Pitbull Puppy Won't Eat

My 4 or 5 week old pitbull will not eat. I have to force feed babby milk and it won't touch dog food. What should I do?

Sharon from Beaumont, TX

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March 4, 20070 found this helpful

Please bring your puppy to a veterinarian! Puppies are not do-it-yourself projects. I'm sure you mean well but BRING THE DOG TO A VET.

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March 6, 20070 found this helpful

Is the puppy's mom around? Puppies need to be their mothers/littermates untill they are 8 weeks old.

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March 6, 20070 found this helpful

the mom is not around she think i am the mom she is okay now

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March 7, 20070 found this helpful

Typically pups are weaned from the mother at 6weeks. this is a very young pup to be weaned off mother but it can be done with a healthy pup and alot of patience . I'm assuming you are using a baby bottle and nipple to feed. check that there's not a cleft palate. You should be using some sort of puppy formula(store bought) or a homemade formula with syrup and egg and pwd milk mix (you can look that up) A trip to the vet would not hurt.

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March 7, 20070 found this helpful

Your puppy is way too young to be taken away from mama -you will probably have to get a pet bottle feeder, and please call your vet for the proper food to feed him, WHY in the world did whoever you got the puppy from let go too early, Puppies should be at least 6 weeks and 8 weeks is preferable . PLEASE contact your family vet !

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March 8, 20070 found this helpful

First, your puppy may need a thorough check-up by a vet. It's expensive, but well worth the price if you want this puppy to live and be happy. Before the vet expense though, I would try cooked oatmeal. The puppy is not yet old enough to be eating solid dog/puppy foods. The oatmeal has nutrients that are good for it. If the pup still won't eat, then it's best to let a vet check it to determine the cause. I have always started my puppies on oatmeal for at least a week, then gradually adding a bit of puppy dry food and increasing the dry food until they're no longer having the oatmeal. However, I've never had the same problem of them refusing to eat.

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March 8, 20070 found this helpful

If you don't know that a puppy this young should not yet be weaned, why have you taken on this dog? What shots has the puppy had? Has he been wormed? Which vet was involved in this?

If you haven't been to a vet, go now, to set up his schedule of shots and see that he is microchipped as well.

Otherwise, a puppy with this poor start in life (early weaning and no socialization) may have serious psychological problems later in life.

A puppy is a dog, not a human.

O.

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

Holy cow!!! Who in the world allowed you to have such a young puppy?????

This baby is waaaaay too young to be away from it's mother. No wonder it won't eat!!!

Take your baby to the vet and they will advise you on what type of formula the puppy needs until it's old enough to eat solid food.

I also have another concern about the pup being taken away from it's mother and litter mates so soon. Unless your pup is exposed to other animals and people handling it, it's probably going to develop socialization problems. This is a very critical time in the development of the pup's life and without the needed exposure, your pup will grow into a dog with behavioral issues. Your puppy is a Pitt Bull and the last thing you need is a Pitt with people aggression and/or dog aggression issues. Your pup could also become just the opposite; shy, fearful of people and other animals and could possibly become a fear biter.

I don't mean to scare you but I am a professional dog trainer and many of the dogs I train are from shelters and rescues and many of the behavioral problems I see could have been avoided in the early developmental stage of their lives.

Good luck and please get your baby to the vet NOW.

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April 21, 20070 found this helpful

Take it to the vet. I had a dog that wouldn't eat and it was because it had no shots and there was a virus going around.

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October 18, 20070 found this helpful

My nephew just purchased a puppy (4months old) and the same thing is happing. Stopped eating lost alot of weight, my nephew took it to the vet and updated the vaccines it needed. He started eating but not as much, he is still having problems with the puppies weight. Any advice in food to feed or puppy supplements that he can give would be greatly app.

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November 5, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, everyone is right. Pups should not be taken from their mothers before 6 weeks, personally, I won't ween or take a pup unless it is 8 weeks old. The pup needs to be with its mother and littermates for early development and nutrition. Take the pup to the vet immediately, they can get you headded in the right direction as far as nutritional needs. Bottle feeding will probably be a must, and I would recommend it.

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December 25, 20070 found this helpful

Yes this puppy is way too little to be away from its mother and siblings but don't freet you can do it and the puppy can be just fine it's just gonna take awhile for it to adjust you must give it attention and take to the vet ASAP! I breed Blue Pitbulls and I would recommend that you buy a really good puppy kibble and a good milk supplement/ puppy formula which can come in powder form or in liquid for puppies. Get the milk supplement and mix it according to the directions on the label then with a blender chop up some of the puppy kibble and add the puppy formula to it you can also mix some canned puppy food to the mixture as well. Feed this to your puppy hopefully it'll help put some weight on him/her.

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January 17, 20080 found this helpful

My husband and I got our Pups at 4 weeks because the mother was being relocated. We soaked PuppyChow in replacement milk (buy at any pet store) and they ate in less than 24 hours

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February 7, 20080 found this helpful

I love when people go on here to get help and somebody says take it to the vet and let them tell you what to do. Some people don't have 100s dollars to spend on a vet. Vets are horrible these days just like doctor you have to pay a load of money for everything.

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February 22, 20080 found this helpful

Man after reading everything in here I feel guilty. I got a pit 4 weeks old that I got last Friday. He's been crying and barely eating and I had feeling why, but I didn't know that pups should be with mommy at least 6 or 7 weeks. I still have a chance to return it to mommy. I just hope that nothing harmful happens to my pup.

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March 6, 20080 found this helpful

I just wanted to say that puppies are ok to leave at 8 weeks.

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March 25, 20080 found this helpful

I just got my almost 5 week old pit bull puppy yesterday. I thought it was too young but the breeder asssured me she was doing great. I hesitated but brought her home and she eats alot!!! I am mixing in some wet puppy food and some small bites puppy kibble together and she chows down. I am feeding her 5-6 times daily small amounts and she is drinking water too. She sleeps in the bed with me since my husband and I also let our 15 month old puggle sleep with us too. They love each other (the dogs) and she seems to be doing great. During the day she naps in a laundry basket on a pillow. She seems very happy and content.

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March 25, 20080 found this helpful

Make sure if you rescue your puppy you need to make sure you know what food they were eating previously to you owning them. A change in their diet can make them very sick. If they are not eating trying putting them on a low residue puppy food. I know IAMS makes a really good one. Try using half wet half dry. If they still aren't eating after all that you should definitely take them to the vet and let them know what is going on. It is important for your puppy to get the food and water they need.

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March 25, 20080 found this helpful

What should I feed him and how long?

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April 11, 20080 found this helpful

hey well baby food might work but normaly they dont eat dog food till they r 6 weeks good luck i hope it starts eating soon

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July 4, 20080 found this helpful

4 weeks is entirely too early to release puppies. They need their mothers milk for strength and antibodies against infection and sickness. They can be put on milk replacer and wet food combined to help, but the milk should at least still be there for them until week 5 if not later. Their 1st shots will help, but mothers milk is best.

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July 13, 20080 found this helpful

I just got my pitbull puppy at 3 weeks old. He is drinking milk and water from the bottle and sleeping regularly however he doesn't drink the full 1 ounce of milk from the bottle, he will only drink about half the amount. He does seem to whimper at times for no reason. I know he must miss his mother and his siblings but he seems to be fine. I know he's young but he is getting a lot of attention and he seems to be ok. I do feel a little bad now that I am reading about all the puppies that are so young and won't eat.

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August 22, 20080 found this helpful

I have 8 pit bull puppies. I just took them away from there mother cuz she has gotten aggressive with them she has even bitten one and killed it. So I was needing help. What do I feed these pups as of right now there eating canned puppy food they love it but what else do I need to do. PLEASE HELP.

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September 2, 20080 found this helpful

I have a 4 week old puppy as well- shes been eating just fine and is very healthy. She's actually gained a few ounces in the three days we've had her.

We feed dog milk replacement powder ( NOT the goats milk formula) four scoops per can of wet food and four scoops of water to the mix. We were blending it up in the blender but she seems to like the chunks so we just fork it now. She eats about a can and a half worth in a day.

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October 1, 20080 found this helpful

have a pit bull cross whippet puppy that is 4 weeks old. It hasn't had a great start in life as it has been abused. How can I stop it from becoming nasty?

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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

I rescued 2 pitubll brothers from a slummy breeder. The first one I got, I've had him for 4 months now and he goes through phases of eating a ton, then not eating so much. When he was on puppy food he ate maybe 4-5 cups a day, when I switched him to adult food (2weeks ago) he would eat 12 cups a day. His stool was watery on the puppy food, but has been restored to a healthy solid stool now. The past week the weather has been getting colder so I figured that's why he slowed down on eating. He's lost 10 lbs so far, but he's still active and playful and only eats like 3 cups a day. Is this normal?

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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

What worries me is that his brother. The other one we got 2 months after him, just got treated for G.I. infection a month ago, but the only symptoms the 2 of them shared is that they stopped eating and lost weight. He's not lethargic or vomiting, or having any diarrhea. The last time he has diarrhea was 2 weeks ago. Is it possible he could have gotten the infection from his brother when they kiss each other or share toys?

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August 1, 20090 found this helpful

I would get some puppy milk from the pet store or vet and blend it with a good canned puppy food to a watery mixture and squirt it in his mouth with a dropper very little at a time. He'll eat it and survive.

A lot of people get pups at a young age and it is not a good idea. You shouldn't accept a pup before 8 weeks as they learn manners and pack rules from their mother at 7 and 8 weeks old. Behavior problems are huge among dogs who have been taken from their mothers too young.

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September 5, 20120 found this helpful

Why do people go on these things and criticize someone for getting a puppy too early? There might be circumstances in which there was no other choice. The mother might have stopped feeding the pups, or the mother might have died, or maybe the original owner was either going to dispose of them or give them away (so why not save a life?) in which case that owner has no business having a dog anyway.

I got 2 pit pups at 4 weeks old because the owner was like the one I just mentioned. They were able to eat from a bowl and did not want to be bottle fed, but I still fed them PRM and mixed it with puppy food and allowed it to soak. I wormed them for round worms, hook worms, tapeworms, and whip worms.

They are doing great! They are the most playful pups and very loving too! They are very smart and I only have to change my tone of voice to correct them. They already know their names when I call them. I take them to visit friends when I go visiting, so that they will learn to be sociable. They are happy and healthy!

I wouldn't dare want to ever take them back to the people that had them before, they are so much better off with me. Oh, and when I got them from the previous owner, they were both covered in fleas...now they don't have any fleas! It does my heart good to know I was able to save their lives, and seeing them run up to me with their wagging tails when I get home is reward enough! So please, don't criticize someone if you don't know the whole story!

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September 5, 20120 found this helpful

Sorry, I meant PRM (puppy milk replacement) in my previous post. Also I forgot to add that my pups are now 7 weeks old.

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