My Border Collies was breeded April 2rd and they hung up o the 2rd and on the 3rd of April. She doesn't look pregnant! If dogs hang up together is there any way she would be pregnant? Only thing I see is that her nipples have gotten a little bigger, not much. Can someone help me?
The best way to tell would be to take her in and have an x-ray done, but even that is not 100% guarantee because some times puppies can be hiding far up under the ribs, but that is the best guess.
Also because she is bred and there is a possiblity she could be having puppies you need to watch her like she is, even if she isn't. She could have a small litter of 1-2 and you want to be there for her if she does.
Take her temperature rectally and keep taking it. If it is 101 that is a normal temp. Anything lower than 100 means her body may be preparing for birth, and right before birth they can drop as low has 96 degrees, but some may not drop that low.
Temperature isn't 100% guarantee either because some times bitches temp will drop to 99 due to hormones from a false preganancy. Bottom line get her checked out or keep your eyes on her for then next week.
Ok if you can't get in to see the vet, which some people can't, it is hard to be certain. Sometimes a bitch will get large breasts. Her mammary glands will get bigger as she progresses if she's pregnant.She will get thick in the waist. Her vuvla will remain swollen, but not as much as when she's in heat. She may be more affectionate, maybe not. At 6 weeks in, you will start to see her get big, and you should be able to feel the puppies moving around in her. Sounds like you're excited! Good luck and don't let anyone discourage you. Some of the folks are on a high horse around here, but lot's of us will help you if we can.
From the OP post I would guess this was a planned breeding? If so, would wonder if the bitch in question is under a vet's care? If so, your vet should be able to tell you by checking the hormone levels if not from doing an x-ray.
I could be and probably am wrong, but we have several experienced breeders and vet tech on the forum who can provide a more complete answer.
Sun 2 Apr 2006 First day of mating. 48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilization taking place. The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.
Mon 3 Apr 2006 Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
Mon 3 Apr 2006 - Tue 4 Apr 2006 Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.
Tue 4 Apr 2006 - Wed 5 Apr 2006 Fertilization occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
Wed 5 Apr 2006 - Fri 7 Apr 2006 Fertilized eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns. The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos. During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.
Thu 13 Apr 2006 - Sat 15 Apr 2006 The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.
Thu 13 Apr 2006 - Thu 27 Apr 2006 The blastocystes will grow into an embryos. During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Sun 16 Apr 2006 - Sun 23 Apr 2006 Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge. The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
Sat 22 Apr 2006 - Sat 29 Apr 2006 Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time. Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help. Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.
Thu 27 Apr 2006 - Mon 1 May 2006 An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant. It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
Sun 30 Apr 2006 Start to increase the dams food ration. Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided. The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
Sat 6 May 2006 The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
Tue 16 May 2006 It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.
Fri 19 May 2006 - Sat 27 May 2006 Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming. Her breasts become even more swollen. She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
Sun 21 May 2006 The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies. It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day. You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
Sun 21 May 2006 - Mon 5 Jun 2006 Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
Wed 31 May 2006 - Sat 3 Jun 2006 Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.
Thu 1 Jun 2006 You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
Sun 4 Jun 2006 Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees. Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
Mon 5 Jun 2006 Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.
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