I really don't know what to do my female who is 53 days today into her pregnancy is being very very picky about what she eats. I had problems before when she was little with the commercial foods so I switched her to raw and she loved most of it but my vet wanted me to switch her back to commercial for the high calories but I can't get her to eat the stuff. Babies are kicking and she is gettting big but all she wants is anything other then dog food. Today she has had 1/2 can of tuna,toast and cheese whiz, brocolli and turnip and some hamburger (she went for the veggies first!!)I even baught a cows tongue today to see if she will eat it!! If she smells the commercial stuff in it she won't go near it. I need to do something so does anyone have any suggestions? How many calories does she need to consume now and after the babies?
Hello, If her appetite has dropped, she may be going into labor in the next 24-48 hours. Don't worry if she doesn't eat, her body is telling her she is not hungry. Don't give her human food, only puppy food. All what you are feeding her is bad for her. Cows tougne is not at all healthy for dogs. If she doesn't eat her dog food, don't feed her. Just ignore it, if she doesn't eat, she doesn't eat. I can tell you how many calories your dog need per day, but I will need her weight, and activity level. Lorelei XX
Hi, I have been breeding poms for many years, I would not pretend to have all of the answers, and certainly not more than your vet, but maybe I can add a different way to look at this. How are you presenting the comercial food to her? Dry? Moistened? Perhaps it doesn't have to be either or. What if you were to soak some of the dry food until it is soft, and then mix it with the raw food that she likes. A friend of mine, another long term pom breeder, boils up a chicken, then removes the bones and feeds the meat cup into tiny pieces and sprinkled with garlic to her tiny guys who don't want to eat. You don't want her to do much more than maintain her own body condition (you want to avoid protruding hipbones and prominent backbone if you can). You do not want her to put a whole lot of excess weight on the puppies, as it will make the delivery more difficult on both mom and babies. I will email my friend and ask her if she has any other suggestions as well. I hope I have been of some help. TJ I certainly hope she is not going into labour at 53 days, normal gestation is 58 to 63 days do you know to monitor her temp?
I'm mean and cruel. I don't tolerate a fussy eater in either my dog, my husband or my child. I put the food in front of them, if they don't want it, fine. I don't force it, I do keep offering them whatever I've made. If they're hungry, they'll eat. Catering to a fussy eater makes them more fussy and less willing to accept food IMHO. Changing your dog's diet to raw before (or in the middle of the pregnancy) probably didn't help matters. If your dog seems healthy, and her bones aren't protruding, and the vet thinks she is ok, then don't worry about it.
Hi, This is a hard question, but I will do my best to offer you some personal advice. My dogs are the same way very picky eaters. Once they get a tast of human food they do not want to eat dog food. I sometime mix raw egg yolks into their dry dog food and they will eat it all up. I do not know how healthy the raw diet is, but I know that premium puppy food has all the nurtients they need. Try mixing the raw egg yolk in just so that you can get some of the puppy food in her. If she doesn't eat then maybe she is not hungry when her body is hungry she will eat the dog food. Best of Luck!
Thanks everyone. Ok to begin with Lily weighs about 20lbs now. She is a Mini.Schnauzer and not very active latley. all she is doing is sleeping. I try and get her out for a walk around the yard a couple of times a day and yesturday she was actually a little frisky! I would like to leave the food out all day for her to nibble on but then my male Ben would end up eating it and he is doing so well on the raw that I wouldn't want to screw him up. Anyways I have tried the canned and dry moistened and hard, mixed with chicken or whatever but it doesn't work. I know how stubborn she is and I don't want her not to eat. Maybe I will try leaving the dry out all day and if Ben eats it he eats it, eventually she will have to eat, right? I will try this and see how it goes , Thanks
if she's so far along in her pregnancy, it's probably going to be just a few days before she whelps. When I was pregnant, I wasn't that interested in eating, and I slept ALL the time. Might just be the same with her. Is there anyway you can keep Ben seperate so he can't get to her food?
I don't know if this will help or not... it may work for some dogs but not others. When my Cairn was in the last week of her pregnancy, I kept her in a separate roon, with her whelping box, and a bowl of food and water. We have 5 dogs, and she appreciated being away from the other ones, rested peacefully, and got use to her whelping box at the same time. I am home during the day, so I made a trip in "her room" every hour or so, and gave her a belly rub and reassurance. She ate when she was hungry, she would scratch at door when she wanted out for awhile (which was not often). It worked out very well. Also...I should mention that it is highly likely that your girl will not want ANY other dog near her whelping box once she delivers. Moms tend to be protective of their babies. My pups are 6 days old, and if mom is in the livingroom, and one of the other dogs goes near the DOOR to her room, she is right there growling.
i've never had a pregnant dog and puppies, but have you tried soaking some dried puppy food in chicken broth till it's all soft and then seeing if she will eat it? i think it's a great idea to isolate her in a room with some food and water. since she's sleeping most of the time, it makes a lot of sense.
That does seem like a great idea, gestation in dogs is only 63 days on average, if she's so far along in her pregnancy, you definitely want to provide her her own room where she can get some privacy. If you have a whelping box already (and you should, you've had 2 months to get one!), put it in a room that's out of the way, like a utility room or tthe spare bathroom. And let her just stay in there getting used to the whelping box and getting some time away from the other dog. Put down food and fresh water.
When my toy poodle was pregnant, for about a week before she went into labor, she didn't want to eat. But I didn't cater to her. I gave her her regular food, and it may have taken her all day, but she ate it sooner or later. She was real fussy with the father - a mini schnauzer. When he tried to eat, she would run and growl at him. So even though she wasn't eating, no one else could!! She may just be close to her time, if so, seperation may be good. Or just let her eat when she will. If she's hungry she will eat no matter what it is.
Pregnant or not, if you give into your dog's pickiness, she will only get worse about it. Only provide her with the commercial food in the correct portions. If she doesn't eat, she isn't hungry enough. Don't stress over it. She won't let herself and her babies starve and your vet gave you the okay.
Thanks so much everyone. Yes I do have a welping box already for her and she has been in it a few times but likes the couch and her pillow hahaha I said to my husband this is likely where she will have them. I don't have a room where I can put her in other then my porch and it is too cold out there so I will have to put some thought into it. My husband did get her to eat some dog food tonight by hand but other then that, that was it. This is my first litter of pups so i am sure I am being way to concerned about her eating and you are right she won't let the puppies go hungry!! I will let you all know when they arrive!! I hope it isn't before Sunday but we are all ready! Gloves, paper towels ,newspapers,blankets ,cloths, baby bottles scissors, iodine , vet numbers beside the phone. I don't think I was this prepared for my own kids hahaha talk later