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We adopted a shelter dog 29 days ago; suspecting heat the vet delayed the spay. I was heading back to the vet on Tuesday, suspecting pregancy, but now we have been feeling puppy movement since Friday (third day today). We'll see the vet on Tuesday, I am doing my best to get ready for labor and delivery, she's napping in the whelping box, and have been educating myself as much as possible (never done this before!). She's been so very tired, I'm wondering if the puppies may be coming soon.
My question today is, is it okay to leave her for 4 hours tomorrow if she's not exhibiting any signs of labor when I leave? Or should I kennel her at the vet for the morning?
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I personally wouldn't feel comfortable leaving her, espeically if she is big and ready to whelp. Do you know when she could have gotten pregnant? (Before you adopted her, or after?) The gestation period for a dog is roughly 63 days.

The most relieable indicator that a bitch is going to whelp is her temperature. A bitch who is going to whelp soon's core temperature drops below 100 degrees.

If it was my dog I would board her at the vet's or just not go to work. LOL :)
 

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Definitely she was already pregnant when we got her! I tried taking the temp and she was having none of that, so I wasn't sure it was worth putting more stress on her. Maybe I'll try again, but that really wasn't going well!
 

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If you JUST started feeling puppy movement, I would suspect that she has some time to go. I picked up a pregnant stray cat once, and I could feel the kittens moving for at least 2 weeks before she gave birth. But I've never had puppies, so maybe dogs are different.....
 

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Normal dog pregnancy is 63 days, what you need to do, if you're going to continue the pregnancy (you could have her spayed and abort the pregnancy, the pups are not yet viable outside the womb) is to take her to the vet and get an Xray to determine a possible due date. At that time you can discuss options as far as possible boarding arraingments or possibly, if you're in good with the staff there, you may be able to talk one of the assistants into helping you whelp. Honestly, it sounds like you still have around 31/2 weeks.

Right about now is when I'd put Mom on a high quality Puppy food for the extra calories and nutritional concerns. I highly reccomend something by either Solid Gold or Eagle Pack. Get a food that is apropraite for her breed (smaller breed dogs have a higher protien content than large and giant breeds)

Here are some good sites to help you get prepared as far as what you'll need.

Good basic info

http://www.guideofdogs.com/html/dog_gestation_period.html
http://www.guideofdogs.com/html/dog_delivery__dog_birth__puppy.html
http://www.guideofdogs.com/html/the_newly_born_puppy_dog.html


More detailed info
http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/breeding.html
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_giving_birth_to_puppies.html
 

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Thanks for the replies and, cshellenberger, for the links, . It's good to hear that movement might be felt early, I had read that was usually not until week 8. We're on our way to the vet tomorrow.
 
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