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What Are The Signs Of Pregnancy In Chihuahua?

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Unfortunately, there are no signs of pregnancy after 2-3 weeks of breeding in dogs. Visible signs appear after 4 weeks. Early signs of pregnancy in dogs are loss of appetite, decreased activities, increase in nipples size and affectionate behavior.
Progressive signs of pregnancy in dogs are weight gain and increase in diet. During last stages of pregnancy, there is definite increase in size of abdomen, you can observe puppy movements, milk production and nesting behavior.
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It is very difficult to know about early pregnancy in dogs. Symptoms of pregnancy in dogs appear after 3-4 weeks. Canine pregnancy can last for an average 63 days. Pregnant dogs show some early and late signs.  Early signs of canine pregnancy are anorexia, breast enlargement, decrease in the activities and some behavioral changes. Later signs are weight gain and increase in appetite. During last stages of pregnancy,  puppy movements, increase in abdomen size, nesting behavior and milk production can be seen. Your vet can easily tell about the pregnancy in dogs after 4 weeks of pregnancy by palpation and ultrasound.
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You can't tell usually just by looking or behavior or even because their body changes. Many go through false pregnancy so it is not an accurate way to tell. My favorite way to tell is the ultrasound. It is easy, non-invasive, and you can tell the earliest this way. And you can get a picture of them before their even born! 20 to 30 days in (no other time) your vet can feel for particular lumps that let them know she's probably pregnant, after that they can't feel them and what they are feeling for kind of blends in to everything else. Mid-way a repro test can be run (ask your vet). And 45 days and after an x-ray can be run and they can have a good idea of how many pups by how many skeletons show up on the x-ray.

Gestation period is usually 59 to 63 days but they can go a little sooner or a little later. Start taking her temperature around day 57 - 59 if the vet (or you) doesn't think you should sooner. Normal temp is 101 to 102 but usually closer to 102. When she drops to 98 (or 99) it'll usually be within the next 24 hours.
There is always a risk of comlications with breeding but chihuahua's are known for it so formulate a good plan with your vet :-). Here's a picture of an ultrasound and a link to some real breeding experiences.
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WOW. Very unlikely, this is extremely dangerous for her. Didn't your vet advise a spay and termination from the get go? This is an extreme risk to her for so many reasons. You might still consider a spay and termination, a difference between 5 weeks in and 7 weeks in as far as the pups go but there would still be a lot of growing in the pups between now and due period regardless.
Chihuahuas in general need c-section frequently. The size difference between her in the male would make her a candidate for a spay and termination rather than her going through a pregnancy and that is if she is within breeding age. Her age throws another serious concern for health in there on top of all the others and would again make a spay and termination asap the best option for her. Aside from her age itself and the already risky complications of a pregnant chihuahua their pelvic bones begin to fuse around the age of 6 or so and this is a breed that starts out with a more narrow pelvis usually. Highly unlikely she will be able to make it through a free whelp and survive without a c-section if there aren't complications before that.
If you had decided to try it instead of a spay and termination be sure to go the extra mile with all your prenatal care and evaluations and visuals (hopefully they have ultrasound so you can monitor more closely, often and easily) and have everything set up with your vet and their number in speed dial and them waiting for your call when she even gets close. This is very, very scary. Please let us know what happens and if she pulls through. Tons of luck to you and to her.
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