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zeroblue

United Kingdom
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Posted - 09/02/2013 :  08:40:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit zeroblue's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Guys,
Would like, if I may to pick folks brains across here and see if I can gleam some new top tips. I Race a team of Siberian Huskies and one of my bitches has recently had a second litter (6 Pups). Now I am feeding Orijen Puppy Dry Food which I know is a quality food but I am wondering what other people do post pregnancy for feeding/ drinking? I will be throwing into the mix some Sardines in Oil, raw chicken, beef, little liver, odd slice of Pizza...lol and someone has also suggested to me to use goats milk as a supplement for the bitch.....

Your Thoughts, Suggestions and wiseness will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.

Craig

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Craig
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Razor

Canada
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Posted - 09/02/2013 :  09:44:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Razor's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Are you talking for the nursing mother, or for the pups? If the mother. just keep on giving her a good quality 30/20 food, 2-3 times the amount as her regular feed, depending on the size of the litter. I also give mine 2 pieces of liver a day. It helps stimulate mild production. If your talking puppies, just give them the same 30/20 food, don't give them any extra fat though. Over growing pups too fast can change their skeletal growth, and you could end up with dogs with problems in the future. I know a couple of people who over feed their Alaskans as pups, and they always turn out freakishly large, even larger than either parent, and they tend to get tired faster, with more risk of injury.

Razor
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zeroblue

United Kingdom
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Posted - 09/02/2013 :  10:06:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit zeroblue's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Razor,

Thanks for your reply. It would be for the Mother, just as a little booster. After a conversation this afternoon with a Greyhound specialist on the same subject, he mirrored what you said about "Freakishly Large" and "Prone to Injury" as supplementing can upset the Calcium/ Phosphorous balance in the growing pups. I was also advised that possibly giving the mother a little of "Carnation Powdered Milk, A whole Egg and Glucose or Corn Syrup might be a good idea but again I'm thinking is this going to be a benefit or is it going to upset the natural balance and be detrimental??

What d'ya think?

Thanks,

Craig

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Fast E

USA
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Posted - 09/03/2013 :  9:04:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We feed our pups all they can eat twice a day and never had a problem with 'over' growth,strait bag food will sometimes produce larger pups,pups raised with some meat here will be lil tighter and more easily seen natural muscle closer to the surface usually.

Is your female skinny you feel or where at body weight wise conpared to where you think it should be?

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zeroblue

United Kingdom
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Posted - 09/04/2013 :  05:41:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit zeroblue's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Eddie,

The pups are still at this point feeding of the Mother, Indeed when I am feeding the pups I will be giving them as much as they want. My original question was: Is there any benefit to be gained in supplementing the mothers food at this early stage or could that be detrimental to the development of the youngsters?

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Craig

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Razor

Canada
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Posted - 09/04/2013 :  05:52:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Razor's Homepage  Reply with Quote
We supplement the mother with Calcium phosphorous pills, 4 per day as well as 2 pieces of liver to help stimulate milk, and as well to keep up the mothers calcium as pups drain a lot from their mom. We feed a real high quality dry kibble to the pups when ready, a 32/20. We give what is recommended on the bag for them, check them daily and adjust as needed. Over feeding also causes diarrhea, and dehydration. We never free feed open bowl. We feed the pups 3 times a day, with their largest portion in the evening before our bedtime as to keep them fuller and quieter overnight.

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RSmith

USA
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Posted - 09/04/2013 :  07:48:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit RSmith's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I feed my normal high quality diet but feed 3X a day say 7am, 1pm and 7pm. of my "Winter" diet of 35/40.
Off season is around 30/30.

Roy Smith
Adirondack Kennel
Skandinavian Hounds/Stagsters
http://www.adirondack-kennel.com

Edited by - RSmith on 09/04/2013 07:53:53 AM
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