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
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
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)..
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
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