Dog Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Care


The average dog pregnancy lasts for 63 days. During this time, your dog will need a special diet and plenty of rest.


Labor in dogs can last anywhere from a few hours to a day. Your dog will need a quiet, comfortable place to give birth.


Your dog will usually deliver her puppies one at a time. She may tear or bleed during delivery, so it is important to be prepared.


Newborn puppies are blind, deaf, and helpless. They will need to be kept warm and fed frequently.

Postpartum Care

Your dog will need plenty of rest and a nutritious diet after giving birth. She may also experience some bleeding or discharge.

Vet Visits

It is important to take your dog to the vet for regular checkups during pregnancy and after birth.

Signs of Trouble

Be aware of the signs of trouble during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum, such as bleeding, lethargy, or lack of appetite.

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