June 12, 2024 2 min read

One of the great benefits of a species-appropriate raw diet is its suitability for dogs of all ages and life stages, including pregnancy and lactation. With a few adjustments, raw feeding can be simple and enjoyable for your pregnant dog.
During Pregnancy
First and Second Trimesters (Weeks 1-6):
  • Minimal dietary changes are needed.
  • Certain proteins may be more appealing, and additions like Goat Milk can enhance meals.
  • Toward the end of the second trimester, as puppies grow, your dog's appetite may increase. Consider feeding three smaller meals daily, amounting to 1 ½ to 2 times her usual portion.
Third Trimester (Week 6 and Onward):
  • Offer plentiful and frequent meals, managing weight to prevent excess gain.
  • Adjust portions based on the litter size.
  • Avoid high calcium intake; increase vitamin B by incorporating more organ meat and recipes with lower bone content.
  • Recommended foods include Beef Organ Blend and red meats like Beef, Lamb, and Pork.
  • Avoid meal replacement bones such as necks and feet.
  • Feed multiple small meals (3-4 daily) as the puppies take up more space, making large meals difficult.
Feeding a Nursing Mom
  • Increase calcium intake to support milk production with meal replacement bones and calcium-rich meals like Chicken, Turkey, and Duck.
  • Reduce extra organ meat to prevent loose stools.
  • Your dog will need more calories to produce milk. Feed her frequently, with some dogs requiring up to 2 ½ times their normal food amount daily.
  • Adjust food portions based on litter size to maintain a healthy body condition, ensuring enough milk production without excess weight gain.
  • If needed, boost calorie intake with Raw Fermented Goat Milk or Quail Eggs.
  • Gradually reduce food intake to slow down milk production and prepare for complete weaning.
Note: During pregnancy and lactation, always adjust feeding portions based on your dog's body condition score.