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Q: Home Made Dog Food For Nursing Bitch ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Home Made Dog Food For Nursing Bitch
Category: Family and Home > Pets
Asked by: kevinnospam-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Nov 2005 22:31 PST
Expires: 29 Dec 2005 22:31 PST
Question ID: 599319
Picked up a malnourished pregnant four days ago and she whelped 8
puppies, there is no commercial dog food available at my location,
what are good recipes for balanced nutrition?
Subject: Re: Home Made Dog Food For Nursing Bitch
Answered By: umiat-ga on 29 Nov 2005 23:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello, kevinnospam-ga! 

If you have no commercial dog food, you will have to make do with what
you have. I have posted a general article about what to feed a nursing
dog (for when you can get the right food) plus two emergency homemade
recipes that you will have to work with according to the ingredients
you have.

Good luck, and thanks for giving that sweet dog a home to give birth to her pups! 


See the supplementation on the following reference and see what you
can figure out in terms of complementing a homemade recipe:

What should I feed my pregnant/nursing dog?
If you didn't start a vitamin-plus-mineral supplement before breeding,
start it now. Do not over-supplement, as that may be harmful to the
developing puppies.

** Some breeders add cottage cheese or a cooked egg to the diet on
alternate days for extra protein. If you are adding multiple
supplements to the diet, make a list of all the ingredients, gather
nutritional labels, and take everything to your veterinarian to make
sure it is balanced. Over-supplementing with calcium during pregnancy
predisposes the bitch to eclampsia.

The bitch should eat a premium adult food prior to pregnancy and for
the first few weeks of pregnancy. Starting the fourth week of
pregnancy, begin adding a premium puppy food to her diet. Each week,
increase the amount of the puppy food and decrease the amount of adult
food, so when she is in her final week of pregnancy, she is eating all
puppy food. Increase the frequency of daily meals to three by
mid-pregnancy. She may need to eat small meals every 3-4 hours during
the last week of pregnancy as the puppies continue to take up more
room (remember, most fetal growth occurs in the last two weeks of

** Within 2-3 days of giving birth, the bitch's appetite will
dramatically increase to 2-4 times her pre-pregnancy intake. She will
need a near-constant supply of a high-quality puppy food and water to
maintain her weight and health while feeding the puppies. She should
still have her supplements of vitamin/mineral tablet, cottage cheese,
and cooked egg. If her weight is properly maintained, she should not
look gaunt or thin. Ideally, she should weigh the same at the time of
weaning as she did when she was bred.


A few recipes in a pinch:

From "Homemade pet food is simple to create," by CAROLYN STEIGMAN

"There are basically four parts to a well-balanced diet for a dog:
proteins, grains, vegetables and supplements.

"According to a recipe adapted from "Prepared Dog and Cat Diets" by
Strombeck D. Home, the daily protein for a 25-35 pound dog could
include any one of the following: three large hard-boiled eggs, one
cup of 2-percent cottage cheese, 1/3 pound cooked lean meat, 2/3 cup
tofu, or 1 cup cooked soybeans.

"The grain may be 2 cups cooked rice or 2/3 cups of cooked potatoes
with the skin. I personally prefer cooked noodles and keep a supply
for several days in the refrigerator.

"Some people are surprised to learn that dogs need to eat vegetables,
but they are omnivores, just like humans. A good source is -1 cup of
raw or steamed carrots. Broccoli or green beans also are good, but
need to be cooked first to make them more digestible.

Alfalfa sprouts have been reported to be good for the skin and can
reduce the flaking that come from dry homes.

"The supplements include 2 tablespoons canola oil, a multivitamin made
for dogs,  teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute), and four
bonemeal tablets or calcium supplement. A vet can help obtain the
calcium and vitamin supplements."


From "A Good Diet for Man's Best Friend.

PART ONE:  Home Made Dog Food Components:

1 part cooked grains (brown rice preferred over white, barley,
oatmeal,soy,  whole wheat etc.- corn may be an allergen so be careful

1( or 2 ) part(s) cooked  ground meat such as chicken , lamb, turkey ,
venison, fish, beef, rabbit- & once in a while organ meats such as
liver. Some say not to combine varieties of meat and only choose one

1 part cooked vegetable very finely chopped combinations: carrots,
sweet potatoes preferred over white, broccoli, zucchini squash, yellow
squash, Brussels sprouts, green beans, green peas, green peppers etc.
Too much of spinach, onions, garlic, eggplant and tomatoes may not be
good for your doggie.

Remember too much of what makes you poop will make your doggy poop too!

(Some say raw veggies in small amts. are fine for some dogs too i.e.:
raw or frozen carrots are great for teething puppies!)

Also include a small amount of leafy green vegetables (parsley, mixed
salad greens, a little spinach @ times helps with digestion)

To one serving dish of food daily: 

Mix in 1/2 tsp flaxseed oil, (for a shiny coat) 1/2 tsp brewers yeast
and garlic mix or as suggested on label

(Provides essential B vitamins and get rid of fleas etc.)

1/2 tsp human grade (not garden) bone meal also for
calcium/phosphorous supplement or as suggested on the label.

OR learn how to make your own egg shell powder instead.

Also consider: daily chewable dog vitamin pills/liquid vitamin as a
supplement to the diet

Note: Miscellaneous Additions (once in a while- not everyday)

Dairy products: dogs love cheese but avoid if it contains lots of salt
and fat. Fatty cheese can cause the runs. Cottage cheese is good, esp.
to firm up loose stools. Too much calcium is not good either.

A cooked egg once in a while is also good


Again - simply compose what you can out of what you have until you can
get the right ingredients. Many people feel homemade dog food is best,



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Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 29 Nov 2005 23:18 PST
Make sure she has plenty of water, also!!

Request for Answer Clarification by kevinnospam-ga on 29 Nov 2005 23:37 PST
Thanks Doctor, already had a look at your page (and many more) before
posting the question. Do you have any recipes, what type of vitamin
supplment? I'm serving in the middle east and get get any human
vitamen / drug / baby food formulas etc. etc. but nothing for dogs as
they ar considered to be unclean animals. A recipe would help

Request for Answer Clarification by kevinnospam-ga on 29 Nov 2005 23:41 PST
Understand the grains and met stuff but was wondering can I mix a
human vitamin, what about Ensure (the stuff the give to really sick
people), was think about her need for ca;lcium and phosphorous.

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 30 Nov 2005 06:06 PST
I will try to look into this further - concerning the issue of using
human supplements for a dog in an emergency situation - but I don't
think I can find much more about the recipes. You state in your
clarification - "Do you have any recipes?" .....Isn't that what I gave
you? I provided two general recipes that can be doctored according to
what you have on hand. The first recipe mentions proportions and
varieties of food to use for three of the components:
"proteins, grains, and vegetables" and the supplements are described
(though you don't have access to them). If you don't have the
mulit-vitamin dog supplement, you can potentially make the calcium
supplement out of ground eggshells, as suggested. ("1/2 tsp human
grade (not garden) bone meal also for
calcium/phosphorous supplement or as suggested on the
label...OR...learn how to make your own egg shell powder instead."


Simply collect egg shells 

Wash the egg shells 

Let the egg shells dry on the stove top or in the sun 

Once the egg shells are dry, bake them at 300° F. This helps to make
the egg shells even more dry and brittle for easier grinding. In
addition, this helps to mineral oils that have been applied to the egg
shells to keep them from drying out in the store.

Add egg shells to a blender, grinder, etc. and grind. Keep grinding
until there are no sharp pieces. The egg shells should become a
powder. Use a sifter or strainer to remove large pieces of egg shells.


1 whole egg shell will make about 1 teaspoon of powder. 

1 teaspoon of egg shell powder has approximately 1,800 milligrams of
calcium based on information I have read.

I use about  teaspoon of egg shell powder per pound of beef. 
I use about  teaspoon of egg shell powder per pound of lamb. 
I use about  teaspoon of egg shell powder per pound of chicken. 
I use about  teaspoon of egg shell powder per pound of turkey. 
I use about  teaspoon of egg shell powder per pound of egg. 


 I wouldn't use Ensure. I could find nothing about using it for dogs
and who knows whether it could end up being harmful. I would stick
with a small amount of the ground eggshells and follow the suggestions
for mixing food varieties for proportions of grains, proteins and

Good luck, and stay safe!

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 30 Nov 2005 06:15 PST
Actually, the rough suggestions in the third recipe will probably work
better for you than a standard homemade recipe "set in stone", since
you may not have particular ingredients anyway. With that second
general recipe, you can mix and match according to what you have on

Do me a favor and add a comment to this question in a few weeks, to
let me (and all who read this) know how the mom and pups are doing,

Request for Answer Clarification by kevinnospam-ga on 03 Dec 2005 07:12 PST
Thanks for your help, tried to figure out how to post a comment but
you have to register (apply to be a researcher) and google says they
are not taking any more at present. I tried to use an old flicr
account but the proxy (entire country) blocks the flick site, I was
able to upload via email, hope my photos are here:

Anyway the girl is a real champ, eating OK when I hand feed here
otherwise she won't touch food, I read on one site I can use TUMS for
the calcium carbonate instead of the egg shell method. Thanks Again

Request for Answer Clarification by kevinnospam-ga on 03 Dec 2005 07:16 PST
You know what sucks, since I rated you after your first reply I can't
find a way to change the rating to give you a tip!

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 03 Dec 2005 08:54 PST
What a beautiful dog and lovely pups! She looks like an old hound of
some sort - my favorite kind. I have grown up with hounds and other
mutts my entire life. My latest pooch came from the Humane Society and
she is my best friend! Maybe she wants you to hand feed her so she can
be assured of some human love and contact on a daily basis...a little
ploy on her part, if you will!
 Well, I am impressed, and always so happy to hear of someone who has
taken care of a neglected dog. I hope she will remain a happy and
devoted friend to you! Thanks for sharing the photos. I am going to
link them to my fellow researchers so they can enjoy them as well!
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