Pregnancy Calendar for Dogs


March 31 2014


Ch. Merry Go Round Mach Ten


Ch. Handsome Friends Adamas Koh I Noor


M & L Gootjes

Mon 31 Mar 2014

  • First day of mating.

  • 48 hours after the first mating the bitch should be mated again. Subsequent matings occurring over a period of time enhance the chances of fertilaziton taking place.

  • The spermatozoa migrate up through the cervix.

Tue 1 Apr 2014

  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.

Tue 1 Apr 2014 -
Wed 2 Apr 2014

  • Spermatozoa reach the eggs in the oviducts.

Wed 2 Apr 2014 -
Thu 3 Apr 2014

  • Fertilisation occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.

Thu 3 Apr 2014 -
Sat 5 Apr 2014

  • Fertilised eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.

  • The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.

  • During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocystes.

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -
Sun 13 Apr 2014

  • The blastocystes implant in the wall of the uterus.

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -
Fri 25 Apr 2014

  • The blastocystes will grow into an embryos.

  • During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.

Mon 14 Apr 2014 -
Mon 21 Apr 2014

  • Dams nipples begin to pink enlarge.

  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.

Sun 20 Apr 2014 -
Sun 27 Apr 2014

  • Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may be off her feed for a while and vomit from time to time.

  • Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.

  • Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.

Fri 25 Apr 2014 -
Tue 29 Apr 2014

  • An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.

  • It's now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.

Mon 28 Apr 2014

  • Start to increase the dams food ration.

  • Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.

  • The foetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.

Sun 4 May 2014

  • The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.

Wed 14 May 2014

  • It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.

Sat 17 May 2014 -
Sun 25 May 2014

  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.

  • Her breasts become even more swollen.

  • She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.

Mon 19 May 2014

  • The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.

  • It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.

  • You can easily detect abdominal movement now.

Mon 19 May 2014 -
Tue 3 Jun 2014

  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.

Thu 29 May 2014 -
Sun 1 Jun 2014

  • Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.

Fri 30 May 2014

  • You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.

Mon 2 Jun 2014

  • Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.

  • Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.

Tue 3 Jun 2014

  • Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.