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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: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 8 years ago
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Are you referring to a pregnant dog ready to give birth?
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Customer reply replied 8 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
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 8 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?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
yes she is pregnant he confirmed that
Dog Veterinarian: CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist replied 8 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

I hope you find this information helpful!

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