Our expert says:
1) It is not unusual for a large dog to give birth to four pups. The average number of pups for a bitch is around six.
It would be unusual for the bitch to be carrying more stillborn's. If I suspected that pups were still present then I would look to see if the dog was sick (lethargic, not eating, straining e.t.c) and check to see if there is a smelly/discoloured uterine discharge from behind. If you are unsure then you should contact your vet a.s.a.p.
2)The condition of the bitch and quality/digestability/palatability/quantity of nutrition are important factors pre/post welping as this can infulence the amount/quality of milk produced. I recommend that you feed a premium puppy/lactation diet (Hill's, Royal Canine, Eukanuba e.t.c) to provide adequate nutrition for your bitch and puppies.
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