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How can I tell if my Rottweiler is pregnant Her nipples are

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How can I tell if my Rottweiler is pregnant? Her nipples are very large and a bit swollen.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Sandy replied 7 years ago.
The gestation period is 63 days. If she was in heat and bred, it is likely she is pregnant.
X-rays can tell 45 days after breeding, and there is a blood test for the hormone "Relaxin" that can be done around 35 days post breeding.

Bitches can have a false preganacy too. It can look just like a true pregnancy, but no pups.

If she begins to dring a lot of water, but not eat and seem lethargic or sick, get to a vet right away. A serious, life threatening condition called "pyometra" can develop if she is not pregnant and the only cure is an emergency hysterectomy.

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Edited by Dr. Sandy on 9/25/2009 at 5:52 AM EST