Does A Pregnant Dog Need To See a Vet?

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Yes. A pregnant dog should see a veterinarian, just like a pregnant woman should see a doctor. Dog pregnancies are considerably shorter -- only 63 days or so -- so it's critical that you see your veterinarian about 30 days into the pregnancy. This gives the vet an opportunity to confirm the pregnancy and give you medical and dietary advice that will keep your dog healthy throughout the rest of the gestation period.


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Your veterinarian can determine pregnancy about 28 to 30 days after impregnation, so if you suspect that your dog may be carrying puppies, take her in for a checkup. The vet can recommend a diet and feeding schedule that will accommodate her needs as the puppies grow -- she may, for example, need to switch to a higher energy, low-fiber diet. The vet may also recommend and/or administer worming and parasite-control medication, which can prevent your dog from passing parasites to the pups. If you suspect problems with your dog's pregnancy or notice abnormal behavior like refusal to eat or vaginal discharge, see your vet right away.


By Tom Ryan

Veterinary Partner: The Pet Health Library: Pregnant Diet Care
WebMD: Pregnancy Symptoms In Dogs
VCA Animal Hospitals: Breeding for Pet Owners - Pregnancy in Dogs


About the Author
Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.