I have a pregnant Chihuahua, and she is 56 days pregnant, and I was told by a few of you that pregnancy lasts 63 days. So, sence it's getting close to 63 days I wanted to ask what are some of the signs that my dog is going into labor.
I have my whelping box and everything prepped already, but I don't know what signs to look for to tell me that she is going into labor. I know that when my cat had kittens she started warming up to my other dog a lot and my dog starting licking her and laying with her a lot when she went in labor. I have no experience with doggy labor.
I am going to worn you everone will make comments about how you sould have researched before your dog was preg. ect. But anyways my dog will start pacing that was her first time. also she was acting guilty with her tail between her legs. But with each dog it could be different. Some dogs go into the welping box and stay when they go into labor... my lab did. Hope this helps
Even though you should have read up on this in advance - the best way to tell is to start taking her temperature once in the morning and once in the evening. When her temp drops below 99, they usually deliver within 24 hours.
When the dog is in labor, you will probably start to see puppies coming out. hee hee.
There are lots of signs, but every dog is different. One dog might have some signs and not others. Temperature is a good indicator, but I have had some stay at 98 or so for more than 24 hours. Nothing is set in stone.
All dogs are different,but a few signs other than the temp., are, she probably won't eat her food the day of delivery,she may circle in her bed,dig in her bed .try to hide(no where near the whelping box) they sometimes like to pick their own spot to whelp,NOT USUALLY A GOOD SPOT FOR YOU! Sometimes she may seem to be shivering. Most of these are signs that puppies are coming. Good Luck
The average gestation is 60 to 63 days. 61 is the target date so get ready early just in case. The temp is a good indicator, but not 100%. Take your bitch's temp everday at the same time so you have a good base line. It should drop to a strong 99 degrees and stay there. She may or may not eat that day. when they go into labor, they will get very anxious, pace around, be restless and yes find a spot not good for you. steer her to the box you have prepared. Preferrably in a darkened room where it's quiet. She doesn't need an audience,just one or two people to check in on her every 15 minutes or so. I would stand back and let nature take it's course unless there are problems, more than 1 hour between pups, the most important. Have a good rapport with your vet and alert him/her if you need to. Good luck and have fun BTW it doesn't hurt to get friends and neighbors to contribute newspapers to the cause....cause you'll need lot's of them!