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Let's look at canine supplements and, more importantly, what Raspberry Leaf is and why it's essential for your breeding dogs.
Raspberry leaf is often talked about and recommended by breeders as a natural supplement for dogs and pregnant dogs due to several potential benefits. It’s commonly used by women for the same reasons and often drank as tea.
What is Raspberry Leaf?
Raspberry leaf refers to the leaves of the raspberry plant, scientifically known as Rubus idaeus. The raspberry plant is a perennial shrub native to Europe but is now widely cultivated in many parts of the world.
The leaves of the raspberry plant contain various compounds, including tannins, flavonoids, and fragrine. Raspberry leaf contains anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit dogs with arthritis or joint pain. It's also believed to help soothe digestive issues in dogs, including diarrhoea and gastrointestinal upset.
Why use it for pregnant bitches?
Raspberry leaf is commonly recommended for pregnant dogs during the later stages of pregnancy and post-whelping. Raspberry leaf is known for its beneficial properties for having a tightening or toning effect on tissues. Due to this fact, it may help tone and strengthen the muscles of the uterus, which can be beneficial during pregnancy and for any females that will deliver naturally (not by elective C-section) by potentially aiding with smooth and efficient contractions during labour when giving birth and helping to expel placentas.
Raspberry leaf is sometimes used to support the reproductive system in female dogs, potentially promoting fertility and regulating the Estrus (heat) cycle.
It's worth noting that while raspberry leaf is generally considered safe, individual sensitivities can occur. It is advisable to start with a small dose and monitor your dog for any adverse reactions.
Can it help after the puppies' birth?
Raspberry leaf can also support milk production in lactating dogs, helping to ensure an adequate milk supply for nursing puppies, but there may be more effective supplements for this specific cause such as Fenugreek.
Fenugreek may be a more suitable alternative for breeders who prefer elective C-sections, helping to avoid conditions like Agalactia (when the dam has no milk) which is more likely with elective sections and/or single puppy litters.
Where can I buy Raspberry Leaf?
I recommend Dorwest Herbs, the UK's leading authority for herbal remedies and supplements for dogs and cats. With over 75 years of experience, their herbal pet remedies are trusted worldwide by pet owners looking for natural support.
Need more advice?
Remember that the specific Raspberry Leaf needs of a pregnant or lactating dog may vary based on factors such as the dog's size, breed, overall health, and individual requirements.
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