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What to feed nursing mum

Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by Ede, Oct 20, 2020.


  1. Ede

    Ede PetForums Junior

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    Hello, my dog had pups on Saturday evening and is being a little fussy on what she eats... won’t he her kibble but is happy to eat scrambled eggs... I know at this stage she needs to be eating a lot and was hoping that some have some good ideas of what I can give her for meals as She can’t just live on scrambled eggs...
    Does anyone advice of giving bowl of full fat goats milk as well for the calcium as she is feeding 8 of them :)
    Thanks in advance
     

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    Ede PetForums Junior

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    Following on from this she seems to have bad diarrhoea at the moment so trying to settle her stomach slightly I have just done her some chicken and rice to hope that helps a little but can anyone give any other suggestions of what can give?
    Thank you
     
  3. David C

    David C PetForums Senior

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    Cut out the goats milk as that could be the cause of the diarrhoea and get some colocal d to supplement calcium that way.try soaking her normal kibble in warm water and then give it her in her bed. She may just not want to leave them to eat. Some bitches can be like this for the first week or two
     
  4. Rafa

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    Assuming your bitch ate the placentas, that is most likely the cause of the diarrhoea.

    At this time, she needs a diet rich in fat and calcium.

    I would give her a good quality, complete puppy food. She will likely find wet more appealing than dry.

    Offer her some rice pudding, sardines and cooked, mashed broccoli, to supplement her diet.

    It isn't unusual for a bitch to be fussy for several days after delivery. As I mentioned, it is likely caused by the placentas.
     
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    I thought it might be the milk with is giving diarrhoea but worried she will lack in calcium and cause eclampsia which is my main concern. Ok thank you I shall get some colocal d and try soaking her biscuits I have tried mushing them into wet food but she will just spit them out!!
     
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    I would not give a calcium supplement without the advice of your Vet.

    I would do as I suggested above.
     
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    Ede PetForums Junior

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    That’s great thank you yes I did try her with sardines in sunflower oil with rice today and she loved them so at the moment I know she will eat sardines and eggs and at 3am I was cooking eggs for her due to her not eating a lot making sure give her small amount frequently to settle her tum. No she didn’t eat any of the placentas but had to take her to the vets on Sunday evening as I noticed she was still contracting nearly 24 hrs later due to retained placentas, which scan showed 2 retained placentas and a lot of fluid so gave her Oxotain jab and she passed them fairly quickly which was good and settled down more after she had passed them. It makes me feel better that it’s not unusual for them to be fussy but just worry a lot about eclampsia. Am I right in thinking as well it can be normal to pant at times and still slot of discharge?
     
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    Yes, that is normal.

    Eight pups snuggled up to her will make her feel very warm and a little discharge is normal.

    So long as she's settled with her babies, don't worry.
     
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