The average length of the gestation period for dogs is between 60 to 64 days, or roughly 9 weeks. However, as with humans, the length of the gestation period varies slightly depending on the female. The duration also varies between breeds.Continue Reading
When a female dog enters the early stages of her pregnancy, she is often much less interested in food and less willing to engage in physical activity. She may also exhibit behavioral abnormalities, such as increased displays of affection or an uncharacteristic desire for solitude. This is because she is undergoing hormonal changes similar to those experienced by a pregnant woman. After the initial weeks of gestation, her appetite should return to normal. There is noticeable weight gain and her abdomen becomes very firm after the fifth week. If she is carrying a very small litter, however, she may not be noticeably larger until her delivery date is almost upon her.
A female dog's nutritional requirements almost double as she nears the end of her pregnancy, and she should be fed a series of light meals throughout the day as opposed to large meals twice a day. She should have unlimited access to fresh water, as she also drinks more than usual.Learn more about Veterinary Health
Puppies should get their first combination vaccine shows when they are between six and seven weeks old. These shots include vaccines for distemper, hepatitis, coronavirus, parainfluenze and paraovirus.Full Answer >
Nursing puppies receive complete nutrition from their mothers' milk and should continue to nurse until they are at least four weeks old. At four weeks of age, dogs can begin to eat a high-quality kibble designed for puppies to ensure proper nutrition. It should be offered several times a day, and softened with warm water and a milk replacement, blended to prevent choking or damage to the puppy's teeth. Puppies can be transitioned to dry kibble at about eight weeks old.Full Answer >
A puppy receives a 7 in 1 shot at 6 weeks of age. The vaccination is a two-step process, with the second vaccination occurring at 9 weeks. A yearly re-vaccination is recommended.Full Answer >
Puppies should have the five-way or combination vaccine at ages 6 and 9 weeks. This vaccine protects puppies from adenovirus cough, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus and distemper, according to Pet Education. Puppies at high risk for exposure to parvovirus should get the parvovirus vaccine at 5 weeks of age.Full Answer >