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Q: Weaning puppies

August 10, 2008 | By Kim R. | 7 answers | Expired: 2282 days ago

Weaning puppies

I need some help please. My puppies are 4 weeks and 2 days. Abby the mommy is not producing enough milk for all 4 babies. What should I feed them, how much and how often?
Thanks Kim

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Jessica H.
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Aug 11, 2008

Also thought I should add, the mother "not producing enough milk" is a natural part of the weaning process. The mother will slowly produce less and less milk as a means of weaning her pups on her own.

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Jessica H.
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Aug 11, 2008

Four weeks is certainly old enough to start introducing "gruel" to the puppies. Buy some milk from a pet store, like Ebsilac, and mix it in with a small quantity of canned puppy food. Allow the puppies to walk and get it on themselves, as part of weaning is having them groom the food off of each other and getting a "taste" for the food.

Slowly (VERY slowly!) increase the milk:food ratio until they are only on canned food, and then you can start introducing kibble.

Good luck!

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Angela
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Aug 11, 2008

I would personally think by 4 weeks you could start getting them used to can food or wetting down dry food. When we had puppies, I started to introduce them to can food, OMG you would think that it was the most wonderful thing to them. The plates were licked clean!

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Sidney447
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Aug 10, 2008

Ebsilac is a great formula to help you feed your pups... but why are you thinking mom isn't making enough milk? Have the pups dropped weight? Do they look unhealthy? With 4 pups, mom should be able to take care of them without any problem, so here's they thing- you need to take mom and pups to the vet, make sure mom is okay and make sure the pups are okay. Your vet wil tell you (based on how they look and what size they are) what and how and how often you should be feeding them.

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Carol A.
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Aug 10, 2008

I have had to help nurse puppies and I find that adding goats milk to make the mush really helps, the sweet taste and fat most puppies enjoy. At this age your puppies will love it and they should be eating fine any minute.

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Rhonda S.
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Aug 09, 2008

At this age you can make "mush" for the puppies. Get a good quality canned puppy food and mix it with the puppy formula making a mush. This what I did when I fostered a four week old puppy from the Humane Society. You may have to rub a bit of this mush on their mouth, to get them to taste and eat it at first. At about 5-6 weeks start adding dry food letting it sit in the puppy formula to get soft. By 6-7weeks start decreasing the amount of formula and use more of the can/dry food mixed. By 7-8 weeks only feed the formula mixture once a day. If however you notice they have excessive gas and loose stools at this age stop the formula and just feed the can/dry mixture. They should be completely off the formula by 8wks. It's hard to say what kind of puppy food to use since not all puppies can handle the same kind of food. Science Diet is good, but can be to rich for little tummies. It will take some trial and error to find one they will be able to digest properly. Good Luck!

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Tristanichole
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Aug 09, 2008

You're probably going to have to assist and feed some of them by hand...meaning you're going to have to bottle feed them. You can get Puppy milk replacer at Wal-mart or a pet store. Just mix it according to the directions. The container will tell you how much to give and how often. How do you know that she isn't making enough?? Are they crying all the time?

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