We’ve talked in a previous post about how to tell when your dog is pregnant, so let’s look now at how best to care for your dog while she is pregnant to ensure the health of both your dog and her unborn pups.
Prenatal Care – One of the first things to do is to schedule regular visits to your veterinarian during your dog’s pregnancy. At the visit to confirm your dog’s pregnancy, your vet will do a thorough examination to check for any other problems. Now is a good time to discuss what to do in case of an emergency.
Nutrition – Of course you should check with your veterinarian, but usually in the first part of her pregnancy, if your dog is already eating a good quality dog food and her weight is healthy, you shouldn’t have to make a change to her diet.
In the last five weeks of her pregnancy, the American Kennel Club recommendation is to increase her food gradually with smaller, more frequent meals. You’ll want to gradually increase her food intake so that she is consuming about 35 to 50 percent more than her usual intake.
If you don’t have an experienced breeder to call on when your dog goes into labor, you’ll need to get educated on what to expect, so be sure to talk to your vet. Next time, we’ll talk about building a whelping box and what supplies you should have on hand as your dog gives birth.