Dog Won't Nurse Her Puppies

My dog won't nurse her almost 4 week old puppies unless I make her and I have to lay down next to her and pet her during the process. This all started about a week ago when my parents came to visit and brought their dog with them. They have been gone now for a few days, but she still won't nurse them without my help and the 2am feedings are getting old. Help please. Can they eat puppy food and water and be fine?


By Michelle Merriam H.

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January 3, 20150 found this helpful

You have to wait it out until they are at least six weeks old. Then start them on thin solid food mixed with clean water. They'll still need some nursing until they are 8 weeks old.
Sorry this happened. Now you know not to introduce any dogs into the household while your dog is taking care of babies.
Better yet, have her spayed. Unless she is a purebred with papers there is no point in letting her breed.

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January 20, 20150 found this helpful

I've had 2 dogs that stopped nursing after 3 weeks. They would growl and nip at the pups so I had to end up feeding the pups puppy chow mixed with warm water until they were ready for new homes.

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February 11, 20150 found this helpful

If mom won't feed any longer, there are milk replacement supplements and feeding bottles at Pet supply stores such as Petsmart, feed stores, etc. There is also a powdered goats milk which can be supplemented for most animals, including dogs and cats.


Soft foods can be introduced at 4 weeks. I have also soaked a little dry puppy food in milk supplement in the past when fostering litters. You should check with your vet to see what best suits your situation.

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