Yes! You can feed your pregnant dog a raw diet!
Your pregnant bitch’s nutrient requirements are not significantly different during pregnancy. She is growing little carnivores and they need the same nutrients that she needs. A diet made of fresh muscle meat, ground bone, and organ meats in proper ratios will lead to optimal growth for her puppies.
Variety is important during pregnancy. Offer as much variety as possible.
During the 1st stage of pregnancy (1 – 35 days) there is not much change in diet. Many breeders start to increase food portions by day 30 if your are certain she is pregnant.
- Heart muscle is rich source of Folic Acid, so offering ?, or ? into the meal rotation regularly can be beneficial.
- During the 2nd stage of pregnancy (35 – 55 days). Increase portions by 25 – 50% gradually, including more fat and less bone in the diet. Good meal choices include Puppy Power, Adult Beefy Beef, Adult Luna’s Lamb, SuperBlends Venison & Beef.
- Adding additional fruit to her diet will reduce the bone content in her diet. This has a laxative effect on the dog, allowing her to fully vacate her bowels, facilitating more space for the pups and contributing towards an easier birth. (Dr. Lan Billinghurst)
- During the 3rd and final stage of pregnancy (whelping and lactation), continue to feed on demand, offering as much food as your bitch requires/requests. Also feed Puppy Power that contain a higher % of meat. Good choices include: Adult Chick, Chicken, Adult Perky Turkey, Adult Dandy Duck.
Why less bone during pregnancy and more after?
- Before birth the parathyroid pulls calcium from the bones to help form the skeletons of the new pups. The calcium also increases the contractibility of the heart muscle and the uterine walls. When your bitch is whelping her puppies, the hormone oxytocin controls the duration and frequency of the contractions, but calcium and the parathyroid controls the strength. Too much calcium fed in the 2nd stage of pregnancy can mean a lazy parathyroid and not as effective uterine contractions. After birth, you need calcium in the diet to avoid eclampsia, which can occur if there is a significant lack of calcium in the diet.