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what do I do if I don't know when my dog bred but she is showing obvious signs of pregnancy
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

You can see the vet for an x-ray (not very expensive) to see how big the puppies are and to find out how many she is having. An ultrasound will do the same thing but it is much more expensive.

Your vet can also tell you a lot with just a physical exam. They will palpate the abdomen and look for lumps that feel like puppies that may even be moving if your dog is far enough along.

The best way to determine the delivery date is to take the dog's temperature. When the temp drops below 100 degrees, you can expect puppies within 24 hours.

Let me know if you have more questions about this.

Expert:  kittylatte replied 11 years ago.
You could take her to the vet and have her ultrasounded. That should be able to tell you about how many puppies there are and when to expect them. Vet may also be able to tell by just the phyical exam. If you know the dates she was in heat, you should be able to come close to expected delivery day with your vets help.
Hope this helps
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Viv Graves's Post: this was just no help at all If I had the money I would have already taken her to the vet thanks for nothing
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

Do you have another specific question about this?

If so, I would be happy to answer them.

You MIGHT be able to tell if your dog is pregnant by feeling the abdomen yourself. You should also look at her physical appearance. Her sides might get thicker. Her breasts might drop or fill with milk.

If you suspect that she is due soon, you can take her temp. If it's below 100 degrees, you can expect puppies right away.

Does this help more?

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

Yes. It matters. If the father is much larger than her, she might have difficulty during the delivery or need an emergency c-section.

Keep in mind, also, that you can still spay her up to 40 days gestation and this will abort the litter and prevent litters in the future. If the father is much larger than her, this might be better for her health.

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