5 Week Old Puppy Not Eating?

I just got a puppy, she's about 5 weeks old. She eats very little maybe 1 piece of dry puppy food. I tried to give her wet food. I took her to the vet and they said that she will have problems and that she weighed 1.6 lbs. What can I do to help her? Do I need to get a baby bottle and feed her milk food?


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October 7, 20180 found this helpful

The vet should give better instructions. Perhaps her jaw isnt strong enough to handle dry food. Call the vet back.

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August 22, 20200 found this helpful

I have a 4 week lab and her mom died so I bought puppy milk at Walmart and a can of pedigree ground moist dog food and put 1/2 tsp dog food and some puppy milk and mix To thin and the puppy loves it later I will get dry food for puppys and mix water to soften and they can do pretty good on that but the dry food should bet moistened so they can chew it

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October 7, 20180 found this helpful

Perhaps the vet can clarify the instructions. The pup was taken from it's mom earlier than usual. If you worked with a breeder, perhaps the have additional insights. I would treat as if it is abandoned from it's mom and ask vet if the milk replacement they discuss is appropriate for your baby:


Prayers for the pup. And for you! Let me know what the vet's says.

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October 9, 20180 found this helpful

I've always been taught that pups and kittens should be at least 6wks old, and preferably 8 wks old before being taken from the mother. This pup probably needs to be fed special formula from a little bottle for a week or so. Walmart carries puppy formula and also bottles. Good luck with your precious furbaby!

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