You're pregnant, you've calculated your due date, and you've started noticing some unusual behaviour from your dog. So, is there really anything to suggest that dogs can sense pregnancy?
There is some data that glucemia-alert dogs can sense low blood glucose levels in their owners. This can be helpful for people who have diabetes, especially Type 1.
This is possible due to the structural and physiological features of dogs’ brains. Their brains are adapted to be particularly good at recognizing smells. That’s why even minor changes in a person’s chemical structure can be noticed by the dog’s nose.
But can dogs sense pregnancy in people too?
How early can a dog detect pregnancy?
Some people say that their dog started acting differently around them even before they knew they were pregnant. Some people who are trying to conceive may watch their dog’s behavior to see if they respond in different or unusual ways. It’s possible that a dog might notice something is different even if their owner is only a few weeks pregnant. It’s also possible a dog might not notice someone is pregnant until their belly starts showing or their routine changes. A dog noticing that someone is pregnant can be a fun story, but a pregnancy test is a more reliable way to determine if conception has occurred.