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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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What do you feed/suppliment your Nursing Mothers?

My girl just had 12 pups. Yes, 12 healthy, lively beautiful little pups to share 8 to 10 teets! She is such a good mother...she has gotten them on a schedule where she feeds them 6 at at time which is so amazing.

I know this many pups will be hard for her body to support. I have been giving her boiled eggs, canned food, her usual grain free top quality "large Breed Puppy" kibble, and some plain yogurt. I have also been giving her pasta and potatos and some cooked chicken, which I normally never do, but she seem so hungry all the time. I swear she's eating her body weight in food everyday! I guess I would too if I were feeding 12 growing pups.

So, my question is this; what do you normally feed your nursing Mama Dog to keep her in milk and healthy and strong?

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just one quick point - pasta is made from a grain -- wheat -- sort of spoils the grain free diet approach.
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I feel really silly that I didn't think of that. I actually had leftover Pasta in the fridge that I gave her just once. She just looks so hungry and I can't help worrying about a litter that large.

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get her some goats milk , full fat , for energy and to encourage her to drink so she keeps producing milk.
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I feed raw so just feed more of their normal diet. I have never had to feed 12, but Nike had more than enough milk for 8 and still had a ton of milk at 7 weeks.

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We did goats milk and yougart added to our girls diet. We feed raw but added her on puppy kibble since 7 out of our 9 puppy homes were going to feed kibble vs raw. You could always add in sardines, eggs, chicken etc as well.

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We also feed raw, and just increase the amount the bitch is eating, split into 3 meals a day instead of the usual two. The only thing we add in is a bit of goats milk and yogurt once a day. We have had litters of 11 and 12 pups and just an increase in her normal diet has worked fine.


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Thank you all! She is doing great. I have a source of fresh goats milk from a goat farm down the road from me, so I will add that in. I also raise chickens so I have been giving her boiled chicken and duck eggs. I have also been giving her yogurt and also cottage cheese so I think we are on the right track. I hadn't thought of Sardines, but they are high in calcium, vitamin D and Omegas. Trying to get some pics posted in the picture section today. :-)

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Also do the goats milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese and a supplement called Puppy Gold....good quality kibble....extra normal sized meals - not increase the amount at a feeding

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