Belly Measuring to determine
There are several different ways
to determine if a female dog is pregnant. You can do a Relaxin
pregnancy test. You can also do an Ultrasound. I measure.
It saves me $60 in vet bills and is pretty accurate if done correctly.
I take the first measurement when she is
First you need a tape measure. Then
have your dog standing and find the last rib.
|If she has boobage, like Stevie
here, you gather up the excess with the tape measure and then
take a reading. Record it so you can go back later to see
if she has gained inches around her waist.
I measure again at 3 weeks. On a virgin
female, you may see a bit of a gain by then. It is important
not to change the female's food intake or type of food when you
begin measuring. By increasing the food, the measuring could
give you a false reading.
I then measure again at 4 weeks and make note
of any gain. Do not panic if there isn't a gain at 4 weeks.
Some females don't begin to show this early.
We measure again at 5 weeks. While its still
not panic time if you don't detect a gain, generally by now there
is a small gain around the waist.
40 days is the make or break time. If your
female hasn't gained anything by 40 days, its a pretty good indication
that there aren't any puppies in there.
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