Your dog’s pregnancy should last between 63-65 days. Pregnant dogs have very different needs and problems to non-pregnant dogs.
The nutritional needs of pregnant dogs change during pregnancy and milk production. To maintain a healthy mother and babies it is important to feed correctly throughout your dog’s pregnancy and lactation.
Dog labour can be distressing for both the dog’s owner and the pet themselves unless you are aware of what is normal, what is not and when to call for a vet’s help. At Moycullen Vet Clinic, we have a labour information leaflet to help inform you on differences between normal birth and problem births where you may need to call for a vet’s help. Problems during your dog’s labour, unless promptly dealt with, can lead to the death of mother and puppies.
Please make sure you educate yourself on this subject if you have a pregnant dog and as ever, the team at Moycullen Vet Clinic are always happy to help.
An appropriate diet is very important for your dog during milk production as a mother will always feed her babies to the detriment of her own health. This means that if your dog doesn’t get the nutrition she needs from her diet she will use her own body reserves instead resulting in a very thin mother and fat puppies.
A lack of calcium in the mother’s diet while producing milk can also lead to seizuring of the mother which can be life-threatening (hypocalcaemia).
An infection in the mammary glands, or the breasts, is a common and painful problem. Your dog’s glands should be checked twice a day for signs of swelling, teat redness and hardness. Mastitis can cause illness in both mother and puppies.
Pups should be fully weaned by 6 weeks of age. You can start weaning from 3½ weeks of age and sometimes, if medically necessary, even sooner.
Should you require any further information on pregnant dog healthcare, please contact us any of our team at Moycullen Vet Clinic and we will be happy to provide additional advice.