Feeding Puppies and Adult Dogs - Dog Breed Info Center
Puppy Feeding Tips. Since they're just little dogs, puppies probably just need less food than most adult dogs, right? Wrong. Puppies need twice the energy intake of adult dogs and, depending on the breed, 25 to 30 percent of their diet should be protein.
If the mother becomes sick, dies or can't feed her puppies, you'll probably get a crash course in puppy bottle-feeding. You also could ask your vet if she knows of any nursing dogs who could take on another puppy or two. If you're feeding newborns, your vet should supply you with commercial or frozen colostrum for the puppies. After the first 24 hours, you can switch to a commercial puppy milk replacer. Because they're so small, feed newborns with a syringe, and switch to a bottle when they're a little larger. Have your vet show you how to hold your puppy when feeding. After feeding, you'll also have to burp the pup, holding it much as you would a baby for the same purpose, with the head over your shoulder. Rub the puppy's back gently until it burps.
Geraldine, no, it does not go to her teats. Since many dogs have an intolerance to milk, it is what is causing her diarrhea. Try feeding the puppies the milk replacer formula I give above.
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For Pregnant or Nursing Dogs: Since DHA is transferred to puppies in mother’s milk, we recommend feeding this during pregnancy and nursing. When pregnant, feed up to 50% more food according to body weight at 12 mos. For nursing dogs, allow her to eat at will.The following are general feeding recommendations. Many factors including age, breed, activity level, and individual metabolism contribute to the need for adjusting portion sizes. Two to four times more food may be required for puppies, gestating dogs, and nursing dogs. Spayed or neutered dogs may require up to 25% less food.Your nursing dog's nutritional requirements depend on various factors, including the number of puppies. According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, "The larger the litter, the greater the nutrient requirements for milk production." Breed size also comes into play. Smaller breeds actually require more food, based on comparable size, than larger canines. That's because small breeds have greater energy needs. High-strung mother dogs of any breed need additional calories, because of their nervous energy. The AKC's health foundation recommends feeding the mother dog 25 percent more food per puppy than she normally eats at the time of peak milk production. If she has four puppies, she'll eat twice as much food as usual.Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Purina Puppy Chow Large Breed Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for growth of puppies and maintenance of adult dogs.