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What is a early sign to tell if your dog is pregnant

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What is a early sign to tell if your dog is pregnant
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. In the first few weeks there may be no indication that she's pregnant. An increase in appetite and slight weight gain are likely. Dogs don't display morning sickness.
It's best to have your dog see her vet for a prenatal checkup 2 or 3 weeks after she's been bred. Ideally, a thorough physical exam including testing for Brucellosis should precede breeding. Diet should remain unaltered; supplementation isn't necessary and only imbalances a balanced high-quality diet. Allow free-feeding at this time. Worm her with an over the counter product containing either pyrantel pamoate or fenbendazole.
Ultrasound can detect feti as early as 3 weeks post-breeding. If the ultrasound is equivocal, serum relaxin level can be assessed. When elevated, relaxin indicates pregnancy. Between 21-35 days, abdominal palpation by her vet can detect individual feti.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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