Not every dog owner gets their mutt neutered, running the risk of it getting pregnant while out and about. However, you may be intending to have your bitch produce a litter. Either way, it is important to know the signs for when your dog is expecting.

There are a range of things that owners must look out for, but some of these are not clear until the bitch is well into her pregnancy, which typically last 61 to 65 days. If you are not sure, it is best to get a vet to check.

A number of signs tend to arise around one month after mating. For example, she may get a slight mucoid vulval discharge and her nipples will be more prominent, erect and with a pinker hue due to the increase in blood around the teats. There will also be a clear increase to the dog’s bodyweight around day 35, eventually causing her mass to increase 50 per cent.

At approximately day 40 the abdomen will become enlarged and a serous fluid will begin to excrete from her teats.

Her behaviour is also liable to change, showing signs of depression and having less of an appetite for food. Although this may be completely normal for a pregnancy, it can indicate a sign of a problem, so it is advisable to consult your vet if these conducts arise. Appetite should also increase in the second half of pregnancy, so if it does not then there may be a reason to be concerned.

As the bitch gets closer to her due date, the nesting instincts should begin to show, which is usually scratching on the floor or her bed and being restless.

Although many of these signs should show early, you should know that your dog is pregnant after around one month.

Written by: Hannah