Dogs’ pregnancy is different than humans’. Mother dogs remain pregnant for a different period and have different pregnant signs.
Dogs’ pregnancy is different. Every dog owner needs to know about their dog’s pregnant period and signs to fully understand and help the mother dog during this period.
In general, Dogs are pregnant for about 63 days, or sightly over two months. Each trimester is about 21 days long. This period is measured from the day they ovulate to the day they have their puppies born.
Dogs are like humans when it comes to trimesters. They both have three months, however, dogs’ trimesters consist of 21 days each.
Once an owner knows there has been a mating taken place between their dog and another dog, they start to look for answers and information. 63 days maybe the average days, but the gestation lasts between 58 to 67 days, with 63 days being the average delivery date.
Size plays a big role in dog’s pregnancy. It’s a major factor to determine the gestation period. Not only dog’s size, the size of the litter is also a factor.
When a dog has a smaller litter, that means they will take longer in pregnancy. It’s because fewer puppies means more room in the uterus.
Small breed mother dogs usually carry their puppies slightly longer than larger breed dogs.
Vets explain when puppies are considered to be premature. They say that day 58 is the earliest day puppies can be safely delivere. At that time, their lungs are mature enough to live.
One a dog owner thinks their dog is pregnant, they should take her to your vet. It’s a good idea for her to visit the vet for a prenatal checkup 2 or 3 weeks after she has mated. The vet will check her, do the required tests, and provide her with the proper diet for this period.