Miscarriage in Dogs

Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous end of a pregnancy at a stage where the embryo or fetus is incapable of surviving independently. It is the loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. The medical term for a miscarriage is spontaneous abortion, but the condition is not an abortion in the common definition of the term. 

“Abortion”, on the other hand, is the delivery of one or more fetuses before it is (they are) capable of surviving outside of the uterus; a “fetus” (plural, fetuses) is the unborn young (that is, still in the uterus) puppy.

“Pregnancy loss” is the death of the embryo, reabsorption of early fetuses, mummification (shriveling or drying up of the fetus, like a mummy), abortion, stillbirths, and outcomes of difficult birth (known as “dystocia”).

There are several methods for safe abortion for dogs as well as several instances the pregnancy could spontaneously abort or miscarry.

If the owner is wanting to abort an unwanted pregnency, proper medical advice and help is necessary for a safe abortion. In case of spontaneous abortion or pregnancy loss, the dog should be evaluated for medical reasons behind this condition.


The most common symptom of a miscarriage or a planned abortion is abnormal vaginal bleeding. In case of a miscarriage, expelled fetus may also be found. Other signs may include smaller abdomen, failure to give birth, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and expulsion of fetus.


Leave a Comment