Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
I watch the organs the first 28 days, then include it again. I don't supplement any "Mixes" - I keep everything very simple.
I don't up my quanitities until Day 40 or so. The last 7-10 days no extra calcium, just meat and organ. While puppies are being born I supplement calcium AFTER the first puppy, never before. Then add the bone back into their meals - balanced bone, but in every meal so you are providing adequate calcium. I am paranoid so still supplemented lol
After whelp, my girls get as much food as they want. My raw fed girl (Shepherd) would ONLY eat kibble because she would not leave her babies. She couldn't eat her chunk or "part" raw without getting up, which she refused to do, so kibble it was for the first 6 days. Then she switched back over to raw and I fed her 3-4 times a day. (The ground I had purchased for the babies was not adequate for her due to the cost of the product and the amount I would need to feed. Basically it cost me over $500 a month to feed 7 Shepherd puppies and 4 Pom puppies while they were here (9 Weeks for Sheps and 16 weeks for Poms))
My two other girls would ONLY eat raw after whelping - no kibble. Every bitch is different.
Puppies were weaned onto raw - whole ground beef carcass and warm water, then increased variety after several days. By the time they were 6 weeks they had a diet of beef ground whole carcass, turkey ground whole carcass, chicken ground whole carcass, beef tripe, buffalo tripe, chicken necks, chicken backs and Turkey necks)
I agree get on to Facebook and type in Dog breeding, Canine Reproduction etc and you will find an absolute WEALTH of info from breeders who have been doing this longer than I have been alive LOL Also, Canine Midwoofs is a good one.
I also found a mentor who has been breeding Berners for over a decade and raw feeding them to guide me on the raw feeding pregnant dams and puppies portion. She has been an absolute saint and indespensible.
Of the 7 Shepherd puppies - 6 stayed raw fed. When the puppy owners were visiting the litter they asked SO many questions about raw feeding, limited vax, etc and all decided to keep with the program I follow. It has been super amazing to see them grow and succeed with their handlers. I LOVE every one of them and the feedback on the litter has been superb!
Good luck with your gal - fingers crossed she has some babies in there!