Verifying That a Dog Is Pregnant

by Melodie Anne Google
    Surprise! You're about to have a houseful of fur balls.

    Surprise! You're about to have a houseful of fur balls.

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    You may have no clue that your pooch is pregnant at first. But a canine’s gestation period lasts for just around 62 days, so you'll find out soon enough. Some signals could tip you off at home; have your vet verify the pregnancy.

    What to Watch for

    As early as 20 days after conception, your furry friend could start to have some expansion in her abdominal area. Somewhere around 25 to 30 days, you’ll notice her teats sticking out more than normal and pinker. After 30 days, she’ll start leaking a bit of thick mucus from her hind end. These subtle cues let you know something is going on in her belly.

    Testing at the Veterinarian

    Twenty-eight to 30 days after conception, your dog can have a blood test to fully verify the pregnancy. The blood test, which measures the hormone relaxin, isn’t always accurate. Sometimes a very small litter of one or two puppies can trigger a false negative, Animal Planet reports. By the time she’s 45 days along, your vet can do an X-ray to get pictures of her growing brood. Then you’ll know for sure it’s happening.

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    About the Author

    Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.

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