I had a lady call me up today(kind of a friend) and she recieved a dog who is 4 years old, a little peke, anyway, she has had the dog around 3 weeks, well she found out that approx. 1 month before she got her she was in heat and the 'other' dog was going at it with her but they said that it didn't work because he was too big for her. She has a feeling that she is pregnant but because of a divorce and a long story, she can't afford to take her to the vet to find out. Does anyone here know how to tell without taking her to the vet? By the way, she was overweight when she got her so she can't tell if she has gained weight or not(I already asked) My dogs are taken to the vet and ultrasound but they are planned litters so I always know way before this time. PLUS I have no clue about pekes. I told her I would get on here and ask. Unfortunetly she does not know what might be changing because she did not know the dog before.(i.e. stomach hardening, weight gain, etc.) Any help?? EDIT: As far as the approx. 1 month prior, it is hard telling because the old owners are kind of not so smart. So it is hard telling when she actually was in heat.
I don't know, but why don't you talk her into taking her to the vet, or else finding a new home for her, someone who can afford to take her to a vet. First, if the dog is pregnant, she's GOT to take it to a vet. Second, if it's not, she should have her spayed. Either way, she should spring for the vet, or rehome the dog. I understand being hard up for cash, but then she shouldn't have taken the dog.
Well, she made an appointment to a vet that would take payments but they can't get her in until next Tuesday. Anything I can give her for advice?? She doesn't want to give her up and she wants her fixed but not if she is pregnant. (afterwards though, if she is)
IM not a breeder but I have dealt with many pregnant foster dogs. Her vulva will be slightly swollen. Her nipples will be more pronounced and hard. You may notice a change in her temperament. She may get quieter or lazy or more loving a couple of weeks after breeding some dogs experience morning sickness. It can last a week or so. You can palpate her abdomen to check for puppies or if you feel insecure about doing it have a vet do it. To do this lay your dog on her side, slide one palm beneath her and your other palm over her other side, just below her ribs. Gently squeeze your palms together and feel for little golf balls if you feel them... those are puppies. (You can also purchase a pregnancy test from the vet for aroud $20-30.) Around the 4th week you may notice thickening of her sides, between her ribs and hip bone. Most dogs show at 6-7 weeks. You may notice a normal discharge somewhere in the last couple of weeks. The discharge is clear and has the consistency of thick Vaseline and is odorless. If you notice a discharge that is green or bloody and foul smelling seek a vet. On or around the 8th week you should be able to feel the puppies kicking and moving around.