7 month old dog pregnant is a bummer. We’ve posted steps to take if you find out your pet is pregnant here, but first, let’s talk about what this means. Pregnancy in dogs can be a tough time for owners and the mother-to-be, but it’s important to remember that it’s normal, and many dogs have successfully given birth before their ninth month of pregnancy.
As soon as you realize your pet might be pregnant, take her to the vet immediately for a thorough examination and an ultrasound scan to confirm her condition. With early detection of pregnancy, doctors can help to prevent your dog from developing complications like endometritis and pyometra (a disorder in which pus accumulates in the tissue), both of which can lead to infection and death.
Pregnancy happens when a male or female dog’s reproductive system begins producing eggs, which are the fertilization products of the sperm. The uterus, a small organ located in the belly close to and behind where the bladder, swells.
Can a 7 month old dog be pregnant?
The first heat cycle of a female dog usually takes place around 6 to 9 months of age. Breeding should be avoided until after the dog has been spayed. A female dog’s reproductive tract comprises her cervix, uterus (womb), and vagina.
Unlike humans, the vagina is not inside the body but opens at the vulva near your pet’s rear end. Dogs bear live young, so the uterus provides a nice warm, safe place for puppies to develop. Various hormones tell a female’s reproductive system when to start making eggs.
One of these hormones is thyroid hormone, and other hormones include progesterone and estrogen. After an egg is made in one of her ovaries, it moves down the fallopian tube, where sperm are waiting to fertilize it. It takes two weeks for an egg to travel from the ovary to the uterus.
How can I tell if my 7 month old dog is pregnant?
She shows a sudden increase in appetite and starts to put on weight. She loses interest in her regular food. Her nipples become enlarged as the milk ducts grow bigger. If you are familiar with human pregnancy, it is similar to the condition of your breasts when you’re pregnant. She may even start actively licking the area around her nipples, as this is a natural part of getting ready for giving birth in dogs.
Is it bad for dogs to get pregnant in their first heat?
Female dogs can become pregnant as young as 6 months old. Before this period, dogs usually go through various heat cycles, and generally, the dog is most fertile two months before ovulation. After that, it’s a waiting game to see how long the pregnancy lasts.
If your puppy is already past her first heat, you can try to prevent pregnancy by sterilizing her before she gets pregnant again. It’s done in a simple spaying surgery and is usually done when your pet is between 6 and 12 months old. Ensure she’s already had her vaccinations from the vet before spaying, as some of them might not work if your pet’s reproductive organs are still functioning.
5 Problems of getting a dog pregnant at 7 months of age
1. The mother’s body is too weak to carry a pup to term, perhaps because of previous malnutrition or because her health has been affected by conditions such as heartworm or parasites.
2. She develops some infection or problem during pregnancy, such as pyometra (discussed below), and requires surgery.
3. Her puppies are born sick and don’t survive until an hour or two after birth. If a pup does not breathe immediately after it is whelped, you can stimulate its breathing by tapping the chest with your finger.
4. Her puppies are born too early and are unable to survive because their lungs or other internal organs are not fully developed.
5. The mother and her puppies become sick and die because they were born into an environment that is too cold or too hot or at a time when there is no one around to help them with food and water.
Can a 7 month old dog produce sperm?
Evidence suggests that dogs can be sexually mature by 8 months but most mature by 9. A study published in the Journal of Reproduction and Development found that female dogs may begin ovulating earlier than 8 months.
Male dogs, on the other hand, tend not to go through their first molt until they reach 9 months old because their bodies produce testosterone much more than their female counterparts.
What age is it safe for a dog to get pregnant?
If you keep your female dog intact, ensure she is always under your supervision and never let her roam free if male dogs are around her. Dogs are usually 12 to 14 months old when it is time to get pregnant.
If you ensure that she is spayed (a surgery where the female dog’s ovaries are removed) before she gets pregnant, her chances of getting pregnant are reduced. If you are planning to have your female dog spayed and you think she is yet to reach 11 months of age, it is better to wait till she is 12-13 months old.
After the surgery, it takes her a few weeks to have her uterus return to its normal size, and the ovaries will take about four weeks. But Large and giant dog breeds tend to keep growing until they are 12 to 24 months old.
At what age is a male dog fertile?
Male dogs are capable of becoming sexually mature by 8 months old. Most male dogs become sexually mature by 9 months old. When male dogs reach sexual maturity, they begin to produce sperm and will continue to do so throughout the rest of their lives.
Whatever your belief, no two things are the same, but we all cope with them in our ways. It’s funny how some people overreact and make more out of a situation than it is. In this small article I have written, I have tried to cover some of the most common questions that come from dog owners after getting a dog pregnant at 7 months old.
However, if you have further questions about this topic, please feel free to ask me by leaving a message below.