Calcium During Whelping

Did you know that adding calcium at the right time during labor can make whelping or queening go faster? And that can decrease your chances of puppy or kitten loss and keep your moms from getting too tired. On this episode of the Pet Care Pro Show, we are talking about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to using calcium during whelping or queening.

Why Should You Use Calcium

Did you know that adding calcium at the right time during labor can make whelping or queening go faster? And that can decrease your chances of puppy or kitten loss and keep your moms from getting too tired. On this episode of the Pet Care Pro Show, we are talking about the do’s and don’ts when it comes to using calcium during whelping or queening.

Calcium is a mineral that plays a role in both muscle contraction and in building the frame we stand on. It allows the uterine muscle to slide past and shorten, resulting in effective uterine contractions. Low blood calcium leads to ineffective contractions and nervousness, often resulting in puppy loss.

How to Use Calcium Supplements

Knowing when to use calcium supplements when whelping is key. If you supplement with calcium before whelping starts, you shut down the pregnant dog’s ability to fine tune the minute-by-minute demand needed for whelping and milk production. By staying away from supplements pre-whelping, you can let her regulate and gear up for the needs of whelping and milking. This helps prevent issues in the pregnant dogs, such as eclampsia or milk fever.

In early labor when the female starts nesting or her temperature drops one degree, that’s when you can give mom the first dose of calcium. Fast-absorbing supplements like Breeders’ Edge® Oral Cal™ Plus Gel are very helpful. Before the first puppy hits the ground, the goal is to get three to four doses in mom. She won’t be eating at this time, so a small amount of gel orally is the only choice. She will accept it readily. This helps to dilate the cervix and get the first puppy on the ground faster. This will help the female not get so tired with a long delivery and she can mother better because she won’t be so exhausted.

In addition to during whelping/queening, providing additional calcium such as Breeder’s Edge® Oral Cal Plus™ Powder during nursing supports the increased nutrient demands placed on mom by her nursing newborns. When nursing, her need for calcium is at its highest since producing milk for newborns may cause calcium to be drawn from her bones and teeth.

For more advice on why and how to use calcium at whelping, be sure to check out the video above.


What do you use to help whelping or queening moms? Let us know in the comments below!

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32 thoughts on “Calcium During Whelping”

  1. Great video. I have a momma dog about ready to give birth, next week actually. What about the dosing for mom after the pups are born? The goal I know is to get her eating again as quick as can be done within a few days. But after her birthing process finishes give her a dose of the oral calcium once a day? And for how many days? Only until she is eating again or daily throughout the first 3 weeks of feeding puppies?

    1. Hello! If you call into our Pet Care Pros, they’ll be able to help you with all your questions. You can reach them at 800.786.4751. -Maria at Revival

    1. Hello Barb, Unfortunately I am unable to give dosing online. Please call in to our Pet Care Pros for dosing recommendations. -Maria at Revival

  2. Am completely amazed by your product calcium plus! My female had been to vet 5 times! 3 was for calcium shots then I would have to follow up with 6x IV shots under skin! She had 7 pups depending on her!! She wouldn’t eat! Tried literally everything! Only thing she would eat was canned Royal prescription digest! Literally nothing else! This went on for almost 3 weeks! Vet said to take pups on her! Wanted to at least have them on till 3 weeks! The ups and downs with her calcium plummeting was insane! Once tried your product she would eat puppy food! Ran out of your calcium plus! So this morning I realize it was definitely your product that had her doing so much better! For I ran out yesterday! Had to give her another calcium shot of 100 cc under skin! Your product is supposed to arrive today! So hope so! It is amazing calcium how it makes unbelievable difference! Thought it was only for welping and birthing! It’s the difference between milk fever taking ups away from mother to mother nursing her pups!
    Thank you!

    1. Wow! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us, Rhonda! We’re so happy our calcium is able to help your mom and her puppies. -Maria at Revival

    1. Hello Laura, to place an international order you’ll need to call in to our Pet Care Pros at 800.786.4751. -Maria at Revival

  3. Question: I give my bitches OxyMate prior to whelping, OxyMomma after, and Oral Cal Plus during labor. Should they receive an additional calcium supplement while nursing, or does OxyMomna cover her calcium needs while nursing?

    1. Hello Shari! If you call into our Pet Care Pros, they’ll be able to help you with all your questions. You can reach them at 800.786.4751. -Maria at Revival

  4. The video was confusing it did not answer all the questions

    It didn’t tell me what the dose is for breeders edge oral cal plus or how to find the correct dose.

    It also says Post whelping to give 2 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorous but it does not say which calcium to use is that the oral cal plus???

    It also said to use balanced calcium daily through whelping, ok what calcium is that? Is it the oral cal plus??? or a different calcium?

    I came away from this with more questions than it answered.

    1. Hello, I apologize that we were unable to answer your questions in the video. That feedback is very helpful and I can pass it along to the content team. As for your questions, I am unable to answer them on our blog, but one of our Pet Care Pros would be more than happy to answer your questions! You can reach them at 800.786.4751. Thank you again for your feedback! -Maria at Revival

  5. My Miniature Schnauzer just had eclampsia today, she had 5 babies and they are 5 weeks old. I gave her 25 cc of Calcium that my vet gave me while back and did fine from shaking. I have been feeding my momma dog a puppy food. How do I prevent that to happen again since she still nursing her babies. I have Oral Cal plus. Do I need to give her that? and how often.

    1. Hello Grace, I would recommend calling into our Pet Care Pros. They’ll be able to provide you with resources and knowledge to help prevent calcium related issues. You can reach them at 800-786-4751. -Maria at Revival

  6. Use this product during whelping and deliveries go so much faster with less strain and exhaustion on mom. She is happier, brighter and is able to pay more attention to her pups. I am giving it in her food daily to help her not only nurse but keep those calcium levels up and the results are terrific.
    Recommend it.

    1. Hello Donna, due to shipping regulations, we’re unable to send supplements to Australia. -Maria at Revival

  7. Thank you for such a helpful video! I am so grateful for your guidance and support in our breeding program! We love our Labradors and want to provide the best care possible for them and their puppies! Revival helps us be the best we can be, and we love to pass on this wealth of information to our customers! Thank you for all you do!!

    1. Hello Sheryl, I can not give dosing instructions via our blog. If you call our Pet Care Pros at 800.786.4751, they’ll be able to assist you with dosing and other calcium questions you may have. -Maria at Revival

  8. What can I give my female bullie for worms and also it will go to the puppy too at 2 weeks old and is there a fles and ticks pill I can give her that will be OK in her milk that can help the puppy too

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