Nursing Dog Nutrition Calculator

Did You Know

Nursing dogs require extra nutrition to support the growth of their puppies and their own health during lactation. The number of puppies in the litter and the stage of nursing significantly impact the mother’s dietary needs. Our Nursing Dog Nutrition Calculator provides a tailored feeding plan to ensure your nursing dog receives the necessary nutrients for this demanding life stage.


Welcome to the Animal Nutrition Calculator’s Nursing Dog Nutrition Calculator. This resource is designed to help dog owners create an optimal nutrition plan for their nursing pets. It takes into account various factors, including the dog’s weight, age, breed size, litter size, stage of nursing, and current diet, offering personalized advice to support the health of both the mother and her puppies.

Getting Started: What You’ll Need

To utilize this calculator to its full extent, please prepare the following details:

  • Your dog’s weight (5-300 lbs/ 2.267-136 kg)
  • Your dog’s age
  • The breed size of your dog (small, medium, large, giant)
  • The number of puppies in the litter
  • The current stage of nursing (week 1, weeks 2-5, week 6 to weaning)
  • The main composition of your dog’s diet (dry, wet, raw)
  • How often you feed your dog each day
  • Whether you are giving your dog any dietary supplements
  • If the supplements were recommended by a veterinarian

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Tips for Feeding Nursing Dogs

  • Increase Caloric Intake: Nursing dogs often need two to three times their usual caloric intake, especially when nursing large litters.
  • High-Quality Diet: Feed a high-quality, nutrient-dense diet suitable for puppies or lactating mothers.
  • Frequent Meals: Offer multiple meals a day or allow for free feeding to ensure constant nutrient supply.
  • Hydration: Provide plenty of fresh water, as nursing dogs need more fluids to produce milk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Much Should a Nursing Dog Eat?

A nursing dog’s food intake may double or triple, depending on litter size and nutritional demands. Consult this calculator for a more specific guide.

Is Puppy Food Good for Nursing Dogs?

Yes, puppy food is recommended for nursing dogs because it’s high in essential nutrients needed for both the puppies’ growth and the mother’s lactation.

Why Trust Animal Nutrition Calculator and How This Calculator Was Developed

Our Nursing Dog Nutrition Calculator is the culmination of collaborative efforts with canine nutritionists and veterinarians. It is based on scientific research and current standards in veterinary nutrition, designed to support nursing dogs’ unique dietary needs.


This calculator serves as an aid in formulating a feeding strategy for nursing dogs but is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Always consult with a veterinarian for a tailored and comprehensive feeding plan, especially if your dog has specific health needs or when considering the use of supplements.