Taking Care a Border Collie in Pregnancy
Dog is man best friend. What’s not to like? It is the closest thing to unconditional love. It cheers you when you are down and gloomy, some dog even earn their meal by working. For example, the herder or shepherd breed type dog.
Talking about a shepherd breed dog, Border Collie quickly comes to mind. It’s a breed specifically used as a livestock herder. It is widely believed that Border Collie is the most intelligent of all dogs. It’s typically smart, athletic, acrobatic, extremely energetic and active. Did I mention smart? Because a Border Collie reportedly, able to learn thousand words and act accordingly to those words.
Not only intelligent, Border Collie also a hardworking dog. It is considered the hardest working dog. In fact it is borderline workaholic. What a combination of trait. It is the perfect as a competition dog and as a farmhand. It is friendly to other dogs and children. But, Border Collie needs an authoritarian owner, because it had a tendency to be reactive under a loose owner leadership.
Border Collie needs exercise, from a simple ball chasing to a more demanding herding, agility training and freestyle. It needs to stay active.
It is aware of it surrounding, hence it will be alert to guest, mailman, burglar or even a squirrel.
Border Collie Pregnancy
As a living organism, Border Collie at some time will eventually mate and reproduce. Assuming the conception is successful, a Border Collie will be pregnant, just like any other mammals. In a couple of weeks with a good care it will give birth to puppies in approximately 63 days.
But in order to have a successful pregnancy there are several things to do.
At the first sign of pregnancy, it is recommended to do a checkup with your local vet. Especially if you are not sure what is the stage of pregnancy, because different stage of pregnancy require different treatment. Pregnant dog should be kept in a stress free environment so give a comfortable place which could also serve as a place to give birth.
Pregnant dog needs proper diet. You need to watch, not only the nutritional variation but also the amount of food. While it is common to give more food, you need to make sure not to overfeed a newly pregnant Border Collie. Because an overfeed pregnant Border Collie could experience a difficult whelping because the puppies got to large and the pregnant Border Collie build up too much fat.
With 3-4 weeks left, it is time to a graduate increase of food to fulfill the increasing needs for nutrition from the puppies. This will protect against malnutrition and underweight. Make sure to not add extra calcium to the diet to avoid eclampsia. It is also advisable to give clean and filtered water.
Try to give natural food instead of manufactured food. Give raw vegetable or fruits. Carrots, apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, spinach, romaine lettuce, to name a few.