Maximum Health for Pregnant & Nursing Dogs
Dr. Bill’s Supplement Recommendations
—Dr. Bill Barnett
Canine Ultimate Fitness & Health
For the second 30-day period, when the puppies are beginning to grow at a very rapid pace, mom will need more daily energy & protein (food). However, with a belly full of puppies most pregnant moms have trouble finding the room needed for anything extra. This problem can be solved by selecting a food with a higher number of calories per unit weight and feeding it in smaller amounts more frequently throughout the day along with the delicious, easy-to-use Ultimate Fitness & Health powder mixed in.
- Weeks 1-3 standard dosage as shown on the package (based on the weight of your dog)
- Weeks 4-6, increase the dose to 1.5 times the standard amount.
- Weeks 7 you should vary the dose depending on the expected litter size. Increase the supplement to twice the standard dose for 1-3 puppies: 3 times the standard daily dose for 4-7 puppies, and 4 times the standard daily dose for 8 or more puppies.
- For the first 5 weeks after delivery, while mom is producing milk for her puppies, continue mom’s diet at 3-5 small meals a day (or as much as she will tolerate) and maintain the supplement at the same level as her final weeks of pregnancy: twice the standard dose for 1-3 puppies: 3 times the standard daily dose for 4-7 puppies, and 4 times the standard daily dose for 8 or more puppies.
As weaning approaches, the food and Ultimate Fitness & Health amounts for mom can be reduced to the standard pre-pregnant dose on the package. When the puppies begin to eat food on their own start adding Ultimate Fitness & Health to their daily diet. The dosage can be determined by combining the weight of the entire litter and then stirring our delicious easy-to-use powder into the food. That way, each pup will get their fair share. While mom is producing milk for her puppies, continue mom’s diet at 3-5 small meals a day (or as much as she will tolerate) and maintain the supplement at the same level as her final weeks of pregnancy: twice the standard dose for 1-3 puppies: 3 times the standard daily dose for 4-7 puppies, and 4 times the standard daily dose for 8 or more puppies.
Canine Digestive Support
Canine Immune Support
Maternal antibodies are transferred from mom to pup in the first few nursing sessions. These antibodies usually begin to wane before the first puppy shots are given. Even then, the vaccinations only protect against diseases like distemper, hepatitis, kennel cough, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. In addition to Ultimate Fitness & Health I recommend that both mom and her pups should be given my Canine Immune Support product starting at 6 weeks of age. It will enhance the innate immune system helping to prevent such intruders as yeast, molds, fungus, bacteria, and viruses, which all can turn into a serious health hazard.
One last situation to discuss. That is the occasional scenario where mom decides before her pups have a chance to nurse that her job is over and stops allowing them to nurse. When this happens no maternal antibodies are passed on. But don’t panic. I always have some Esbilac on hand before birth time. You might want to learn how to tube feed an infant pup as well. Make sure you add the Ultimate Fitness & Health to the Esbilac formula and starting in week 3 you can begin adding the Immune Support to the milk to protect all puppies in the litter.
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