When to change from milk to dry food on my puppy?????
My pup is 6 weeks old and we have been giving her evaporated milk since she is not with her mother. I want to make the transition from milk to dry food, but my husband says that she is too small. Can any one tell us who is right? Also we give her water since I live in Puerto Rico and it is extremely hot here. She does not drink it from her plate on her own...she only drinks it off the baby bottle...How can I teach her to drink water so she wont be dehydrated?
My pup is 6 weeks old and we have been giving her milk since she is not with her mother. I want to make the transition from milk to dry food, but my husband says that she is too small. Can any one tell us who is right? Also we give her water since I live in Puerto Rico and it is extremely hot here. She does not drink it from her plate on her own...she only drinks it off the baby bottle...How can I teach her to drink water so she wont be dehydrated?
Keep a dish of water with her at all times. She will learn to lap it.
She is plenty old enough to start solid foods. Usually puppies are started at about 4 weeks with what is called 'gruel' which is dry food soaked to a soft mush. By 6 week, mot of mine are eating dry. Since you have not done this yet, I would use the milk warmed to pour over the dry food, let it soak to soft, mash it and let her eat it that way. As you can see that she is eating it with no problems, reduce the amount of milk used until you have her on straight dry food.
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She should already be eating dog food. Regular Milk isn't the best for puppies. They have puppy formula you could have used but there is not need for that at six weeks. Are you sure of her age
The pup should have been able to drink from a bowl a couple of weeks ago
Is she sickly?
Has she seen a vet yet?
Take her dog food and put water in it to moisten it until it is very soft and even add a little extra water since she is giving you trouble with drinking which is a HUGE concern. She should be fine eating the mush. You can put some on your finger and feed it to her until sher gets the hang of the bowl
Good luck with the puppy
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First feeding a puppy solid foods to early can cause colic. I try to keep mine off it until closer to the age of the pup of the original poster. I take a small amount of good quality adult dry food. Run it through the food processor or blender to make it into a powder. I don't mix it with water, but instead mix it with the milk formula the puppy has already been use to. I also mix in some human baby rice cereal. It helps the food soft. It the puppy is a bit resistant to eating this. I will sometime take a small bit of canned food and run it through the food processor and make a paste to add to the mixture. I gradually over time, begin to decrease milk and use warm water. And then begin to grind the food less and less, leaving more substantial pieces of food. And eventually you have a puppy eating a regular diet. You just don't want to do anything too quickly on the puppy to cause an upset stomach. The other concern, if the pup did not nurse from the mother, it does not have mom's antibodies. This pup should have started on a basic puppy shot as soon as was strong enough to handle it. It also should be getting dewormed with a mild dewormer every other week starting at 3 weeks of age.
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Since you live in Puerto Rico, do you have access to goat's milk? It's far better than cow''s milk,and you can soak the dog food in it, plus still give her a bottle if she wants it. She'll soon start lapping it up out of a dish, you just have to show her how. What breed of dog is it?
Windy Valley, I use the same method. I put the dry kibble in the blender tomake it a powder, then mix it with the formula, I use evap milk and egg yolk. I gradually reduce the milk, switch to water and by 8 weeks they will eat dry food. Then it's time to go to the new homes!