If you suspect that your dog is pregnant, the first thing to do is to go to the vet so that he can certify it. If she is indeed pregnant, we can then check the day to see when she is due to give birth.
One of the first signs of pregnancy in dogs is increased lethargy, you will see that your dog rests a lot.
Food for pregnant dogs
Feeding pregnant bitches is very important. When she is in her sixth week of gestation we should give her a higher intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and minerals.
We always recommend top quality food such as chicken, red meat, vegetables, fruit, etc…. Natural food will always provide more good nutrients than processed feed.
It is also advisable to increase the amount of food by around 20% in consultation with your vet as every dog is different.
Physical exercise for pregnant dogs
Physical exercise for pregnant bitches is another important factor in ensuring a good pregnancy and that the puppies come out perfectly.
Moderate daily walks should be taken without forcing them to run or walk for long hours. After the sixth week it is not advisable for the bitches to run or jog in order to prevent risks. The best thing to do is to go for a quiet walk with your dog.¡
Preparing the environment for your bitch to whelp
We need to prepare the environment for your bitch to give birth to her puppies. We can prepare a place with high cardboard at home where your dog can give birth and have the puppies, or we can buy whelping boxes that come with walls and a soft bed. You can buy these beds in pet shops.
Care of newborn puppies
Once your dog has given birth to those wonderful puppies, it’s also time to care for them so they don’t have any problems.
Make sure that all the puppies eat milk and that none of them are left behind, as there are always some weaker puppies that do not suckle enough.
You must keep the room where they are with your dog completely clean to ensure a safe stay and that no puppy can suffer any infection. Ask your vet if you have any questions.
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