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Feeding a 6 Week Old Puppy?

February 4, 2020

I have a 6 week old Pit. He is the runt and will not eat at all. I have tried every thing. He has been to the vet, he is on medication. He keeps getting weaker and weaker every day. His gums are white and he is externally dehydrated.

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He weighs only 2.5 pounds from what the vet said. I'm scared I will loose him if I can not get him to eat so he can get plumper and hydrated.

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If his gums are white this normally indicates he is very sick and I know you have had him to the vet but maybe you should call them again. I would prepare a mother's milk for him that is like his own mother's milk. it is easy to make and you can feed it to him easily to help out. I found one I used online that my puppies just loved. it had to do with some hot water, condensed milk no sugar, plain yogurt, and some mayonnaise. I would also call the vet again and see if they don't want to put the dog on an IV to help him.

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January 13, 2020

What can I feed my 6 week old runt puppy? Does he still need milk and puppy food that is softened? And how many times a day should I feed him?

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It is no longer necessary to give the dog milk if he is no longer with the mother. As for feeding a small puppy, some vets suggest 3 small meals 3 times a day. I have always just fed my puppies twice a day and given them food in the morning and at night until they were 6 months old. At that time I stopped the morning feeding and increased the evening meal and just fed them once a day. You need to take the dog to the vet now to start their puppy shots to protect them against Parvo.

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I would ask the vet what he feels is best for the puppy. When my puppies were so small and the teeth were not so large at the time I did add some liquid to the dry dog food to help them chew it better. You might want to do this to help the dog eat the dry dog food better. Once his teeth are fully in you can stop this and then his adult teeth will come in so there is no longer a need to do this either.

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January 14, 20200 found this helpful
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Awww! Sweet baby. Ideally pups should be on mother's milk for 12 weeks. That is what I was taught. The vet can give you the best replacement milk to mix with a dry puppy food so he gets the best start!

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Post back with an update! Prayers for a healthy pupster!

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May 17, 2010

What do I feed a 6 week red nose Pit Bull?

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I like to mix a good puppy food with some evaporated milk, and a little bit of Karo syrup the light kind and one drop of infant vitamins if you have it. I put a 1/4 teaspoon or less olive oil in this, also.

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I also put in a couple teaspoons of real mayonnaise, if he can't chew up the moist food. This is a good all around formula for kittens and puppies minus any solid food.

If they ever seem dehydrated give a little home made Pedialyte with it for them.

Soon they will be eating all they can get and you can gradually decrease the evaporated milk and just use water. After they get on solid food, then it is time to let them go through a pill pocket a day until the whole package is gone and put one drop of infant vitamins in one pill pocket per day. They will have a really good start that way.

This is what I do.

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August 30, 2022

Is it true that a can of pumpkin can help speed up healing or help cure ailments for cats and dogs?


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If your dog or cat is healthy and you're looking for something that could improve their well-being, then pure pumpkin may be a good addition to their regular diet.

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To be on the safe side, it's always a good idea to consult your vet before adding new food to their diet.

My son gives his dog a small spoon of pumpkin almost every day, and he says it has helped his dog's digestion.
It is said that it's like a probiotic for dogs and cats. Also, may help with fur balls.
Read about what is said and decide for yourself.
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Be very sure you use pure pumpkin and never use pumpkin for pie filling as it has spices and other ingredients that may not be good for your pets.

Pumpkin usually comes in large cans and it is difficult to keep as you have to remove it from the can and find a suitable container but using a spoonful a day, it will last a long time (refrigerate for sure!).
You can find a small can at your local Dollar Tree for $1.25 just to see if your pets like it.

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December 18, 2017

I have a 6 week old puppy. His name is Coffee; he is a Pit Bull mixed with Chihuahua. I just got him yesterday and they said he was 6 weeks old. They said he eats hard dog food (a puppy one), but he isn't eating. I've tried milk, hard puppy food, and soft.

He isn't eating anything. I'm starting to get worried. He also has fleas. I showered him with Dawn and killed some, but am not sure if he still has some. What can I do to help him eat?

My 6 Week Old Puppy Isn't Eating
 

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First off the puppy is so young and many people will say they eat dry dog food. You can check for his teeth. I think he is just getting them in and they aren't all the way in yet. Here's what you need to do to feed him for 2 more weeks:

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Buy this: 1 can Carnation condensed milk unsweetened, 2 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 3/4 hot water, boiled and then cooled + 1 yogurt natural.

Mix these ingredients together in a pitcher. Now feed the dog with this milk. This is a formula for mother's milk. Dog's and cat's cat have human milk it is not good for them at all. You need to feed this to the dog for the next two weeks or so. But when you feed it to the dog it should be warmed.

You will also use this milk to soften his dry dog food. After he starts to drink this milk you'll feed him every 3 to 4 hours. Then you'll start to add his dry food to this formula.

As for fleas the Dawn dish soap is good for his showers, but you will also need to add vinegar to the water for this one. The vinegar will kill the fleas and the eggs the fleas have laid on the dog. It took me 2 weeks to get rid of fleas on a puppy my boyfriend brought home once. You can add the vinegar to his back and allow it to stay there 20 minutes, then comb him with a flea comb. Now rinse him off. You shouldn't bathing him with Dawn soap every time you clean him with vinegar it is hard on his skin and can cause him a rash.

Last, get him to the vet and start his shots. He needs to start his series of puppy shots to protect him. At 6 weeks old they will start the series and give him shots for the next 8 weeks. He should have shots every two weeks for the next 8 weeks to protect him from Parvo and other sicknesses.

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January 1, 2015

I have a 6 week old pup named Buddy. He eats once a day; is this normal? Should he be fed before bedtime?

By Candy

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January 1, 20150 found this helpful
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Puppies eat three meals a day like humans do. When you say he eats once per day, do you mean you only feed him once per day, or he refuses to eat more than once per day? If he won't eat more than once per day you are feeding him too much at one time. Spread out the food over three meals.

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April 10, 2017

My husband brought home a Pit Bull puppy. I have no clue how old she is. They said she was ready to go with us. I thought it wasn't till 8 weeks, but she looks so much smaller than 8 weeks. I'm thinking she's maybe 5 weeks going on 6 maybe. Anyways they sent her with milk substitute, but didn't tell him how much to give or how often. Tonight is night 3 and she hasn't eaten since this afternoon and has been sleeping.

Do I need to wake her and feed her? I'm so lost with this new puppy. Also does anyone have any suggestions on what type of food to get her on dry or wet? Any help is appreciated also any tips for fleas and worms. I am trying to get her into a clinic that doesn't cost a fortune too.

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From Cesar Milan: By around eight weeks of age your puppy should be eating solid food. Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ¾ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ½ cup three times a day.

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February 16, 2012

I just got a 6 week old Bugg, that's a Boston/Pug cross, 2 days ago. She's very little, a pound maybe. Everyone is saying she looks younger. I got her 1-12 month dry puppy food, but my husband just told me puppy food is by weight not just age. I'm new at having a small puppy, I never had one this small.

What should I be feeding her? The first night I gave her food she ate it all, then 2 hours later puked it up. After that she's doing great and she's even fatter now. I think she's the runt. She got her first shots and worming with the owner of the mother dog. Please tell me anything I should know about small dogs. I have books on Bostons, but just can't find them.

By Sasha

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February 16, 20120 found this helpful
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Yeah if it is younger than 6 weeks, then it should not be eating hard food yet. I would get canned dog food, or specialized puppy soft food.

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February 24, 2020

I moved in with a friend and her dog had 8 puppies and the mother was no longer able to produce milk when they were 3 weeks old so they begin feeding them wet dog food. These puppies should have had some milk replacement, but due to a lack of knowledge my friend has not provided that.

Now I feel these puppies should get some kind of milk since they are still only 6 weeks old. She can not afford to take them to the vet nor can I, but I want to help what should I do?

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February 24, 20200 found this helpful

This site has a puppy formula you can make as a replacement www.cuteness.com/.../what-kind-of-milk-do-i-give-a-newborn...

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February 3, 2019

I have a 6 week old puppy and he is already eating on his own. I was wondering if he can have regular milk for 2 more weeks until he is 8 weeks and if he can what do I do?


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February 4, 20190 found this helpful

Cow's milk can cause diarrhea. I would ask the vet what he or she recommends.

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February 4, 20190 found this helpful

Your puppy needs his mothers milk until he is 8 weeks old at least. Even though he is eating regular food too. Most importantly he needs to be with his mother and siblings until he is 8 weeks old to learn how to behave etc.

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February 5, 20190 found this helpful

Do not give a dog anything other than mother's milk or a vet appoved mother's milk replacement product. Get the pup in to be established with the vet ASAP!

Prayers for a health pup and l lovely history together for you both!

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August 11, 20190 found this helpful

You can also make a great homemade puppy milk replacement that is better than any brand on the market and you can know what is actually in it. Use the best ingredients. We have done this with numerous puppies. Once we had to bottle feed ten puppies and no way was I going to give them food from a can that was like an old coke can made from an industry that is not at all regulated by the fda in any way. I use evaporated milk, egg yolks, plain whole fat yogurt, kayro syrup, a bit of distilled water and vitasol infant vitamin drops. This makes great puppy milk replacement! You can add mayo as well. This way you can make sure your puppy is getting all organic food too! (If you want to)

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