Pregnancy stages in dogs

Vet can palpate (feel) and possibly detect pregnancy  between days 27 and 31(after day 32, fluids increase to protect pups and making palpating not possible).
At this stage the embryos are most susceptible to defects and it is said that eating a toxic substance at this stage can cause eyes to not form properly, or cause cleft palate. I like to start a vet-recommended multivitamin at this stage, but do not give calcium pills. At this time the fetuses begin to look like dogs; their toes, whiskers and claws all are developing.
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. If you're considering breeding your bitch, make sure you understand the basics of dog pregnancy so you can provide your pet with good care.

A canine pregnancy lasts approximately 58 to 65 days, or 63 days on average, from the date the breeding occurred. A pregnancy can be diagnosed by feeling (palpating) the uterus, by blood test and by ultrasound.
A pregnant dog requires good nutrition to support the demands growing fetuses will put on her body. Proper exercise will help ensure your bitch is in top physical condition to undertake a pregnancy. Gentle but consistent exercise during dog pregnancy helps keep a bitch's muscles toned, making delivery of the pups easier. It takes some work to see a bitch through her pregnancy so she can deliver a healthy litter, but it's worth it all when those adorable pups arrive.

This x-ray shows an example of why it is important to have radiographs taken of a pregnant dam. Calcium during the pushing stage of labor will make the muscles contract at that specific moment. If you did not worm her prior to mating (which is standard), then get a mild wormer that is made for pregnant dams. Find out what she needs before breeding and during the pregnancy, as well as how to provide proper aftercare.

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