Re: Pregnancy - CalciumPosted by: Judy Churchfield
Posted on: November 26, 2002 at 15:18:37
In Reply to: Pregnancy - Calcium
: I have a female JRT who is five weeks pregnant right now and this is my third litter of puppies. I have previously included a small amount of powdered egg shells (about 1/4 tsp) in my girls diet to add some calcium to ward against eclampsia, she'd also get it while nursing. Also, another breeder recommended using half a calcium pill. But, I'm in the process of reading "Dog's: The Ultimate Care Guide" and it mentions to be very careful with suppliments, like calcium, and that they could cause deformities. It gave me a scare so I was wondering if you have any advice/experience. My pregnant girl is 5 years old, this is her first litter and she is now on Purina Growth plus wet dog food.
I'm wondering if the "Ultimate Care Guide" warns against suppliments because some people may over-do it. I've always given my pregnant bitches (upon advice from my vet) a good daily vitamin - such as Pet Tabs - with no ill side effects. I also switch the bitch from adult kibble to puppy kibble about half-way through the pregnancy.
I continue with the Pet Tabs & puppy chow during nursing, plus add cottage cheese to the kibble at a rate of 80% kibble to 20% cottage cheese.