The pregnant bitches experience many changes when carrying their puppies. From the visible swelling of her stomach to indications she is producing milk or getting ready for birth, It can sometimes be difficult to determine when your litter will arrive in the last stages of gestation. These can usually take around 63 days, but may be shorter as long as 58. One way to determine when the litter is due and establish good health is by recording the temperature of your bitch.
A bitch usually makes a nest around two days before she gives birth. She will move about in circles, scratching the ground and making noises. It is usually the first sign that she is close to giving birth. It is best to start taking her temperature from day 57, or whenever you notice this behavior.
Normal dog temperatures range between 38.3 to 38.8 degrees C. However, when a bitch gives birth to a puppy, their temperature drops to 36.1 to 37.2 degrees C. The puppies should start arriving in 24 hours.
- While pregnant, bitches experience many changes. These include the swelling and signs of pregnancy that indicate she is producing more milk and ready to give birth.
- Normal dog temperatures range between 38.3 to 38.8 degrees C. However, when a bitch gives birth to a puppy, their temperature drops to 36.1 to 37.2 degrees C. The puppies should start arriving in 24 hours.
The accuracy of rectal thermometers is highly recommended. If you are very nervous or anxious, avoid using the glass model. You can get slightly different readings from different thermometers, so make sure you use the exact same one to ensure consistency and accuracy.
For accuracy, rectal thermometers should be used. However, if your bitch is very anxious or excited you can avoid the glass version.
- To maintain accuracy and consistency, you can use different thermometers that may give different readings.
A temperature chart should be created, with a record of temperature for every 6 hours. For accurate results, you will need to take your dog’s temperature during the time she has been sleeping. You can monitor your dog’s progress by filling in data such as “Date,” Time,” Temperature, and “Comments”.
Rise and Fall
You can expect the temperature to go up just as quickly as it drops. Your dog should be able to access her whelping container at this point, or at the very least to enter the area where it is stored.
Following the birth
You can continue to practice your skills using the thermometer after the birth to keep an eye on the baby’s health. Temperature changes are usually a sign of abnormality. If you notice a trend or concern in the results, please call your veterinarian.