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Q: What can we feed our dog in order for the puppies to come out healthy?

February 6, 2010 | By Keyla | 4 answers | Expired: 1683 days ago

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Idaviruma
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Feb 07, 2010

Really depends on what you can find best for your budget. As a general rule of thumb you want to avoid corn, wheat, soy, byproducts, any gluten meals, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives(BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin) as well as synthetic Vit K (Menadione).
I personally chose to avoid grains as well, grains are generally used in pet food to bulk up the nutrient content and cut back on the cost of production, it also has long shelf life. None of those things are particularly beneficial to dogs since they cant digest grains very well to begin with, so they end up pooping out most of the food.
Since nursing mother benefit from extra calories, I think a higher protein food would be ideal. look into wellness core, taste of the wild, natures variety instinct, acana, orijen, just to name a few. If you chose to go with any of those, its important to transition slowly to avoid any digestive problems.
good luck

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Jillian
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Feb 07, 2010

stephanie has great answers. make sure she is getting good quality dog food {4-6 stars} - www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
you can also add puppy chow to her regular diet b/c it's high protein and has everything puppies need. meat is excellent, chicken, lamb, beef, salmon - absolutely no pork and try to feed tuna only on occasion if you have to.

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Stephanie  C.
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Feb 07, 2010

Make sure the female is receiving all the food she wants. This is an important time for her. Canine gestation is ~63 days.
You can slowly introduce good quality dairy products such as plain yogurt or cottage cheese. They are high in calcium and protein which the pups need. They will also help in milk production. Mix them into her dry food as a treat. Start with small amounts. You can increase the amount as partruition nears.

When the pups arrive, you might find that it works best to feed several small meals throughout the day. Keep giving her the yogurt/cottage cheese while the pups are nursing along with her dry food.. Dont give too much dairy or she will get diarrhea. This will deplete her fluid levels - which means less milk for the pups.

There may also be some 'prenatal' vitamins available for dogs- ask your vet.

Make sure she has a comfortable, quiet place to whelp when the time nears. Set up a baby pool with lots of bedding and a night light. She should have food and water available at all times. Keep the room extra warm as the puppies cannot make their own heat for several weeks. If the pups are in a pile -its too cool in the room. If the pups are sleeping apart from each other, the room is too warm. They should sleep near each other. Mom should be with them full time and only away for potty time untill they are walking.

Good luck

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Dakota12
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Feb 07, 2010

Science diet is a very good brand( be sure to buy the puppy brand), and vets all around recomend it. But be sure to talk to your vet too!!!

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