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 Conception to Birth - Making Puppies
What Happens During The 63 Days?




Day 1
  • First day of mating.
  • Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.


    Happy and Landscape


Week 1
  • Fertilization occurs.
  • 2 cell embryos are in the oviduct.

Week 2
  • Embryo will be 4 cell at start of week and 64 cell by end of week.
  • Embryo enters the uterus.
  • Feeding small amounts of high protein supplements, such as eggs, lean muscle meats (not pork) or liver is a smart choice.

 Celebrating Spring Time!!!

    Week 3
    • Embryos implants along uterus wall.
    • During the next two weeks  organs will develop.
    • The Dams nipples begin to turn pink and enlarge.
    • May loose appetite during this week.
    • Morning sickness can occur. Your Dam may stretch a lot due to movement in  abdomen.

    Week 4
    • Morning sickness should go away and appetite return.
    • One of the early signs of pregnancy is for the Dam to 'adopt' a toy.
    • Development of eyes and spinal cord and faces take shape, now.
    • The fur on the Dams stomach and around the nipples thins out.
    •  Eating Her Fruit!!!

    Week 5
    • Detect pregnancy (85% ) by feeling the abdomen. Diagnosis by x-rays is usually possible after 45 days (95% accurate for  number of puppies).
    •  May be able to feel the little puppies -they whould be the small bumps in the abdomen.
    • Develpment of toes, whisker buds, and claws.
    • Eyes  close.  Gender can be detected.
       Out For Our Exercise - Walking.

    Week 6
    • During the last several weeks, your dog’s nutritional needs nearly double. Feed small meals several times a day.
    • We recommend feeding puppy food through the end of lactation (nursing)..
    • Increase water.
    • Enlargment of mammary glands as nipples darken and enlarge.
    • Move Dam to Whelping Box.
       Caught You,  Eating Again!!!

    Week 7
    •  Dam may shred papers, blankets or bedding in an attempt at “nest building” in the last weeks.
    • Moderate exercise is the proper approach. Neither forced rest nor strenuous exercise is a good idea. Short walks are good. Nothing rough and no rough play.  Our Girls have to stay in and watch t.v.
    • You can feel the puppies now, I call the movement popcorn popping. 
    •  Abdominal enlargement.
    • Abdomen hair will start shedding.


    Momma is full of babies 

      Week 8
      •  The Dams breasts become swollen as her milk forms.
      • Nesting  as she looks for a place to have her puppies.
      • The dam may not have as big of an appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
      • You can feel the puppies move now.



      Running out of room. 
      Now, lying on her back  :)

      Week 9
      • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
      • She may express milk from her nipples.
      • Watch for her temperature to drop. You may take the temp with a rectal thermometer.
      • Restless, seeking seclusion and in the last few days.
      • She will be 'nesting' 12-24 hours before the birth

        Resting Comfortably

      Puppies being Whelped

      "Whelp" means
      being born  :) 

      Expected Date of Whelp

      • Expected date of whelp. Average is 63 days but may take place from the 65.  Contact your Vet if concerned
      • Temp drops from 101 to 98 degrees.
      • Appetite will disappear as whelping approaches.
      • You may also notice a clear discharge now and several weeks before.
      • At the onset of labor your Dam may pace, dig, shiver, pant and/or vomit.
      • First puppy will be delivered within 2 - 4 hours of the onset of labor. If puppies do not start coming or Mom is in any kind of distress...........we call the Vet.

      Put the pups in a box that is in the larger crate.  If you don't the Momma dogs will get in their box to feed them and lay on them.
      Be Careful.  Never leave the puppies alone.







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