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How Do You Know When Your Golden Retriever is Pregnant?

There’s a good reason why the golden retriever dog breed belongs to the top ten most popular dog breeds. It’s loyal, warm, friendly and very affectionate to its masters. And there are very few people in the world that can look at a chubby, fluffy golden retriever puppy and not have their heart melt. Perhaps that is the reason why anything with the picture of a playfully gamboling golden retriever puppy is sure to fly off the shelves.

Breeding golden retrievers is a serious and very challenging feat. It requires a lot of special attention from the breeder towards the bitch, from the time that she comes into heat until she gives birth.

From the day of the studding, you should count around 60- 62 days, which is usually how long a golden retriever pregnancy lasts. A few days after the mating, you should be able to notice that there is a clear discharge from the bitch’s vulva. Immediately take her to a veterinarian if you notice that the discharge is not clear or is bloody. It may be a sign of infection.

Watch for signs of things gone wrong with the pregnancy. Lethargy or laziness, accompanied by some morning sickness may be expected, however if the dog is noticeably weaker, unable to move, or is sporting a higher than normal temperature, take it immediately to a vet.

Pregnant golden retrievers also start to have different food preferences, either in type or in portions. Don’t be surprised if your once picky dog suddenly starts wolfing down her food, or your eating machine suddenly turns up her nose and walks away.

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If you want to be certain that your dog is pregnant, then you should get her tested. One very reliable test is a blood test for relaxin in the blood, a hormone which can only be found if the dog is pregnant. You can also opt for more effective methods such as ultrasound, which can pick up a puppy’s heartbeat as early as 25 days after the stud, and xray which can see the number of pups and confirm that they are in the right position for birth.

You’ll also notice that, once the dog has stabilized its eating habits, that your bitch will become fatter, and her nipples will become swollen. The extra milk production is in preparation for the puppies, and the extra fat in their bodies allows both mother and puppies to maintain adequate nutrition.

Every now and then, you might notice that your golden retriever is not as affectionate or as warm as usual, and she’ll want to have some time alone. You’ll notice that she stays away from you, and she always looks for a place that is quiet, cold and far from any interruptions. Don’t worry about it. It’s merely the natural mothering instinct of the bitch kicking in. She’s looking for a safe place to give birth to her pups when the time comes around.

Caring for a pregnant golden retriever is both very difficult and rewarding. In the end, if done right, not only will you have a happy and healthy mommy in your hands, you’ll also be a grandparent to some cute furballs!

Source by Garry-Ian Macdonald

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