3 Signs Your Dog Might Be Expecting

Whether your dog recently escaped for a neighborhood romp or you are an expectant breeder awaiting the next litter, identifying the early signs of canine pregnancy can be tricky. If you think a wriggling pile of puppies is in your future, look for these three symptoms and schedule a checkup with your vet.

Dietary Fluctuations

Although the gestational period for dogs is much shorter, they do experience morning sickness at times, which could lead to a general decrease in appetite. This is only temporary, however, and you will soon notice your pet begging for more food.

Nipple Development

Since the gestational period for canines is much shorter than humans, their nipples tend to grow faster in preparation for nursing. A slightly flushed color is also normal as blood circulates increasingly throughout the body.

Unusual Mood Swings

If you notice any odd behavior from your pet in combination with the previous symptoms, it could just be a mood swing. Like human mothers, dogs can become cranky or cuddly during pregnancy, so don’t be surprised if your pet’s personality seems slightly unusual.

To confirm whether your dog is truly pregnant, it is best to schedule an appointment with your vet. Visit this website to locate a dog veterinarian in San Jose.


About Nancy Rivera

Nancy has a deep love of animals and talks and writes about them regularly. She is a huge animal rights advocate.
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