A nursing bitch needs a special diet and therefore almost all manufacturers of dog food have their own rations for feeding lactating bitches. They provide various nuances of the state of the dog during this period, its needs.
For example, the amount of protein in the feed should not exceed 28% and be less than 24%. The content of vitamins should be increased, as well as micro and macronutrients, minerals. When feeding with dry food to a nursing bitch, plenty of drink is required, as well as dairy products, such as yogurt products, cottage cheese, kefir.
This is necessary for quality milk in dogs. Although if the dry food has a premium or superpremium class, then additional vitamin-mineral supplements with it are not required. In such feed all the needs of the mother-dog are balanced.
Distinctive features of feed for nursing dogs
Dry food for lactating dogs has an increased nutritional value and amounts of protein, both vegetable and animal. This is necessary to keep the dog in normal physical shape. In such feed, the amount of fat is especially precisely regulated so that the puppies do not have indigestion. And significantly increased the dose of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
The only thing a dog will need is an increase in the amount of food. In the first week after birth, her appetite is reduced and should be given the usual rate. In the second week, the diet of the feeding dog should be doubled, and from the third week until it stops feeding the puppies, the diet of many bitches is tripled.
Also, the amount of food depends on the number of puppies born. If a dog has more than seven babies, then a triple diet may be needed from the second week.
Power mode is also changing. The daily rate of the bitch should be divided into 5-6 receptions, it is better to offer the bitch to eat after she feeds the puppies. If the dog ate a certain brand before the birth, but the same company does not have a special ration for lactating bitches, then it is better not to transfer it to another company’s feed but to give the puppy food to an already tested manufacturer.
If the dog eats dry food of economy class, then it needs an additional special feeding, designed specifically for lactating bitches with the necessary complex of vitamins and minerals.
The lack of these substances can lead not only to the depletion of the mother, but also badly affect the health and development of puppies.