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Pregnancy

Pregnancy

  • Spotting the signs of pregnancy

    It is always best to avoid pregnancy by having your bitch neutered, but accidents happen and you may have chosen for your bitch to have a litter. So how do you know your bitch is pregnant? There are a number of signs you can look out for, and tests your vet can perform, but most are not apparent until your bitch is well into her pregnancy (which on average lasts between 61 and 65 days).

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  • Tips for a healthy pregnancy

    Pregnancy puts a huge stress on a pregnant animal. Her body will undergo some dramatic changes and she'll need lots of extra care and attention. So before mating your bitch, you will need to bear these changes in mind and decide whether you are prepared to cope with them. If you are planning to breed from your bitch, it’s always a good idea to contact your vet or a registered breeder to discuss the pros and cons prior to mating.

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  • Labour and giving birth

    If your bitch is about to give birth, don't panic! Dogs are much better equipped to deal with it all than we are. Make sure she is comfortable, watch from a sensitive distance and only intervene if something goes seriously wrong - which is unlikely. If you have any concerns then consult your vet as soon as possible.

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  • Things to look out for during labour

    Most pregnancies are problem-free and dogs generally make excellent mothers. Even though it's very rare for something to go wrong, it's still a good idea to keep your eyes open and know how to spot a problem if it does occur. If you have any concerns about your dog during pregnancy, labour or birth contact your vet straight away.

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  • Feeding during pregnancy

    Good nutrition is never more important than during pregnancy and nursing. Pregnancy has a significant effect on the nutritional requirements of a mum-to-be. The production of milk is one of the most nutritionally demanding activities in a dog’s life. Like puppies, pregnant or nursing bitches need an extra boost of protein and energy to help them through this period of physical stress.

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