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Breast feeding dog is too skinny

I have a yorkie that just had puppies a week ago. She has been breast feeding her puppies very well, but is skinny now. She eats soooooo much, but no matter the amount of food that she eats, she just can't keep any weight on. I'm thinking that because the puppies eat so often, they are sucking all the fat off her body. Is there anything I can give her to plump her back up?

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Asked by Miss-Baby-Baker at 11:07 PM on Aug. 20, 2009 in Pets

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  • Try adding some milk replacement to the Momma dogs food when she eats to up her protein in her diet.(an actual can of puppy milk replacement that you mix up with water) from the vet or maybe walmart has it. Also, noone really wants to think about it, but dogs get worms, more often than we know. You may want to go get her checked, sometimes the wt loss in a sign of worms, especially with all her eating. Dogs will not gain wt when they have worms and she can pass them onto the puppies. You will have to take her to the vet, it is limited on what you can worm them with while nursing, the regular worming meds from OTC are harmful to the puppies while nursing.

    Answer by SuperMomof3kids at 11:18 PM on Aug. 20, 2009

  • Our dog had puppies 4 months ago, you need to get the mom and puppies dewormed from the vet. It didn't cost very much but the dogs all have to be treated or they will pass the worms back and forth.

    Answer by mom-2-4boys at 12:45 AM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • U should be feeding her puppy food while she's nursing.

    Answer by luvinher at 12:53 AM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • First get her dewormed, second, you should be feeding her a GOOD quality puppy food while she's nursing; NOT Purina or Iams or basically anything you can get at a grocery store; a good quality puppy food will have NO corn, no fillers and no animal by-products. Try Innova Puppy food, made by Natura. You can go to to find out where to get it and to do a food comparison.

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 3:12 AM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • As others have stated, you should be feeding her high quality PUPPY food. You could also feed her eggs for the protein by mixing it in with her food. Dont worry too much about her weight though, it is absolutely normal for dogs to lose a substantial amount of weight after giving birth. She will regain her weight when she is done nursing.
    You should also seriously consider seeing a vet, especially since you are not an experienced breeder. Your pups/mom could have parasites and a numerous amount of issues that should be handled by a licensed vet.

    Answer by youngfirsttimer at 4:41 AM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • i would get a wormer from a pet store or walmart that is safe for lactating moms, also as far as weight goes offer her more food through out the day and as soonas the pups r moveing about with their eyes open i would offer them pmr (puppy mile replacer) this will help take the stress off mom, also u can try to add canned food or moisted food on top of her dry food...most dog breeders use wet food combined with dry food....ur brand of food shouldnt matter despite what everyone thinks some brand might speacifie that they r good for lactating moms u need a food high in aunt raised rotties for 25 yrs and she always used the cheap store brand and as i have explained in the past my dog gets 2 brands that i buy and he is fat and healthy yes my dog gets purina or dads, or right now im finding ol roy is getting pretty cheap so he'll probably get that

    Answer by rainmommy at 7:20 AM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • Yes - give Momma dog some BARKING at the MOON food by Solid Gold - mix this with her dog food - a 50:50 mix for the next month or two.  If you can't find that one - Look for Innova PUPPY food and give mom some PUPPY food for the next month.

    Also, Please start mom onto one NuVET wafer supplement per day - will help to build her milk production and give her the strength she needs to gain again.

    Also, the NuVET is very good for the pups to recieve thru the mom's milk..  Helpful for them all!

    order the 60 count bottle - Ask them for the 15% off - tell them Marie sent you...    Call 1-800-474-7044 For FAST shipping

    <>HOLISTIC and not sold in any pet store.

    Answer by nuvetmarie at 10:00 AM on Aug. 21, 2009

  • She should def. be eating puppy food while nursing and don't worry about the amounts she is eating until the pup's are weaned. If you are going to switch her food make sure to do it slowly to not upset her tummy. Start at 1/2 and 1/2 and the gradually wean out the old food

    Answer by But_Mommie at 12:53 PM on Aug. 21, 2009

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