A blood test can be given to your dog to determine if she is pregnant 30 days after your dog has been bred.  By the 30th day you should start seeing signs of pregnancy.  These signs can be misleading because every dog that goes through a heat cycle will have a false pregnancy each time she goes into heat.  Dogs that go into heat act like they are pregnant for at least 1 month to 1 1/2 months.  In order to be sure that your dog is pregnant, take her to the vet after the 30th day and have a blood test done.

If you don’t take your dog in for a blood test, around the 50th – 55th day of gestation you can take your dog to the vet for x-rays.  The x-rays tell how many puppies she is going to have and what size the puppies are.

Other signs of pregnancy are decrease in appetite, swelling of the abdomen and a decrease in her activity level.  She may also be more needy and want to hang out with you more than usual and not want to leave your side.  She may also be more anxious.  As gestation progresses she will pant heavily because her stomach is big and swollen.  She will also pace a lot because she can’t get comfortable.

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