Pet Health Tips

Calcium During Whelping

By Maria Schubert

June 15, 2022

Did you know that adding calcium at the right time during labor can make whelping or queening go faster? And that can decrease your chances of puppy or kitten loss and keep your moms from getting too tired. On this episode of the Pet Care Pro Show, we are talking about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to using calcium during whelping or queening.

Why Should You Use Calcium

Did you know that adding calcium at the right time during labor can make whelping or queening go faster? And that can decrease your chances of puppy or kitten loss and keep your moms from getting too tired. On this episode of the Pet Care Pro Show, we are talking about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to using calcium during whelping or queening. Calcium is a mineral that plays a role in both muscle contraction and in building the frame we stand on. It allows the uterine muscle to slide past and shorten, resulting in effective uterine contractions. Low blood calcium leads to ineffective contractions and nervousness, often resulting in puppy loss.

How to Use Calcium Supplements

Knowing when to use calcium supplements when whelping is key. If you supplement with calcium before whelping starts, you shut down the pregnant dog’s ability to fine tune the minute-by-minute demand needed for whelping and milk production. By staying away from supplements pre-whelping, you can let her regulate and gear up for the needs of whelping and milking. This helps prevent issues in the pregnant dogs, such as eclampsia or milk fever. In early labor when the female starts nesting or her temperature drops one degree, that’s when you can give mom the first dose of calcium. Fast-absorbing supplements like Breeders’ Edge® Oral Cal™ Plus Gel are very helpful. Before the first puppy hits the ground, the goal is to get three to four doses in mom. She won’t be eating at this time, so a small amount of gel orally is the only choice. She will accept it readily. This helps to dilate the cervix and get the first puppy on the ground faster. This will help the female not get so tired with a long delivery and she can mother better because she won’t be so exhausted. In addition to during whelping/queening, providing additional calcium such as Breeder’s Edge® Oral Cal Plus™ Powder during nursing supports the increased nutrient demands placed on mom by her nursing newborns. When nursing, her need for calcium is at its highest since producing milk for newborns may cause calcium to be drawn from her bones and teeth. For more advice on why and how to use calcium at whelping, be sure to check out the video above.
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