Ratio Raw - Pregnant/Lactating Bitches
Nutrition is what you can control and is one of the most important
steps to success.
Since implementing this menu we have had and helped multiple
bitches and litters thrive. The results have been nothing short of
amazing. Bitches producer higher then average litter numbers, strong
puppies that want to grow and puppies that rarely hit the low that so
many litters do.
Here are a few of our recommendations with diet. It is important to
note that when we didn't do these added steps that litters were
weaker, required more hands on nursing and bitches took significant
amount of time to rebound usually extending the next breeding date and
many times requiring us to unexpectedly retire some bitch's.
A bitch's diet before breeding should be similar to what we regularly
promote: Ratio Raw diet
With emphases on getting it done!
No fasting should be done with a
pregnant/nursing body or a body wanting to be pregnant.
30% of the diet is veggie mix or tripe
However with soon to be moms
this portion of the diet should be TRIPE rather then solely veggie.
TRIPE contains a significant amount of nutrients that are extremely
beneficial to the canine body.
We have found that many boxers can replace over half of their veggie
meal with TRIPE and reach optimum health.
30% of the diet should be red organ meat
Red organ meat is HIGHLY important to feed the uterus, the umbilical cords and
then the pups. A bitch lacking in red organ meat will decline faster
then even a kibble fed bitch. A boxer bitch lacking the nutrients
found in red organ meat will produce low birth weight pups, pups that
plateau then fail after weaning, bitches that have poor rebound of
their uterus making for difficult recovery and unpredictable future
10% Other Fish, Dairy, Eggs, and Oatmeal
When planning a litter your bitch should be about 2 pounds above her
ideal weight. As she is bred she should be fed to maintain this
cover for the first 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. After the 6th week
many bitches start starving themselves and give all their food to the
pups. An increase in food will be needed at this time, usually double what was needed
to maintain her weight in previous weeks. The key is not to have your
bitch fat but to have her covered when she hits 60 days gestation.
Know that during her last week she will loose weight as her body
works to move the puppies into the birth canal. An average bitch will
eat very little if anything for three days after whelping therefore
you need her body to be at optimum health and not lacking any
nutrients or weight.
Please note that a fat or thin bitch will naturally abort puppies to
make for easier demand on her uterus.
Many bitches crave carbohydrates; red meat,tripe and chicken become
less of a mainstay during the latter days of pregnancy and into labor.
Most of our
bitches refuse to eat more then one meal of chicken during the last
seven days of pregnancy and into the first five to seven days of motherhood. We
have found the more prepared our bitch is nutritionally, the faster she
demands her regular Ratio Raw diet. We recommend that if your bitch is
refusing chicken that tripe and other red meat bones be a important
part of her meals as many complications do arise from lack of calcium
in the diet.
The key during this month is to find what your bitch needs and give it
to her making sure she still gets a balance of nutrients.
Three Days Post Delivery
For the first few days of motherhood we make up a mix of nutrient rich
and caloric foods including:
- Goats milk
- Make this into a shake
- Add Vit. C, Colloidal Silver and water as needed
- Raw meaty bones (when accepted by the bitch)
Slowly as the first five days go by we remove this milk shake if all is going
well for both bitch and pups, and the bitch is moving towards eating a Ratio Raw diet