After giving birth, the mother dog needs to be cared for carefully to ensure an abundant milk supply to feed the baby. So how to take care of a newborn dog to have more milk? The following article will help you answer this problem.

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How to take care of a newborn dog so that the mother dog has more milk?

After birth, the nutritional needs of the mother dog will increase to be enough to produce milk for the nursing flock. Therefore, when taking care of a newborn dog, you need to increase the nutrients for them, not only the mother dog's diet is doubled, but the composition of nutrients also needs to increase. Specifically

- Protein: Protein is essential for the mother dog. This substance is found in chicken eggs, red meat such as chicken, pork, beef or duck ... This is an essential ingredient in the mother's food after birth.

- Fat: Fat should make up 15% of the mother's diet after birth, usually in cheese, eggs or fish fat.

- Starch: The mother dog also needs to eat rice or porridge to get starch to convert more energy into milk. However, there is no need to feed much.

- Fiber: Fiber is essential for the mother's digestive system. You can give your dog a variety of vegetables, but you need to avoid legumes and grains that make the mother full and low in nutrients. The mother dog rarely eats vegetables, so you should mix it with meat for them to eat.

- Calcium: This is a substance that plays an important role in the development of the puppy's skeleton, so it is very necessary in the mother's diet. Foods rich in calcium are eggs, cheese, kale, dark green leafy vegetables, etc.

- Water: Water is essential for the mother dog during milk production. In addition to clean water, you can also give the mother dog milk or bone broth.

If you want to give your dog more milk, you can buy milk lines specifically for nursing dogs from brands such as PetLac, Esbilac, Royal Canin… Or you can also use goat milk in your dog's diet. mom. Goat milk contains many beneficial nutrients such as protein, fat, minerals, etc., which are very beneficial for the mother dog

Absolutely do not give the mother dog milk for humans because this milk often contains lactose, which can cause diarrhea, or contains high amounts of sugar, which can cause obesity and lead to metabolic disorders.

Things you need to keep in mind when taking care of a newborn dog

1. Avoid letting other animals get close to the mother dog and newborn puppies

If you have other animals in your home, you should not allow them near the mother of the newborn dog. The mother dog can become aggressive to protect her cubs because this is her maternal instinct. In addition, you also need to prevent strangers or small children from disturbing the puppies.

2. Do not bathe the mother dog right after giving birth

Unless the mother dog is very dirty, wait a few weeks before giving her a bath. But it needs to be rinsed thoroughly so that the puppies don't come into contact with the soap residue left behind when they suckle their mother's milk.

3. Let the mother dog take care of the puppies

During the first 2-4 weeks, the mother dog will be very busy taking care of the puppies and will only come out to eat or go to the toilet. The rest of the time they will be near the puppies to keep them warm and feed them. Therefore, if you leave the mother dog in the cage, you should only release the mother dog to go to the toilet for about 5-10 minutes.

4. Trim the dog's coat if necessary

If the mother dog is a long-haired breed, you will need to trim the hair around the tail, hind legs, and near the mammary glands to keep these areas clean before the puppies are born. This will help ensure the hygiene of the puppy and the mother dog.

5. Check the mammary glands of the mother dog daily

Mastitis can occur and progress very quickly during the nursing period. Therefore, if you find that the mammary glands of the mother dog are red (or purple), hard, hot or painful, you should take your dog to the doctor.. This disease is very dangerous and can be fatal to the mother dog during lactation.

6. Check vaginal discharge

During the first 8 weeks after giving birth, the mother dog will have vaginal discharge. This discharge may be reddish brown and stringy, sometimes with a slight foul odor. However, if you see discharge that is yellow, green, gray, or has a bad odor, you need to see your veterinarian immediately because they most likely have an infection in the uterus.

Here is some information about how to take care of a newborn dog  that we want to share with you. Wish you have healthy, lovely mother dogs and puppies. If you need to know more about other ways to care for a new mother dog, please contact for advice.

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