Dog Pregnancy Symptoms
How can you tell if the dog is pregnant or if it has just gained weight?
- Changes in appetite. Often, in the early stages of pregnancy, the dog may not like to eat at all. Then, as the pregnancy progresses, the bitch will be eating about as twice as it previously did before pregnancy.
- Morning sickness. Yes, dogs can also undergo morning sickness.
- Behavioral changes. This is among the most common of the pregnancy symptoms. Does the dog crave more attention in the past days?
- Change in sleeping patterns.
- Breast enlargement followed by milk production.
- Growing puppies which could be felt as the mother’s belly us touched.
Early Dog Pregnancy Symptoms
Early pregnancy symptoms include:
- Morning sickness or vomiting.
- Clear vaginal discharge.
- Appetite changes.
- Bitch tends to sleep more often.
Dog Pregnancy Signs Week By Week
- In the first 4 weeks of pregnancy, the dog’s behavior could change. The nipples begin to grow bigger. The bitch may become more aggressive to other dogs, especially to other females. The dog could also experience morning sickness.
- In 5th week, the dog’s tummy will now be growing to accommodate the puppies.
- A few weeks before labor, it is possible to feel the moving pups inside the dog’s belly.
- Just before giving birth, the dog might appear restless and look for a place to sleep in.
Early Symptoms and Signs of Pregnancy in Cats
- There are no blood or urine tests to tell you a cat is pregnant. Early symptoms of pregnancy in cats is limited, but there are a few tell tale signs.
- The pregnant cat is very nice and sweet, even if that is not her normal disposition. She will take a lot of leisurely naps as if she doesn’t have a care in the world.
- At approximately 3 weeks into pregnancy, the nipples will pink up and engorge.
- Also read hysterical pregnancy in dogs
- At one month the cat will have gained a lot of weight. The vet should be able to feel the abdomen and locate the babies at this time. DO NOT TRY TO PALPATE THE ABDOMEN AT HOME.
- The heartbeat can be seen and heard on ultrasound at about 30 days. Full gestation is 60-64 days
- Read more Cat Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms.
Tips for Pregnant Cats
- Basic nourishment and comfort measures is most important during pregnancy.
- Kitten food is sometimes recommended because it is higher protein and calcium. Always follow advice from the vet who will take other medical issues into account when deciding on nourishment requirements.
- The cats appetite may decrease the last week or so, but she should not stop eating for more than 24 hours before giving birth.
- Keep fresh water available.
- Prepare a quiet place for the birth to occur. Keep the cat indoors from about the second or third week to be sure she is in a safe place to deliver.
- Don’t give medications without consulting the vet first. Some meds may cross the placenta and induce abortion or bestow birth defects.
- Do not handle the new kittens for the first 2-3 weeks. Cats will want to bond with their young without interference. They will kill and eat their young litter if there is too much human contact.
- Diet is very important for pregnant cats, read more about Diet for Pregnant Cat
You can also read about life expectancy of cats
- A pregnant cat needs good nutrition and an ample supply of water daily from conception through nursing and beyond. A diet for pregnant cats that is nutritious will ensure that the effects of moms good health will be carried over to her babies.
- There is no need to change the cats normal diet as long as it is full of essentials and it is a good canned food. If not, add to the cats usual to complement her diet.
Diet and Food Tips for Pregnant Cats
- As a food tip for pregnant cats during the last 3 weeks of pregnancy, the mom should be switched over to a nourishing, canned KITTEN food. When the babies are born, they will all be eating the same food.
- During the very last week (around week 9) give supplements of kitten milk. This will help insure that the mothers milk supply will be adequate for all those hungry little mouths she is going to have to feed.
- Also read early dog symptoms and signs week by week
- During pregnancy and during nursing of the babies, calcium is very important , but it becomes depleted in the blood. This must be supplemented for healthy bones and teeth development.
- Calcium levels that get too low can be life threatening usually during nursing. Eclampsia can occur during the last couple weeks of pregnancy too, if calcium supplements or calcium rich foods are not provided.
- Do not overfeed or underfeed a pregnant cat. If you find that the cat is still hungry after wet food, you can give some dry cat food, remember to moisten it first with something tasty like broth or gravy.
- Feeding dry cat food exclusively can be detrimental to the future health of cats. They dehydrate animals over time. Feeding dry food once in a while is okay, but it is not advised as a steady daily diet.
- Read more about physical symptoms of cat pregnancy and how to manage it.
- Read more about kittenhood stages