I have a large black lab that had 6 pups on Feb.16. And she is bone thin even after 3 large feedings a day. At almost 5 weeks, can these puppies be started on dog food?
the pups were large babies and are healthy and fat.
Asked by Anonymous at 2:37 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Pets
I agree with the 1st two answers. Puppies should be introduced to puppy food (either canned pup food or hard puppy food softened with water) at 4 weeks old. They may not understand what they are suppose to do with this new food at first. You may have to use your finger and put some of the food in their mouth, or you can dip their mouths into the food. This will allow them to taste the food and they will eventually dive right in when you feed them. Always take mom out of the area when you feed them. You can start taking mom away for several hours during the day once you start feeding them pup food.
Answer by bookay at 3:53 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
Answer by babycakes254 at 2:40 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
Yes. I used to breed dogs and I started my pups on puppy food (softened with water) at 4 weeks. I didn't wean them until 8 weeks, but they were always given 2 meals a day of softened puppy food a day when they turned 4 - 5 weeks old.
It will also help your momma dog if you give her puppy food to eat, it is better for a pregnant/nursing mother to be on puppy food for the added nutrition!
Answer by Anonymous at 3:50 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
Answer by matobe at 12:50 AM on Mar. 25, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 8:54 AM on Mar. 25, 2009