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Q. Is it normal for a bitch to lose a lot of hair after breeding? Also, is it normal for a bitch to upchuck her food for her pups?
I have a 2 year old lab, I bred her and she had 9 beautiful pups...all did great at 6 weeks they weighed between 10-7.5 lbs most at 9lbs. We never lost one. She was the best mom ever!

Questions: she looks AWFUL, hair falling out....bald patches, is this normal? She eats, plays, fetches her ball, what can I do to help her? Vet said she was great...I'm not sure why such the hair loss?

Also, Is it normal for a bitch to up chuck her food for her pups?

Thanks, Leah

A. Some females lose almost their entire coat after a litter of pups. I don’t know what her normal diet is, but we haven’t had this problem since we began feeding an all raw diet.

Read this article on feeding a raw diet. It’s a work in progress but there is a lot of good information there.

I would also recommend these books, Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats and Raw Dog Food.

You can also go to our Feeding Dogs Page for a list of articles and books that will be helpful to you.

It is normal for good mother dogs to regurgitate for their pups. Not all females do this, but the females that do are usually above average moms.

Cindy
  
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