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How can I get my Shih Tzu to produce more milk imminent 5

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How can I get my Shih Tzu to produce more milk for her imminent 5 puppies?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'll follow up for Dr. Jo for you. Are you concerned that Jessie won't produce enough milk because she has a history of hypogalactia (partial failure to produce milk) or agalactia (complete failure to produce milk)?

In general, making sure that her nutrition is appropriate (Blue Buffalo puppy food is a good choice and you shouldn't be supplementing it with additional vitamins and, particularly, calcium), avoiding stress and situations that might make Jessie anxious, and correcting any pre-existing medical conditions should suffice. If Jessie still isn't producing enough milk post-partum, hypogalactia can be addressed with either metoclopromide or domperidone and anxious bitches may benefit from mild tranquilization with phenothiazine compounds such as acepromazine which also increase prolactin release - a hormone necessary for milk letdown.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.