balanced diet formulation for breeding dogs

Pregnancy & lactation are critical times to provide optimal nutrition

If you are not continuously breeding then the below pre-packaged options would likely be a great fit for you. If you are a breeder who produces more than one litter per year then custom nutrition services are going to be a better fit because you need more and on a consistent basis. Custom nutrition services are packaged based on your program’s needs. 

All balanced diet recipes for pregnant females/lactating mothers are formulated to meet individual needs, bases the guidelines published by National Research Council’s book on Nutrient Requirements for Dogs and Cats (NRC) 2006 edition.

I use the female’s specific physiology and genetic profile (if available). 

Recipes are carefully formulated using whole foods and appropriate food grade supplements. It is important to provide a nourishing diet that optimally supports your female & her litter. Depending on which stage of pregnancy/lactation your female is at determines how her meals are formulated. The further along your female gets in her pregnancy, the more her energy needs increase to support her litter.

The later stages of gestation require your female to eat frequent, balanced meals + snacks. At the latest stage of gestation, calcium considerations become an even more crucial focus and it is very important to properly change the calcium intake.

Lactation brings high demands of energy on the dam and she must be fed frequently and calorically appropriate to support her own body and the growing pups in her litter.

Caloric intake increases dramatically and careful attention is crucial to properly configure the appropriate meals and snacks for lactation. The dam’s diet impacts her milk production. Weeks 3 and 4 of lactation are generally the most demanding on the dam. Appropriate adjustments to calories, types of calories, and calcium among other nutrients during this time are crucial.

Client Onboarding Package

A welcome package outlining your formulation project details and timeframe.

A Balanced Diet Formulation

Your dog’s recipe(s) is formulated using canine nutrition guidelines and balanced per recommended nutrition standards for her particular needs at that phase of pregnancy/lactation. Recipes are formulated for your specific breeding dog’s nutrition needs and will not be applicable to another dog as the formulation is that specific.

I do not use chicken in formulations unless there is a specific reasons as it is a commonly problematic protein for dogs. Additionally, using better protein options allow for less additional ingredients. 

Each recipe includes one minor adjustment to the type of ingredients used for fiber and or antioxidants, as anything further than that would cause the recipe to be imbalanced and require a complete reformulation. 

Shopping List

I take the guesswork out of what to buy & how much to buy with a complete ingredients list that includes measurements for your balanced recipe. You can take this with you to the store or have it next to you for online shopping and use it to buy the amount you need based on your meal or batch size.

Gut Support Information

It is crucial to provide gut support to females during pregnancy and lactation. Even more with some breeds. As part of your package, you receive gut support information specific to your dog.

1:1 Video Meeting or Phone Call (Full Scope & Ongoing Breeding Program Clients Only)

60 min 1:1 video meeting or phone call to review and discuss the completed formulations and phases of the nutrition plans for the Dam and puppies. How many 1:1’s depends on the services retained. 

*Two Weeks of Client Support

I provide two weeks of client support to my clients so I can answer any questions you might have or help you with an adjustment that you might need. This doesn’t mean you can’t contact me after this time period if needed; I am happy to offer discounted extended support to clients!

*Full scope gestation & lactation clients receive ongoing email support for the duration of our current project together.

*Breeding programs that I am the nutritionist to receive ongoing email support for the duration of our working relationship.

Client Offboarding Package

A wrap-up of your project and information regarding extended support options and discount offer towards future services.

Balanced Diet Formulation for Breeding Dogs Package Options

*Litter needs are factored into lactation formulations

ACH Payment Plan is offered for full scope and ongoing nutrition support services. These are the only option that payments are offered for. Send an email to find out the details.

I’m not currently accepting new breeding clients. I expect to re-open to new breeding clients in August 2021.

If you have a litter planned for August or thereafter, please feel free to send me an email now so we can discuss your plans and see about adding you to the waiting list.