Breeding Tips for Puppies and Nursing Moms

Mothers Pudding or Whelping Pudding

Here are a few recipes for nursing moms that might not want to eat. These are a great source of Calcium, fat and protein for lactating dogs that quick energy. However, I am personally not crazy about the sugar content of these recipes for dogs, but I guess eating something is better than nothing in certain situations. Breeders have used these recipes for years with much success, the sugar comment is just my opinion.

There is also controversy about using dairy products for dogs. Some people have used Cottage Cheese or full fat Yogurt to add calcium during the labor process. Please research dairy products in dogs to make your own decision as to whether or not you want to use them during the birthing process for a quick calcium boost.

Please keep in mind that the key to a mother producing good milk requires

  • A lot of animal fats
  • Calcium, after the first puppy is born (for some, not all moms in labor need this)
  • Fresh water available 24/7
  • Peace and quiet
  • Rest

Not all mothers need calcium during the labor process, but when they do it is an urgent situation that needs quick action. Its a good idea to have a calcium supplement ready to go. Please check with your veterinarian for advice about calcium supplements.

Many breeders will use a calcium paste or Tums, during the labor process. Then start feeding the Mothers Pudding once labor is over.

Not all moms will need the Mothers Pudding some will handle everything just fine due to a healthy balanced diet. Some moms in labor will need more help with the process. Each dog is different and has different needs, its up to the breeder and their Veterinarian to make the best decisions for their dog and puppies.

This is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed Veterinarian. Anytime there is a question about a dog or puppy, your Veterinarian should be the first one to call for advice.

Here are three recipes for Mother’s Pudding or Whelping Pudding - great source of calcium, fat, and protein for lactating bitches, plus quick boost energy from the sugar content. 

Recipe B (From Scratch)

Mix the following in a saucepan and cook to pudding consistency.

  • 2/3 cup sugar OR 2 tbs of clear Karo Syrup
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch or flour
  • 4 cups whole milk (or one can evaporated milk plus equal parts water to make quart)4 egg yolks

This is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed Veterinarian. Anytime there is a question about a dog or puppy, your Veterinarian should be the first one to call for advice.

 

 

Recipe C

  • 1 cup goats milk , you can find it in the milk section
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt ...one with the most fat
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Karo Clear Syrup

Mix in blender then warm in sauce pan do not feed cold to puppies

This is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed Veterinarian. Anytime there is a question about a dog or puppy, your Veterinarian should be the first one to call for advice.

Goats Milk

Some breeders will buy fresh Goat milk (non powder) and add it to their dogs food. Raw goat milk is a good resource, if you can find it. Goat milk has several unique properties when compared to cow milk. Goat milk is relatively low in sodium and carbohydrates, and high in protein and calcium. While cow milk is slightly acidic, goat milk is alkaline. Some studies show that goat milk is easier and quicker to digest due to its smaller fat globules, a higher concentration of fatty acids, and looser curd formation.  Be sure to check with local farmers in your area for fresh milk. 

Beef Liver For Fading Puppies

This is not intended to replace the advice of a licensed Veterinarian. Anytime there is a question about a dog or puppy, your Veterinarian should be the first one called for advice.

This is an old remedy, but seems to work wonders on new born puppies that are struggling.

 

  • Large piece of Beef liver
  • Add a little bit of water to cover liver
  • Boil slowly, about 5 minutes, until the blood comes out.
  • Let cool
  • Drain the liquid

Suggested amount is 4 drops (no matter the breed) for the puppy. At first you give it every 2 hours for 12 hours, then every 4 hours.

Continue until you feel the puppy is thriving.

 

Don't use any of the liver itself, it's way too rich for puppies, just the liquid.

Liquid can be frozen 

 

Liver Water

Liver water can be frozen and stored for later use. I have found that my dogs love it on their food for a special treat. 

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