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    Default Now is Your Chance.

    Now that I have become an instant expert on diet, pregnancy, whelping needs I now am going to have to google what is best diet for lactating bitches and when and what to introduce to the pups. No she has not had them yet. All I know at the moment is I have wormer from the vet to give pups at 2 weeks of age after assessing weight.

    I will be visiting vet websites. Wanna give me hints, tips, advice on this?

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    Been so long since I raised a puppy I'll just sit back and learn with you.

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    I have never done it, just kittens, lol ( I mean from birth)
    My head is reeling, eyes sore, throbbing headache and forgot to have lunch but at least now I have the basics.

    Think I need a bex and a good lie down, lol.

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    I just got distracted.

    http://www.seespotlivelonger.com/art...Comparison.pdf

    Interesting.

    I am happy with supercoat (vet reccomended it and she was on it anyway since last week) and the usual raw, bones, flaps, sardines, liver, egg (shell now and then) natural yoghurt. She hates raw spinach so will cook it in minimal water, add that too and introduce mashed pumpkin as well.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 10-24-2009 at 04:04 PM.

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    Make sure she's on the Puppy variety of Supercoat. If she gets picky about her food I have found the dog roll foods very enticing - again get the puppy variety for extra protien, fat etc.

    If she has a few (not likely by the sound of your girl) and doesn't have much milk you can add Biolac or Divetelac to her food to boost her milk production. Powdered fenugreek added to her food can also increase milk production. Anything is better than hand feeding pups!!

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    Puppy dry biscuits.

    They've got extra good stuff. Advance and Nutro Natures choice both have recommended amounts for pregnant and lactating bitches.

    Frosty dog doesn't mind a bit of parsley chopped up and mixed with her yogurt and dry food. Not so keen on the spinach but eats it eventually. I feed these raw. She got some pasta surprise - pasta, garlic, olive oil, chopped warrigal (NZ native spinach?), and a bit of chilli and she liked that. Though I think she could do without the chilli - then again she seems to have acquired the taste for chilli.

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    Thank you both, yes it is puppy supercoat.
    She had parsley and spinach with some natural acidophilis yougurt in her raw/puppy dry meal last night. Vet told me as long as she has the supercoat he is happy with all this as well as sardines, raw egg etc. Told ya I have learned a lot but I know we never stop learning, which is why I am grateful for the forum's input who know wayyyyy more than I do.

    I do read of the dangers of too much calcium so how often should I give the well dried and crushed shell of the egg? I have done that twice this week.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 10-25-2009 at 08:39 AM.

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    The puppy food should have a reasonable level of calcium. Is probably not best to give her too much late in the pregnancy. An eggshell a couple of times a week should be plenty. Chicken wings are also a good source, or chicken frames - raw of course.

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    I have yet to get to a bigger center for chicken frames, wings, necks but she has meaty bones (beef, and lamb flaps, not to mention chops of ours from the freezer and chicken breast) till I got her supplies in from our small local butcher.

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    Don't forget , to avoid eclampsia or milk fever , the bitch WILL need a calcium supplement AFTER she has whelped her puppies.

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