As exciting as a potential pregnancy is, it is important to remember that there are other conditions that can cause changes in appetite, weight gain, and a swollen abdomen. At the very end of the pregnancy, you might even be able to see or feel the puppies moving around inside the mother. Taking a home pregnancy test can confirm a pregnancy 9+ days post ovulation. It is preferable to wait until day 55. The temperature should be taken rectally for the most accurate reading. A dog's normal body temperature is between 38.5 and 39.5. Labor in a Pregnant Female Dog. The prospect of a new litter is exciting, but just like human pregnancies, dog pregnancies can be confusing and stressful. More info on feeding pregnant bitches here. Twenty-four hours before delivery, her temperature should drop below 100 degrees. You want your dog’s whelping to be as comfortable as possible and as hassle-free as possible for you. Knowing how long your dog is pregnant for will help you plan for things like veterinary checkups, emergencies, and most exciting, whelping. The normal temperature of a puppy at birth is 96-97°F. After conception the basal body temperature doesn’t drop until after delivery of the baby. Newspaper to line the whelping box during delivery for easy clean up, Non-skid bath mats for bedding after whelping is done, Thermometer to check your dog’s temperature before whelping, Unwaxed dental floss to tie off the umbilical cords, Clean scissors to cut the umbilical cords, A heating pad or hot water bottle to keep the puppies warm (be careful of it not being too hot), Iodine to clean the puppies’ abdomens after the cord is cut and dab on the end of the cut umbilical cord, Your veterinarian’s phone number and the number of a nearby emergency clinic. Temperature Drop. By my calculations, she needs to drop below 37.2C before it would signal labor to start in 24 hours. At that point, start taking her temperature every four hours. One of the first signs of impending labour is a drop in mum’s body temperature from 38.5°C to 37°C – labour usually begins around 12-24 hours after that. It is normal for dogs to deliver a dark green or bloody fluid after the first puppy, but if this happens before the first puppy, call your veterinarian. Her temperature may rise and fall during this time, but once her temperature falls below 99 degrees, she should go into labor in the next 24 hours. When your dog’s temperature falls below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, labor should begin within 24 hours. A retained placenta can cause problems for the mother, so observe her carefully, and while you are at it, keep an eye on the pups to make sure they are all breathing normally and nursing. Until that time her temperature should be normal. If your chart shows a temperature that goes in and out of the critical low temperature zone over a few days, that’s usually a warning sign that she is low in calcium. There are three stages of dog labor. Also have them on hand to give her during the whelping. There are other signs of dog pregnancy to look out for, as well, including: As the end of your dog’s pregnancy approaches, you will notice a significant enlargement of her breasts and nipples, and might even detect some milky fluid. This will provide you with an early warning of the birth. This article will help you understand more about basal temperature charting, detecting changes in your cervical mucous, and how to note them on your chart. Temperature drop to 98.4 Fahrenheit (or lower) from normal temperature of 100 to 103 Fahrenheit. The temp won’t necessarily stay down after the initial drop; it can come back up. To know when this happens, take your dog’s temperature twice a day with a rectal thermometer throughout her final week of pregnancy. How Long Does It Take for Dogs to Give Birth? Unlike humans, dogs generally give birth easily and do not require assistance. Unless you plan to have an experienced breeder on hand, you will need to be prepared to step in when necessary during the whelping process. Twelve hours before giving birth, it will drop below 99 degrees -- … (A pregnant woman's body temperature is often already elevated around 0.4 degrees above the normal 98.6.) Start taking the temperature at day 56 and check two times, in morning and evening. Starting on day 60 of your dog’s pregnancy, take her rectal temperature twice a day. At 8:00 a.m. the dam's temperature was 97° (12 hours from this time we should be having or just had puppies). Right before labor starts your dog’s temperature will drop to just below 100 degrees.