What to feed my 6 week puppy?
I understand that adopting a 6 week puppy is a very young age. The puppy is a maremma cross golden retriever. How many grams should I feed my little boy? How many times a day ? Please help. :)
on Feb 1st 2014
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On the side of the bag of reputable pet foods, like Ultra or Natural Choice puppy formulas, there is a chart on the side of the bag that goes by weight, age and pup activity. You may have to moisten the food a bit at first; let it soak up the water naturally. Hopefully he was a rescue because reputable breeders do NOT give puppies away until at least nine weeks of age. The side of the bag recommendations are per day, so divide that into two and feed half the dalily amount in the morning, and half at night. This will help to regulate his potty training also. ^_^
Pineapple Smushface answered on 2/1/14. Helpful? / 0
A puppy that young can easily become hypoglycemic you need to do at least 4 feedings a day.i would weigh him then use what the can or bag suggests. Canned food would be easier for him to eat. A puppy that young would benefit from a milk replacement product from a pet supply store ir your vet. I'm worried about the antibodies he should gave gotten more of nursing. You need to be very careful about what he touches id be afraid to even let him outside because of the parvo risk. When u take him to the vet bring your own towel and do not let him touch anything! Not the exam table or floor.
Sandy answered on 2/1/14. Helpful? / 1
A maremma/retriever mix is extremely unlikely to become hypoglycemic, they have enough body mass to keep them going 24 hours or more.
I would suggest getting a brand name puppy food made especially for large breed puppies. At six weeks of age the puppy can eat it with no problems.
DO NOT give milk or milk products, a six week old puppy is fully weaned and milk and/or milk replacers will most likely cause diarrhea or other digestive issues.
Any immunity the pup gets from nursing is only available thru the colostrum which is only in the first milk from the mother. After the pup is 24 to 30 HOURS old, this immunity can no longer be absorbed due to changes in their digestive tract, so no further immunity is gained from nursing.
HOWEVER, any immunity the pup has gained will slowly leave up to around 12 weeks of age and no vaccines will protect him prior to the mothers immunity leaving his system, which is why it is very important to make sure he gets the full series of vaccines.
Toto, CD, RN, CGC answered on 2/4/14. Helpful? / 0