As with the first week, it is still too early to pick out any physical changes in your pregnant dog so you might not be able to tell.
However, there are microscopic changes to the fertilized zygote that start at about the 8th day all the way to the 12th – 14th day after conception.
It is during this period that the zygotes start to divide repeatedly forming the blastocyst stage of the pregnancy. In simple terms, the fertilized egg goes from being a single cell into a ball of multiple cells getting closer and closer to a recognizable animal form.
For the most part, this week will go without many incidences in terms of physical or behavioral changes. As a result you may not even notice they are pregnant. However, most dog parents usually take their dogs in for tests at around this time if they were monitoring mating as this falls at around 2 weeks after mating occurs.
As with the first week’s care, your only job here is to keep the dog comfortable. This means feeding them well and engaging them in physically and mentally stimulating activities.
Grooming and physical contact has also been shown to help calm them down in the event that they develop unrest and other similar behavioral symptoms.
You could also get the dog started on prenatal supplements in which case we recommend Revival Animal Health Breeders’ Edge Oxy Mate Prenatal Supplements that are ideal for large and medium dogs. They come as soft chews and contain iron, folic acid, and zinc.