As a mum-to-be, your dog's nutritional needs will start to change from the fourth week of pregnancy, and she will experience the biggest spike in these changes from her sixth week of pregnancy.
At this six week mark, the pace changes as her puppies are quickly developing. To meet these extra demands, her food amount should be increased. It’s also best to feed her little and often during this period, as a tummy full of puppies will mean she won’t have much room for food.
Weeks 1-4: Your dog can have her usual portion sizes.
Weeks 5-6: Gradually increase her portion size during these weeks, so she is now eating 10-20% more of her usual portion sizes.
Week 7-9: Continue to increase her portion sizes so that by week nine her meal size is about 30-50% more than normal.
Pregnancy in dogs lasts on average for 63 days but can vary from around 60 to 66 days. Litter sizes can range from one puppy in miniature breeds to over twelve puppies in giant breeds - holy moly.
If you need advice about how to get your pregnant dog started with Butternut, get in touch with our Customer Love team and they'll be able to answer any questions you might have.