For how long is a dog pregnant?
The duration of pregnancy from conception to birth is called gestation. The length of gestation in dogs is normally 61 to 63 days.
While most dogs will have an uneventful pregnancy, sometimes problems occur that may necessitate early birth or a veterinarian-assisted birth (such as a caesarian section). For instance, toy breeds that are bred with larger dogs may have puppies that are too big to pass through the mother’s birth canal; bulldogs may have complications because they have large heads relative to the size of the birth canal; and death of one or more fetuses can cause complications warranting early removal of the puppies.
If your dog is pregnant, or if you’re planning to breed her, be sure to talk with your veterinarian so you know what to expect and what changes you may need to make in your dog’s care and feeding.
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