How long are dogs pregnant for? A dog’s gestation period lasts around 60 to 65 days, or around 9 weeks. The pregnancy can last up to 70 days depending on when the female mated and whether her egg was ready to be fertilised. The pregnancy will not be noticeable in the first three weeks.
To handle late whelping in your dog, take it to the vet once its a few days past its due date. Your vet may take x-rays to check on the puppies, and induce labor or perform a C-section, if needed. If your dog goes into labor, but its taking a long time between puppies, try taking your dog for a brisk walk to speed up the birthing process. However, if your dog’s straining for more than 30 minutes in between puppies, take it to the vet for more assistance. For advice from our Veterinary co-author on how to help your dog through the whelping process, read on!