Do you know or suspect that your dog is pregnant? Congratulations! Fifi will need some extra TLC over the next several weeks. Here, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet discusses caring for a pregnant pooch.
It’s not always easy to tell if your canine pal is pregnant. Some common signs of doggy pregnancy include swollen nipples and a growing belly. Pregnant pooches often also become extra loving and cuddly. However, it isn’t uncommon for dogs that aren’t pregnant to show symptoms. If you think your dog may be pregnant, have her examined by a vet for an official answer. If Fifi is pregnant, ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. Your vet will also be able to give you information on due dates and the number of puppies you can expect. This is very important, because if your furry pal delivers fewer puppies than expected, you’ll know you need to take her to emergency care.
Offer Fifi a premium brand of dog food. Towards the end of her gestation, your vet may recommend increasing her serving sizes and switching over to a puppy food. Consult your vet before giving your canine friend any vitamins or supplements.
While you definitely don’t want to overexert Fifi, she will still need some activity. Daily walks are a great way to give your furry pal some exercise without overdoing it. If your pet seems tired, just let her rest. If Fifi jogs or is a working dog, ask your vet for advice on her activity needs.
Be extremely careful about medicating a pregnant pup. Some products and medicines are safe for expecting pooches, but others are not. Ask your vet before giving Fifi any medications. (Of course, it’s best to simply keep up with your dog’s vaccinations, exams, and parasite control products, so your pooch is current before becoming pregnant.)
As the time approaches, you’ll want to buy or make Fifi a whelping box for giving birth and nursing. Put it in a spot that is quiet and somewhat private, but not completely isolated. Add some towels and old blankets to make it comfy. Set this out a few weeks before your pup’s due date, so she can get used to it.
Call us, your Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s care. We’re here to help!