An almost similar question to “how long are dogs pregnant” is “how can I tell if my dogs are pregnant.” Generally you can tell if a dog is pregnant at home without necessarily taking a trip to the vet every other day. Below are a few tips on how you do it.
First thing to have in mind during the early days of a dog’s pregnancy is that there will barely be any visible outward sign. Most people wonder if you can tell a dog is pregnant after 2 weeks.
Well, all the possible signs of pregnancy around this first 2 weeks are subtle and basically just hunches and educated inferences. For instance there may be some weight gain or slight appetite loss, all of which can be as a result of other causes.
Later, however, after about three or four weeks have passed, you start to see palpable symptoms such as morning sickness, loss of appetite and lethargy. And of course these aren’t completely definitive either, but are a lot more reliable, especially under the right conditions.
There may be some vomiting during this period.
Lastly, It is not advisable to perform a physical examination of your dog’s belly on your own. Only a trained vet should do this, as it could cause unintended harm to the foetus.
Around the very end of the third trimester, at the 40th day, more definitive symptoms start to show. Among these darker, enlarged nipples, fluid discharge from nipples and/or vagina, and sometimes you notice visible wobbling of the belly.
It is also not uncommon to feel puppies moving inside a pregnant dog’s belly at about 50 days in.
Another common question is whether or not you can buy a pregnancy test for your dog. While the answer to this question is yes, it is also quite costly and should not be administered until 3 weeks into the pregnancy to get an accurate result.