March 16, 2005

Canine Gestation

I know nothing about pregnancy in dogs, except that nine weeks sounds a lot better than nine months, but there is some good information available. The Canine Pregnancy Calendar allows you to enter the date of first mating, and gives you the milestones along the way.

The VCA's Guidelines for Responsible Breeders includes information on conception and pregnancy. What to Expect When You Are Expecting Puppies, says "Dogs began having puppies long before humans came into their lives. So there’s no vital need for intense, day-to-day management of your pregnant dog. It’s much more important for owners to understand what’s normal during their dog’s pregnancy and to intervene when there are signs of trouble."

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