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How do you know if your dog is dilated

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How do you know if your dog is dilated?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Are you referring to a pregnant dog ready to give birth?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
well i dont know i took her to the vet and he said she was dilated but that was almost a week ago
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
I do not understand...

Are you talking about a dilated cervix? Is your dog pregnant?

Or are you talking about another part of the body, such as the pupil of the eye being dilated?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes she is pregnant he confirmed that
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Ok - now I am with you...

Just like people, without a vaginal examination, there is no way to look for dilation.

With that said, here is some information for you to help with knowing when she may give birth.

Typically a dog pregnancy is 63 days - so around this time you should pay careful attention to her signs.

Secondly, when the due date is approaching, you can take her rectal temperature. A dogs normal temperature is 100-102.5 degrees. When the temperature drops below 100 degrees, you can likely expect labor within 24-48 hours.

Finally, when it is getting very close, your dog may appear restless, pant, pace around the room, and even shake

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