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Feeding a 4 Week Old Puppy?

Very young puppies can be given goat's milk or special puppy formulas available at pet stores. As they mature these liquids can be mixed with puppy kibbles and blended or softened depending on their age. This is a page about feeding a 4 week old puppy.
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I have a 1 month old puppy that doesn't want milk anymore and wants to eat my older dog's dry food. I've already tried to mix in some puppy chow with her milk, but she won't take the milk she only wants dry food.

What should I do?

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February 23, 20190 found this helpful
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Double check with your vet on this one, because the mothers milk (or mothers milk replacement) (now cows milk for dogs--it can cause all kinds of digestive issues) has nutrients the pup needs until about 6-8 weeks.

The older dog's food may also not have the right nutrients for the pup...you may want to see if the vet can suggest a good pup dry food...I haven't had a pup that young in years so I am not sure what the good brand are these days as things change so fast.

Nutrition is critical to development (just like in human babies) so I suggest the vet's advice should be what is followed so the wee one gets the best start possible!!

Vaccines are critical also!! Parvo is terrifying!!

Post back how things go!! Hugs to the pup!! Prayers to all!!

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February 25, 20190 found this helpful
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I think I would look for a puppy chow for this puppy. They need the extra nutrition at this point. You may want to talk it over with your Vet. It is time to discuss vaccinations with them. Whatever you do, do not skip his parvo shots. You can add a little water to his kibble to soften it but it really sounds like you dont need to.

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June 24, 2011

My Pit Bull had her first litter of pups and was caring for and nursing them fine. But this week she no longer wants to sit and nurse them until they get full, so I started to feed them puppy food, and they seem fine.


Are they gonna be okay?

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful
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At four weeks weaning usually begins by offering the puppies a slurry of puppy formula and kibble. The solid food is soaked in the formula or a food processor is used to make "smoothies". Pour the mix onto a large flat pan with a low rim, feed the puppies 4 times day.
Five weeks: the mixture should be like cooked oatmeal.
Six weeks: the mixture has chunks of solid food for them to begin chewing.
Seven weeks: the kibble is soaked in formula before serving so it is slightly softened.
Eight to ten weeks: sprinkle powdered formula over kibble and add warm water just before serving.

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January 31, 2016

My Pit Bull puppy is 4 weeks old going on 5 weeks. My question is, do I still have to feed him goat milk? And I want to start him on wild life dog food, but what kind is the right one?


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January 31, 20160 found this helpful
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If he's doing well on the goat milk, keep up with it. He can drink it until 8 weeks. Then feed soft food. If you don't, you risk him getting diarrhea that won't easily go away. If he seems to be hungry all the time you can supplement feedings with a little softened, very high quality dog food, but not the cheap stuff.

Do you mean Taste of The Wild or Wilderness? I'm not familiar with Wild Life.

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October 20, 2019

I have a 4 week old Chihuahua puppy. They said he drinks milk from a bowl, but he just drinks a little bit. How I can get him to drink milk better?


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October 20, 20190 found this helpful

He may be ready for some solid food. Ask the vet.

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October 20, 20190 found this helpful

Staying hydrated is critical for a pup so young. I am assuming since the milk is coming from a bowl the mom is not feeding him. Best to talk to the vet to see if you should be syringe feeding. Heshe may also give you the ok to start small amounts of soft food in addition to the milk. Post back with updates! Prayers!

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October 20, 20190 found this helpful

Mix some of his favorite dog food

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October 21, 20190 found this helpful

You can use a small bottle to feed him with.Still feed him milk from the bowl to.

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October 21, 20190 found this helpful

You can use a small bottle to feed him with.Still feed him milk from the bowl to.

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October 21, 20190 found this helpful

First off the dog can't drink reagular cows milk this is not good for him. You should have mother's milk and you can buy this at a pet store in powdered form or liquid form. You can also make this yourself. At that age the milk can't be cold and you'll need to heat it up like you do for a baby. When the dog is around 5 to 6 weeks old you can start with some dry dog food and add some hot water to the food to make it softer for the puppy to eat. but change the milk you are giving to him and warm it up do not give him cold milk he is not use to cold milk and can get sick or will refuse to eat.

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October 21, 20190 found this helpful

You need to get your puppy to the Vet for a checkup. The Vet can answer many questions for you. In a couple of weeks your puppy will need his 1st vaccinations. Get scheduled with your Vet for those. Especially parvo. Parvo is common, heartbreaking and deadly in many instances. Call your Vet right away.

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My puppy is 4 weeks old and the mother has passed away. I need help on how to take care of her please.


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May 25, 20190 found this helpful

Your puppy can eat and drink from a saucer at this age. Ask the vet which formula to get. Feed her warmed canned dog food.

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