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Yorkie pregnancy stages

Yorkie pregnancy stages

How do you know when a Yorkie is pregnant?

Small size ornamental breeds of dogs need special attention and care during pregnancy and childbirth. And if the birth takes place at home, the owner may face an unforeseen situation.

So before you decide to give birth, the owner needs to know all the information about pregnancy and childbirth in the Yorkshire Terrier.

After the knitting, the owner of the Yorkie girl will not immediately know if the dog was able to conceive.

The owner of the groom, of course, will want as soon as possible to make sure that everything went well and will wait for an answer. But in the first 4 weeks after the “wedding” of dogs, it is impossible to understand whether the pregnancy happened.

The Yorkie girl will still be active, her behavior and physiology will not change. That’s why in the first month after tying up there will be no need to feel the dog’s stomach and look at the mammary glands for the first milk.

If a Yorkie is pregnant, the following symptoms will begin to appear at the end of the fourth week from the day of mating:

  • trembling in the body;
  • from the noose there will be viscous excreta of transparent color (no smell or blood impurities);
  • appetite drops;
  • vomiting in the presence of toxicosis may occur.

From the fifth week of pregnancy, the terrier’s stomach is visibly rounded, and the owner can take the girl for an ultrasound to put the final verdict – pregnant dog or not.

Yorkie pregnancy signs

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Physiological signs of pregnancy in dogs

It is important for owners not only to know how long a pregnancy lasts in an Alabai or another breed of dog but also to be able to determine the future motherhood of the ward by physiological characteristics. If you pay attention to your favorite, you’ll know that she’s about to have puppies:

  • her nipples are getting bigger and pinker;
  • loss or increased appetite;
  • your dog is changing his habits as he may be looking for privacy or trying to get more attention from his owners;
  • the appearance of lethargy and an increased sleep period;
  • more frequent urination;
  • the appearance of vaginal mucous secretions when he urinates;
  • increased abdominal growth.

If you suspect your dog may be pregnant, but don’t notice any physiological signs that indicate this is your dog’s condition, you can contact your vet. Your vet will do a blood test and if there is an increased amount of relaxin hormone in the blood, this will confirm that puppies are coming soon.

It’s worth remembering that the first signs of pregnancy in dogs don’t appear until 14-20 days after they’ve been tied up. If mating has gone unchecked, an ultrasound will help to determine more accurately how long your puppies have been carried.

A test or ultrasound can only be done after the bitch has been pregnant for two weeks. Otherwise, the results may be inaccurate and you may need to repeat them.

False Yorkshire terrier pregnancy signs

If your little pet has never been knitted before and pregnancy is not planned for a Yorkie, then be very careful of your baby. The fact is that some female dog breeds can often suffer from a false pregnancy. What it is and how it manifests, let’s understand in this article.

The symptoms of false Yorkie pregnancy

If your cute doggy is quite healthy and the first Yorkie leak has arrived in due time, and you did not think to knit your companion because of her youth, then be prepared for the possible syndrome of false pregnancy. By the way, such a state can come and the already born bitches.

The most obvious signs of false pregnancy are..:

  • Swollen nipples in the dog;
  • Some secretions from the hinge;
  • A change in the color of the nipples;
  • Refusal to eat.

Apart from these physical symptoms, changes can also occur in dog behavior. Your dog is likely to be:

  • Anxious and restless;
  • He’ll try to make a nest in a secluded place;
  • Adopt any soft toys she likes;
  • Will refuse the usual games and activities.

Such a false pregnancy begins in Yorkie, mainly 6-8 weeks after the end of the flow. It may be more severe or less intense. If the false pregnancy is not pronounced, it will be completely exhausted two to three weeks after the beginning, and there is no reason for concern.

If the bitch had a mating, there are several ways to distinguish between a real and a false pregnancy:

  • Look for fetal movements after 25 days of pregnancy. If she doesn’t, she’s not pregnant;
  • Visit a veterinarian and conduct examinations (tests, ultrasound, etc.);
  • n addition, the behavior of a falsely pregnant bitch will be unnaturally violent. A truly pregnant bitch behaves more calmly and thoroughly.

How can I help my dog through a false pregnancy?

If you want to make your companion’s condition easier, you will have to change the way of life of a Yorkie a little. To do this, on day 10-12 of the leak (if you decide not to knit the bitch) make a note in the calendar. From that day onwards, countdown 9 weeks. Around this time, a false pregnancy can happen. And be very careful. As mentioned above, a false pregnancy can happen a little earlier.

A few days before the false birth, the york will be as fussy and restless as possible. In order to make the dog feel better, we recommend that you do so during this period:

  • Totally exclude milk and dairy products from the menu;
  • Give him less to drink;
  • Remove all soft toys and any other soft lumps from the bitch’s sight;
  • Organize frequent walks and increased activity (load the bitch as much as possible);
  • Distract your pet in all the ways your know-how.

If you are patient and gentle with your Yorkie, the period of false pregnancy will pass for her easily and painlessly.

Important: Never let the bitch lick her nipples or suck her milk. Do not suck the bitch’s milk. This will reduce the stimulation of the mammary glands and prevent increased lactation.

A few misconceptions about a false Yorkie pregnancy

There are some misconceptions that inexperienced breeders or just Yorkie bitches’ owners think are right. This:

  • Ruining the nest of a falsely pregnant bitch. It’s fundamentally wrong. Don’t do it. Just distract the bitch from this place.
  • The bitch has various breast diseases. That’s not true. False pregnancy has no effect on the general breast condition of a Yorkie later.
  • A once-born dog will no longer experience a false pregnancy. It’s also wrong. False pregnancy and its manifestations generally depend on the hormonal background of the bitch. And it is formed after a leak, regardless of the season and number of previous pregnancies in the dog.

Anyway, remember: if your bitch suffers from a fake pregnancy often and for a long time, it’s worth showing her to the vet as soon as possible. An experienced veterinarian will examine your dog and prescribe the necessary treatment.

Dog pregnancy week by week 

How long are dogs pregnant? Pregnancy in Yorkie lasts on average 2 months – from 59 to 64 days. Each stage of carrying offspring is important, and the owner should know by day what changes are taking place in the body of the terrier:

  • The first day is knitting. Fertilization of the terrier may not occur, and so on the second day, control mating is performed.
  • Within 3-4 days, the eggs are fertilized. 
  • From 5 to 11 days, fertilized eggs are lowered into the uterus.
  • From 12 to 14 days, the size of embryos is up to 0.6 mm, they are firmly anchored in the uterus. The placenta begins to form.
  • From day 15 to day 20, the embryos begin to grow and develop. Their size is from 2 mm, the nervous system, spine, head and jaw, internal organs are formed.
  • On 21 days, you can do an ultrasound, it can be seen the shells of fruit. On day 22, the size of the embryos is already 5 mm.
  • 23 to 25 days make palpation to confirm pregnancy. From now on, the puppies have already formed ears, eyes, and teeth, nose, and limbs.
  • 26th to 32nd day the calcification of fetal bones continues. During this time, the york should be protected from excessive exercise to protect the puppies from possible damage.
  • From 32 days onwards, the embryos become real fetuses. One weighs a fifth of a newborn puppy.
  • Between the 33rd and 39th days, the puppies are covered with short hair and show signs of initial puberty.
  • On the 40th day, the fetuses have all the organs fully formed.
  • On day 45, the behavior of the Yorkshire changes, she becomes restless and may refuse to eat. The uterus is enlarged and presses on the stomach, from this day on you need to feed the terrier in small portions up to 4 times a day.
  • The terrier’s nipples swell up to 5-6 weeks pregnant. The wool around the mammary glands is becoming rarer, so the body of a york is preparing to give birth and feed the offspring.
  • From the 58th day after tying up, the girl is actively preparing for childbirth.
  • From 59 days everything is ready for childbirth, the term of carrying has come to an end, and the owner must be ready to take offspring.

How many puppies does Yorkie have for the first time?

The flow of terriers ripens about 12 eggs, but not all of them are fertilized, and later not every embryo can gain a foothold in the uterus.

On average, Yorks give birth to 3-4 puppies in a litter. There is a low-fertility pregnancy – 1-2, less often multiple pregnancies – 10 pieces.

The number of puppies depends on many factors:

  • the age of the terrier (old dogs may have fewer fetuses);
  • the number of ligaments (the first time there are usually no more than 4 puppies);
  • genetic predisposition to multiple or infertile pregnancies;
  • hormonal background;
  • health status;
  • care for the terrier before pregnancy;
  • male dog health;
  • number of quality spermatozoa in the groom;
  • matting day.

If you need to know exactly how many puppies will give birth to a bitch york, ultrasound will not help, more productive x-ray. But it’s dangerous for a pregnant dog to be irradiated and the procedure can only be administered at the time of delivery or postpartum to detect the presence of womb sequel.

There are advantages and disadvantages in a low-fertility, multiple pregnancies:

  • In low-fertility pregnancies, puppies are larger, but it is the size of the fetus that makes it difficult for a Yorku to give birth on her own. Therefore, in this case, they often resort to a Caesarean section.
  • In multiple pregnancies, the terrier can easily give birth on its own but the puppies are smaller.

Taking care of york during pregnancy

As long as a Yorkshire terrier carries offspring, it needs to be given proper care. The dog is having a hard time at this time and he needs the help of his master. Important nuances in prenatal care:

  1. Once pregnancy is confirmed, your dog needs to be protected from any possible situations that could affect him and puppies: injuries fall, jumps, stress.
  2. The bed is placed in a quiet place where the terrier can rest from the noise and the owners, and get some privacy.
  3. York is not as active as it used to be during pregnancy. Therefore, children should explain that playing with a terrier can only be a little, not touching the dog when he rests.
  4. Carrying puppies is not about being sick. You can’t start pampering and overprotecting a terrier.
  5. On cold days it’s worth reducing the length of walks. It is advisable to install a tray at home, as the york will urinate more often when pregnant.
  6. It is necessary to ensure the hygiene of nipples and genitalia. The dog will lick himself, from the owner only need to provide clean bedding on the bed. Wet cleaning in the room where the pregnant terrier lives are done at least once every two days. After the walk, the paws are thoroughly washed and the nipples are wiped with a mild solution of manganese.
  7. Training and training of the terrier are better to postpone until after childbirth. It is necessary to ensure long measured walks for the Yorkie. Dogs should never be allowed to stay at home for long periods of time and weak muscles will prevent them from giving birth quickly and easily.

The diet of the Yorkshire Terrier must be the same during all pregnancy. The new menu can cause stomach upset and stress.

From the second month of pregnancy add more protein food – meat, cottage cheese, eggs, fish.

Approximately 2 weeks before delivery, you can transfer york to puppy food if the terrier eats ready-made dry food. If you replace dry with wet or canned dog food, the terrier will find it easier to digest soft food.

Signs of Labour in Dogs

The birth of a yorker will not come as a surprise to the owner if he knows what signs appear before they begin.

The first thing the terrier owner will notice is a decrease in rectal temperature by 1.5-2 degrees a day before the active development of the process. What’s next:

  • the lower body of the yorker begins to shake;
  • the uterus drops and pressures on the urine, the terrier urinates more often;
    and diarrhea can develop;
  • the terrier fiddles on his bedding, dig it up and piles it up;
  • the girl gets anxious, doesn’t eat, refuses to drink;
  • a couple of hours before birth, the puppy’s rectal temperature recovers to its previous level.

If a yorker had indications for a Caesarean section, the girl should be taken immediately to the veterinary clinic when signs of childbirth appear.

If the owner of the dog is delivering for the first time, an assistant veterinarian or experienced breeder of terriers should be invited. This will also be necessary when the owner of a Yorkie is afraid of blood, not sure of his own strength.

Checklist for Owners Expecting Puppies

Arrange in advance with your vet for him to come to help you at any time of the day if there are any complications during childbirth and you are unable to cope yourself.

Be sure to prepare for puppies and be there for your dog throughout the process. When a Yorkshire gives birth, the person is there to help and you may need the following things:

  • clean diapers;
  • kleenex;
  • hydrogen peroxide, greens;
  • alcohol;
  • scissors;
  • threads of different colors – mark the puppies;
  • strong threads to tug the umbilical cord;
  • scales;
  • notebook and pen;
  • warmer;
  • cotton rims.

The terrier should have comfortable bedding on which the girl will give birth. It is recommended to make a bed under it, over – a diaper.

How to deliver puppies at home?

The period from the signs of childbirth to contractions lasts about 24 hours. It depends on the health and genetics of the dog. If there are no complications during childbirth, the terrier easily gives birth on its own. A puppy appears in a bubble, which is chewed up and eaten by a yorker, and the baby is licked.

The owner must weigh each newborn, write down the data in a prepared notebook (the weight, day and time of the birth of the puppy) and tie a thread of a certain color on the puppy.

Things You Can Do to Assist:

  1. Keep the birth room quiet, keep the babies and other people out of the way.
  2. If the york isn’t chewing on the bubble in which the puppy came out, he’ll need to turn himself up. Then wipe the baby’s eyes with cotton pads, clean the mouth from clots of mucus. Pull the umbilical cord with a thread 1-2 cm from the puppy’s tummy, then cut it with alcohol-processed scissors. The wound is treated with peroxide and greased with green.
  3. If the puppy has been out for a long time, he may develop asphyxia. Clean the terrier baby’s airway from mucus, then place it on the back and gently rub his chest with one finger. If the rescue operation is successful, your puppy will start breathing.
  4. As long as the york keeps giving birth, nothing should distract her. That’s why already born and licked puppies are placed in a separate box with a heating pad.
  5. When a puppy gets stuck in the aisle at birth, the owner should help and take the baby to a clean cloth. You’ll need to pull the fetus slightly towards the exit, taking the whole baby in the palm of your hand so he won’t be hurt.

How to Care for Your Dog After She Gives Birth

It is important to make sure that the number of sequences is equal to the number of terriers born. If there are fewer, this indicates that one or more are left inside the uterus. In that case, a veterinarian is called in for cleaning.

Your dog should not be fed as long as the birth is in progress as this can cause vomiting. The process can take up to 2 days and the yorker’s body is severely depleted. As soon as your last puppy is born and the terrier licks him out, offer glucose water.

Approximately an hour after giving birth, give him warm milk. You can’t feed the terrier for 7 hours after the birth, only drink water and milk.

It is necessary to place a tray next to the new mummy, in which she will walk in need. If a yorker is used to the toilet in the street, you have to take it out on your hands. After giving birth the terrier is weakened, don’t go out with him too long, bring the dog home as soon as he stops doing his business in the bushes.

Basic postnatal care:

  • Change the diaper on your dog’s bed every day and wipe the cloth underneath with a damp cloth.
  • Do not give the terrier meat for a week and squirrels can be compensated for with fish, cottage cheese, sour milk products, and eggs.
  • If a darker color is found, you should call your vet, this may indicate a postpartum or unborn dead puppy.
  • Within 2 weeks of delivery, you should take your Yorkie’s rectal temperature 2-3 times a day and the increase will indicate complications.
  • Short walks with the terrier prevent the puppy from overcooling. If it is cold outside, it is better to let the yorker go to the toilet at home in the tray. A month after giving birth, the terrier is returned to his usual schedule of walks. At the same time, it is possible to feed your dog the food he was used to (the one before the birth).

Possible complications

Within 2 weeks after delivery, the uterus recovers, and clots of mucus with a small amount of blood come out. This is a normal physiological process, and there’s no need to worry.

If the clots are dark (brownish, greenish) or purulent, it is urgent to show york to the vet.

Possible complications during and after childbirth:

  • Uterine wall necrosis, damage to the walls, which leads to inflammation. For this reason, dark secretions may appear after delivery.
  • The presence of abnormal excretions may indicate a uterine afterbirth that is beginning to decompose.
  • Bleeding during and after delivery.
  • Mastitis.
  • Stomach wrapping.
  • Refusal to take care of puppies.

Pregnancy and delivery of the Yorkshire Terrier are more difficult than for larger breeds of dogs. So the owner needs to know as much about these processes as possible to help his pet in time.

If the owner has never even been to a terrier before, it’s best to invite a vet and it’s not a good idea for a novice dog to control the whole process himself.