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Old 10-23-2011, 11:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Very good list of days pregnancy and symptoms...30 days is still early to "see" - I notice a thickening of hte waist first, nipples more prominant, female off feed - some 'morning sickness'....

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Old 10-24-2011, 12:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Usually, at least with my many years of breeding dogs, the bitches have a CLEAR sticky discharge that usually shows up around the 5 week mark. I have done lots of palpations, but it has to be between days 28-35 and alot of vets are not real good at it.
I always looked for the sticky discharge, even if I tried to convince myself that a girl was pregnant and the discharge just wasn't showing up, it always meant no pregnancy.
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I freaked out when I saw the "plug" the first time. But that was the only time I actually noticed it, my girls clean themselves up pretty good. I have stealth-pregnancies. And boisterous false pregnancies.

In a false pregnancy you can get all the signs and symptoms, weight gain, off feed/morning sickness, enlarged nipples, milk sometimes, nesting, and a big fat nothing in the whelping box.

It is wait and see. or get an ultrasound.
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Usually, at least with my many years of breeding dogs, the bitches have a CLEAR sticky discharge that usually shows up around the 5 week mark. I have done lots of palpations, but it has to be between days 28-35 and alot of vets are not real good at it.
I always looked for the sticky discharge, even if I tried to convince myself that a girl was pregnant and the discharge just wasn't showing up, it always meant no pregnancy.
Hmm - from Nipples???? I saw this with Csabre - who looks very preggers I did not ultrasound, but will x-ray for a head count as I like to know what to expect.

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Old 10-24-2011, 10:23 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Definitely an ultrasound further along in the pregnancy...if the breeder has bred the dog before, they may notice some signs. But these signs aren't always the same pregnancy to pregnancy (just ask how many women have had different problems/symptoms during their own pregnancies....).

Regarding "being ready." You bred the dog, so you need to act as though she's pregnant and be 100% prepared for a litter of puppies.
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For me the slime discharge (from the vulva, Lee, not the nipples ) has been my most reliable sign other than x-rays after 57 days. My females' vulva have stayed swollen after breeding instead of going back to normal if they were not bred. This can be another early sign if you know your female well.
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The still swollen vulva and later discharge are things we always look for too and those have been present every time one of our girls has been pregnant. But we also do an ultrasound to make sure, and get a count of the puppies.

If she's 30 days from breeding, it is the right time to do an ultrasound so if you want to know for sure I would schedule her for one.
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I am sorry, I did not specify. the clear sticky discharge is from the vulva, not the nipples.
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Csabre had a slight sticky substance from nipples if pressed last week - just a teeny tiny droplet...yes, vulva has definitely been enlarged since breeding - I noticed that a while ago....she has only had one litter 2+ years ago...so it has been a while.....

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After 30 days gestation, your vet can do a Relaxin level. This is a simple blood test that will tell you if she is pregnant. I do this with my pregnant females and then do an x-ray for a head count around day 58-60.
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