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Being a pet parent is both exciting and tiring at the same time. Dogs need all the love and attention you can give when they are pregnant. There are many ways to help your dog through pregnancy, making their lives easier and more comfortable. Here are 5 tips that you can use to make the life of your dog and her little ones as pleasant and wonderful as possible.
- Parasite ControlMaintaining parasite control is important during pregnancy. There are changes in the levels of hormones, which leads to roundworms getting active in the body of the dog. They can get transferred to the puppies through milk. Look for ticks and fleas on the body of your dog and remove them. If required, use natural treatments to get rid of fleas and ticks. Make sure that you get your dog dewormed to remove all possible parasites.
- Healthy DietKeep in mind that basic formula food for adult dogs doesn’t have the necessary nutrients that are required during pregnancy. During the later stages of pregnancy, dogs require more food to stop malnutrition. Pregnant dogs require a diet that is balanced and nutritious which has good levels of carbohydrates, calcium, and protein. Use high-quality dog food to meet the higher demand for nutrition.
- Good exerciseKeeping your pregnant dog fit is good for their overall health. On top of that, the chances of them getting obese are more likely due to the increased intake of food. Avoid going for intense walks or training sessions as it can be stressful for your four legged friends. Allow her to rest for as long as she wants because as it is exhausting.
- Provide a whelping boxYour dog needs a place that is safe and warm. Place a bed and line the floor with towels to make the box as comfortable as possible. Ensure that the wall is high enough so that the puppies can’t get but low enough so that the mother can get out when she wishes to. Make it a point to replace the towels on a regular basis to keep the environment clean. You need to make sure that the box is placed in a place that is well known to the dog but private at the same time.
- Proper VaccinationThe immunity of the yet-to-be-born puppies depends on the immunity of the mother as it is passed on through the first milk (colostrum). Ideally, she should be up-to-date with all the necessary vaccines. If it has been over 10 months before the previous vaccination, a booster vaccination is recommended. The vaccines should be administered before breeding your dog.
You can use the above tips to make sure your dog leads a healthy life while she’s pregnant. If you are not sure about how to take care of your dog while she's pregnant or when she gives birth, ask your vet for help. Ensure that you are aware of the location of pet clinics nearby so that you can opt for professional help in case things go out of hand. It is a life changing and fun experience to witness the entire birthing process of dogs.