Pregnant Dog Care and Nutrition


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Having a puppy is an exciting process for both you and your dog. Although it is a great feeling that those cute puppies come to your home, it can become a tiring and challenging process for both the new mother and the dog owner. There are very important points to be considered in pregnant dog feeding and pregnant dog care. If you are expecting a baby, this guide is for you.

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First of all, it should be noted that when your pregnant dog is not close to birth, it is very important that you prepare all the materials that you will need completely. The most critical point in these deficiencies is, of course, what and how you feed your pregnant dog. It is very important that a pregnant dog gets all the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients it needs from the food it eats. Proper nutrition is the most important factor that will make both mother and future puppies happy and healthy. Although adult dog food is ideal for daily use, giving your pregnant dog puppy food will also be a move to support it during and after pregnancy. Keep in mind; Your dog's body structure and other medical requirements will determine what type of diet you will need during your pregnancy. To find out, you need to take your dog to a vet as soon as he realizes that your dog is pregnant.

Why should I give my pregnant dog puppy food?

Puppy dog food is much richer in key nutrients than standard adult dog food. In addition, it is much easier to digest puppy food. Giving puppy food to your dog from the 6th week makes it strong and helps to transfer the necessary nutrients to its offspring through its milk. Your dog should be accustomed to new feeding regimens at every new stage of pregnancy and its metabolism should adapt to these changes. In addition to the adult food that it consumes in the first weeks, the puppy food that you need to give in small amounts should increase gradually as it progresses and completely replaces the adult food by the tenth week.

How Much Food Should I Give My Pregnant Dog?

While feeding pregnant dogs, it is possible to give them standard amounts of food in the first weeks. In the early stages of pregnancy, your female dog may feel some nausea or vomiting, causing her anorexia to eat less. Just like in humans, this condition is called pregnancy nausea. Although this may be of concern to you as a dog owner, this is quite normal and is a natural part of the process.

You should increase your food intake from the fifth week of pregnancy. The portions you will increase a little more each week should be one third more than normal by the ninth week. By this time, the weight of the expectant mother should increase by about 25 percent and she should look bigger in your eyes.

By resorting to controlled and metered portions, you should prevent her from overeating and escaping obesity. This situation can lead to unwanted problems during pregnancy and may cause difficulties for you and the expectant mother during delivery. If you have serious concerns about your pregnant dog's weight, it will be useful to contact a veterinarian.

How should I care for my pregnant dog?

Of course, the only thing that matters in the life of a pregnant dog is not how and how much it is fed. As your dog's closest life friend, it is very important that you support him in this process and provide the care he needs.

First of all, it is imperative that you take your dog to the vet as soon as you find out that your dog is pregnant. The veterinarian determines the stage of your dog's pregnancy, determines the number of puppies and how well their condition is, and provides you with all the information you need for a peaceful, happy and trouble-free pregnancy. In addition, taking your pregnant dog to veterinary checks at regular intervals is one of the most important factors of a healthy pregnancy and birth.

While your dog is pregnant, you should be preparing for the arrival of puppies. During pupping, your dog should be as comfortable as possible, you should be as prepared and productive as possible, so you need to complete all material preparations a few days before birth, if possible a few weeks before, and adapt your house to puppies.

The list of ingredients you should prepare before the birth of your dog can be summarized as follows:

  1. Enough newspaper paper to cover the birth box and provide easy cleaning
  2. The mats you will use as a bed after the birth is completed
  3. Dry and clean towels to clean offspring
  4. Paper towel
  5. Thermometer to measure your dog's fever before birth
  6. A clean and sterile scissors to cut the umbilical cord
  7. Hot water bottle to keep puppies warm
  8. Iodine to sterilize the incisions after the umbilical cord is cut
  9. Baby scales
  10. Your vet's phone number
It is very important that you keep all these materials in an easily accessible location; because it is not possible to predict when your dog will begin to hatch. As long as you follow the instructions given by your vet and take good care of your pregnant dog during your pregnancy, there is no obstacle for you to have a perfect and happy pupping process!