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WHEN TO FEED MOIST FOOD TO A PUPPY

I HAVE A 6 WEEK OLD PUG AND IAM WANDERING WHEN IT IS OKAY TO FEED HIM MOIST FOOD


Asked by Member 309980 on Dec 27th 2008 in Food & Nutrition
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Abby

Are you sure that your puppy is only six weeks old?

If so, then please read what the poster before me said. The majority of states in the US require (by law) that pups must be at least 8 weeks old before they are separated from their litter mates and mother, and some states even require them to be 9 weeks old.

Most puppies begin the process of weaning between 4.5 weeks and 6 weeks old. During this period, they will start being interested (and eating from) mom's food and taking less milk.

Five weeks is a good time to start puppies on puppy mush. Puppy mush is a combination of a quality puppy kibble, milk replacement, and warm water, mixed up in a blender to a mushy consistency. This makes it easier for puppies to eat and digest.

Around 6 weeks to 7 weeks old, you can slowly start working on transitioning to dry kibble (maybe soaked a bit in warm water) from the mush and go to solid kibble by 8 weeks of age.

I would not feed canned food at all.


Abby answered on Dec 27th.

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Jack

Just so you know, six weeks is too young to be taken from the mother and litter mates. (If you bought this dog from a breeder, report that breeder to your local breeder regulation authority or local humane society. Puppies should be at least 8 weeks old before being sold or adopted out, 10 weeks is even more ideal.)

Puppies can start eating wet food with kibble at around 8 weeks, so you can see right there why your pup should still be with his mom.

Please call a vet to find out what kind of formula your puppy should be on right now.

In a few weeks, you can begin feeding regular puppy food. I'd recommend Wellness brand which has a great line of puppy food, both wet and dry. Puppies need to eat three times a day until around 5-6 months of age. Consult the vet about the right amount to feed your puppy.


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