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What to Do When Your Pet is Pregnant

If you think your pet is pregnant

There are a few signs to determine whether your cat or dog is pregnant. Some are easy, like weight gain, but you still should get them checked out at a veterinarian to make sure. Whether it's a planned pregnancy for breeding purposes or an accident, your pet should be checked out at your local animal hospital, Mountainview Veterinary Hospital in Rockaway, NJ, to make sure your pet and her litter are safe.

Signs & Symptoms

Some signs your pet may be pregnant are:

  • Weight gain
  • Morning sickness — though it is rare, only lasts a few days, and may show up as a loss of appetite and vomiting
  • Fatigue

These signs also could mean something other than pregnancy, that's why you should check with a veterinarian within the first two or three weeks. They can do an ultrasound, feel around the belly, or take a blood sample to determine pregnancy. If your pet is pregnant, the veterinarian will make sure they are up to date on shots and healthy to support their litter. They will also answer any questions about diet and the changes you can expect from your pet. Pregnancy in dogs and cats last about 63 days. During this period, they may develop morning sickness, their belly will grow, and their nipples will get darker and larger. Frequent checkups are suggested.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you believe your pet is pregnant, you should make an appointment with your Rockaway, NJ animal hospital today. Our veterinarians want to ensure the safety of your pet and its litter. We also want to make sure you are knowledgeable in your pets’ pregnancy and in any situation that may arise. We can help answer any and all questions. Call Mountainview Veterinary Hospital today at 973.983.0500.

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