Raw Feeding your Pregnant Bitch

Raw Feeding your pregnant female will give her puppies the best start in life! 

Throughout the pregnancy the diet shouldn't really change too much and you really don't need to over complicate things by adding unnecessary supplements. 

A canine pregnancy lasts approximately 63 days (9 weeks) and the stages of pregnancy can be split into 3 trimesters.

The diet should be a normal complete and balanced diet with a few minor tweaks throughout the different trimesters. 

Trimester 1 (week 1-5)

In the first 3 weeks there will be very little adjustment needed to their diet providing your dog is at a healthy weigh. Make sure you are giving as much variety as possible with ad many different meats and fish to ensure maximum nutrition. During this stage increasing the amount of calcium is thought to be beneficial to the dog. So offer a little extra bone during this time is advised. This can include higher bone minces, or adding in raw meaty bones to their diet such as necks, feed, ribs etc.  No need for calcium supplements! 

If you currently feed vegetables to your dog we want to reduce this to around 10% or under. Opt for veg that is easier to digest and absorb nutrients from like Spinach, Broccoli and other Greens. Step away from the root veg which is harder for the dog to absorb.  

During this trimester very similar to humans mothers they have suffer with sickness and nausea. During this time they may go on and off their food and even suffer with hunger pukes (Billions Vomiting Syndrome). This is normal and nothing to be alarm about providing your dog is still at a healthy weight. Adding in a Pro-biotic like Kefir will help to settle the stomach and ensure moms microbiome is in tip top condition to absorb as much nutrition as possible and feed those growing pups.

Trimester 2 (weeks 5-7)

At this stage of the pregnancy there is no real change from how you fed her in the first trimester. However now we need to increase the amount the dog eats by 10%. We don't want her getting fat. But the extra food will help fuel her body at the time the puppies will be doing most of their growing inside her. 

It is also beneficial to spread her food out into more frequent meals. This will give her and her puppies a constant stream of nutrition.

Trimester 3 (weeks 7-9)

During this final trimester we need to increase her food again by another 10% and continue spreading out the feeds to little and often. 

Your bitches body will be under extreme stress at this point and will be feeling it in her joints. Her internal organs like kidney, heart and lungs will be working over time. This may also make her a little off her food too. So make sure you are offering her favourite foods at this time to encourage her to eat. But this is totally normal. 

We now also want to reduce her bone content back down to its normal 10%. You will be able to achieve this percentage by adding 10% extra boneless meat to the previous trimesters meals. That way you bring down the bone % while increasing her food by 10%. Simple.

THE PUPPIES HAVE ARRIVED!!! 

Once the puppies have all arrived you want to get the moms diet back to how it was in the first trimester with the additional bone to increase the calcium. So snacks of wings, necks and ribs etc are great for her. 

We also want to increase her food and offer as much as she is willing to eat. Obviously we don't want her getting fat. But we do need to take into account the huge nutritional needs of her rapidly growing offspring. 

Then when the puppies are 4 weeks old you will need to help get them off the mother and get them onto solid foods. During this time you will need to reduce the mothers food quantity down to its normal daily amount. This will help to get the dogs body to starts to stop or reduce the amount of milk being produced and start to get her back to normal. 

Weening the pups

At 4 weeks old you can start to offer them some solid food in a bid to get them off their mothers milk. 

During this time start off feeding just minced tripe for a few days and then gradually introduce all the different proteins which the mother eats. Its advised to make chicken the first meat after the tripe as this is the easiest meat for the dog to digest. After that we just want to be increasing the variety of tastes and textures. The more variety you give as such a young age will help to reduce any allergies in the future. 

You do not need any special pastes or 'puppy raw'. These are just marketing tools. Your young pups can eat exactly the same as their mother. 

Then we want to start introducing raw meaty bones to the puppies. Chicken wings and chicken wing tips are the most common first bone for puppies. Obviously depending on the size/breed of the dog will determine the most suitable bone for them. But the pups should be able to eat them, or at least try. These RMB will provide the pups with both mental and physical stimulation. It will also get them started on learning to chew their food. Not just swallow. Which can prevent any future issues with them. 

You can also give larger bones like lamb necks and ribs. Your puppies will probably not be able to eat those. But they will get lots of benefit from chewing on them and tearing off the meat in-between the bones. 

There is no need to add supplements and definitely no need for Goats Milk. Which is a very common mistake that some breeders make thinking they are doing the right thing giving extra nutrients. Dogs should not drink milk from any other animal at any time of their life. They are lactose intolerant and this can cause a bad stomach and digestive issues for the puppies.

 

Hopefully that will help give you all the information you need to give the mother and your new puppies the absolute best start in life! If you have any questions or would like us to advise on which meats and bones are suitable for your dog and litter pop on down to the shop and we will be happy to help. 

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