If you’re wondering if your dog is pregnant, you might also wonder if a human pregnancy test will work on them. It’s a pretty interesting question, seeing how it deals with the sexual makeup of two different species. Since pregnancy test have a knack for not working too well for us humans, our first thought was that they probably wouldn’t work to well for dogs. But we explored this further to see what your options are.
When you think your dog is pregnant you have a limited amount of time before you won’t have to guess any more. An entire term for a dog is only 9 weeks as opposed to the 9 months we have. That means that they’ll start to show and have other signs that they’re pregnant before you’ll really need to test them out.
So really a pregnancy test isn’t really necessary, and that’s a good thing because the ones that work for us don’t work for dogs, and there isn’t a big enough market for them to make doggy versions. You’ll just have to go about it the old fashioned way, but you don’t have to be totally shocked when she starts popping out puppies, there are other ways to determine if she’s pregnant, which we go over below.
Can I Give My Dog a Pregnancy Test? Answer: No.
Human pregnancy tests don’t work on dogs, but it’s not an incredibly big deal, because you’d only be buying yourself a few days advance warning. If you’re really bent on finding out early, you can take your dog to the vet and they can run some tests to try to see, but that can be expensive, and can come back negative and you’ve wasted some time and money. The best way is just to monitor her behavior. Also, if you’ve grown suspicious that she’s pregnant, she probably is, or why else would you be suspicious. You can go with the game plan that she is pregnant, and then be surprised when nothing happens around the 63rd day.
The best way to tell if your dog is pregnancy without fussing with a pregnancy test is noticing a change in her usual behavior. If she shows a decreased appetite over the course of several days, you should start to get suspicious. You can then check for other telltale signs like an increase in nipple size, and try to recollect if she hasn’t been as active as she normally is over the last few days. In most cases, there is no need for a pregnancy test.
Your Role in All of This
A lot of owners make a big deal out of their dog having puppies, and it can be a momentous occasion. Watching life unfold right before your eyes is something most owners don’t forget when seeing it for the first time. But for your dog it’s just something they’re going through, and it’s business as usual. It’s not as if they go to a Lamaze class and have a bedroom already painted blue or pink in preparation. It’s just a natural process for them, and they take it in stride. Your role is actually pretty limited, unless there’s a complication, which rarely happens, and when it does that’s what vets are for.
Getting Ready for Puppies
If you’re trying to get the heads up on how to get ready for puppies once they arrive, you don’t really need to do too much. You should set up an area for your dog to have her puppies, including putting down a soft blanket for them. Aside from that nature takes care of the rest.
Keeping Your Dog From Getting Pregnant Again
If you didn’t want to your dog to get pregnant, you should think of ways to keep her from getting out. Female dogs are only in heat twice a year, so you should be extra careful during those times, and try to determine when she’s having her cycle. During that time male dogs will be drawn to her like crazy, so you should do your best to keep her inside, or keep other dogs away from her. It doesn’t take long for two dogs to sniff each other out and get the deed done so even a casual encounter can result in puppies 9 weeks later.