How can you prepare your dog for pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a scary time for humans. Even with thousands of studies and an abundance of information about pregnancy, it can still be a nerve-wracking time. So, imagine how this feels for a dog. Scary, terrifying and confusing, right? 

At PetNest, we recommend leaving the breeding and dog pregnancy to the experts. However, we understand that there are circumstances where you may find yourself in a tough position. For example, you may be fostering a pregnant pup. Or, your dog may have unexpectedly fallen pregnant. Rather than leaving you in the dark, we’re here to help all dog owners create a stress-free pregnancy for their pooches. 

To do so: 


Vet checks are essential 

Whether you suspect your dog is pregnant or you know they are, vet checks are critical. This can help ensure that everything is going smoothly and that any potential issues are addressed right away. In the long term, this is your best bet for keeping your dog and their offspring safe. 


Modify their diet 

Pregnant dogs will need a diet that is higher in calories. Looking for foods labelled for dog pregnancy or puppies is the best to feed your dog during this time. You can explore all of our Australian pet food alternatives online.

Consulting with your vet can also help you make an informed decision. 


Create a comfortable nesting space 

As your dog nears the end of their pregnancy, they will want somewhere to rest and nest. This space is ideally warm, in a quiet area and away from other dogs. Even if your dog is typically outdoors, having this nesting space indoors can ensure they are warm and will give them a better chance at delivering healthy offspring. 


Stay calm 

Dog pregnancy is exciting, but it is also stressful. Staying calm around your dog, not engaging in too much playtime and allowing them to relax away from you will ensure they have a good pregnancy. Remember, their demeanours may change during their pregnancy. Even the cuddliest of lap dogs may want to be alone. Do not shun them for this and allow nature to take its course. 

If you are concerned, the best thing you can do for your dog is visit the vet. 


Choose PetNest 

At PetNest we have a wide range of products that can help your dog feel more comfortable and healthy during this new chapter of their life. Whether you’re looking for a bed for their nesting area, some new dog food or some toys for the upcoming puppies, you can find it online.