There are some tell-tale signs of pregnancy:
- Nesting behaviour â€“ if your dog attempts to make herself a nest of some kind, either with blankets or tearing up paper.
- Mothering behaviour â€“ your dog may start to â€˜motherâ€™ articles around the home, such as shoes, toys etc.
- Weight gain â€“ this is usually noticeable after the 4th week of pregnancy.
- Abdominal enlargement or swelling.
- Mammary gland (breast) enlargement.
- Abnormal behaviour â€“ if your dog appears to be extremely slow and sleepy, has a fluid discharge and does not seem interested in food anymore â€“ in these circumstances it is advisable to call your vet as soon as possible.
- False pregnancies, commonly known as â€˜phantom pregnanciesâ€™, can often be the cause in some animals of the behaviour listed above. These normally occur 4-6 weeks after the animal has been in season. It is normal physiological behaviour and your vet will be able to advise you on the best way to manage â€˜phantom pregnanciesâ€™ in your pet.