound 24 or more days after breeding, and by radiographs (x-rays) 40 to 45 days after breeding.

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Tips for Caring for a Female Dog in Heat

Personality-wise, there is really nothing different from a female dog and a male dog. But what about when your female dog goes into heat? Here are some tips on how to manage.

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Spaying Your Female Dog: Timing, Process, and Myths

Did you know that when you generally adopt a female dog from a shelter, the dog is already spayed or will be shortly after adoption? Here's a complete explanation of the spaying process.


How to Help Your Dog Give Birth

How can you help your dog give birth? Great question! Some may say let nature run its course, but you definitely want to be there on the big day in case of complications and to help as needed.


All About Dog Pregnancy

Has your dog become pregnant? Here is what to expect from your dog's pregnancy, the birth process, and possible complications that could require fast action.


How to Tell If Your Dog Is Pregnant: Signs and Home Pregnancy Tests

How can you tell if your dog is pregnant? Is there such a thing as a pregnancy test for dogs? If you're a dog owner or breeder hoping for a litter, learn about dog pregnancy tests and how they work.


Signs Your Dog Is Pregnant

Is your dog pregnant? Learn the potential signs and symptoms of dog pregnancy and how pregnancy can be diagnosed.