So, there comes a time where we might need to help a new mom increase her milk production after she has puppies, if we are not able to do this successfully and pretty quick, we will need to bottle feed the puppies – and when puppies are newborns, they really need to be eating every 2 to 4 hours, which leads to tons of work but puppy lives and dog lives are very important so the hard work will pay off!
Most moms that just had a newborn litter of puppies will not have full milk production until a few days after having puppies sometimes, as the full milk production does not immediately drop and happen quickly. It is important the newborn puppies are number #1 staying very warm and #2 eating are frequently as they should be eating. Also, sometimes newborn puppies need help learning how to really get milk, and you will need to assist them on how to successfully latch onto momma dogs nipples and start eating and sucking milk on their own. Some puppies that are smaller might also be weaker and are not able to have enough suction to get as much milk as they need to survive and grow. These puppies will normally need help in getting the milk they need which you can help them get some from the bitch (mom dog) as well as you can bottle feed them to make sure they are getting enough or even using some kind of eye droppers and slowly giving them milk to help them build energy so they can nurse on their own!
Sometimes, however, the female dog (mom) is still not producing enough milk, or maybe she had a large litter and needs even more milk than she would normally need, for example (a normal toy size dog will have 3 to 4 puppies on average, if this mom had 6 puppies, that is too many puppies normally for a dog this size so she will need help or you are most likely going to lose the lives of some of your puppies)
Milk production can be a complex thing, but it does not have to be so complex once you learn how you can help the momma increase milk production and start making milk to feed all of those newborn baby puppies as well as keeping momma dog healthy herself!
One of the best things, that you really should start doing in the weeks leading up to your dog having puppies is starting her on vitamins and make sure you are feeding her good quality dog food to give her body what she needs. You can buy these adult vitamins for the overall health of dogs at your local stores such as Walmart of pet stores, they usually come in a big bottle, and typically your dog will love how they taste and it will help her!
Make sure your dog is drinking plenty of water, if she is not drinking enough water, you can help her to get more fluids such as goat milk (not cow milk) to help her increase her milk production
You can give your bitch a bowl of warm chicken soup, dogs love anything with meat in it. If you do not already have this in your kitchen, buy some cans of it before your puppies arrive! Also, the extra nutrients will help and the salt will tend to make her thirsty which will help her to want to drink more water as well as the liquids she is getting from the chicken soup.
Milk thistle is a natural supplement that is well known to help moms with a new litter of puppies to produce more milk.
Raw Chicken Eggs
Eggs have a good amount of protein which can help the overall health of your dog to keep her strong and her body operating as good as possible, most dogs will nearly inhale raw eggs as they love them so much and during times like this it will help them, which will, in turn, help the puppies! Some people prefer to cook the egg first, the choice is yours.
(extra tip: eggs can also help make your dogs hair coat strong and shiny!)
Meat (Well cooked meat in small portions)
Find some good quality meat, that you can cook well, not super fatty or greasy. Some kinds of meat like white chicken, high-quality meat such as different kinds of steak. Your dog will not only love to eat this as a good treat but is also helps the mom’s body to keep working good in order to help have more milk production! Anytime you do this though, it is very important you have cooked the mean very well done to make sure no bad bacteria etc get into the momma dog which would end up making things worse and hurting the puppies that are nursing from her as well. You should never give a dog food that you would not eat (undercooked food, moldy food, old food, super fatty foods, super greasy foods etc.)