Caring for a dog during pregnancy

How To Feed A Pregnant Dog

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Feed A Pregnant Dog

When we discovered that our dog is pregnant we are filled with joy at the arrival of new puppies. But in addition to the excitement we must become aware of the important responsibility that comes with this as it requires you pay greater attention to your pet, especially in the matter of food. That is why in OneHowTo we explain how to feed a pregnant dog.

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Steps to follow:


As with women, a bitch also requires a significant improvement in food during pregnancy so that the puppies grow healthy while she receives all the nutrients required. If you suspect or know that your dog is pregnant, take her to the vet for a thorough check up that will help you confirm that all is well.

How To Feed A Pregnant Dog - Step 1

Because the caloric intake of a pregnant bitch is higher, it is best to add half a ration extra to the normal food portion. If the dog normally consumes a cup of feed, to name one example, during pregnancy you must give her one and a half cups.

Increase the food by half every week during her pregnancy as she will need more nutrients as days go by.

How To Feed A Pregnant Dog - Step 2

If your dog empties her bowels with normality it is not necessary to change the type of feed, but if you notice that with pregnancy her stomach condition has changed you should then change to a feed which is easily digestible, like the one given to puppies. Before taking this decision you can consult your veterinarian.


You can combine dry food with a moist food for dogs, usually sold in cans. Because it has a large water content it can be very useful for your bitch during the gestation and lactation periods.


Supplement her diet with a daily serving of milk, your dog will thank you. During pregnancy it is very important that the animal is properly hydrated, milk provides nutrients that will help her a lot.

You must also remember that at this stage, more than ever, your dog must have plenty of fresh water which is always clean so to drink whenever she feels the need, it is necessary for pregnancy and lactation to help produce milk for her puppies.

How To Feed A Pregnant Dog - Step 5

During pregnancy and lactation pay particular attention to how you feed your dog. Give it a good amount of feed, an occasional special dog biscuit to reward her for her behavior, plenty of fluids and of course all the love she deserves.

When in doubt, always consult your veterinarian.

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Mama P
remember overfeeding mama during gestation especially when feeding her puppy chow will result in very large pups requiring c-sections more often...40+ year Labrador breeder here
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