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27 Things Not to Give Pregnant Dogs

August 24, 2017

Once your female dog is pregnant, what to feed a pregnant dog in her diet is even more important to keep an eye on. Using certain substances during a canine pregnancy can result in defects to the puppies.

Revival’s former Director of Veterinary services, Dr. Bramlage recommends avoiding these substances during pregnancy:

  • Aspirin
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Steroids
  • Diethylstilbestrol
  • Doxycycline
  • Enrofloxacin
  • Estradiol
  • Excess Vitamin A
  • Excess Vitamin D
  • Gold
  • Grieseofulvin
  • Metronidazole
  • Oxytetracycline
  • Pentobarbital
  • Streptomycin
  • Sulfa’s
  • Tetracycline
  • Warfarin


Can Topical Products Hurt a Pregnant Dog?

Certain topical products used on a pregnant dog can also cause defects in puppies. Those are:

  • Carbaryl
  • Dexamethasone Ophthalmic
  • Gentocin sprays
  • Mometamax
  • Ophthalmic with steroids
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rotenone
  • St. John’s Wort
  • TriTop ointment


Can a Pregnant Dog Have Steroids?

One additional thing to keep in mind is that there are many types of steroids and it’s impossible to list them all. So always avoid any steroids when pregnant. This includes those that are applied topically and used on ears and eyes.

If you have additional questions on caring for a pregnant dog or what precautions should be taken for a pregnant dog, call us at 800.786.4751.

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