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    DefaultHow soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    Bramble had the AI done yesterday (so she was on day 3 of her heat when I posted in the other thread, and I misunderstood when the AI was going to take place). How soon will she start showing signs of pregnancy? How soon can it be confirmed? Is there a good book that explains this? She will be going from Canada to Wisconsin in a couple of weeks from her owners to the lady who bred her to help her through the rest of the pregnancy, whelping, and raising the puppies.

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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    Here is a good site that you enter the information and they come up with a what to expect kind of thing. Dates of course are not etched in stone.

    http://www.schaferhund.com/gsd_pregnancy.aspx

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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    Tatyana,
    I have found that my girls' vulvas will remain swollen and teats will swell within a short time if they are preggers. They become clingy almost immediately! By the 3rd week, all but Fuji (who is 6 wks along now) have gotten morning sickness.. green urp in their crates in the morning and often refuse to eat much. Not Fuji though, leave it to a chocolate to be different and continue to jump up and down for food every time. : I actually chart my girls' girth. Start at breeding/ovulation, and measure at the waist, over the last full ribs and at the chest at weekly intervals. Usually mine start to look a bit "fuller" at 4 wks. I palpate at ~ day 30 (I'm not good at it, but I think I feel something there). There is often a clear discharge from the vulva that you may or may not notice (I do, as Grandma Gala is quite fastidious in her cleaning up behind Fuji!). By 5 wks, I can usually measure a significant increase (1-2" at least at the waist and last rib), more if very short loined. By the 6th week, there is usually an even bigger increase in the tummy "pooch" and visually, it's pretty obvious when they are sitting. I don't ultrasound as right around 30 days when you'd do it, is also about the time they can reabsorb... So I figure, why get my hopes up? Within 7-10 days of due date, you should be able to see puppies kicking on a lean bitch, or at least feel them easily with a normal sized litter. I've not xrayed yet prior to whelp as all of my litters so far have been 7-12 pups. I'll reserve the radiation for after, if there is any question of whether they are all out.

    This is a field litter if I remember... a good friend just had a litter linebred on Jazztime. I stopped by when her girl was at 6.5 wks, and thought she didn't look like she was carrying more than 6 pups. Well, in the next couple weeks did she grow! Had 11, lol. I had the same experience w/ my first lab, also out of field lines (she had 10). So, field girls can be much tougher to tell esp if length of body is longer, but I always had really easy whelps w/ my field girls (despite big puppies!). Good luck! Anne

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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    Quote Originally Posted by nwlabs
    Here is a good site that you enter the information and they come up with a what to expect kind of thing. Dates of course are not etched in stone.

    http://www.schaferhund.com/gsd_pregnancy.aspx
    Neat site! I made up a date, learned new things today. Thanks! 8)
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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    I print out a "calendar" for every breeding and write my notes on it. According to Dr Hutchison (repro specialist), implantation doesn't occur until much later than stated on the calendar (I think its' really ~18-21 days).

    Here's another good article: http://lowchensaustralia.com/breeding/monitoring.htm#

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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    Thanks everybody. It's great info. It will be exciting to follow Bramble's pregnancy.

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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    I LOVE the name "Bramble". Sooo cute.
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    DefaultRe: How soon can you see first signs of pregnancy?

    Tatyana, your girl is just a few days behind my Ruby, who was bred on December 7, ovulation on December 4/5.

    I have moments of 'is she?' or 'isn't she?' but heck if I really know!

    Ruby is really clingy anyways (I know you learned that at the Potomac ) and hasn't refused food or anything dramatic yet. But I see a little bit of extra boobage. Her vulva doesn't usually swell too much, so who knows.

    We had some not so good luck with the semen, so it will be up in the air until about a few days before she's due (February 5), when I'll take her in for an X Ray.

    Is this Bramble's first litter?

    Wishing you guys fertile thoughts for Scotty's little sister!

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