Temperature Analysis to Predict Whelping Date

Taking your dogs temperature and recording it may tell you, within 24 hours, when labor will begin
Many times, 12-24 hours before it drops it will rise higher then it has been in weeks.

The following chart can help you in your temperature recording.

CYCLE DAY

57

58

59

60

61

62

63

64

65

 

DAY 1
AM / PM

DAY 2
AM / PM

DAY 3
AM / PM

DAY 4
AM / PM

DAY 5
AM / PM

DAY 6
AM / PM

DAY 7
AM / PM

DAY 8
AM / PM

DAY 9
AM / PM

101.4

                 

101.2

                 

101.0

                 

100.8

                 

100.6

                 

100.4

                 

100.2

                 

100.0

                 

99.8

                 

99.6

                 

99.4

                 

99.2

                 

99.0

                 

98.8

                 

98.6

                 

98.4

                 

98.2

                 

98.0

                 

1. Begin taking your dogs temperature at your estimated day 57 of her cycle.

2. Record it in the AM and PM ( best time is when the dog is calm or has been sleeping - NOT after a run in the yard).

You may notice a huge increase in temperature right before it drops. Any temperature recorded lower than 99.2 indicates labor could began within 24 hours.

A dog's normal temperature fluctuates between 101-102 degrees.

In the last trimester of pregnancy the pregnant bitch may have a temperature around 100. This is contributed to hormone levels.

Dogs can safely whelp their litters 58 days after conception. After 58 days the pups' lungs are fully developed and they can breath on their own.

 

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