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Hi, people! My dog, Dale (named after Dale Evans) has had a litter of puppies in a cat/dog house! There is a sad part: All but one died because of the cold winter. That one that survived was the runt of the litter. That runt is now a chunk, because she has all the milk to her self, and she is a little bundle of cuteness! We named her Bailey..... anywho, moving right along, does anybody have a recipie for dog treats-for a nursing mother dog? I can't give them to Bailey because she is only 3 weeks old today (March 6, 2012, Born Feb. 21, 2012) and not weaned. Thanks! I might put a picture of them together.

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BurfBest Answer (author)2012-03-06

Lactating dogs need a lot of calories. Puppy chow fills the bill for calories. I would recommend you get a bag of a top quality puppy kibbles. You can give her a tablespoon (more or less depending on the size of the dog) or so as a treat. She will view that as much a treat as a dog biscuit or any other fancy doggie goody.

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TN777 (author)Burf2012-03-06

Is the tablespoon for a rather large dog? Dale is a larger dog, and slender.

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Burf (author)TN7772012-03-06

I meant one tablespoon at a time, each time you want to give her a treat. I was basing that estimation on the size of a dog biscuit for medium size dogs. If she is a large, thin dog, doubling that amount should be fine. Just don't give her so much that she stops eating her regular food.

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canucksgirl (author)2012-03-06

The recommended advice for lactating dogs, is to ensure they are getting enough calories. While I would suggest supplementing her diet if she had multiple puppies to care for, since there is only one, she probably doesn't need as much as you'd think. The other point to consider is that many dogs have a sensitive digestive system and they should usually be kept to a consistent diet. When too many new foods are introduced, they can become ill, and this will most certainly defeat your efforts. What I would suggest you do is give her additional treats (that she has had before) and ensure that she has plenty of her regular food and water. A vet checkup would be helpful, not just for the mother but for the new puppy as well.

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TN777 (author)canucksgirl2012-03-20

I'll have to wait a little while, but Bailey is ALMOST weaned from Dale

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lemonie (author)2012-03-06

If the runt is a chunk, mother doesn't need extra nutrition - you might turn her "chunky" with a diet for mothers with many puppies to feed.

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TN777 (author)lemonie2012-03-06

By "chunk " I meant she's a bit bigger than she was because she WAS tiny and skinny, but she's a healthy weight for her age, she seems "chunky" because of the weight she had gained. I am sorry, I should have worded it better, but I was in a hurry to type this question.

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lemonie (author)TN7772012-03-06

It's what you might call "puppy-fat"?

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