I have heard both ends on this subject...i have heard to give calcium to pregnant females and to not give it to them ...to give vitamin suppliments... to not give them, the dog food is complete...I personally believe that a bit of egg and fats will help the coat...what does everyone think...I would like the opinion of those with 1 dog to those with 12...i need to decide what im going to do...thank you in advance for the help...
i have never bred a dog but from everything everyone who has has told me they give their dog yogurt or cottage cheese in their food daily while they are pregnant and afterwards. as far as supplementing just your regular dog i don't with mine. i feel the dog food is complete and they dont need any extra's
From all we have read and our own experience, we do not generally give supplements. If you feed a high quality dog food, that should be enough. About the only thing extra we give to our pregnant bitch is a small 1x1x1/2" piece of raw liver 2-3 times a week. The only thing that I found recommended is the homeopathic remedy "arnica" after whelping to ease bruising and promote healing. Here is a site you might want to visit also. Lots of info. Hope this helps! http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/Breeding.htm
I start squirting a vitamin E capsule on Allie's food about a week before a show, so it has extra shininess. But I feed her partly Bil-Jac, and that does the trick as well. Her coat is coming in all too nicely. By Halloween it oughta be very long! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
so ltlgto...you are saying you only give liver an no other supplements? I know i have read on this last wftd and others that calcium can cause certain things to happen...but i have heard many peopl tell about giving supplements or even the cottage cheese thing...i am leaning towards the food should be complete...I feed them chicken soup peppy food...they are not all puppies...but the highers protien and minerals sould be good for them right?
I think the main problem with given calcium and Vitamin D is the possibility of causing skeletal disorders in the pups and can even induce the bitch to getting Eclampsia. I have read about Chicken Soup and it sounds like a very good dry food. Better than most. If you give them cottage cheese, egg, raw meat, yogurt or that kind of thing, do it sparingly. Not more than one of those, once a day, and in moderation. Did you check out the web site shortcut in the previous post. It has a lot of good stuff also! Have a good evening! ltlgto
i was giving flax seed oil for coat, 4-5 times per week. i noticed a difference in a week or so. i switched to missing like, it's been to soon to notice results. they also get a lawn saver tab once a day- it neutralizes the pee so it doesnt kill your lawn, seems to work also. and they get a multivitamin daily. dont know if it helps but i figure it cant hurt. they eat innova dog food.
I normally supplement with raw meat once a week or so. (This not related to pregnancy, my dog is spayed.) I have stopped for the moment, as Missy had to stop exercise for a few months and has put on a few pounds, but will continue when she's back on track!