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What Foods Should You Feed a Pregnant Dog?

By Rebecca Boardman
 

Overview

Pregnancy in any animal is a delicate and important time. The growing pups in a pregnant dog demand a great deal from the mother's body, and will actually suck nutrition from the very bones of their dam if it is needed. For puppies to be born healthy and fully formed, it is important to provide optimal nutrition to the mother while she is pregnant.
Pregnant female

Take Her to the Vet

Begin with a visit to your veterinarian. Any healthy pregnancy should be checked and verified by a vet, and then the health of the mother should be evaluated. Her physical condition will be assessed and you can ask the vet at that time what food is best to feed her. Often, vet offices will have a selection of food available that you can buy on site.

Home Care

Feeding your dog at regular times in controlled amounts is the best way to care for her at home. A pregnant female does not have as much room in her stomach for food, so feeding more frequently, in gradually increasing amounts to meet the demands of her growing babies, is helpful--especially as her stomach becomes more and more squeezed as the pups get bigger and take up more room. Twice a day will suffice, and then--towards the last 3 weeks--smaller portions three to four times a day is easiest on the female.

Types of Food to Feed Her

Foods high in easily digestible protein are what you need to look for. The main ingredient should be meat, and meat that you can easily recognize--such as chicken, beef, pork, fish or lamb. Avoid "ground animal meal." You have no idea what that meat is, or how old it is or what it was ground with. Avoid anything with ash or too many fillers, and look for natural ingredients, with supplemental nutrition such as dried brewers yeast, vitamins and minerals. Dry food, or kibble, is best, although mixing it with wet food will make it more palatable for your female.
Comments (9)
Aug 13, 2009 Saul
my family has had dogs for the longest time and recommend to give ur puppy gold it has allot of protein vitamins and is great for pregnant dogs it also helps them produce more milk for the next litter of puppies it give great results u just mix it into ur food with a little bit of water and ur dog is getting twice as much as fat, protein,etc.
Mar 22, 2011 lulibonilla
THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION IT IS OF GREAT VALUE TO ME AND MY DOG.
Mar 7, 2012 GerogiaCC120
Good information, and the pic of that little pregnant Chihuahua is adorable! Our girl Goldie ate Natural Balance Synergy while she was pregnant with her pups. She did great on this food, had six healthy babies, and then we fed the same thing to them (added a little water to soften it) after they were weaned. Goldie lost some of her appetite as her due date got closer, so we gave her turkey dog food rolls (also by NB) and it sparked her appetite.
Apr 10, 2012 txsunny
My GSD bitch is pregnant with her first litter. She has been off her regular food since she returned from the breeding. I tried adding puppy dry food to her regular food but since she was not eating her regular food she isn't eating any of the food at all. I added regular ground canned food to her regular dry food before confirmation that she is pregnant and she still wasn't eating it. Her vet said to add canned puppy food to her food and see if she will eat it. Do you know which canned puppy food would be best?
Apr 25, 2012 kyleandamy
we've been using Science Diet dry food mixed with their canned 'puppy stew' for our dachshund...seems to work really well. No meat by products, ingredients are top notch. hope that helps!
Nov 14, 2012 hannahleis
Hi there, my dog is a 7 year old jack rusell cross shitzu. I'm almost positive she is pregnant. She has a heart murmur but it does not affect her, she is only 6 or 7 pounds. What is the worst that could happen if I don't take her to the vet? Thanks!
Nov 15, 2012 hannahleis
Also, she's become more affectionate than usual. (Sleeping with me every night) But I read that their appitite doesn't change until a few weeks in. My dog is getting hungry more often than before but she's only been pregnant (I THINK, not 100% positive) for a few days. Is this normal? Could she just be hungry?
Apr 19, 2013 halfpint740
Hello. My little Labrador is 5 weeks pregnant and very fussy with her food, she went off.her tried food, I have tried all kinds.of puppy food.on its own and.even in gravy....but no...she will only eat chicken, fish, sometimes beef. I want her and the.puppies to.do well but worry she is not gettin enough nutrients from the meat alone. She has just gone.off what seems to be every dog food on the market.
Apr 19, 2013 halfpint740
Hello. My little Labrador is 5 weeks pregnant and very fussy with her food, she went off.her tried food, I have tried all kinds.of puppy food.on its own and.even in gravy....but no...she will only eat chicken, fish, sometimes beef. I want her and the.puppies to.do well but worry she is not gettin enough nutrients from the meat alone. She has just gone.off what seems to be every dog food on the market.
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