What Do Pregnant Female Dogs Look Like in Their First Month?

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Is she or isn't she? You won't know for sure if she's pregnant until the end of the first month.

    Is she or isn't she? You won't know for sure if she's pregnant until the end of the first month.

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    Canine pregnancy lasts 63 days. In the first month of pregnancy, female dogs don't look very different, but as month 1 becomes month 2, things start changing.

    Weight Gain

    Pregnant dogs don't gain significant weight in the first month of pregnancy. About day 35, they starts becoming obviously larger. Ask your vet about the best diet for your pregnant dog. It's important that an expectant dog doesn't become obese, as too much weight can affect delivery.

    Other Changes

    Between weeks 3 and 4 of pregnancy, your dog's mammary glands begin changing. Teats become more noticeable and pinker; they might appear erect. Around the end of the first month, your might notice slight mucus discharging from the vulva. Some dogs experience bouts of morning sickness or vomiting. This usually lasts just a couple of days during the third and fourth weeks.

    Pregnancy Determination

    Via ultrasound, your vet can tell if puppies are in the womb by day 21. At the end of the month, your vet can perform a manual palpation of your dog's abdomen to feel for embryos. At that stage, the fetuses are roughly the size of walnuts.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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