Tango's Pregnancy Calendar

Tango came into season on the 17th February 2008. She was mated with Archie on the 25th February. The next stages are:-

Day1 Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7 Wk8 Wk9 Whelp Day!

Day 1 - Mon 25 Feb

First day of mating.
Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs. top

Week 1 - Tue 26 Feb - Mon 3 Mar

Fertilization occurs.
2 cell embryos are in the oviduct. top

Week 2 - Tue 4 Mar - Mon 10 Mar

Embryo will be 4 cell at start of week and 64 cell by end of week.
Embryo enters the uterus.
Feeding small amounts of high protein supplements, such as eggs, lean muscle meats (not pork) or liver is a good practice. top

Week 3 - Tue 11 - Mon 17 March

Embryos implants along uterus wall.
During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
Her nipples begin to turn pink and enlarge.
She may loose appetite during this week.
Morning sickness may occur. She may also stretch a lot due to movement in her abdomen. top

Week 4 - Tue 18 Mar - Sun 23 Mar

Morning sickness should go away and appetite return.
One of the early signs of pregnancy is for the dam to 'adopt' a toy.
Development of eyes and spinal cord and faces take shape.
The fur on the belly and around the nipples thins. top

Week 5 - Mon 24 Mar -Sun 30 Mar

The doctor may be able to detect pregnancy (85% accuracy) by feeling the abdomen. Diagnosis by x-rays is usually possible after 45 days (95% accuracy for determining the number of puppies).
You may be able to feel the little puppies -they whould be the small bumps in the abdomen.
Develpment of toes, whisker buds, and claws.
Eyes now close and gender can be determined.
The puppies are now considered fully developed miniature dogs.
She may be showing. She may also gain a little weight particularly if she is going to birth more than 1-2 puppies. top

Week 6 - Mon 31 Mar -Sun 6 Apr

During the last several weeks, her nutritional needs nearly double. Feed small meals several times a day.
We recommend feeding puppy food through the end of lactation (nursing)..
Increase water.
Enlargment of mammary glands as nipples darken and enlarge. top

Week 7 - Mon 7 Apr -Sun 13 Apr

She may shred papers, blankets or bedding in an attempt at “nest building” in the last weeks.
During the last 2 weeks, she may become irritable and should avoid contact with small children.
Moderate exercise is the proper approach. Neither forced rest nor strenuous exercise is a good idea. Short periods of gentle play and short walks are good..
You may feel the puppies now but counting them may be a bit more difficult.
Definate abdominal enlargement.
Abdomen hair will start shedding. top

Week 8 - Mon 14 Apr - Sun 20 Apr

Dam begins to spend a lot more time grooming herself.
Her breasts become swollen as her milk forms.
Nesting begins as she looks for a place to have her puppies... Make sure you have her box or spot ready..
The dam may not have as big an appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
You can feel the puppies move now.
See if you can get her used to her whelping box top

Week 9 - Mon 21 Apr - Mon 28 Apr

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.
She may express milk from her nipples.
Watch for her temperature to drop. You may take it rectally if you want but she's just plain old cool to the touch compared to what she has been the last 8 weeks.
She may also become restless, seek seclusion and in the last few days, soil the house.
She will be 'nesting' 12-24 hours before the birth top

Tue 29 Apr Expected Date of Whelp.

Expected date of whelp. Average is 62 days but may take place from the 58th to the 68th day.
Keep watching for that cool to the touch.. if you're actually taking the temp, it does drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
Appetite will disappear as whelping approaches.
May see a clear discharge from the vulva.
At onset of labour may pace, dig, shiver, pant and/or vomit.
First fetus will be delivered within 4 hours of the onset of labour. top


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