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how can i tell my rottweiler is 3 weeks pregnant

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how can i tell my rottweiler is 3 weeks pregnant?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Hi bb 4bb,

That is an excellent question.

In general I would say there are 3 ways that we can test if a dog is pregnant.

1) X-rays - usually not useful until at least day 43 of pregnancy due to the need for the fetal skeletons to be calcified to see on x-ray

2) Ultrasound - with this test, an experienced ultrasonographer can tell quite early if there is a fetus present - even looking at the heartbeat.

3) The final way is a bloodtest, known as the relaxin test (Rapid immunomigration test for detection of the hormone relaxin in canine blood). This is a blood test that can be used as early as day 22. This is not an at-home kit as it needs a blood sample not urine.

I hope this information guides and helps you.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
i have appointment for xray but was wondering if i could tell someway myself?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Hi bb 4bb,

Unfortunately, there is not a 100% effective way to tell at home, with 3 weeks also being early in the pregnancy making diagnosis difficult.

Signs that may give you a hint that there is something going on...
- Increased appetite
- Belly is getting bigger
- Nipple or mammary gland development
- More frequent urination
- Nesting behavior

But unfortunately, there is no urine test you can purchase over the counter or completely reliable sign to look for at home.

I hope this information guides and helps you.
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Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
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