Nursing and lactation in dogs and cats
As with humans, a mother’s milk is the perfect food for newborn puppies and kittens. Nursing is a natural and beautiful process and anyone who has ever seen a litter nursing contentedly will attest to this. Young puppies and kittens have very high nutritional requirements for their extremely fast growth rates and high energy levels. In fact, eating and sleeping are the two major activities of the first two weeks of life! Puppies and kittens generally double their birth weight by the 8th or 10th day of life.
The first meal a puppy or kitten will have after birth is of colostrum, the first type of milk produced by the mother. This is a very important substance for puppies and kittens as colostrum contains antibodies and nutrients essential for the newborn animal’s nutrition as well as to boost their immune systems. It is crucial that each puppy or kitten receives his/her share of colostrum so keep an eye on the smaller, less pushy animals in the litter at this time to make sure they get a chance.
Colostrum is only available to the litter for 24 hours after birth. Thereafter mature milk is produced by the mother for her offspring. Mature milk contains none of the immune factors that colostrum does but is the perfect source of all-round nutrition for puppies and kittens.
The natural way
Because the entire litter’s energy requirements must be met by the mother, lactation is a very nutritionally demanding time for your female dog or cat. A complete and balanced diet is very important and she will need between one and a half to three times more food than usual - as well as plenty of fresh water - while nursing.
Peace and quiet and a relaxing, secure environment are important, especially in the first few weeks and while milk supply is being established. Frequent visitors and handling of the young can be very stressful for the nursing mother and this can interfere with milk production, so keep visitors to a minimum and do not allow puppies and kittens to be picked up by unfamiliar people, especially if this distresses the mother.
What is LacToll?
LacToll is a 100% safe and natural combination of herbal ingredients for the support of colostrum and milk production in nursing pets, as well as providing a natural tonic for the nursing female dog or cat.
How has LacToll helped others?
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