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
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
** 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 ½-1 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, ¼ 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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