Everyone does it at different times I usually start soft food at three and 1/2 weeks old. When you have a bigger litter I try and at least feed them twice if not three times a day. they are still on mom till around five weeks. again if my pups want the food I try and give them as must as they want. But I am sure you could call your vet and see what they would suggest.
I never feed my puppies puppy food. Feeding puppy food can cause structural damage to growing puppies. To me it is like bringing a newborn baby home from the hospital and feeding them steak and potatos. It is just something I would not do. I start my pups at around 4 weeks old on a mixture of Gerber baby rice cereal and puppy milk replacer mixed with hot water. At around 5 weeks I start taking the adult food that I am feeding my female and putting it in either a blender or food processor to make a powder. I add that to the cereal and milk replacer mixture with hot water. Over the coarse of the next couple of weeks, I gradually start cutting back the cereal and milk replacer and only use the ground adult dog food. As time passes, I grind it less and less, leaving larger pieces. Eventually you will have them eating regular food. As they get older, you can begin to stop mixing in the water. If the mother dog is eating all the food and not leaving enough for the babies, this is a good time for her to go out to potty.
Also feeding them solid foods too soon can cause colic.
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Puppy food can cause puppies to grow too fast which is not necessaril the best thing to do (especially large breeds). And if you look on the ingredients on puppy vs adult food, they are basically the same. I see it as just another gimmick for the food companies out there.
I feed my puppies Eagle pac the can and I have read the ind. and they aren't the same. My puppies are never bigger then what they are suppose to be. when they leave at 8 wks. they are 8 to 10 pds. that is what a boxer pup should be.
You should also know that the labels on many so-called commercial "puppy diet" or "growth diet" packages can be misleading, as there are just a few diets suitable for large breed puppies that are marketed as a puppy food.In fact, many that are marketed for puppies contain excess levels of some or all of the nutrients previously mentioned as of concern in promoting skeletal/ joint problems. This includes the premium commercial diets. Very few (as of this publication) offer ideal levels of protein, fat and calcium for our large breeds! Recent interest in this issue has resulted in some large-breed-specific commercial formulations, which should make this problem less troubling in the near future. Alternatively, you can consider offering certain "light" or "maintenance" diets; however, keep in mind that not all "light" nor many "maintenance" diets are suitable for growing large breed puppies. If you are not sure whether the diet you have chosen is appropriate, it is recommended that you discuss your concerns and questions with you veterinarian. http://www.newmanveterinary.com/large.html