When do baby puppies start eating solid food

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Raising puppies can be an extremely gratifying experience or it may produce disappointment and letdown. The following information is provided in order to increase your chances of success when caring for young puppies.

What do I do to care for the newborn puppies?

The mother should spend most of her time with her puppies during the first few days after birth. For the first month of life, puppies require very little care from the owner because their mother will feed and care for them. In fact, in the vast majority of cases, the pet owner should not interfere with the mother's care.

The puppies should be kept warm and should nurse frequently. They should be checked every few hours to ensure they are warm and well fed. The mother should be checked to make certain that she is producing adequate and normal-appearing milk.

"The puppies should be kept warm and should nurse frequently."

If the mother does not stay in the whelping box the majority of the time, the puppies' body temperatures must be closely monitored. If the puppies are cold, supplemental heating should be provided but caution needs to be taken to avoid burns as puppies do not have the same reactions to heat as adult dogs do. During the first four days of life, the newborn puppies' box and external environment should be maintained at 85° to 90°F (29.4° to 32.2°C). The temperature may gradually be decreased to 80°F (26.7°C) by the seventh to tenth day and to 72°F (22.2°C) by the end of the fourth week. If the litter is large, the external temperature does not have to be kept as warm. As puppies huddle together, their body heat provides additional warmth.

If the mother feels the puppies are in danger or if there is too much light, she may become anxious and not produce adequate milk. Placing a sheet or cloth over the top of the box to obscure much of the light may resolve the problem. An enclosed box is also an excellent solution. Some dogs, especially first-time mothers, are more nervous than others. Such dogs may attempt to hide their young, even from the owner. Moving the puppies from place to place may endanger the puppies if they are placed in a cold or drafty location. Dogs with this behavior should be caged or confined in a secure, secluded area. This type of mother has also been known to kill her puppies, intentionally or inadvertently, presumably as a means of 'protecting' them from danger.


What are the signs that the puppies are not doing well and what do I do?

Puppies should eat or sleep 90% of the time during the first two weeks of life.

"If they are crying during or after eating, they are usually becoming ill, are not receiving adequate milk, or the mother's milk has become infected (mastitis)."

If they are crying during or after eating, they are usually becoming ill, are not receiving adequate milk, or the mother's milk has become infected (mastitis). A newborn puppy is very susceptible to infections and can die within a few hours of becoming ill. If excessive crying occurs, the mother and entire litter should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Puppies should gain 5-10% of their body weight daily. When the mother's milk supply is inadequate to support this, supplemental feeding one to six times per day is recommended and should be performed routinely on any litter with greater than five puppies. There are several excellent commercial milk replacers available. They require no preparation other than warming. These milk replacers should be warmed to 95°to 100° (35° to 37.8°C) before feeding. Its temperature can easily be tested on your forearm: it should be about the same temperature as your skin. 

Any milk replacer that is used should contain optimal levels of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a nutrient that is important for the development of the puppies' brains and eyes. Goat milk is not recommended as it is far too low in protein and fat. Supplemental feeding may be continued until the puppies are old enough to eat puppy food on their own.

If the mother does not produce milk or her milk becomes infected, the puppies will cry. If this occurs, an entire litter can die within 24 to 48 hours. Total milk replacement feeding using the mentioned products or adopting the puppies to another nursing mother is usually required. If replacement feeding is chosen, the feeding amounts listed on the product should be used. Puppies less than two weeks of age should be fed every 3-4 hours. Puppies two to four weeks of age do well with feedings every 6-8 hours. Weaning, as described below, should begin at three to four weeks of age.

What should I expect from the puppies during the first few weeks of life?

Puppies are born with their eyes closed. Most puppies will begin to open their eyes within seven to fourteen days of birth. If there is swelling, bulging, or discharge underneath the eyelids, they should be opened gently. A cotton ball dampened with warm water may be used to assist opening the lids. If the swelling is due to infection, pus will exit the open eyelids and should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. If the eyes have not opened within fourteen days of age, the puppy should be examined by a veterinarian.

Puppies should be observed for their rate of growth. They should double their birth weight in about one week. Careful and routine daily to weekly weighing should be performed to ensure the puppies are growing normally. Failure to gain weight may indicate a problem and the need for veterinary care.

At about two weeks of age, puppies should be alert and trying to stand on their own. At three weeks, they generally try to climb out of their box. At four weeks, all of the puppies should be able to walk, run, and play.

"At four weeks, all of the puppies should be able to walk, run, and play."

Puppies should begin eating solid food about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 weeks of age. Initially, make gruel by mixing a milk replacer in puppy food soaked in water and place this mixture in a flat saucer. The puppies' noses should be carefully dipped into the mixture two or three times per day until they begin to lap; this usually takes one to three days. Next, canned or dry puppy food should be placed in the milk replacer or water until it is soggy. As the puppies lap, they will also ingest the food. The amount of moisture should be decreased daily until they are eating the canned or dry food with little or no moisture added (usually by four to six weeks of age).

I have heard of milk fever. What exactly is it?

Eclampsia, or milk fever, is a depletion of calcium from the mother due to heavy milk production. It generally occurs when the puppies are three to five weeks old (just before weaning) and most often to mothers with large litters. The mother typically has muscle spasms resulting in rigid legs, spastic movements, and heavy panting. This condition can be fatal in 30-60 minutes, so a veterinarian should be consulted immediately.

Do puppies need to be fed a special diet?

Diet is extremely important for a growing puppy. There are many commercial foods specially formulated for puppies. These foods meet their unique nutritional requirements and should be fed until twelve to eighteen months of age depending on the breed of puppy and body condition. To minimize developmental problems, large breed dogs should eat a large-breed puppy food and then transition to an adolescent formula until they stop growing. Puppy foods are available in dry and canned formulations.

"Diet is extremely important for a growing puppy."

You should buy FOOD FORMULATED FOR PUPPIES. Adult formulations are not recommended since they do not provide optimal nutrition required for a puppy. Advertisements tend to promote taste, color, and shape rather than nutrition, so it is important not be influenced by these ads. Generic dog foods should be avoided. Table or human food is not recommended for growing puppies. Although the puppy may show a preference for table food, unless you follow a properly-balanced recipe developed by a veterinary nutritionist, the puppy's long term health will be compromised.

Discuss diet choices with your veterinarian. The diet should contain optimal levels of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a nutrient that is important for the development of the puppies' brains and eyes. It is generally a good idea to avoid generic brands of food. It is recommended that only food with the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) certification is purchased. Usually, this information is very easily seen on the food label. AAFCO is an organization that oversees the entire pet food industry. It does not endorse any particular food, but it indicates if the food has met the minimum requirements for nutrition, which are set by the industry. Most of the commercial pet foods have the AAFCO label. An ideal diet will have completed feeding trials prior to marketing their food (see handout “Feeding Growing Puppies” for more information).


When should my puppies receive vaccinations?

Puppies are protected against many canine diseases before and shortly after birth by passive antibody transfer from their mother. Some antibodies cross the placenta and enter the puppies' circulation. However, the majority of antibodies are provided in the mother's first milk known as colostrum. These maternal antibodies protect the puppies against the diseases to which the mother is immune during the first few weeks of life. This explains why it is often recommended to booster the mother's vaccinations within a few months prior to breeding.

Although very protective, maternal antibodies last for only a few weeks; after this time, the puppy becomes susceptible to disease. The vaccination program should be started at about six to eight weeks of age. This is the age when many maternal antibodies are beginning to die and the puppy becomes susceptible to infectious disease. Puppies should be vaccinated against canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza virus, and rabies. Other vaccines are also available for certain situations, and will be discussed at the time of the first visit for vaccinations.

Maternal antibodies are passed in the mother's milk only during the first one to three days after delivery. If, for any reason, the puppies do not nurse during this important period of time, their vaccinations should begin earlier than six weeks of age, depending on likely disease exposure. A veterinarian can make specific recommendations for each particular situation.

Do all puppies have worms?

Intestinal parasites (worms) are very common in puppies. Symptoms of intestinal parasites include poor overall condition, chronic soft or bloody stools, loss of appetite, a pot-bellied appearance, a dull, dry haircoat, and weight loss. Some parasites are transmitted from the mother to her offspring either in utero (while in the womb) or in the milk and others are carried by fleas or other insects. Some are transmitted through the stool of an infected dog. Very few of these parasites are visible in the stool, so their eggs must be detected by the veterinarian with a microscope.

"Intestinal parasites are very common in puppies."

A microscopic examination of the feces will reveal the eggs of most of these parasites. Generally this test should be performed at the time of the first vaccinations. However, it may be performed as early as two to three weeks of age if an intestinal parasite problem is suspected. The Companion Animal Parasite council recommends deworming puppies for roundworms and hookworms every two weeks starting at two weeks of age. Other treatment may be needed based on the results of a fecal examination. Your veterinarian should be consulted for specific recommendations for your puppies. You should not administer any over-the-counter deworming compounds without first consulting your veterinary hospital.

Weaning Puppies — When Do Puppies Start Eating Solid Foods?

So you’ve been breeding dogs, and you are now wondering how to wean puppies and when do puppies start eating solid foods? Our article explains you how to transition one or several puppies from their mother’s milk onto any solid food.

The process of weaning puppies off takes several weeks, generally a month, to fully be completed regardless of the type of solid food given (homemade, kibble, canned, raw.) The dog breeder is a cornerstone throughout the weaning process and needs to keep track of how much food is given, eaten, and adjust accordingly.

Starting a Puppy on Solid Food

The process of weaning a puppy from its mother or from nursing milk is a gradual process that usually happens over the course of three or four weeks. First, you introduce the solid food mushed, and then you reduce the liquid content until it is just the solid food left. It can take a month to start a puppy on solid foods, regardless of the food (homemade, raw, kibble, canned.)

When Should I Start?

A puppy should start going towards solid food when they are about 3 to 4 weeks old and can be continued until they are 7 to 8 weeks old. Orphaned dogs and others that may have some behavioral issues may take a longer time to wean so be wary of this.

You can also begin weaning puppies as soon as you see and notice that their mother is running out of milk supply or is getting thin. An additional sign that hints the start of weaning is the first sight of teeth from your pups, which may also begin at about 3 weeks of age.

Watch the video below of a puppy’s very first meal.

From Milk To Solid

Puppies, like children, will take some patience if you want to introduce them to solid food. To do this, you may mix the kibble with milk, but with more of the liquid first. After that, gradually increase the amount of kibble or solid food for your puppy to eat and digest. (see below for specific numbers)

Amount and Frequency

Weaning puppies should be fed at least 3 to 4 times a day. An ideal recipe or formula for weaning puppies is a mash of 12.5 ounces of puppy milk substitute and 2 cups of dry puppy food. Combine these in a blender and add water as needed – this will look like your regular baby food when it’s done.

Simply add more dry food for each week that you feed your puppies. Typically, weaning puppies will eat at about an hour on average depending on the amount of food served and their capacity to chew and consume the food.

Make Sure They Eat Enough

Puppies need enough food for them to grow healthy but they cannot digest much in one seating — so make sure they eat a little bit but often! The weaning period requires the dog owner to watch over their puppies to make sure they have no problems with feeding. Puppies should at least get enough weight over the course period of weaning. An ideal way of finding this out is that puppies should gain weight at least every week. If not, you can consult a vet for advice on nutrition.

In addition to that, some puppies may start to bully others while feeding, so make sure all of the pups get equal amounts by separating the dominant ones from the weaker pups (e.g. different bowls) so they also get their share of food without being held back.

Dry Dog Food May Take Longer

Because dry dog food (kibble) is manufactured with long conservation in mind, the moisture is reduced to the minimum level. This is because water, humidity and moisture are required in order for food to go off. By removing moisture, manufacturers also rid most of the food’s palatability and appeal.

Therefore, the transition may take longer when starting a puppy on dry dog food from the mother’s milk.

Choosing a Dry Dog Food

There are tons of dry dog food choices out there, but it’s hard to decide on which is the best for your puppies. It is important that you pick puppy food that meets the nutrition guidelines from the AAFCO or Association of American Feed Control Officials. This signifies that your puppy food will have the appropriate nutrients for your puppy. In addition, make sure that the label and packaging states for which stage of life should the dog food be fed to the puppies.

As much as possible, avoid certain ingredients for the puppy food, such as corn and various grains, which can cause stomach upsets and allergies. Dog food that is cheap does not mean it is nutritious – always check the label for the content.

A puppy should start going towards solid food when they are about 3 to 4 weeks old and can be continued until they are 7 to 8 weeks old.

Right Amount of Food

Make sure that the dog food is given with just the right amount so as not to overfeed or underfeed them for their current life stage. As mentioned above, most dog foods for puppies do come with feeding instructions and indications for you to follow, such as the per-serving amounts.

A good rule of thumb to follow for the duration of the weaning process would be the following for their normal portion size:

  • 1 to 3 months old: offer 4 meals a day
  • 4 to 6 months old: lessen the meals at only 2 to 3 meals a day
  • 6 months and above: go for about 2 meals a day or as needed by your breed

Decreasing the amount of food you feed the weaning puppies is important so that you do not overfeed them and cause digestion upsets. Smaller and younger pups will need all of the nutrients and vitamins they need to grow up healthily.

Feeding Troubles

If your puppies don’t seem to feed well on the food then you might need to add some tidbits. For instance, you can add so chunks of cooked meat to get them interested (don’t over do it). You can also add a cup of hot water to ensure that the kibble and leave it for 15 minutes. In this way, the kibble will be soft enough and your puppies will have less trouble feeding on them.

Vitamins and Minerals

How much nutrients should I actually put on the weaning puppy food? An amount of 25 to 35 grams of protein is recommended so that your pups grow up to be strong. In fact, puppies actually require more protein content than their parents and older dogs.

Aside from their mother’s milk, you can also use commercial nursing milk to give them enough vitamins and minerals. Use this milk as their water for drinking when they are thirsty. Goat milk is a good substitute for cow’s milk. Goat milk typically contains 10.9 grams of 4% of protein, 327 mg or 33% of calcium and various other vitamins such as vitamin A (10%), vitamin D (7%) and vitamin c (5%). It’s a great nursing milk substitute.

Consider only commercial milk that says “puppy formula”, which contains amino acids, protein and minerals that are suited for young pups. Don’t give them cow’s milk, as they may lead to diarrhea, since dogs are usually lactose-intolerant. See our full article about food allergies in dogs.


When your puppies seem to have gotten used to solid food, you can finally end the transition by giving them little to no milk at all. Typically, at about 8 weeks of age, a puppy may have already been accustomed to kibble or related food. Congratulations, you have just transitioned your puppies to solid food!

  1. Starting a Puppy on Solid Food
    1. When Should I Start?
    2. From Milk To Solid
    3. Amount and Frequency
    4. Make Sure They Eat Enough
  2. Dry Dog Food May Take Longer
    1. Choosing a Dry Dog Food
    2. Right Amount of Food
    3. Feeding Troubles
    4. Vitamins and Minerals
    5. Finalizing

Article originally published on Jun 17, 2017.

Newborn puppies - tips for care and feeding - ProPlan.ru

Newborn puppies care

August 03, 2022

With normal delivery and sufficient milk supply, care for newborn puppies in the first three weeks is more about looking after the nursing mother and helping her if necessary.

Preparing for the birth

About a week before the birth, prepare the place where the mother will be with her babies. An ordinary basket, a residential box will not work. You need a place where the dog will be comfortable, and the growing puppies will be able to move.

Usually arrange an arena. This is a box or fence of such a height that the dog can get inside without jumping, but simply by stepping over the wall. For small breeds, you can use a box made of hard cardboard; for the rest, the arena is made of plywood or durable plastic. Hardboard is completely unsuitable, as it releases phenolic resins.

The arena is made in such a size that the dog can lie down comfortably, stretched out to its full length. To prevent the dog from accidentally crushing the cub with its back, along the inside of the arena, a rail or bar should be attached around the entire perimeter. This ledge should be at a height of approximately the middle of the body of the lying dog. Then she will not be able to cling tightly to the wall of the arena and damage the puppy.

During childbirth, amniotic fluid will drain, a fairly heavy discharge will persist into the early postpartum period, and growing puppies will urinate many times a day. To maintain cleanliness in the arena, it is better to make it convenient for cleaning, including wet. The playpen should be placed on a sheet of plywood - this will save the floor in the room, the plywood itself is easy to clean and wash if necessary.

Put a bedding on top of the plywood, as babies have very delicate skin, they rub calluses on their paws especially easily. For bedding, you can use clean cotton sheets, short pile faux fur, special absorbent mats and diapers.

Do not put mattresses and diapers stuffed with cotton wool, synthetic winterizer, foam rubber into the playpen - puppies can swallow them and die. Do not use thick bedding. The dog will tear it to pieces and may accidentally roll the puppy into pieces. It is impossible to lay knitted fabrics in the arena, the puppies can get tangled in the loops pulled out of the fabric. Absorbent diapers are a good option, but they tear very easily and puppies can swallow the stuffing.

Get your dog used to the fact that now his sleeping place is in the arena. You can feed her there, put water nearby. The arena for puppies and a nursing mother is placed in a secluded place so as not to disturb the dog once again. Nevertheless, there should be a convenient approach to the arena so that you can clean up there, examine the puppies, take the mother for a walk.

The first decade of life of puppies

The first ten days after birth, the dog practically does not leave the puppies. She lies with them, feeds, warms with her own body, licks. Often you even have to take the dog for a walk using force. Having quickly recovered, the caring mother hurries back to the puppies.

This behavior of the dog is normal. Newborn puppies are completely helpless, they cannot see or hear because their eyes and ear canals are closed. Babies orient themselves with the help of their sense of smell, in addition, they have an innate reaction to move towards a heat source. It is these abilities that allow the cubs to find their own mother.

Thermoregulation of newborn puppies

Little puppies need a mother not only as a nurse, it is very important that she keeps the puppies warm. Newborns lack thermoregulation, they cannot maintain their own body temperature at a constant level. If the mother does not warm the babies, they freeze in the truest sense of the word. For a puppy in the first days of life, hypothermia can be fatal - it will no longer be possible to warm it up, and it will die.

Partially fight against the imperfection of their own thermoregulation in babies allows an innate reaction called crowding. In the absence of the mother, the puppies get restless, begin to crawl in circles, and end up huddled together in one pile. This allows them to maintain normal body temperature for a short time. However, the puppies that are outside are more cold and tend to crawl into the middle. Experiencing discomfort, the babies begin to whine piercingly, prompting the mother to return as soon as possible.

A caring mother regularly licks her cubs. She uses such a “massage” already in the process of childbirth. This increases peripheral circulation, which warms the puppy, dries and cleans his coat, allows the mother to remember the smell of the newborn and understand that this is her "baby".

The main purpose of licking is to stimulate the emptying of the bladder and intestines. Until about 10 days of age, puppies lack the reflexes that allow the body to get rid of waste products. Actively massaging the stomach with the tongue, the dog causes the cub to urinate and defecate. The dog swallows the puppy's urine and feces, thus maintaining the cleanliness in the den. The dog continues to clean up after the puppies even when they already know how to go to the toilet. This behavior in most dogs persists until the start of complementary foods, that is, until the age of three weeks. There are also super-responsible mothers who “clean up” after children at the age of two or even three months.

Caring for a lactating dog

After giving birth, the dog gradually returns to its usual way of life, goes outside. With urban content, after a walk, do not forget to wash her paws with warm water. In order not to get dirty wool on the stomach and mammary glands, it is better to take the dog for a walk in overalls. If a nursing dog walks in dirty weather without overalls, then upon returning home, it is necessary not only to thoroughly wash all the milk lobes with warm water without soap, but also dry them thoroughly, especially the places where the skin comes into contact. If you do not do this, then diaper rash may occur.

In the first days of the puppies' life, bring the mother to the arena only on a leash; it is better to carry a small dog in your arms. In a hurry to get back to the children, the mother jumps into the playpen and may accidentally step on one of the puppies.

It is better to look after a young primordial dog when it is laid to feed. She does it clumsily, and one of the puppies may be behind her. The squeak of a crushed puppy usually greatly excites the dog, it begins to spin, scattering the rest of the puppies. As a result, one of the kids can get injured and even die. To avoid this, move the puppies to the side while the dog settles into place, and then move them to the nipples. Do not remove puppies from the arena at all. Not seeing the cubs there, the dog will begin to get very worried, and it will be very difficult to put him in an empty arena.

Drinking water must be placed next to the playpen so that the dog can drink whenever he wants. It is generally better to put a bowl of food in the arena. In a lactating dog, the need for food increases significantly, it is better to introduce additional feedings. This is especially important for dogs with abundant secretion of milk. During this period, it is best to use special food designed for lactating dogs or puppy food. They have all the necessary nutrients for the dog and its offspring.

Lactation in the dog and feeding of newborn puppies

It is very important for the good growth and development of puppies that they receive mother's milk in sufficient quantities.

In a dog, lactation begins already in the process of childbirth. A newborn puppy immediately tries to find milk, focusing on the smell. Some mothers help the cubs by pushing them with their nose to the chest, or even take them in their mouths and put them on the nipple. Others do not help newborns, leaving them to find their own source of milk. Having found the nipple, the puppy clings to it. The first attempts may be unsuccessful, but in the end the puppy grabs the nipple with the whole mouth and tongue so tightly that it can hang on it for a while if the mother gets up.

Most dogs have 4 pairs of nipples, of which the posterior lobes are usually the most milky. However, there may be more or less nipples. A dog feeds puppies without problems when there are at least one less of them than her working nipples. If there are more babies, early solids may be needed.

In the first days after birth, the dog's body secretes colostrum. It is a slightly yellowish substance, rather liquid compared to milk. Colostrum, in addition to nutrients, contains a huge amount of immune substances. A puppy receiving mother's milk is protected from the inherent diseases of the species until about the age of two months.

The secretion of colostrum is gradually replaced by the secretion of milk. Milk in a dog changes its composition during lactation, the peak of which occurs approximately 10-20 days after birth. It is possible to determine whether babies have enough milk by their behavior. If the puppies constantly squeak, crawl from nipple to nipple, they have sunken bellies, then they are hungry. In a dog with normal milk flow, when you press the nipple, the milk literally squirts in several streams. With low milk production, small drops appear on the nipple or there are none at all.

Lactating dog must receive a complete diet, the energy level of the food is increased by at least 50%. On a ready-to-eat diet, mothers are fed puppies.

Proper care of puppies at 1-2 months

Of course, the dog itself bears the overwhelming share of care for the offspring. Until the puppies are three weeks old, the breeder mainly controls the process of their growth. To do this, from the first day of life, each puppy is weighed daily and the result is recorded in a journal. In principle, the increase should also be daily. However, if this particular puppy does not gain weight today, it’s not scary, but if this persists for the next day, or if he loses weight, then a medical consultation will be necessary.

Puppies of most breeds normally double their body weight within the first week of life. If the mother does not have enough milk and all the puppies are malnourished, you need to start feeding them.

Whole cow's milk should not be given . You can use milk substitutes, they are produced industrially. If puppies are reluctant to eat dog milk substitutes, then goat milk, which is very close in composition to dog milk, will be the best substitute for mother's milk.

If the puppy is completely bottle-fed, then in the first decade of life, he should eat a mixture per day in an amount of 25% of his own weight, then the daily intake is reduced to 20% of the puppy's weight. They feed the “artists” every two hours, be sure to record the amount of the mixture eaten and the weight of the puppy.

Fortunately, babies usually get enough breast milk.

When formula-fed, the mother may refuse to care for the puppies, and people will have to ensure the hygiene of the babies. After soaking a cotton pad in warm water, gently massage the puppy's tummy and the area around the anus until it is relieved. Puppies begin to recover on their own at the age of about 10 days.

Abnormal maternal behavior is common in dogs undergoing caesarean section.

First food

Transferring puppies from milk to solid food is called weaning. Usually puppies begin to feed at the age of three weeks. Until that time, they do not produce enzymes that allow them to digest any products other than milk.

Three-week-old puppies are already actively moving, they have normal vision and hearing. Thermoregulation has also improved, although strong cooling, as well as overheating, are still dangerous.

The mother now spends very little time with the puppies. She often does not lie down next to them, rarely feeds and leaves very quickly. Since the mother is standing, the cubs are forced to suckle milk while standing on their hind legs. This exercise strengthens the muscles well.

Puppies are already erupting milk teeth and can bite the dog very painfully while feeding. Even more unpleasant for her are the cuts that the sharp claws of puppies leave. It is necessary to monitor the length of the claws of puppies, cut them regularly and smooth the cut with a nail file. Such care will allow the dog to avoid unnecessary torment when feeding grown puppies. This procedure is also necessary to ensure the correct position of the limbs and the formation of the correct movements in the puppies themselves. Overgrowth of the claws forces the puppy to lean on the outside or inside of the paw.

During complementary feeding, the mother should be taken to another room, as the dog may well eat food intended for children. Some dogs may even drive puppies away from food. By the way, the dog itself should now be fed separately.

It is up to the breeder to decide whether to feed the puppies with natural food or ready-made food. To do this, you need to weigh all the pros and cons. If he chooses to feed with natural food, he must clearly know all the needs of the dog's body for essential nutrients. If he chooses the option with ready-made feeds, then in the product line you need to choose one that will be suitable for the age of the puppies and take into account their breed. The range of offered ready-made feeds PRO PLAN ® has all kinds of nutrition, depending on the size of the puppy, its breed and special needs.

The PRO PLAN ® OPTISTART ® range of ready-to-eat foods has been specifically designed to meet all the needs of small puppies. This food contains colostrum as a special ingredient, the bioactive components of which help to strengthen the natural defenses of puppies and improve the intestinal microflora. Therefore, such food will help in the most gentle way to support the proper development and growth of puppies during their weaning period .

It is necessary to introduce such complementary foods into the diet gradually: since the stomach of puppies is not yet accustomed to solid food, the food must be soaked at the first stage. You need to feed in small portions, several times a day. Each package of food must contain instructions that indicate how many times a day puppies should be fed depending on age and how much food should be measured for each puppy per day. The gradual introduction of dry food into the diet will allow the puppy's digestive system to better adapt to the change in nutrition.

It is most convenient to accustom puppies to solid food, feeding all the offspring at once. It is enough for one puppy to start eating, as the rest follow his example. For feeding, it is optimal to use dishes with a sufficiently high side, standing on a stand, or a special feeder for small puppies. The side prevents the puppy from climbing into the feeder. If you do not pay attention to the fact that the puppy puts its paws in a bowl, then this manner of eating can be fixed.


Puppies receive parentage documents at 45 days of age. By this time they must be chipped or have a tattoo (stamp) with an identification number.

From the age of 45 puppies are allowed to be handed over to their owners. Responsible breeders give puppies only after vaccination at the age of 2.5-3 months. By this time, the puppy is accustomed to cosmetic or hygienic manipulations, to walking on a leash.

Specific recommendations on feeding, keeping, caring for a puppy are given by the breeder in accordance with the breed characteristics.


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When do puppies start eating? - Weaning and Diet - Animal Expert Site - HowMeow

Knowing when a puppy will start eating is something mothers know instinctively. Even with new mothers, they will know how to meet all the dog's needs. These needs include the ability to eliminate, keep warm, and most importantly, food for sustenance. The mother's body provides this food through her mammary glands. In this HowMeow.ru article we ask the question, when do puppies start eating? mother's milk is food as it provides nutritional support to puppies. In particular, we want to see when puppies start eating only solid food..

It is important to say that the puppy must be with the mother at least for the first time. 8 weeks of life . We discuss feeding newborn puppies only in case of emergency when the puppies are prematurely separated from their mother..

Since when can puppies eat?

As we stated in the introduction, the first food a puppy will eat is its mother's milk. The first feeding will be from a specific type of milk known as Colostrum . Colostrum is a type of nutrient-rich milk that also has antibodies and other immune-boosting properties. It is designed to help newborn puppies have a good start in life. Once the colostrum runs out, regular milk will start.

The mother will control the amount of milk the puppy receives during breastfeeding. The puppies instinctively knew how much to fill. They don't need to drink water as they get their hydration through milk. Puppy to be breastfed 3-4 weeks minimum.

It is better for the dog to stay with his mother as long as possible. Mothers or puppies may be separated due to illness, death, or neglect. If this is the case and you are caring for a puppy that cannot eat alone, you will need an alternative. There are different brands of specialized products. Puppy formula which is used to replace her mother's natural milk. This special formula for puppies will contain ingredients that can best mimic the nutrients they would get from their mother.

Puppies need to be self-limiting when it comes to the amount of milk they drink. This means that they should not drink too much, instead of drinking as much as they need until they are satisfied. If there are 9 puppies0057 don't drink enough milk , They may have a disease or other problems affecting their diet. As a general rule, newborn puppies need about 1 ounce of milk per 1/2 pound of body weight per day. Feed them a bottle and be aware of any problems.

When do puppies start eating solid food?

Then at about 4 weeks , the mother bitch will begin the weaning process. This is when puppies stop drinking milk and start eating solid food. They will continue to drink milk and eat food. Eventually, the puppy will eat more food and drink less milk until he stops drinking milk altogether. After this time, they will start eating on their own..

Although it takes about 4 weeks for a puppy to start eating solid food, this varies from person to person. The problem with many dogs is that they cannot easily eat solid food. Your teeth are still developing and need more time to eat. Dry food correct. We can provide them with wet food, but this can be expensive and should be the correct formula for puppies. This will help move the puppy into a solid state and also provide extra hydration. The mother dog should help the puppy eat, preventing him from sucking when he should be eating solid food. The puppy will also have a start instinct eats alone . When we take care of the weaning process, we will have to alternate solid food and milk to mimic her mother's behavior...

Puppy food is specially formulated to meet the needs of dogs with a reduced immune system. Dry puppy food should also be smaller to allow to feed to young dogs. You can gradually stop adding water to your puppy's dry food when he can easily eat it..

How to feed puppies

When we give a newborn puppy alternative milk, we need to bottle feed him. The rubber nipple at the end of the bottle mimics her mother's nipple. This means that they can instinctively suck on it. The milk should not be hot, but you can warm it up a little if the puppy is having trouble eating . You will have to store open bottles of puppy formula in the refrigerator, but if it is too cold, it may be difficult for the puppy to drink it…

When the weaning process has begun, you can leave a small dish of food. You may not want to spill the pasta you made with dry puppy food and water. But if the plate has steep sides, puppies may not have access to it. Although they can walk after 4 weeks, they are not very agile and may starve if they do not have sufficient access to food. They get their eyesight in about 15 days, but they will not be fully developed..

What to feed a weaned puppy

Although dogs will start eating solid food at about 4 weeks of age, the exact date will differ depending on the individual. The mother will naturally know when the puppies should be fully weaned and stop giving them access to milk. This may lead to some unhappy puppies, but it's better for them in the long run. Makes them more independent and they can start eating for themselves.

The puppy will be fully weaned when he can eat solid food on his own. It will happen when they are around 8 weeks about 4 weeks after they start weaning. A dog will need different nutrients throughout its life. This is why commercial dog food has age in the package.

Commercial puppy food ingredients are usually meat and fish. Although they are not obligate predators like cats, a dog's diet should consist primarily of animal proteins. Since food will not be the same as in nature, commercial food must contain additional nutrients such as taurine..

Ideally, you should talk to your veterinarian. advice On the right food for your dog. You will need to take the puppies to the veterinarian for an initial examination and start a vaccination and deworming schedule. They will see if the newborn puppies have health problems and suggest the right diet. Larger puppies of larger breeds will also need larger portions so it is best to discuss this with your veterinarian…

When can puppies drink water???

As we mentioned earlier, newborn puppies will get their hydration from breast milk. As soon as we start adding water to dry food, we will introduce water to your diet . However, as soon as the puppies are weaned, clean, fresh water must be provided at all times...

This means that puppies can start drinking water as soon as they are weaned at 4 weeks of age. When preparing Puppy Food , also provide a shallow dish of water that can be replenished throughout the day. Unless there is a medical condition that causes dehydration, puppies should self-regulate their water intake…

The puppy may be a little unsure of how to approach the water first. They may put their snout in a bowl and sneeze or cough.

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