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Herbs For The Brood Bitch

HERBS FOR THE BROOD BITCH
ALFALFA sprouts helps in weight gain, stimulates appetite, good for muscle/joint pains, contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, enzymes, choline, sodium, silicon, Vitamins A B, D, K & P
APPLES juice or fruit: contains pectin which is a natural toxin remover, (fruit) adds fibre to diet, great for diabetic dogs because it slows down the absorption of sugars
BANANAS rich in potassium & magnesium, both needed for bone building & calcium balance. Use only fully ripe.
BEEF LIVER (raw) folic acid, sulphur, iron, many vitamins & minerals
BROWN RICE iron, amino acids, linoleic acid, Vitamins B & E. It strengthens internal organs, calms the nervous system & relieves depression
CARROTS (grated raw) potassium, Vitamin C & Vitamin A, also fun food for puppies!
CORNMEAL contains more lysine than any other grain (not de-germinated)
EGGS a complete food, can be fed scrambled or raw [soak in hot water for five minutes] but boiled is not recommended as they become hard to digest
FENUGREEK Fenugreek seed has been used to increase milk production since biblical times. The herb contains phytoestrogens, which are plant chemicals similar to the female sex hormone oestrogen. A key compound, diosgenin, has been shown experimentally to increase milk flow. Fenugreek is often used as an appetiser and can be used to help gain weight and condition.
GARLIC (fresh raw) besides it use as a pest fighter, worm inhibitor, garlic is a natural antibiotic and antifungal, digestive helper and good for the nervous system
GOAT’S MILK obtained from a goat farm is best, but if you can’t get raw goats milk, perhaps there is a natural food supermarket near you that may have the less desirable pasteurised goat’s milk. Add in moderation
KALE rich in Vitamin C, more digestible for dogs than spinach & should be used instead of
MOLASSES helps in milk production, high in iron
OATS help produce milk, good source of iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc, silica and Vitamin B. They act as a calmer for nerves, depression and insomnia. Helps to regulate thyroid & blood sugar
OIL OF EVENING PRIMROSE great source of linolenic acid which is great for coat and skin
PARSLEY strengthens digestion, source of Vitamin C, iron, manganese, calcium, phosphorus. Increases milk production and helps uterine muscles
YOGHURT very good for digestion and addition of natural bacteria cultures. Yoghurt can be given to newborn puppies if the bitches milk is too rich or added to formula if puppies are hand -raised. Goat yoghurt is best.
RASPBERRY LEAVES whether in herb or in powder form, this is one of the most important of all the herbs for pregnancy. Raspberry leaves help the strengthen uterine walls, helps reduce labour pain, ease delivery and generally helps to expel afterbirths. [Retention of afterbirth can cause serious infections in the mother.]
RED CLOVER flower tops; helps with skin disorders such as eczema
SWEET POTATOES very high in Vitamin A

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