(Closed) healthy dogs wouldnt get uber skinny after puppies would they?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@newname_99:  I don’t know about dogs, but I had a cat that had 5 kittens. She was SO THIN while she was nursing them. It was alarming, but the vet said it was normal. We just gave her more food to compensate while she was nursing. She is now happy and a chubster (she steals food). 

 Edit: Not to say that this is what is happening with that dog. But, it is possible. If you still feel worried, why not ask your in-laws to put out food for the dog?

Post # 4
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I remember the rescue dog I had for a few months had 10 puppies & after she had them she basically went down to her normal slim self (she wasn’t too skinny but wasn’t at all fat). I remember she ate all the time (she was feeding 10 pups so that was expected) but never gained weight, in fact she started to lose weight (she got really sick).

Dogs eat so much more food than normal after having pups, they may need to increase her food intake! I mean, it could be they ARE feeding her as much as she wants… maybe they could do food suppliments too? Or help bottle feed the pups? It does not *always* mean abuse or that the dog isn’t being fed enough. Could be she’s having trouble feeding 9 pups, she could be fine, could be worms, could be a number of things. But I’m no expert here!

Maybe your inlaws can keep their eye on the dog?

Post # 6
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are they feeding HER puppy food? Pregnant and nursing dogs/cats need to be fed a high calorie diet (ie puppy food) while pregnant and while nursing.

I would probably also have her dewormed.

If it’s not your dog, theres not a whole lot you can do really.

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