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If my female dog was in heat an she got stuck with a male ...

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If my female dog was in heat an she got stuck with a male this is her 3rd heat they only got stuck once is she pregnant?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Minnie,

Pregnancy in dogs is difficult to determine in the early stages. Dogs have a heat cycle during which she ovulates and "ties" with a male in order to become pregnant. If you witnessed a tie, most likely she is pregnant. One sign is a vulva that does not completely shrink down--it stays soft and a bit more swollen than what is normally seen after a heat cycle. You may also begin to see a discharge that is sticky and dries quickly on the hair around the vulva. Around week four of the pregnancy you might notice a thickening and the start of weight gain and some swelling of the breasts.

Your Vet has a few different ways to determine if your dog is pregnant. They can run a blood test to confirm pregnancy based on hormonal levels. You can read about this test here:

They can also gently palpate the abdomen at about a month after breeding to feel for puppy bumps. They can perform an x-ray during the final week of pregnancy (8th week) and look for puppy skeletons. This method can give you a good idea of how many puppies your dog may have. Ultrasound may also be available at your vet and can help determine pregnancy in a dog. Once a dog reaches the 8th week of pregnancy, you can frequently feel the puppies moving around inside of mom. I find it best to have the dog on their side and feel between the rib cage and hindquarters above the breast area.

Puppies are born approximately 57 to 64 days after breeding with the average being 63 days depending on when ovulation occurred.

False pregnancy does occur in dogs and the symptoms are the same as if they were indeed pregnant. If in the fifth week following mating your dog is experiencing these symptoms, she may be pregnant and should be fed a high quality puppy food. I feed any female that has mated a high quality puppy food until it is determined they did not conceive.

I know you were looking for a sure-fire answer but it really is difficult. Hope this helps.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
This was her first time getting stuck with a male dog we witness it they were stuck for about 15 minutes this was her 3rd heat cycle
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Relist: I still need help.
I want to know if my dog is pregnant i witnessed her get stuck with a male dog for 15 minutes about an she was in heat an it was her 3rd heat cycle
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

There is no way for anyone (including a vet) to know for sure if your dog got pregnant until a month after mating. Then a bloodtest, ultrasound or palpatation would need to be done by your vet to determine positively. The only way you could tell would be to wait until the 8th week and feel for puppies moving around. Females will exhibit the same symptoms with a false pregnancy as they will with a real pregnancy.

However, if you witnessed a tie (stuck together) then it is likely she became pregnant even if it was only one time that the two dogs mated.