Should I give my pregnant dog milk?
No, I would not recommend giving Baby Girl any milk. Many dogs are lactose intolerant and can develop vomiting and diarrhea from consuming dairy products. Instead, feed her puppy food (extra calories for her growing pups!) and plenty of fresh water.
What happens if my dog eats chicken bones?
Cooked chicken bones can break and splinter, which can cause your dog to choke and can also puncture the gastrointestinal tract, or get caught in his throat. This is extremely painful to your dog and can potentially lead to death.
What to feed a pregnant dog at the various stages of development
For the first half of the pregnancy, nothing much will change and she will eat as normal. Many breeders like to use more heart muscle which can be higher in folic acid.
Increase the amount of food she is being given by approx 20-30%
By week 6 it stomach capacity will shrink as the pups are growing. Hence, you will need to decrease its portion sizes and increase how often she is fed; observe how much she eats and how often she is trying to look for food, based on the action you may increase maybe four to five days a day.
At this point, you can increase the fat content, by selecting more red meat rather than white meat. Red meats include meat like duck, pork, beef compared to white meat which includes e chicken, turkey, fish.
You may start reducing the bone content of the meal now by using more boneless meats.
The food quantity should increase gradually over time and by week 8 she may be consuming 50% more food than she was pre-pregnancy. By this stage of its pregnancy, the bone content of her food should be effectively nill.
This is the last week, you will now realize that she will begin to eat less, so gradually reduce the amount of food. A day or two beforehand some mother dogs will stop eating, do not panic, and dont force them to eat. Read this article to know more about your dog going into labor.
Once it starts to eat again, you can bring back the calcium to its diet, you may change the meat to minced meat with bone in it, as some dogs might not eat bones. Thus, you may give it some wings, chicken backs, and necks, etc. This will help build milk naturally. Dont forget to leave lots of water!