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Caring for a Young Puppy

I have noticed at Christmas that too many people in my area are giving away puppies. I think this is sad and wrong. It is the wrong time of year to give away puppies. Driving home from work my boyfriend came across the cutest puppy just laying on the side of the road. When he picked her up he recognized her from the puppies someone was trying to give away at the grocery store. That means that this poor lil pup has just turned 5 weeks old today.


She is healthy, but I want to make her feel better about being ripped from her mama and thrown into a home where she is loved, but not getting the nutrition that she needs from her mama's milk. If anyone has advice for this poor lil pup, she and I would love the help.

January from RENO, NV


Caring for a Young Puppy

Try baby's formula, when she gets a little older start mixing puppy chow in just enough to get mushy then slowly work her up to all puppy chow. If she's lapping out of the bowl you should be alright, but if not try one of the Playtex nurser bottles. Hope this helps. (12/25/2005)

By emilar

Caring for a Young Puppy

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Good luck and Merry Christmas! (12/25/2005)

By Grandma Margie

Caring for a Young Puppy

My pup was 4 weeks old when I got him. I soaked Purina Puppy Chow in water til it was soft enough for him to eat and I used warm water to soak it with. We fed it to him with a throw away plastic spoon. Sometimes any form of milk will give them loose stools. He's will be 2 in March, so it worked. (12/25/2005)

By seamstress

Caring for a Young Puppy

Wrap an alarm clock in a towel and put it beside them when they go to sleep at night, it will help them fall asleep. (12/26/2005)


Caring for a Young Puppy

You can also use evaporated milk, this is used in weaning puppies. We had 2 litters at one time total 24 pups. Start by putting a small amount in shallow bowl and dilute with a little bit of water, you may have to dip your finger in it and let her lick it. When she gets to drinking start diluting with water a little more at a time. It won't be long till she's drinking water and eating good. You can also pour over puppy chow or canned food to get her to eat it. Trust me it works. (12/28/2005)


By Pam

Caring for a Young Puppy

Talk to a reputable vet about getting some milk replacement formula for puppies. It will give her the same nutrition she needs. Other than that, just treat her like the baby she is. Love her a lot and give her lots of attention. Also, have the vet check her over to make sure she is truly healthy. (12/29/2005)

By Robin

Caring for a Young Puppy

Huge bravos to you. I've been there. My vet gave me a homemade formula for pup food and they hugely thrived on it. They were just born from my stray rescue when I put them on it. They were big super healthy babies. I also bathed them with a warm washcloth and the vet said they were the cleanest pups he'd ever seen. (12/30/2005)

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