Feeding Puppies

April 7, 2005

Feeding PuppiesI read the request about "Pit Bull Eating Grass" and I am an amateur dog breeder and would like to make a few comments.

First off: Your pup is eating grass because it either needs to eliminate some discomfort or it is lacking a nutrient. If you get a puppy and it no longer has access to its mother's milk or the equivalent then you should not just give it what humans or other animals would use. This pup specifically should be being introduced to some form of dog or puppy chow.


We usually begin introducing food between 3 and 4 weeks softened with water to the consistency of runny oatmeal, progressively thickening as the pup ages. By 6 weeks it should be able to eat dry kibble and drink water. A milk substitute designed for pups may also be given as well until 8 weeks of age. But no other food or other animal milk should be given, your pup would be better off with the softened dog food alone than to be trying to digest something his body is not designed to digest.

Get your pups de-wormed, all pups are born with worms and need de-worming. And be careful with the flea bath shampoo as it is strong and I have unfortunately seen people actually poison a pet using this shampoo while trying to eliminate the discomfort of fleas.

Good luck and try to get your pup to a vet around 8 weeks for puppy shots.

By Barbie

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I have 12 puppies that are 26 days old. They already started eating some solid food but were still nursing. The mother got hit by a car and died. What do I do?


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September 2, 20210 found this helpful
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I'm so very sorry for your loss, but you need to take care of the puppies.
I think you need to feed them some milk. Puppies two to four weeks of age do well with feedings every 6-8 hours.


You can give your orphans complete nutrition by buying a commercial puppy milk replacer, which can be purchased through your veterinarian or a pet supply store. Commercial milk replacers have feeding directions on the label.
You can feed the puppies with milk replacer at room temperature (it's ok for puppies 3-4 weeks old).
When feeding orphaned puppies, it's best to use commercial animal baby bottles; you can use an eyedropper in an emergency, but it does not allow normal sucking as well as a nipple. The size of the hole in the nipple is crucial. If you turn the bottle upside down and the milk drips freely, the hole is too large. The bottle should require a light squeeze (simulating a puppy suckling) for milk to drip out. If you need to make the hole bigger, you can heat a needle with a lighter and use it to enlarge the hole.

The puppies should begin to wean off milk at about three or four weeks of age. Once your puppies have already started eating food, keep giving them some food. Use a commercially made, balanced food. Kibble should be softened with water or broth to a soupy texture, or you can add a little extra water to wet puppy food.
Also consult your veterinarian.

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September 12, 20210 found this helpful
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You are doing fine. They can eat soft food. If you feel inclined, they make formula for dogs or you make your own. Buy a store bottle or a preemie nipple if they are bigger breed puppies.

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August 22, 2011

Hand holding up a young Pit Bull puppy.What is good to feed a 5 week old puppy?

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

You should soften dry food for them (puppy chow) in some water then feed.

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August 23, 20111 found this helpful

When we get young pups in rescue, I buy dry puppy food and put it in my blender. It's almost mush by the time I put it in the dish with some watered down milk. You can actually buy "mother's milk" at the pet store and that would help with puppy immunity until they get older. I have also used baby oatmeal or rice cereal for pups, all mixed with milk water.


You can eventually start to put about a half spoon or so of canned puppy food in with it and they will move easily into big dog food. Remember that the puppy should eat puppy food the first year of their life so they get the vitamins they need.

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February 24, 2012

What should I feed my new 2-3 weeks old puppies? They are still nursing from mommie.

By Lavender Mommie


February 26, 20120 found this helpful
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Nothing. Their mother is feeding them what they need right now.

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September 5, 2011

Three Pit Bull puppies on a leather chair.I have a month and a half old Pit Bull, actually there are 4 of them. Should I keep them all together or separate them in the house when I feed them?

By L. Trent from Baltimore, MD


September 5, 20110 found this helpful

I would feed them together as soon as possible. The sooner they get use to eating together now the easier it will be when they get older. It's another part of socializing which is very important if they are going to be around other animals and people.

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September 5, 20110 found this helpful

Feed them together. especially while they are young. They will get used to that. They might have a little competition on who can finish the fastest so the other ones can't get the food, but they will be fine.


Don't separate them.

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Aww...Just wanted to say, cute!

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Feeding them together helps them learn to get along with others. At first they will try each others (just to make sure no one has something better in his/her bowl, than they have). Just separate the bowls enough to give them room to eat in peace when they finally quit trying each others. Always worked for me.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

As long as they are still learning to eat food instead of nursing off mom, I'd feed them separately. But as soon as they get they idea and are eating good from a dish, I'd put them all together so they do learn to eat together and share.


If one or more seems to not be gaining weight as much as the rest, I'd feed that one by itself in between meals (as well as eating with the rest at regular meal time) until it gets strong enough to fend for himself.

Keeping them separate in the beginning will be a huge help in making sure each puppy is eating enough and is learning to eat from the dish. But don't let this separation go for long. Especially pitt bulls, do need to be socialized as much and as soon as possible.

Taking them to a dog park (check to be sure pitts are allowed there, many don't allow them) starting now or as soon as possible will be a fantastic way to socialize them to not just other people, but also to other dogs.

Oh one other thing. Check your local town ordinances. Many towns are outlawing pitt bulls. Personally I don't agree with this, but it is very important to know that your town does not outlaw them. Most towns that do, will come get them and almost immediately put them to sleep. Simply because of the breed. So cruel and so sad, in my mind.

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September 4, 2019

I am new at this because the mom didn't wanna take care of them and only one lived so I took her in. Suddenly, my 3 week old puppy doesn't wanna eat anymore and is sleeping all day.

She keeps opening her mouth when she is awake. Is all this because she's teething and I'm worrying over nothing?

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July 23, 2007

How many times a day does a six month old Pit Bull eat?

Seratta from Chicago, IL


July 26, 20070 found this helpful

I would contact a vet if you have a pitbull.

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July 27, 20070 found this helpful

I would ask your vet but, the amount to feed your puppy should be printed on the can or bag of puppy food.

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By Breanna (Guest Post)
July 28, 20070 found this helpful

I have one the same age. I feed him 2 times a day. about a cup each.

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By Melanie (Guest Post)
August 9, 20070 found this helpful

Depends on how active your pit is and what type of food you're feeding him/her. If you are feeding your dog a lower quality food, you'll need to feed it more and if you're feeding him/her high quality food, he/she will need less. I go by the feeding recommendations printed on the bag of food and just judge by how active my dog is.

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August 1, 20090 found this helpful

I've raised 4 dogs. Right now I own 3 of them. I have a chihuahua, a toy poodle and a German Shepherd. I keep the dog food on the floor in a large bowl full time. I never let the bowl go empty and my dogs eat when they get hungry. They never over eat and are not over weight. My chi is 5, my Shepherd is almost 4 and the poodle is a pup.

I've always offered my dogs what I eat and you know, they don't beg and won't eat most table scraps offered to them. I think it's because they know they can have it so they don't want it. Strange, but it always worked for me. Mind you, I don't think you can start this with older dogs as they will probably over eat and gobble everything up fast. I started this as pups and it's worked for me.

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June 22, 2015

I have 11, 3 week old American Staffy cross Bull Mastiff pups and am wondering if it's OK to give them raw minced beef?

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February 12, 2015

Our litter of 5 week old Labradors is on ground puppy food and puppy milk at the moment which they enjoy. Every time we try to soak the food in water as the puppy food comes they reject it, are we too early? They only have 3 weeks to go before they leave for there new owners.

By Rob from Devon

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December 22, 2015

What do I start feeding my 3 week old puppies?

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July 1, 2015

I have 3 1/2 week old Pit Bulls and have been bottle feeding them since they were one week old. I had just introduced them to soft canned dog food and now they won't drink their milk.

Is that OK or should I make them drink it?

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January 4, 2015

brown puppiesI was given two little brown puppies. They are still very small. My sister and I gave them their first two baths. We would like to know what they can eat. They are weeks old and they are hungry. What foods would be right to feed them?

By maryrojas647

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January 28, 2014

Is it too early to introduce a slurry of puppy food to my 20 day old puppies? They're a Labrador/Weimaraner mix seem to be ready for it.

By Mel from Montgomery, NY

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