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    The Pregnant Dog's Timeline

    Now that we've had a successful breeding, the changes in a female and pups are amazing;

    Pregnancy Timeline

    Week One
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Fertilization occurs
    + 2 cell embryos are in the oviduct
    + The embryo is fairly resistant to external interference in development
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Possible morning sickness
    + Possible personality changes
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Normal feeding
    + Check any and all medications with vet prior to administering
    + No insecticides (i.e., flea treatments)
    + No live vaccines
    TO DO LIST
    + Put together pedigree on litter
    + Write contract
    + Contact AKC for litter registration application
    + Start taking puppy reservations

    Week Two (Days 8-14)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Embryo will be 4 cell at start of week and 64 cell by end of week
    + Embryo enters the uterus
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Possible morning sickness
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Continue as with Week One
    TO DO LIST
    + Nothing special this week

    Week Three (Days 15-21)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Day 19 -- Implantation of embryos in uterus
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + See above
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + See above
    TO DO LIST
    + Nothing special this week

    Week Four (Days 22-28)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Development of eyes and spinal cords
    + Faces take shape
    + Fetuses grow from 5-10 mm to 14-15 mm
    + Organogenesis begins-- Embryos are at their most susceptible to defects
    + Days 26 - 32 are the best days to palpitate (i.e.. feel for the puppies)
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Possible clear vaginal discharge
    + Mammary development begins
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + After Day 26, palpitation may be possible to diagnose pregnancy
    + Limit strenuous activity (such as working, jumping, long runs)
    + Add 1/4 cup cottage cheese or a hard boiled egg to food on alternating days
    TO DO LIST
    + Schedule ultrasound or palpitation with vet if desired

    Week Five (Days 29-35)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Development of toes, whisker buds, and claws
    + Fetuses look like dogs
    + Gender can be determined
    + Eyes (previously open) now close
    + Fetuses grow from 18 mm - 30 mm
    + Organogenesis ends -- embryos are fairly resistant to interference with development
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Swelling becomes noticeable
    + Loss of "tuck-up"
    + Weight will start to increase
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Slightly increase amount of food and switch to puppy kibble. If you feed one meal a day, add an extra meal. If you feed twice a day, slightly increase one of the meals.
    + Add daily multi-vitamin
    + Palpitation no longer possible due to fluids in uterus
    TO DO LIST
    + Nothing special this week

    Week Six (Days 36-42)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Development of skin pigment
    + Fetuses should weigh around 6 grams and be 45 mm long
    + Fetal heartbeats can be heard with stethoscope
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Nipples darken and enlarge
    + Abdomen continues to enlarge
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Add cottage cheese or hard boiled egg to food daily
    + Increase the amount of food in the extra meal
    + Bitch should start sleeping in whelping box
    TO DO LIST
    + Assemble whelping box
    + By this time you should be fairly sure that the bitch is pregnant. Notify the people on your puppy list. Let them know when you expect delivery.

    Week Seven (Days 43-49)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Growth and development continues
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Abdomen hair will start shedding
    + The bitch will start to look pregnant at this point
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Slightly increase both meals
    TO DO LIST
    + Stop any roughhousing or jumping
    + Radiographs (X-rays) possible to determine number and size of puppies

    Week Eight (Days 50-57)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Fetal movement can be detected when bitch is at rest
    + Puppies can safely be born from now on
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Milk may be squeezed from nipples
    + The bitch will be very large.
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Add moderate lunch
    TO DO LIST
    + Gather whelping kit (see below)
    + Prepare phone list for help/support. It should include your vet's phone number, the emergency clinic's phone number, the number of any friends who will be offering support during whelping, and anyone else you might need to contact before, during, or after whelping (like your office to let them know you won't be in!)
    + Make sure your car is gassed up and ready for a possible emergency trip to the vet's office.

    Week Nine (Days 58-65)
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES
    + Growth and Development continues
    CHANGES IN THE BITCH
    + Nesting behavior may be seen
    + Bitch may become distressed (panting, pacing, acting uncomfortable)
    + Temperature should be around 100.2-100.8 degrees Farenheit
    + When temperature drops to around 98-99.4 degrees Farenheit, puppies should be born within 24 hours
    + Appetite may disappear as whelping approaches
    CARE OF THE BITCH
    + Start taking temperature three times a day
    TO DO LIST
    + Notify vet or emergency clinic when temperature drops so that they will be ready if you have any problems
    + Keep detailed records on temperature and behavior of bitch
    + Double check that whelping supplies are ready

    Post Partum
    * Make sure each puppy gets some of the bitch's colostrum (first milk) within first 24 hours.
    * Lochia (vaginal discharge) should be reddish to reddish-brown (green is okay on first day). If you see black discharge, contact your vet immediately!
    * Within 5-6 hours of last puppy's birth, take bitch and puppies to vet for check up. The vet will ensure that the bitch hasn't retained any puppies or placentas and that the puppies are in good health. You especially want to check for cleft palates as these puppies probably won't survive and should be euthanized now.
    Patty Lemke
    www.countrysidebreeders.com
    Breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers

    *Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies.*


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    Thanks for posting all this information Patty!
    It's very enlightening and I'm sure it will help a lot of people!

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    Thanks Brooke! I hope it does help a lot of people. On another note, it's simply amazing how many changes both the dam and the pups go through in just 9 short weeks! A person doesn't realize the importance of quality health for the mom until they see what all occurs. It's just a matter of letting 2 dogs breed and then wait for pups to come. As you, and other breeders know, there is a lot of time and energy involved in raising litters. But if done right, it is SO worth it...not monetary wise, but emotionally.
    Patty Lemke
    www.countrysidebreeders.com
    Breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers

    *Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies.*


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    I agree with you completely! A lot of people don't realize what's involved in breeding; it's very tiring and time consuming job and certainly not an easy task or a quick way to earn money! I wish more people would research it extensively first and talk to as many breeders as possible etc because it really isn't the simple job it's quite often made out to be. I'm sure these articles you've posted will be a big help to many people! I know I couldn't have bred Lilly without researching and speaking to many breeders (including you) first. You've already helped so many people on here - and I'm very grateful for all the help and support you have offered me during last few months! And you're right about it be rewarding when done correctly too! Once I got over the first couple of weeks it has been a really enjoyable time - getting to watch the babies grow, thrive and develop their wonderful little personalities (not that it wasn't enjoyable in the first couple of weeks, just incredibly stressful! ). Even though you don't get much monetary reward you get the privilege of getting to help raise the little sweeties and you get rewarded by their love and the joy of their new owners etc!

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    can anyone tell me how long a dog gors on its second litter of pups? i think its 6 weeks my hubby thinks its 9 weeks can you settle this for us pls or is it somthing els thanks

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    Any gestation period for a dog is +/-63 days. It may be a bit longer for smaller litters (a day or 2) or shorter for larger litters.
    Patty Lemke
    www.countrysidebreeders.com
    Breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers

    *Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies.*


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    hi i new here my dog is 8weeks pregnant and she still dose not have any milk is there anyone that might have a simple answer thanks

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    i have breed before many times but this has never happened before

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    Quote Originally Posted by tant3 View Post
    hi i new here my dog is 8weeks pregnant and she still dose not have any milk is there anyone that might have a simple answer thanks
    A) This thread is from 2005, you should probably have started your own thread.

    B) I have a simple answer, but I guarantee you're not going to like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tant3 View Post
    i have breed before many times but this has never happened before
    Yikes.....

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