Pregnancy Period Of Female Dog
First stage of actual breeding is heat cycle. It lasts for 15-18 days. The sige of females vagina got increased and also bloody discharge come through it. It stops after 9-11 days. After this fertility period of female starts. You can also check our article on Complete Breeding Guide.
Mating should take place two days after the blood discharge has stopped. This time is highest fertile in heat cycle of female dog. Chances of getting concieved are highest during this period.
Fertilization occurs in dogs after 48 to 72 hours after mating and after 10-12 days eggs become fertilized. Noticing this process is impossible but little fatigue or slight loss of appetite can be noticed during this period. After 14-15 days nipples start to grow. Even in false pregnancy this can occur, so it should not be consider as a pregnancy sign.
Early Signs Of Pregnancy
Growth Of Puppies
As earlier discussed a one month old puppy embryo has a size equal to walnut. No discrimination in body parts can be seen. From here actual growth starts. Size of puppy starts to grow rapidly. In night time when female is at rest size of puppies grow the most. This also cause Morning Sickness in females as increasing size of puppy cause pain and they feel sick during morning. By 45 days all parts of puppies got developed but there coat is not developed even at this time.
Now the only work left is increase of size and coat development. Puppies got coat by 50-54 days. At 54 days puppy is ready to take birth and his movement got starts in womb. You can notice that movement when female is resting. But for healthy puppies it is must that they should stay in womb for 63 days. Now in last days size and wight of puppies got increased. After 54 days if born all puppies are not able, it is must that they should complete their development before taking birth.
When you are able to see that female is pregnant than it is the time to increase food rations and their frequency. High in protien and fat food is best during this time. Do not put extra food in one time instead give food after short intervals.
I suggest puppy starter food during this period. You can visit our article Feeding A Pregnant Female Dog.
Stage Before Delivery
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