Puppies depend on their mothers to get milk, so it is up to you to help the mother’s dog get the nutrition and environment he needs to nurse him. A dog that does not get proper nutrition or does not live comfortably may not produce milk as quickly as possible, but you can change that. By carefully monitoring their diet and environment, you can actually stimulate their milk production, which helps them provide puppies with adequate nutrition.
- Upgrade your dog’s food to a higher calorie, higher-quality brand. Your dog needs to be taking in more calories to make up for the energy she loses lactating, and if she doesn’t get those calories, she won’t necessarily be able to produce milk. More expensive, higher-quality foods generally are more nutrient-dense, containing fewer of the fillers, like corn, that comprises less expensive, “grocery store” dog foods. They more easily provide your dog with the nutrition she needs to stimulate milk production.
- Increase the amount of food your dog consumes based on how much he already eats. During the first week of lactation, you should eat about one and a half times as normal every day. During the second week, you should eat twice as usual, and during the third week, you should eat three times as usual. According to the American Kennel Club, when you are peak lactation time, your intake of food should have increased by 25 percent for every puppy you care for. If she doesn’t get enough food, her body will not be stimulated to produce milk.
- Create a comfortable nesting place for your dog to rest with puppies. Dogs instinctively want a protected, dark space, especially with puppies. If they don’t have one, they may become so uncomfortable that not enough milk is produced. Give your dog and its puppies a clean, warm nesting area, such as a box with blankets and a blanket wrapped on top to block light. A comfortable spot like this helps her relax, allowing her body to produce milk.
How can I get my nursing dog to produce more milk?
Many educators encourage eating by offering very palatable products, such as ice cream and homemade mixtures (for example, mix one can of evaporated milk, one can of water, three egg yolks, and a quarter cup of Caro syrup; preheat, then Leave cold), puppy milk substitutes or commercial cat food for growth and lactation.