How To Estimate Your Dog's Due Date?
Childbearing and delivery is a huge deal, be it humans or your very own pet. Calculating their due date, caring during the process, caring post delivery and being prepared for the delivery are all very interesting and beautiful. This article will help you do just that - to estimate delivery date and preparation tips.
How to estimate due date?
- As a general rule, the normal gestation period of a female dog will vary anywhere between 58 to 68 days from the first day of their mating, with 63 being the average number of days, which is roughly around two months.
- Alternatively, to ease your job, you can simply estimate the due date by using a canine due date calculator. You will need to input the date of the first mating and in return, you will get the expected dates as the output. These calculators are very useful and will provide you with a detailed week-by-week expectation chart based on the due date calculation.
- However, if you are not sure when your dog got pregnant, you can always consult your veterinary doctor for medical assistance.
How to be prepared?
Several things can be done prior to your pet's delivery. A few of them are:
- Pay heed to whelping - Whelping is an indication that the delivery date is fast approaching.
- Measure morning temperatures - Normally rectal temperatures vary between 101 and 102 degrees. However, if the temperature goes below 100 degrees, then you can be sure that delivery can occur within the next 24 hours.
- Check mood and belly changes - Belly dropping, being restless, moody, and clingy or lack of appetite before whelping are all signs of the labor commencement.
- Routine check-ups - Regular veterinary appointments, abdomen scans, vaccinations and a nutritional diet should be followed as a part of pregnancy care.
In case of any medical attention, do not hesitate to take the little one to a veterinary doctor.