How do you dry up a mother dog's milk?

Answer

The process of drying up a mother dog's milk is a natural one encouraged by removing puppies 4 weeks and older from the mother for a few hours each day. Nursing puppies empty the mammary glands, signaling a need for more production. As the puppies consume less milk for their needs, the glands reduce and eventually stop milk production.

Under ideal circumstances, the weaning process is gradual, and milk production reduces slowly. Once puppies reach the appropriate age for weaning, owners begin introducing them to small amounts of solid puppy food in a bowl during the time they are away from their mother. Owners should gradually increase the amount of solid food the puppies receive. If the vet has put the adult dog on puppy food during pregnancy, owners should gradually convert her diet back to adult dog food during the weaning process.

Permanent removal of the puppies before weaning leads to excess milk production by the mother, which is often painful for her. If the mother continues to produce milk after the puppies are weaned, there is the potential that she could develop an infection in the mammary glands, known as mastitis. Owners of a dog who continues producing milk after weaning puppies should contact a veterinarian.

Q&A Related to "How do you dry up a mother dog's milk?"
1. Talk to your veterinarian before starting the mother dog's diet process. He can give you valuable direction. 2. Replace 1/4th of the mother's puppy food with adult dog food. Start
http://www.ehow.com/how_7768905_dry-up-milk-mother...
because it uses to much nutrients.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_will_a_mother_dogs_m...
The most common way to dry up breast milk is to stop nursing and pumping. If you are not nursing and pumping the milk stops producing and dries up. Depending on the amount of milk
http://www.ask.com/web-answers/Health/Other/how_to...
after few days.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201206...
1 Additional Answer
Ask.com Answer for: dry up mother dogs milk
How to Dry Up the Milk of a Mother Dog
Drying up of milk of the mother dog is a natural process that happens gradually, as her puppies are weaned. Weaning her puppies helps the mother dog, as the puppies become less dependent on their mother's milk, and turn to solid food. You can help... More »
Difficulty: Moderate
Source: www.ehow.com
Explore this Topic
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there is no substitute for the nutrients provided by a mother dog's milk. However ...
About -  Privacy -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback  -  Sitemap  © 2014 Ask.com