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Question by  mynameisglory (61)

What is normal pregnant dog behavior two weeks prior to whelping?

My pregnant dog is acting odd.


Answer by  mpartin (1600)

The expectant dog may be lethargic as she begins to "drop" the babies and she is carrying all the weight in the bottom part of her belly. She also may become irritable and not as tolerable as she was pre-pregnancy. Her appetite may decrease a little and her drinking may increase.


Answer by  Lepi (314)

At this point in pregnancy, dogs will become slightly reclusive. They will be staking out a place to whelp, and may be snappy. Appetite also changes.


Answer by  kiradeleria (465)

Nesting or abnormal behavior in dogs is actually quite normal if your dog is this close to giving birth. If you notice any self-destructive behavior such as not eating, go see your vet right away.


Answer by  Isiseyes (178)

She is looking for the perfect place to birth her pups. She may seem confused at times, be clingy, or may want to have nothing to do with you at all. Fear not, her love and admiration will return once she feels secure.


Answer by  curtangel (138)

She is most likely nesting. It isn't unusual for a dog at this stage in her pregnancy to be panting, pacing or just generally acting uncomfortable. After all, she is pregnant. Take her temperature regularly, if it drops suddenly then she's getting ready to whelp.


Answer by  Romeo318 (19)

Female dogs may get a distant look in their faces. The dog may begin to act restless or uncomfortable. She may also dig and re-arrange her whelping box.

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