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Q&A: Can You Give Dewormer to a Dog That's Nursing Puppies?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Which dewormers are safe for nursing dams? And can you help mama dogs produce more milk for their pups?

Which dewormers are safe for nursing dams? And can you help mama dogs produce more milk for their pups?

Can I Deworm My Dog While She Is Still Feeding Her Pups?

"Can I deworm my mommy pitbull while she's feeding her 10-day-old puppies? Also, what dog food can I get for her to help her produce more milk?" —Lynet

The Safest Dewormer for Nursing Dams

The safest dewormer you can give a dog that is still nursing puppies of that age is pyrantel pamoate, or Nemex. It is available at pet stores, or you can buy it on Amazon.

When to Deworm Puppies

The puppies will also need to be dewormed starting at 2 weeks old, and if you buy the liquid for her, you can use the same thing for them.

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Best Foods for Nursing Dams

Is the mother producing some milk but just not enough? I normally recommend that dogs are given supplemental fresh food when nursing and not just more dry dog food.

  • Chicken Skin: If you eat chicken, take the skin off before it is cooked and give it to her.
  • Eggs: A couple of scrambled eggs a day are great since she is using a lot of protein to make milk for her puppies.
  • Plain Pasta: Many nursing dogs can also get those extra calories they need with pasta. (Just cooked in water, no sauce or onions.)

If you want to buy dog food to give her, make sure it is something labelled for puppies since it will have more calories. There is a brand called Bully Max that has more fat and protein than most foods, but if it is not available in your area or costs more than you want to spend, all of the foods labelled for puppies are better in this situation than adult foods.

How to Help a Dog Produce More Milk for Her Puppies

Some dogs just do not produce enough milk for a large litter. Here is an article on helping a dog produce more milk for her puppies that includes a formula to make up milk replacer at home.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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