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Lactation Support in Dogs / Lactation Support in Cats

Natura Petz Organics supplements to help support lactation in dogs and cats

Lactation Support in Dogs / Lactation Support in Cats

Herbal remedies to help support lactation and healthy milk production in lactating cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex and intricate combination of cells that are found in every body system of your dog and cat.

Immune cells are designed to function with all other cells to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, including allergens, pathogens, microbes, viruses and more. A healthy and robust immune system requires critical nutritional support be given to all body systems to maintain balance and whole body wellness. The immune system is not suppressed to be suppressed or stimulated. When dysfunction presents, your pet's body will require whole body systemic support to reestablish balance.

A mother’s milk provides the perfect nutritional start for the healthy growth and development of your pet’s newly born puppies or kittens. This lactation or nursing process involves mik is secreted from a mother’s mammary glands to provide nutrition for her young.  

Newborn puppies and kittens have demanding nutritional needs because they grow and develop rapidly. Puppies and kittens usually double in weight by the time they are 10 days old.

Nursing cats and dogs have to meet these high nutritional demands of an entire litter and require a healthy balanced diet. Nursing dogs and cats will typically require two to three times the food they would eat when not nursing. Nursing moms also need plenty of fresh, filtered water daily and should drink more than usual during lactation.

The first meal that a new litter receives after birth is colostrum, which is the first milk that is produced by a lactating mother after labor. Colostrum is full of anti-bodies and the mother’s milk helps deliver natural immune support to puppies and kittens. Colostrum also provides vital protection against infection until the puppies and kittens develop their own immune systems. 

Colostrum is also the most nutritionally appropriate food for the dietary needs and digestive requirements of newborns. After about 2-3 days, the mother’s milk will change to more mature milk which is richer in calories, but contains none of the same immune factors as the colostrum.

This mature milk will supply the new puppies or kittens with all their dietary requirements for the next 5-6 weeks, after which they will probably become more interested in what mom’s eating.

At this stage, soft kitten or puppy food can be introduced to help wean them off mother’s milk. Once they become more accustomed to solid foods, they should start nursing less, and in turn mother should start to eat less.

There are three main problems that can occur in lactating mothers, including lactation failure, lactation depression and deficient milk.

Lactation failure (agalactia) – This occurs when no milk is produced by the mammary glands. When this occurs the puppies or kittens do not receive any nourishment and will cry incessantly and fail to gain weight. Lactation failure is very serious and if measures aren’t taken the litter will die. Bottle feeding is necessary until the problem is resolved, or until the litter can be weaned onto solid foods.

Lactation depression or (dysgalactia) – this is the most common lactation problem and it often occurs without a known cause. Lactation depression is when the mammary glands are functioning, yet they are unable to produce enough milk to meet the nutritional needs of the litter. Signs that the mother may not be producing enough milk include puppies or kittens pull at the teats or cry more than usual. You may also notice that the litter does not nurse for continuous lengths of time, but that they still seem hungry. By monitoring weight gains in the litter you will be able to see if they are getting enough milk as lactation depression often leads to stunted growth and reduced weight gains.

Deficient milk – this occurs when milk is produced in sufficient quantity but lacks some of the nutrients required for the litter’s growing needs.

Mastitis – Mastitis is an inflammation or bacterial infection of the mammary glands. This is a potentially serious problem as the infection can contaminate the milk causing illness in the kittens or puppies. The infection can also spread quickly and the mother can become quite ill if the infection is not treated soon.

Helpful suggestions:

It is critical that each puppy or kitten receives their fair share of colostrum so keep an eye on the smaller, less dominant ones in the litter and make sure they get their turn.

The most important thing you can do for your lactating pet is to provide them with a diet containing sufficient calories and nutrients as well as a constant supply of fresh water. Drinking will also help to encourage milk production, and it’s vital for her to be constantly replacing lost fluids.

Calcium supplements are sometimes recommended for nursing mothers; however, it is important to discuss correct dosages with your vet before hand.

If the mother is unable to feed for some reason, you will need to hand-raise the kittens or puppies yourself. Newborns require frequent feedings with vet-recommended milk formula, so be prepared for sleepless nights and lots of work!

Cats and dogs generally make great moms and tend to have very strong maternal instincts. Do not feel offended if your beloved and loyal pet tries to snap, growl or hiss at you for trying to touch her litter, she is only doing her job.

Keep a close eye on the progress of the puppies or kittens. Those that cry continuously are either hungry or cold and you may need to step in to help. Remember that if the pups or kittens fail to gain weight or show signs of hunger, you may need to determine if there are any lactation problems and address them swiftly.

While keeping an eye on the new litter is important, it is also important to give your nursing pet some space. Over-crowding and too much interference can cause the mother to become stressed.


Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies to help restore and stimulate the production of milk, as a liver tonic that supports milk production and reduces the amount of toxins passed through the milk to the litter, to produce a steady milk supply, to prevent bacterial infections such as mastitis in nursing animals, and as an anti-inflammatory to assist in recovery from birth.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is used holistically as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic therapy for cancer cells and as a complementary therapy in anti-cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its studied anti-tumorous natural plant chemicals (slows growth), and potential anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells); antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; as a broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, as an adjunctive for cysts and tumors related to fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used adjunctively and holistically for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps repair cellular dysfunction related to the liver; helps facilitate renal and digestive excretions,; helps provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food; helps relieve symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.



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