Dogs breed and there is a tie. Then wait 57
to 65 days.
The sperm and the eggs can live a few days.
It can take a couple days for the sperm to reach the eggs. When it
does fertilization takes place. All the eggs get fertilized the same
time, regardless of the time of each tie.
Once fertilized eggs will travel to the uterus and implant.
Behavioral changes can take place. Your dog may become moody or
With the embryos implanted the eggs begin to grow and develop.
Your girl may begin to display breast development and mood
Palpitation can detect Fetuses horns around day 28 with an
To protect the fetuses the uterus fills with fluid, and the
palpitation can no longer be felt.
Offer your girl a little more food, as she could be hungrier.
Facial features and spines are starting to develop in the pups.
Your girls belly can look more swollen.
Serve smaller meals more often rather than big meals.
The sex organs begin to develop.
They start to look like puppies as the legs grow, and feet
Your girl could start to be less comfortable, and could vomit on
There may be some clear fluid discharge from the vulva. This is
Pigment develops as the pups keep growing.
Eyes and lids have formed and remain closed till 2 weeks after
Teats are bigger, and could contain colostrum.
Your girl could tire more easily, and look for a nesting box. Set
up the whelp box.
The pups are developed well, and are growing daily. You may be
able to detect movement of the pups.
Your girl could begin to dig in her whelp box and rearrange her
bedding. This is called nesting and is normal.
Offer your girl as much as she will eat several times a day
rather than one huge meal.
Pups have fur and are more active in their crowded space. They
move to get into position for birth.
Week Eight to Nine
Puppies are ready to be born, you may not notice as much
Your dam, may appear restless, and will be uncomfortable, and
stretch out a lot.
Start taking rectal temperatures. Normal is 99.5 to 101. A drop
to 97 - 98 on two readings an hour apart will mean the start of pre-labour.