Preparing For A New Litter
BEFORE YOU WHELP
These are the things you should have on hand when you are about to have a new litter, just in case you run into problems. Better safe than sorry, they say. This is a way to treat illness, diarrhea without antibiotics, which destroy the intestinal flora of the gut in the process of killing off any pathogens. All products are safe for newborns.
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BakPakPlus (probiotics/digestive enzymes) and 4 in 1 Probiotics (probiotics/digestive enzymes, vitamin C and barley grass vegatation) can be purchased through www.FirstChoiceNaturals.com - 765-284-8288.
Approximate amounts to feed pregnant bitches (giant breeds):
63 day gestation = 9 weeks
Use a holistic food with a moderate protein 23-25% and moderate fat of 12%-15% - feed their normal amount for the first 4 weeks to make sure she is pregnant. (example: Precise Foundation or Precise Holistic Complete Large/Giant Breed Adult). You do not want her to get fat before you know for sure she is pregnant. Then you can just increase the amount of food, or if you know it is a large litter, then move up to a protein that is 26-28% with a fat content that is 15%-18% range for the rest of the pregnancy AND for 3 months after so she has the calories to repair after the body. (example: use the Precise Holistic Complete Sm and Med Adult Food (27% protein 17% fat). Forget the title and look at protein/fat content that is needed for larger litters. I do not recommend any Grain Free Foods for pregnancy because no companies have done feed trials on these diets as of 2012.
If a dog's coat looks bad after pregnancy that means they are nutritionally depleated and that is not good. Shedding coat is not unusua,l but it should return quickly if feed a better diet which helps minimize any hair loss.
Example for giant breed litter:
Week 1 - 4 Feed the normal amount in cups that you are currently feeding.
week 5 - add 1 cup AM and 1 cup PM = total 2 more cups a day
This is generally sufficient for the last two weeks of the pregnancy and nursing. If she is still ravenous, or has a big litter it is best to switch up Precise Holistic Complete Sm and Med Adult (27% protein 17% fat).
It is important to increase their friendly bacteria - Probiotic intake during pregnancy and lactation, you can use 4 in 1 Probiotics or 4 in 1 Probiotics Plus with veggies and fruit.
Also the use of Nzymes - antioxidant enzymes, are critical to any diet regardless of brand of food you feed. This product replaces the enzymes lost in the processing of commercial foods and needs to be replenished throughout the life of the dog. The stress of pregnancy requires an additional dose. This is what I use along with 4 in 1 Probiotics to prevent vaccine reactions. I start using this when they are weaned..just do not double dose..ease them into it.