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Pregnant chihuahua stages pictures?

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There are risks inherent to every pregnancy, including those experienced by our furry canine friends. Those are compounded in tiny dogs, with breeds like the Chihuahua having unique complications that you must watch out for.

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Here is some basic information about what you can expect when your Chihuahua is expecting.

A Chihuahua will typically go from fertilization to giving birth in 63 days, give or take a few days in either direction. Signs that a Chihuahua is pregnant include a reduction in her energy level, an enlarged stomach that is hard to the touch, visibly larger nipples, and more frequent cleaning than normal.

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The nine week pregnancy should go along these lines.

  1. 1
    Week 1:
    This will be when the Chihuahua becomes pregnant. There will not be much to see, but it's important to avoid giving your dog flea or worm treatments.
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  2. 2
    Week 2:
    This is the point at which the proto-embryos will migrate to the uterus. Continue taking care of your dog as normal.
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  3. 3
    Week 3:
    This is when the embryos begin to develop a bit more. You should start keeping an eye out for your pet's appetite and activity level to begin to change some. Continue taking care of your dog as normal, but accommodate any changes you notice.
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  4. 4
    Week 4:
    You should cease engaging in any strenuous play with your dog, and take it easy with whatever exercise your dog does get. The foetuses will begin to grow and develop facial and spinal features at this point, and it's normal to start noticing teat swelling and vaginal discharge at this point.
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    Week 5:
    The foetuses will begin to take on many more features at this point, including sexual organs and digits. Your dog will likely begin to get much heavier at this point. This is typically the point at which an ultrasound is performed. This will allow you to get an idea of how many pups to expect, as well as if there are any complications. You should start throwing puppy food into your dog's meal rotation.
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    Week 6:
    There will normally be a darkening of your dog's nipples at this point. Your dog's weight will likely increase nearly daily, and you will want to begin thinking of and preparing a safe location for your dog to give birth. Choose a place that will help your dog stay comfortable. You should also be sure the dog is getting enough food, and you can talk to a vet about getting a multivitamin in the mix as well.
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    Week 7:
    It's normal to see your dog's stomach begin to shed fur. This is typical of pregnancy, and nothing to worry about. You should cease feeding your dog puppy food at this point.
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  8. 8
    Week 8:
    Almost there! You may see the unborn puppies wriggling inside your dog's stomach. She may also appear to nest more regularly, and will begin producing colostrum, and then milk.
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    Week 9:
    You can get an idea of when your dog will give birth by rectally measuring body temperature. It's important to have at least two people on hand to assist with the birth. Obviously, trained professionals will be ideal.
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Because of their small size, Chihuahuas should be monitored closely for any health issues throughout the pregnancy. Regular visits to the vet would be advised.

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The dog will present symptoms almost like humans do when they are pregnant.

  • Upset stomach can occur and she may refuse to eat or drink
  • Rigid stomach
  • Lethargy
  • Pronounced nipples

About two weeks after conception her stomach will become largely swollen.

I am unsure of what stage my chihuahua is in her pregnancy?

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She has a very big belly. I can see the babies moving but still am unsure she had a mucus discharge about 3 days ago but has not delivered. I have tried: Checking her temp but it is still in a normal range. I think it was caused by: Pregnancy.

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From the information you have provided here it seems like your chihuahua might be in week eight of her pregnancy, which is the week where you will see the unborn puppies wriggling around in her stomach. This means she still has about a week left before she actually gives birth to them. As you are uncertain as to whether or not she has had the mucus discharge, you might want to take her to the vet if the birth does not take place and see why her pregnancy is so overdue.

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My 1 year old chihuahua got caught, so now shes pregnant?

How can I help her to keep her bones strong enough when it comes to delivery? I was told that she could die because of being so young and her bones are very fragile at this age?

Most chihuahua breeds require a c-section around the time a natural whelping would occur. Seek a veterinarian to get more information. If you plan on a home birth, you can use a fast acting calcium like Oral Cal Plus during the delivery process. Do not give calcium before she whelps because it can harm the whelping process.

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The above questions are from the following wiki...
Prepare for Your Dog's Whelping

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Do I need to worm my Chihuahua, she is 6 weeks and one day?

I was told not to worm her, if I wormed her just before she was mated

There is no need to de worm you chihuahua now because it is advised to do this process after whelping for both her and the puppies.

At what week of gestation you can see the puppies moving?

At what week of gestation you can see the puppies moving?

Between 6 and 8 weeks is the most common time that pups can be felt moving.

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What's the easiest way to know for sure your dog is pregnant without going to the vet?

She had a false pregnancy before but this time she mated all night long lol. I have tried: Just been watching her very closely. I think it was caused by: Nothing

The signs are posted above in this article. One of the first immediate signs can be lethargy.

Can a small chihuahua die if its around a boy snouzer? what is the chihuahua is too small?

My dog which is a chihuahua is going through her period and I have another boy dog which is a schnauzer and he is bigger than the chihuahua what if they get together ? if my chihuahua has babies with a different bigger breed can she die? because my boy dog is too big so if my small chihuahua has large babies then she dies? I guess that is what happens .. I have tried: Separating them, putting one in the backyard and the other one in the garage in the cage .. I think it was caused by: My chihuahua is on her period !

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Chizer is a designer breed of chihuahua and miniature schnauzer so mating is possible. However chihuahua to chihuahua are risky and can be difficult so if she does get pregnant you should seek a veterinarian opinion.

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MY CHIHUAHUA IS NOT EATING HER FOOD.. SHE IS 8 WEEKS PREGNANT?

WHAT SHOULD I DO? MY CHIHUAHUA IS NOT EATING HER FOOD.. SHE IS 8 WEEKS PREGNANT.. I have tried: NOTHING. I think it was caused by: I DON'T KNOW

Try canned food and if that fails offer her some hamburger and rice. If she does not eat for more than 48 hours you will need to bring her to the veterinarian. It is not unusual for a pregnant dog to have a lack of appetite.

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Early 3rd heat of 17month old female chihuahua?

I have 1 male and 2 female chihuahuas. 14months old female is in 2nd heat for 4 days , and today I noticed other female 17months old started bleeding with other symptoms of 3rd heat, but early as 4months after 2nd heat. Is it normal and can be caused by other female Pheromones?. I have tried: Nothing yet. I think it was caused by: Pheromones of other female + summer came early

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How many inches big will my shih-tzu pups be inside the mother she is 7 weeks pregnant?

Puppy size of them in inches in the mother

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What do I need to do to get my chiuahawa to nest in the bed I have made for her?

I have a huge dog kennel that my little dog and big dog share and she is nesting in the huge dog kennel instead of the separate place I have made for her and the puppies to separate her and babies from big dog

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Can you tell how many pups your dog will have by how many teats are enlarged?

Can you tell how many pups your dog will have by how many teats are enlarged. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: No problem

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My chihahuha I think is prego she is attached to me more then ever her belly is getting bigger and bigger yet she hasnt been eating that much and she sleeps a lot problem is can she have a home birth the father of the puppies is a mini doberman?

The father of the puppies is a mini doberman. I have tried: I tried to use a stethoscope to hear and I can hear a lot of moving and I think heart beat but not 100%. I think it was caused by: My male dosean

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