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    Feeding a Pregnant Dog

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Pregnant dogs’ nutrition mainly depends on their physical condition before giving birth, but it’s essential to make considerations over breed type, age, and general health.

     

     

     

    Pregnant Dogs and How to Care For Them



    In the first half of pregnancy the need for supplies and energy is not much bigger than that of the normal feeding routine, but the appetite of the bitches grows and as a result of hormonal changes, the body requires far more nutrients.

    During this period the animals must not be given larger amounts of food because they may grow fat very easily, which can cause obstetric complications or milk production problems in the future.  If after eating her usual daily portion, the dog looks more nervous because of hunger, offer up a bone as an alternative – the dog will be happy to chew on this without any problematic weight gain.

    On the other hand in the last third phase of pregnancy it is necessary to gradually increase the nutrient supply, since the puppy’s development inside the uterus mostly falls to the last 2-4 weeks of this cycle.

    Increase the portion of dog feed to one and a half times the normal amount during this important stage of development.



    Pregnant Dogs: Further Information



    The appetite of the animals decreases gradually as they are closer to whelping, further more, many bitches may avoid nearly all food around 1-2 days before or after delivery. Try not to be overly concerned by this; it’s perfectly normal.

    In the days leading up to birth, besides suitable feeding the pregnant dog should undergo regular but moderate exercise. A regular walk is perfect, but bear in mind towards the end of pregnancy, a walk can be exhausting and potentially damaging for the puppies growing inside.



    Post Natal Feeding Tips



    After birth, helping milk production is imperative. Milk production is best at four weeks after birth, where daily production will be around 1 litre. Under breastfeeding, nutrients will prove vital and can be ensured by providing high-quality, easily digestible, energy and nutrient-rich foods.

    At this stage, you can begin to offer a pregnant dog food two times daily; mothers with a large litter may require food even more often – remember, by this point, the dog will not grow fat at all as she looks to nurture the litter.

    The quantity of food can also be let to the fluctuating appetite of the animal. And finally, always make sure the dog has access to plenty of drinking water.



    Feeding Puppies



    Depending on the breed, breast milk can supply puppies with the necessary nutrients until they are roughly 3-5 weeks old. After this, solid food can be introduced.

    Once the dog has been separated for the mother, for suitable development, puppies will need small amounts of food five times a day.
     

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