Young Puppy Not Eating or Drinking Well?

I have a puppy that will be 6 weeks old on March 2nd. The mother started weening her at 4 weeks. The person I got her from said she has been eating puppy food and drinking, but I haven't been able to get her to drink any water or eat very much. What should I do?


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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

The puppy is so young to leave its mother! She also may have been ill when you received her. Please take her to your vet immediately as she needs food and water now, and most probably medication.

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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

I assure you the person is not telling you the whole truth.

Puppies are not yet ready to leave the mom at six weeks. They should be with the mom and siblings for eight weeks.


Some dogs who have too many pups and not enough milk will wean them early. But usually dogs are weaned too early by their owners. They start feeding the puppies wet cheap kibble at 3 or 4 weeks to try to wean them by six weeks, taking the pups from the mom if they have to.
The kibble doesn't have the nutrition or immune system protection that mother's milk does.

Purchase some puppy replacement formula or goat milk. Give this to the puppy until it's eating again. Then you'll need to feed it high quality wet kibble, not cheap stuff like Purina.

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