Ask the vet: in the family way

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

RACQ, in partnership with Animal Welfare League Queensland, can help solve your pet problems.

Got a curly problem with your favourite pooch? Is your cat being too catty?

While animals can bring much joy into our lives, they are not always problem free. If there is an animal issue that you need help to solve, send your question to via RACQ to the Animal Welfare League Queensland experts, to find the answer.

In the family way

I think my dog might be pregnant? How can I tell?

AWLQ Experts say

The best person to tell if your pet is pregnant is your vet. Your dog might show signs of pregnancy between 14 and 27 days of the pregnancy. Signs are variable and can included an increased or decreased appetite, vomiting, restlessness, swollen vulva, swollen mammary glands, changes in behaviour and vulvar discharge.

However, your dog may or may not present with any of these signs. Your Veterinarian will be able to perform a blood test to capture pregnancies after 21 days of mating. Otherwise, an ultrasound can locate the foetal heartbeat.

Time for diet?

I’ve noticed my dog has put on weight but his coat is very thick, so it’s hard to work out if he is overweight. How can I tell if my pet is fat?

AWLQ Experts say

There are different ways to determine if your pet is overweight. The main indicators are the rib cage, spine, pelvic bones and their waste. With lean animals, you sometimes are able to see the indentations between the ribs. You can also feel their spine by running your hands down their back.

This can vary significantly between breeds and there will be a fine line between a lean dog and an underweight dog. It is important to consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s body condition.

What’s your question?

Send your pet questions to and Animal Welfare League Queensland‘s experts will provide the answers. Letters will not receive an individual reply and should be no more than 120 words.

AWLQ work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes for stray and surrendered pets.