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Pregnancy test for dogs?

Species: Dog
Breed: Golden Lab
Age: 2-5 years
How can I tell if my dog is pregnant? She was with a male dog yesterday and I think he bred her.




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi there and thanks for your question!

Unfortunately there is no early pregnancy detector test for dogs. The human tests measure the level of hcg which is human chorionic gonadotropin and no such molecule exists in dogs.

There is a blood test called relaxin that can be done for dogs but they have to be about 28 days pregnant, and it is not always 100% accurate.

Your vet may be able to palpate a pregnancy at 28 days. They can see a pregnancy on ultrasound after 28 days, or on xray after 45-50 days.

Here is some good information on pregnancy and birthing for you:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=678

Hope all goes well!
Dr. Marie.


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Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

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