Liver and yogurt are animal based foods. Good. Your dog is eating the calcium rich yogurt. And liver has protein. She is doing the right things. Steak sauce, spaghetti sauce -- most of that is full of sodium and has no nutritious value. Do not give that stuff. Check your peanut butter too, some of it has xylitol in it, which is toxic to dogs. In some ice cream too.
Your bitch is making good choices, and 4 or 5 puppies is not like 11 or 12 for zapping her strength. If she was in good physical health going into whelping, and she probably ate at least some of the placentas, she should be fine working on reserves for a while. After a week though, I would expect her appetite to pick up. If not, then maybe you should consider whether you are allowing her to feel too much stress.
How much are you and other humans handling the puppies?
Is access to her and her puppies totally cut off from other animal members of the household?
How often are you removing her from her puppies to go outside or eat or cleaning the box whatever?
Sometimes we inadvertently do too much. She needs to feel totally safe, and she needs to be interacted with by you more than the puppies need it right now. When you go into the room tell her what a good job she is doing.
I set up a second box, so I can put the puppies in there, with her, then clean the first box, and then put them back, weigh them twice a day, and mostly leave her and them be. Some TTouch stuff suggests it is helpful for puppies to be handled early on, but for the first two weeks, the handling they get when being moved for cleaning and weighed is enough. My bitches will bleed more when stressed, other bitches may not eat well. It is something to think about, especially if this is a first litter.
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Last edited by selzer; 02-06-2019 at 01:14 PM.