Chihuahua pregnancies and labor can be dangerous times for a Chi, due to their small size. This is particularly true when a female Chihuahua has a narrow pelvis and/or if she is carrying several puppies. Since the gestation period for a Chi pregnancy is fairly short, learning to recognize the signs of labor and pregnancy in a Chihuahua is a must for any pet owner.
Signs Of Pregnancy
The gestation period of a Chihuahua pregnancy is approximately 58 to 60 days. This means that a pregnant Chi will begin showing symptoms of pregnancy very early. Within the first three weeks to a month, her stomach will swell and harden, her nipples will become larger and more prominent, and she will be sleep and eat more. As the pregnancy progresses, your Chi's stomach will grow larger and she will become less active, spending most of the day resting in preparation for the hard work of labor and delivery ahead of her.
Signs Of Labor
Excessive pacing, crying, whining and panting can all be early signs of impending labor in a pregnant Chi. Vomiting and an internal temperature that is lower than normal (less than 100 degrees F) are also signs of impending labor. Make sure that your Chi is kept comfortable during this time and is given a soft bed to rest in and additional food and water. Many veterinarians recommend that pregnant Chihuahuas deliver at the vet's office, rather than at home.
Take your Chihuahua to the vet as soon as you suspect that she may be pregnant. Your vet will be able to examine her thoroughly and perform an ultrasound if necessary to determine the placement and number of puppies. Any bleeding during the pregnancy should be reported to your vet immediately.