How many tums should you give a dog after she has puppies to keep her calcium up?

puppies are 2 weeks old.
toy dog, 5 lbs, 2 puppies, 3rd litter, i don’t ever give calcium or puppy food while the dog is pregnant because i don’t want to trigger eclampsia or the puppies to be too big for her to whelp. this will probably her last litter.


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  • KoAussie

    I have whelped many litters over the past twenty years and never needed to supplement calcium.

    "Practical Matters: Do not institute calcium supplementation during canine pregnancy
    Sep 1, 2008
    By: Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT

    Margaret V. Root Kustritz
    Postpartum hypocalcemia, also called eclampsia or puerperal tetany, is a metabolic condition most commonly seen in small-breed dogs nursing large litters two or three weeks after whelping. It is characterized by ataxia, mydriasis, disorientation, tachycardia, and neglect of pups, with possible progression to seizures. Clients with dogs that have suffered from eclampsia often want to supplement the bitches with calcium during subsequent pregnancies; however, calcium supplementation during pregnancy is contraindicated.

    Parathyroid hormone is secreted in response to decreased serum calcium concentrations. The hormone increases calcium concentrations by promoting osteoclastic activity and increasing calcium uptake from the gastrointestinal tract. Oral calcium supplementation causes persistent serum calcium elevation with subsequent downregulation of parathyroid hormone. When the bitch whelps and begins lactating, it is difficult for oral supplementation alone to provide enough calcium since it is poorly absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. Because the parathyroid hormone has been downregulated in dogs receiving oral calcium, bone calcium stores cannot be accessed and hypocalcemia results.

    Instead of calcium supplementation, pregnant bitches should be fed a well-balanced puppy or performance food during the latter half of gestation. Calcium supplementation during lactation will not cause iatrogenic hypocalcemia, so supplementation may be instituted at whelping.

    Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Minnesota
    St. Paul, MN 55108 "

  • Rayven-Fried Sea Kittens Anyone?

    If you were feeding your nursing dam properly there would be no need to supplement with tums or anything else. If you have concerns about her calcium levels talk to your vet.

  • stjoncavaliers

    Ok…what breed and how many pups? Tums are not the way to go if you need a real calcium boost. Eclampsia is a life threatening condition that should be avoided at all cost. Cottage cheese won’t do it either. You need a calcium supplement dosed according to your dog’s weight. Toy dogs with large litters or mothers who are totally devoted to their pups ( large litters as well ) are at risk. This generally manifests between 2 and 3 weeks after the puppies are born but can happen later as well. Walmart carries a liquid, vanilla flavored calcium for people. Call your vet and find out the dosage for your dogs if it won’t take the chewable tablets sold by your vet.

  • sl_mj1960

    one to start her out at then go to the vet n get calcuim pills my pom loves them.

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