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Herbal remedies to support a healthy pregnancy for dogs and cats during gestation.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk, which is particularly problematic for a nursing mom.

Once you learn your dog or cat is pregnant, it’s important to know what to expect during the gestation period. Unlike humans, animal pregnancy lasts approximately 9 weeks (or 63 days) for most cats and dogs, giving you little time to prepare. This article will have you informed and ready to help your dog and cat for the exciting day ahead!

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

Newborn puppies and kittens have demanding nutritional needs as they are growing and developing at such rapid rates. Most puppies and kittens will usually double in weight by the time they are 10 days old.

Nursing cats and dogs have to meet the high nutritional demands of an entire litter and will need not only a healthy balanced diet (free of corn, wheat, soy, preservatives, etc) but will need to eat between two and three times more often than normal. Nursing moms also need plenty of fresh, filtered water 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 she has gone through labor. This type of milk is crucial for the development of young puppies and kittens as it is full of anti-bodies and mom's natural immunity properties which help guard against illness and infection until their own immune systems begin to develop. 

Colostrum is 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 colostrum, so ensure that all puppies and kittens get access to critical colostrum for a healthier, happier life.

The mature milk supplies 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 is eating. At 5-6 weeks, soft kitten or puppy food can be introduced to help wean them off mother’s milk. Make sure you feed holistic, grain free food, with no corn, wheat, soy, colorants or preservatives to ensure a solid start on their journey to health. Once they become more accustomed to solid foods, they should start nursing less, and mom should start to eat less. 

Helpful suggestions before birth:

As your pet progresses along in her pregnancy, her body changes to make room for the developing puppies or kittens. Due to this, she may not be able to eat large portions of food without feeling uncomfortable, so increase the frequency of her meals rather than increasing portion sizes.

Do not poke your pet’s belly to feel for the puppies or kittens. This can cause damage to the undeveloped fetuses and may even cause miscarriage. Please explain the danger to all family members and guests.

Welping or Queening can be stressful for your pet, so give her room. Stay close in case she needs help, but remember that excitement, noise, and nervous energy can cause your pet distress and birth complications. Some pets will even delay birthing as long as they can until things settle down which can be dangerous for mom and babies. 

If your pet has parasites, it is important to discuss treatment options with your vet before administering any drugs. Drugs should be avoided during pregnancy, unless prescribed or recommended by your vet.

As a pet parent, you need to consider diet. Many pets do well on their regular diets through-out their pregnancy term, provided it is a high quality and nutritious diet (no corn, wheat, soy or preservatives). However, you may want to consider adding premium, holistic kitten or puppy food to your pet’s diet at 4 weeks onward because it is higher in nutrients, which your pet will need. 

You can increase the amount of puppy or kitten food each week so that by the time she is in her final week of pregnancy her usual diet has been replaced with the puppy or kitten food. She can remain on this diet through-out the lactation period as well as this is a very nutritionally demanding time for your pet.

You should also begin increasing the frequency of her daily meals. Most pregnant pets do best on eating 3-4 times per day and during the last two weeks of pregnancy she should be eating between 1 and 3 times her usual amount of food, as this is when most of the fetal growth takes place.

You should encourage moderate exercise in your pet to retain healthy muscle tone, and avoid unnecessary weight gain, but make sure it is gentle and easy exercise. 

Approximately two weeks before your pet is due to give birth, it is advisable to provide her with a nesting area such as a box, basket or laundry basket. Make the area comfortable with some clean towels and let her become accustomed to the area. The box should be placed in a warm room that is free from noise and distractions as this is the place she will most likely give birth.

Watching the puppies and kittens grow is exciting! They should be fully weaned by 6 weeks and should not be taken away from the mother before this. Please be choosy when selecting the safest, most loving and stable home possible. 

For more information on helpful suggestions after birth, see this article

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies to promote general and nutrient support for a healthy pregnancy; to promote healthy and steady flow and milk production during lactation in nursing cats and dogs; to help support health; to reduce the amount of toxins passed through the milk to the litter; to promote immune health, digestive function and bowel regulation and contains an anti-inflammatory that supports recovery after birth.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due toanxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

Get Well Soon – (learn more) is as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic (kills cancer cells) therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used 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.

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Life’s An Itch (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces 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, reflux), 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. 

Conventional Remedies:

In cats and dogs, you may not notice any changes within the first 3 weeks of conception. If you do suspect that your pet is pregnant, your vet will run tests and/or perform imaging scans to accurately diagnose the condition and possibly even estimate a due date. Your vet may also conduct an all-round check-up to detect potential problems as well as advise any dietary changes or supplements that may be necessary.

There are a few common indications that your pet is pregnant. 

In cats, the cessation of the regular heat cycle may be the first thing you notice, while in dogs, the first sign is often the clear vaginal discharge that becomes evident between 4-5 weeks after conception.

An enlarged abdomen is often noticed in cats at about 5 weeks; however, many dogs can come to full term without looking noticeably pregnant, making it an unreliable method of determining pregnancy.


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