Pregnancy

Pregnancy of dogs lasts 58-63 days. On average it is 63 days. After intercourse, spermatozoa can remain viable up to 5 days in the genital tract of the bitch. Hence fertilization may also occur in 5 days after mating. It’s from here such a wide fork of duration of pregnancy. It is practically impossible to determine the pregnancy in the first half of term. Therefore, there’s no need to change the lifestyle and diet of your pet. Indirect signs that conception has occurred, may appear on the 22-28 days of gestation. Your favorite may refuse to eat, mucus may appear out of the vagina. Do not make her eat give her the right to act according to the dictates of the body. Make sure that the water was always available. Starting from 30-35 days, nipples may swell.  Pregnancy can already be detected by ultrasound. From this time, the growth of the foetus starts exponentially, which entails increased demand of proteins and carbohydrates. 

The growing uterus starts to press on the stomach, not allowing the dog to take large amounts of food for one time, therefore it is necessary transfer her to three meals a day, and when the birth will come nearer - to four meals.In the second half of pregnancy it is necessary to revise the menu of the future mother. Food should not be too abundant since full-fed bitch may have problems in childbirth and lactation.  If before pregnancy you feed your dog by the ready food, then in the second half of pregnancy, it is advisable to transfer the mother to food for pregnant dogs. If you feed your dog "natural food", then in the second half of pregnancy, amount of consumed food should be increased at the expense of food containing proteins. Do not forget about vitamins A, D and E. Calcium supplements are especially important they serve as a basis for the construction of the bone system of the future puppies.  Keep in mind that puppies will take all that they need from the body of their mother, but for her own health she needs an additional intake of minerals from food.  Lack of calcium and vitamins can be filled by adding special vitamin complexes to food, such as "mom-dog". Walking is very important for a pregnant dog. 

From the 35th day the duration of walking should be reduced. Do not let you’re your dog jumps as before. Walking is very important for a pregnant. In general, you will notice that she has become more sedate, slow, she is busy with important thing - carrying of and preservation of future offspring.Cut walking length, but increase the number of walks because grown uterus presses on the bladder and the dog need to urinate frequently. 10-12 days before delivery, you can feel the stirring of the puppies putting your hand on her abdomen. Light stroking on a dog’s tummy bring your pet many pleasant sensations and besides, this is your first tactile contact with puppies. Pregnancy of dogs is sometimes complicated by various factors.The dog may experience toxicosis, which is accompanied by nausea, vomiting and refusal to eat. It is worth to worry when you see the excessive moulting your pregnant dog. In this case, you should consult with your veterinarian and discuss with him the diet. 


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