Can Raw Food be Fed to Pregnant Dogs? What about Puppies?
My Shar-Peis have been doing really well on the raw dog food diet. In fact, they’re doing great! The females especially seem to love the raw meaty bones; they attack them like there’s no tomorrow! The male in my litter, Bruno, on the other hand eats so daintily, sticking to raw meat and vegetables, and only touches the smaller bones. It’s such a funny reversal of the sexes! I am really enjoying watching these puppies grow. They are incredibly adorable!
I was telling my sister-in-law about them and their new diet, and she asked about it for her Dachshund. She is expecting Brenda (the Dachshund) to go into heat and was wondering about feeding her pet raw food during pregnancy. I wasn’t sure what to say to her since I had switched my dogs after whelping, and the puppies have been eating raw since birth.
Luckily, I still had Maggie Rhines’ “Going Rawr! Dog Lover’s Compendium.” It turns out that you can feed a previously commercial-dog-food-fed-pet raw food while they are pregnant. Though it is ideal that you switch them before pregnancy, switching them during pregnancy can be done as well. What I loved best about the book, however, is that it gave us recipes to feed pregnant dogs, as well as how to compute for how much food a pregnant dog will need when she gets to that stage of heavy eating, and how to balance out her portions to make sure she eats the right amounts. Some pet owners tend to indulge their females during pregnancy, and sometimes this leads to obesity after whelping.
Brenda hasn’t gone into heat yet, but we’re both really excited. Amy, my sister-in-law found a male Dachshund owner whose dog is of excellent pedigree. She’s switching Brenda to raw feeding this week, and I’m sure it’s going to be for the best of both Brenda and her puppies!