Can you feel puppies at 3 weeks pregnant?
It’s very unlikely that you will be able feel puppies in your pregnant dog’s stomach at the 21 days point. At this point they might only be between 5 to 10 mm in length. This is far too small to be able to detect by movement in your dog’s belly.
Vets can detect puppies at 3 weeks though by using an ultrasound device. This is a safe test, and just like the same type of technology that humans use to see unborn babies in the womb. It uses sound waves that then create a digital of the dog’s womb.
Gain in Weight
As she progresses through her pregnancy, the dog’s weight will begin to rise. She is likely to gain 15%-25% of weight, depending on the number of pups she is having.
The first few weeks of pregnancy are relatively uneventful, though your dog may gain a small amount of weight, appear lethargic and even suffer morning sickness for a few days around weeks three and four. If you suspect that your dog may be pregnant, your vet can perform a blood test to check around day 28 or 30. Then, around day 40, youll notice her belly and nipples grow. Between days 45 and 49, you may even start to see the puppies moving inside her. Her water will break and shell start delivering the puppies between days 56 and 66 — the average length of a pregnancy is 63 days.
Dog pregnancies are considerably shorter than human pregnancies — the period between ovulation and delivery can be less than two months long. Knowing what to expect is critical throughout the gestation period, so that you can be prepared for the delivery. If you arent sure how far along your dog is, a trip to the vet may be able to provide you with a rough estimate.