Q: A little help, please?
March 24, 2010 | By Barbara Y. | 4 answers | Expired: 1719 days ago
My dog had six puppies, and she has lost a LOT of weight. How can I help her get back to a healthy weight? (I can see her ribs!)
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Mar 25, 2010
Mary C is right. Ideally, you would have started your momma dog on a high calorie diet a month ago. All those extra calories help in milk production. Remember all that she ate in the last two months went to developing puppies. Now that she has whelped, they are taking even more in the form of milk.
She needs more food and higher calories to keep up with the demand.
Be careful when you change her diet. Do it slowly so her tummy can adjust. The last thing she needs now is diarrhea when she's trying to nurse. You don't want her to lose too much fluid. You can keep her on her regular food, but add some cottage chees, hot water, milk, or yogurt. Put just enough in to get the dry food moist. The moisture will help her make more milk as well as the protein.
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Mar 24, 2010
Yes, she should have a check up after giving birth to make sure all is well. Feeding a good protein puppy food and a high calorie supplement such as Nutri-cal will help her put weight back on. All females after giving birth will lose some weight, especially during whelping because the pups take a lot out of her. It is usually ideal to start the mother on a puppy food a couple months prior to delivery to prevent a large weight loss, but starting her on it now will help.
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