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    Our 2 year old female staffy has just given birth to her first litter of 4 healthy pups, so I need nutritional advice.

    Both our dogs normal diet consists of a good variety of supermarket canned food, dog loaves/fridge meat packs, leftovers (I work in a bistro so they get table scraps like twice a week - chicken/rice/seafood/veges/steaks), basically any one of those for an evening meal on top of their daily bowl of dry bikkies, endless supply of fresh water and maybe a small doggie treat every now and then. Once a week they also get raw food (chicken bones/mince) and dog bones from the supermarket meat section.

    Is this ok for our new Mum? Are there any special meals I can make for Melisha to make sure she gets the extra nutrition for her and her pups? Should I have her on a vitamin supplement? Any help appreciated. Thanks! [/COLOR]

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    She should have been on a good quality puppy kibble for the last couple of weeks of pregnancy. She needs this now even more so, along with a puppy formulated milk to help her with her own milk supply and you have it there to help wean the pups.
    For dogs sake GOOGLE to find out all you have to do. I also gave my bitch raw egg (microwaved eggshell crushed as well for calcium) Sardines, good fresh meat, some natural yoghurt. Her appetite will increase too due to feeding.

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    Oh yes...had her on puppy loaf. Her dry food is currently 'junior' bikkies. I alternate between 'sensitive' and 'junior' every couple weeks because my other dog has a sensitive tummy and he also prefers puppy bix (picky bugger). I Googled and there were so many conflicting things. I thought I'd see what has worked for others.
    Today I have started feeding her raw meat, kidney and livers mixed. Will cook some rice and get some eggs and pup milk to add when I hit the shops this arvo. I am giving her about twice her normal intake in small portions every 1.5/2 hours throughout the day. She will only sit up for about 20 seconds at a time to eat and only if I hold the bowl in her box so she doesn't have to leave.

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    She will begin to leave when she wants to and feels the pups are secure. Do you have a whelping box for her with a padded flat surface? Pups can smother if there are towels, blankets with folds in there.

    My thread may help you. I had lots of good advice in there. It is a long one though.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...st-season.html

    pups were born page 8. I am having a nostalgic read through it. They are one year old now.
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    Thanks so much DiDee for all the great advice. I have been reading through your blog. Love the pics!

    At the moment they are in a nice big box in the spare lounge. I put newspaper in it, an old blanket...more paper and then a cot blanket tucked tight. It's kind of stiff so it won't scrunch up. Kinda like a giant pet pad. Paper gets changed and fresh bedding every morning. Melisha is extremely clean. I've noticed if the bedding gets soiled even the tiniest bit, she will dig out the blanket to one side, rip out the soiled bits of paper and move all her puppies to a clean area. So I'll change bedding then also.

    At the moment they are living in a quiet corner of the family room. We'll have to make a little area for when the pups start moving around and house training. Lucky it's all tile!

    Today she left her box to see the mail man, which suprised me. Although my dogs do seem to like the parcel man. He is the only person our boy doesn't bark at.

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    Well Melisha and pups are doing great! After a huge amount of weight loss and not eating properly, I put Melisha on some multivitamins and she has started to have puppy milk and Eukanuba puppy bikkies. She also loves fish and has started a wierd fetish for green apples! She is eating great and starting to get her 'figure' back.

    Now she is back to her happy lovable ways and full of energy, she is dying to go for a run to the park. Pre-puppies, she went out 2-3 times a day. The pups are a week old now and she feeds them, cleans them and leaves them to nap. Is it ok to take her out walking again?

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    I hope you have homes lined up for them. God only knows there are heaps of "staffies" in the pounds.

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    As soon as we suspected she may be pregnant, we had family and friends putting their hands up for the pups - 3 of them have already been named by their owners too lol. Everyone who knows us, knows we love and spoil our dogs to bits and they have great temperaments as family pets. We took Melisha in about 6 months ago from an owner who could no longer care for her due to work commitments. We are not 'breeders' and did not get her for such a purpose and so this is her one and only litter. As soon as the pups are gone, Melisha will be spayed. I'm super excited about the puppies going to homes where I can watch them all grow and know they will be in the best care.

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    Thought I would post an update of how Melishas pups are. They are now about 8 months old. Nellie (Bean) is living with my sister and her 3 kids. She is healthy and happy and loves the attention she gets from her kiddie companions. Rock (Boa), went to my Mum and Dad. He lives with a little kitty companion and is spoilt rotten. He is a snuggly big softy. Dash went to a family friend. I received a pic of Dash and her little human about 3 months ago and they are getting along very well and I hope to go and visit Dash within the next couple of weeks. Our big girl 'Boofa' is now known as Bonnie. She went to a lovely family in the country who lost their previous Staffy to old age. They love her to bits and she is also spoilt and has the run of the house. My husband got a message about a month ago to say Bonnie is doing well. I couldn't have hoped for better homes for our puppies and I'm stoked they are all doing well and are welcome additions to their new homes.

    Melisha has now been spayed.

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    Great news It would be so comforting to know they are all well looked after! Plus all the puppy play dates you guys could of had!
    Rubylisious


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