|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 12:49pm PST |
|I am currently raising an orphan puppy and he is turning 4 weeks old this weekend. He has been kept in a plastic container with a heating pad but has graduated to the bottom half of a fiberglass airline crate just today. I have a heating pad under it and a heat lamp over him and he has several towels to lie on. He is kept at 80 degrees round the clock, which helps with digestion and proper growth. If they get too cool they cannot digest well and can end up very sick.
I don't know what breed your baby is, but at three weeks they are barely walking and really do not need a "bed" per say, they mostly need a box or crate to confine them in and to make sure they don't get any drafts or chilled. Even this young, if you place newspapers or a puppy pee pad on one end they will begin to use that instead of going on their blanket.
I have just started Jethro on human baby cereal and baby strained meat, mixed with his Esbilac... he also still gets his Esbilac in the bottle every four hours. He will be started on ground raw dog food in a couple more weeks.
I wouldn't even consider a real bed until the pup was much older...puppies WILL pee/poop on their beds, and as he gets a bit older, he will chew it!
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