Usually the mammary glands will start to "sag" or get fuller and that is the first sign on a first time mother. Morning sickness is also an indicator, and at the same time increase in appetite or loss of appetite also are signs. HOWEVER a false pregnancy does these same things. Usually, depending on the breed, the first signs are around the 6th week in and she will start to fill out. Small litters take longer to show - especially on a bigger dogs. Big litters show sooner - especially on smaller dogs. No two dogs will be the same in pregnancy. We have 8 breeding females (all pets and family members first - and their wellfare is always #1) and each one acts differently when she is expecting - and most of them never act the same the second time around!
Do you have a possible expecting family member? Any other questions regarding pregnancy and care during pregnancy that you would like to ask? If it's your first litter, it's better to ask than to stumble through as your little lady will benefit from help. :)
one of my dogs might have gone into heat and i didnt know it. I asked in here about silent heat thing. I know about silent heat but didnt know if they would still mate.
They kept humping on eachother this lasted about two weeks. Then it just stopped.
At the time I didnt think anything of it, I asked in here why my female would be humping on my male and i was told it was a dominance thing. So i wrote it off. Then i read a female will hump right before she goes into heat. Which i never heard before.( sorry this is so long)
So i though back and started asking around could it be possible. Because even though they were mounting each other my female would not let him mate. Now I never saw them mate but......
that was a few weeks ago. AND today my female got sick to her stomach for the second time this week.
But the big one was when my husband came home today he picked her up and said, she feels like she gained some weight.
My eyes perked up and i picked her up and sure enough she feels heavy!
First thing my hubbie said is She's pregnant. BUT how? So i said no way the first sign is the teets get a little swollen, But he insists it the weight that comes first.
Oh and she was due to go into heat, but the end of this month not the end of last month.
Any way thats where Im at. I dont think she is... but i guess its always possible.
If you think she is pregant you need to start supplements at 4 weeks.
You should also switch her to puppy food.
If you are unsure I would treat her like she is pregant. It is best for the puppies and no harm to her if she isn't.
We weren't sure with my corgi, but she was showing signs. She is notarisous (sp) for her false pregancies, but I didn't want to take any chances. So we feed her like she was pregant and a good thing to. She had one puppy.
Just a little something from past experance. If you think its possible than it is probably best to act as it is true.
Good luck if you need any more advice we are here to help.
I think it is really hard to tell if a dog is 'REALLY' pregnant until about 2-3 weeks before giving birth, when you can actually feel the puppies moving. Some of my girls gained tons of weight, swollen teets and vagina, nesting, and temperature even droping with a false pregnancy. Good luck.
You know its funny you should bring up puppy food. I have two pups and she has been eating there food. plus her own. maybe thats why she feels heavy.
I wish she would sit in front of the frig and wait for a pickle cause the suspense is going to kill me in the next few weeks
The problem is I wouldnt have any idea of when this would have happened.
I know when they were mounting eachother I posted, or responded to someones thread about females mounting males or humping. but i cant find the thread or post. this would give me a somewhat idea of when this could have happened.
I believe it would have been around the end of march. I think.
So at most i would say she's a few weeks. But honestly I think I would have seen them mate. Im home with them all day. Its a big event i dont think i would have missed it.
Icey: abort the litter. Never. I will just let it take its course. Lang: yes they sleep together.
other that the mounting thing( when she was mounting my male) and the little bit of extra weight i have no reason to think she's pregnant. So I'll wait another week or so before i panic. I was going to breed her on her next heat cycle, so no need for spay.