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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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I was wondering if dogs get morning sickness?

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I was wondering if dogs get morning sickness?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
While dogs don't get morning sickness the same way humans sometimes do, they often will have some changes resulting form the shift in hormones. They sill sometime not eat as much and as a result may have a little more bile which in some cases might cause them to vomit up some clear fluids or eat a little grass. But it wouldn't be morning sickness in the way we usually think of it.
One sign of pregnancy 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.
Now an ultrasound can be done after 23 days or so from breeding or potential mating. Basically no one can tell you if she is pregnant positively before that time. I usually will just start feeding a female puppy food just in case they mated so she doesn't suffer nutritionally if she is pregnant.
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