Dog Pregnancy Calendar
The first day of the second month (the first week) is the most important day for your puppy’s health. If you have not noticed, it will be difficult to give birth to a healthy pup. You need to take care of all the things that are necessary before giving birth to a baby.
These include food, water, shelter and exercise.
If you do not get these things right now, then you will miss out on the best time to give birth to a puppy. You must make sure that everything is ready before giving birth to a baby.
Puppies are born with their eyes closed and they cannot move. They do not yet look like puppies. Their skin color may vary from white or tan to dark brown or blackish gray.
They may even appear wrinkled. The size of the puppy may vary from small to medium sized. A puppy’s ears may be pointed or flat. Some puppies have one eye while others have two eyes. Some puppies are born without teeth while some chew on their mother’s teat during the last weeks of her life.
It is very important that you take good care of your puppy because it will become a valuable member of your family later in its life. If you do not have much experience, then you should ask help from a veterinarian.
Dog Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week
The first week of your dog’s life is not easy for her. She may be very tired during this period. Her pain is usually felt in the belly and the back.
This may be accompanied by frequent wheezing, coughing and panting at times. You need to prepare yourself for the changes that will happen in the coming weeks.
During the second week, the size of your belly will increase. You may feel a tingling or numb feeling in the stomach area and the back. There may be a low-intensity pain felt during this period.
Other than that, you do not need to worry about anything else.
During the third week, the size of your belly will increase rapidly. Breathing difficulties may be encountered because of this. You should try to rest as much as possible during this time.
During the fourth week, the size of your belly will increase at a slower rate. The breathing problems will lessen during this time. You may feel pain in your chest and back area because of this.
This is normal and should not cause too much concern.
During the fifth week, you will look for a comfortable position to sleep in. You may want to sleep upright or reclined depending on how you feel. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended though.
During the sixth week, you will experience back pain and frequent urges to urinate. The baby may also engage in playful activity by kicking from the inside. You should find a position that is comfortable for you.
During the seventh week, you will experience greater discomfort when you move around. Constipation may be another problem that you have to deal with during this time. You can prevent this by increasing your intake of dietary fiber.
During the last week, the puppies will be ready to make their appearance into the world. The final few days will be the most hectic for you. You may experience strong contractions that will push the baby down towards the birth canal.
This is known as transition of birth and it usually lasts for 2-3 hours.
You should try to rest in between the contractions. Do not forget to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration from setting in. You may feel a lot of pain during this time but everything will be over soon.
The moment of truth will arrive when your puppies are finally ready to enter the world. This is when the contractions become more frequent and intense. You cannot stop what nature has in store for you at this point in time.
When the first puppy arrives, you may experience feelings of exhilaration and exhaustion. Your energy reserves will be completely drained at this point in time.
During the final hour, you will give birth to the remaining puppies. Each of them should be around 5-10 minutes apart from each other. You may be delighted when you find out that you have given birth to more than 5 puppies at once.
Your job is not over when the final puppy has made its appearance. You still need to start the process of caring for your young ones. This means cleaning them and keeping them warm for the next few hours.
Make sure that each of them is responsive and does not have any major external problems.
If you would like to name your new puppies, now would be the best time to do so. You can also ask the father of the pups to help because he will probably be curious about what is going on.
When the pups are 6-8 weeks old, you can separate them if you want to. The males and females can be separated quite easily. All you have to do is pick them up and move them to a different place.
They will be able to find their way back home if they get lost. After 12 weeks, the puppies will be fully mature and you can release them into the wild if you want, or keep them as pets.
Congratulations, you have just given birth to a litter of puppies!
1. Clean the pups and keep them warm.
2. Name your pups if you want to.
3. Separate the boys from the girls if you wish to do so.
4. Release the pups into the wild or keep them as pets.
5. Write a note about your experience.
The Choice Is Yours!
Part 4: You can start over or write a note about your experience.
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