Pregnancy & Lactation
Dog Supplements For Active Breeding Females
There is nothing cuter than a newborn puppy. That is why it is important to consider what it takes to build a happy, healthy puppy that develops properly. To do so, we start several months earlier by focusing on Mom.
A pregnant dog has dramatically increased nutritional needs. Her body has to provide 100% of the needs of the growing brood inside her as well as support her lifestyle that she normally lives. Depending on the breed, it could be just normal activities around the house or higher-level activities like hunting, herding or competing.
Managing your pregnant dog’s weight is critical so as to avoid losing weight or even more important becoming obese.
How Should I Feed My Pregnant Dog?
Since the nutritional requirements increase, take a look at your current dog food and see if it is formulated to support gestation and lactation. Although her needs change throughout gestation, keep in mind that a pregnant dog’s energy needs accelerate around 6-8 weeks where her energy requirements can be 30-60% higher than normal. If it does not quite meet the needs, find one that does or increase the amount she eats. However, this can be challenging for as the puppies get larger, there is less room in the GI tract for food.
And it does not stop at whelping. After the puppies are born, lactation begins and takes an even harder toll on Mom to deliver the nutrition they need through her milk. During this time, she may require as much as 2-4 times the energy in calories than she normally would.
This is a time to consider nutrient dense, comprehensive nutritional supplements to help out.
Choosing The Right Nutritional Supplement For Pregnant Dogs
As you look to meet your pregnant dog’s needs through gestation and lactation, the following areas are important to consider.
- Provides a nutrient dense high protein, high fat formula in a small feeding rate to deliver the extra protein and energy she needs
- Contains an extensive package of vitamins, including B Vitamins like Folic Acid and antioxidants for cellular support
- Supplies proteinated minerals for proper absorption
- Probiotics for maintaining normal digestive health and supporting the immune system
- Enzymes to help with proper digestion
The Fortitude® Canine products on this page, including Fortitude Canine CSP, contain many of the above natural ingredients that can help provide the added nutrition your pregnant dog needs to maintain her body condition and fuel healthy, growing puppies through gestation, whelping and lactation until they are weaned.