She should eat puppy food until her puppies are weaned. Schedule an appointment with the vet for a checkup. Provide your dog with a warm (about 85 degrees Fahrenheit), secluded, nesting area that is private and quiet. Make food and water available and easily accessible inside the nesting area.
What should I do after my dog has puppies?
After the birthing process, clean up the mother as much as possible without upsetting her using a warm water and washcloth. Do not use any soaps or disinfectants unless instructed to by your veterinarian. Remove any soiled newspaper or bedding from her whelping box.
What to feed a dog that just had puppies?
To help your nursing dog get enough nutrition, you can try several tactics:
- Feed a nutrient-dense diet such as puppy food.
- Without increasing the amount of food offered at a meal, increase the number of meals throughout the day.
- Free-choice feed her, offering unlimited access to dry food throughout the day.
What to watch for after dog gives birth?
Most health problems occur in the first few weeks after the birth.
Contact a veterinarian if any of these signs are noted:
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
- Loss of appetite/vomiting.
- No interest in the puppies.
- Decreased milk production.
Can you bathe a dog that just had puppies?
Wait at least 2-5 days after giving birth to bathe your momma dog, and keep her time away from pups as short as possible.
What is the best food for a nursing mother dog?
What should I feed my dog while she’s pregnant and nursing? We recommend feeding Hill’s® Science Diet® Puppy Foods as soon as possible. These formulas feature essential nutrients in sufficient amounts and help developing puppies get off to a great start in life.
What can I give my dog to help her produce more milk?
Milk thistle is one natural supplement known to help nursing mothers with their milk-making. Other dogs benefit from taking zinc while providing for their pups. In small doses, apricot can also increase milk production. Whatever you decide, it’s always best to run it by your vet before you begin supplementing.
Will my dog reject her puppies if I touch them?
“There is a long-standing myth that touching newborn animals will cause their mothers to reject them. This is almost never true, and puppies are no exception. In fact, family dogs are often very tolerant of their favorite humans touching their babies.”
Can puppies be born days apart?
Puppies are usually born 45-60 minutes apart, but the mother dog may take a break of up to four hours between puppies.