If you notice changes in your Bichon's appearance and attitude, it could indicate that she is expecting. A few telltale symptoms will help you determine whether you are dealing with a pregnant Bichon.
Loss of Energy
As the hormone levels change to support the pregnancy, the Bichon may experience unusual exhaustion. A decrease in activity and a noticeable loss in energy is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy.
Changing hormones also cause drastic changes in the Bichon's attitude. Your Bichon may switch quickly from a calm and loving mood to an irritable mood.
A few weeks into the pregnancy, you will notice that your Bichon's appetite has increased. She will tend to eat greater amounts of food throughout the day as her pregnancy progresses.
If your Bichon's diet and exercise regimen haven't changed, yet you notice weight gain, this is a good sign of pregnancy. The abdomen area will become larger and firmer than normal.
To prepare for feeding, the pregnant Bichon's nipples will get larger and taken on a slightly darker pink color. The nipple area may be tender to touch.