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Subject:Advice on weaning puppies... from milk to food.
Time:01:48 am
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I need some advice on weening puppies.
They will be 4 weeks old on Thursday morning.

Does anyone know of good, informative websites on weaning dogs?

What age (in weeks or days) (if you had puppies) did you introduce food? How often?
How often did you let them nurse? Ratio of food to milk?
What foods did you feed at first?

At how many weeks did the mom-dog "dry up" completely?
Did her "shape" go back to normal?
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mynameisnotsara
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Time:2005-07-05 06:47 am (UTC)
My mom would feed the puppies dry dog food with a little bit of water and zap it in the microwave for a couple of second and let it soak. Her mother dogs usually got back their shape, maybe a little broader.
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-05 06:49 am (UTC)
My mom-dog is skinny - skinnier than she was before... she just has saggy boobs!


Do you know at what age she started feeding the puppies the food?





Your dog in your icon is very cute...
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-05 03:33 pm (UTC)
But at what point do I offer them food? If i put a bowl of food in their pool, I feel like they would have no idea what to do with it! They are still such babies!
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silverblaidd
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Time:2005-07-06 10:46 am (UTC)
You don't really have to offer them food specifically. Pups will naturally become interested in what their mother eats and begin to eat it themselves.

If you feed soft food several times a day, which is recommended, feed it on a flat plate, that way the puppies have the opportunity to get used to it. Feed them in the area you are keeping them in. Keep dry food out all the time. Keep it full. Keep plenty of water.

I wouldn't feed any raw meats until you have every puppy checked by a vet. Suddenly feeding raw to an animal that hasn't been exposed to it before, if it's unhealthy, could lead to lots of problems.

Don't feed them milk. Cows milk isn't natural for anyone but cows and dogs aren't cows.

As far as what brands of food, Eukanuba is crap. So is Science Diet, Purina, Pedigree, Iams and anything you're going to be able to buy at Wal Mart. You need a higher quality diet for optimum health and you're just not going to find it in those brands.

Have a look at some information on how to find a better kibble, if that's what you're going to feed:

http://www.deadjournal.com/users/petstuff/

Also, have a look at rawdogs for more information on why most kibbles are bad and why raw diets are good, provided you've done your research. If nothing else, a better kibble will improve your pets health considerably.

Also, in the future, before breeding your animals, you should know these things. You should try working with a reputable, experienced breeder. Your animals should be papered and shown to earn titles, proving their worth. Your animals should also be health tested back through their lines to clear them of any genetic problems. You shouldn't be asking these kinds of questions when you already have pups on the ground.

And for the record, yeah, you're being irresponsible about this. No, you don't want to hear it, and yes, you'll probably delete this comment, despite the wealth of information it contains, but you know, when litter after litter of puppies are killed every week, there just shouldn't be any more being bred like this. Please don't do this in the future.
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-06 06:01 pm (UTC)
i will not delete the comment, because i do appreciate the info.
but i am going to ban you from the community because i do not appreciate the lecture.
Thank you and goodbye.
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sera_marie
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Time:2005-07-07 09:43 am (UTC)
good for you!
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rottnpagan
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Time:2005-07-05 09:08 pm (UTC)
Exactly.

Blaidd, when did you get so smart? *grin*
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kelism
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Time:2005-07-05 09:46 pm (UTC)
I've never weaned puppies, but I agree with this one. Feed mom with them and when they're ready they will eat along with her.

With the number of pups I would be supplementing the smaller ones and/or introducing soft foods earlier I think - again this isn't anything I've ever done, but when there are more mouths to feed the will need more food. Feeding mom a lot of good quality foods will also help with milk production.

And her nipples will always be saggy...I don't think that ever goes back to normal afterward.

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kikayume
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Time:2005-07-05 01:56 pm (UTC)
Just FYI, linking all comments to a post in this community may not keep it drama free. (I'm from doghealth). Maybe you should just let people leave comments there?
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-05 03:36 pm (UTC)
It's easier for me to have all of the comments in one place...
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jan92653
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Time:2005-07-05 02:50 pm (UTC)
i don't remember the exact age but my mom would give her puppies RAW HAMBURGER (rolled into tiny balls the size of peas) and also ground up (in the blender) puppy food soaked in milk and heated just a few seconds.
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-05 03:38 pm (UTC)
i read that too about the hamburger meat-balls... but raw??? That seems scary!
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jan92653
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Time:2005-07-05 03:45 pm (UTC)
yea, my mom always gave it raw. i think cuz in the wild dogs would eat raw stuff, not cooked, so they can digest it easier or something.
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rottnpagan
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Time:2005-07-05 09:07 pm (UTC)
RAW is actually quite healthy for dogs, when done correctly. I don't recommend hamburger, but certainly other raw cuts of meat.
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lovehustle
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Time:2005-07-05 03:23 pm (UTC)
we gave the pups canned dog food (I've head eukanoba is best for pups) about about 5 weeks and they loved it. as you could probably tell from the pix in my gallery they were pretty thrilled wit it =)

and diamond and her nipples are 100% back to normal ;)
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-05 03:39 pm (UTC)
So about 5 weeks?
They are almost 4 weeks now... and they seem so little.
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countessseafire
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Time:2005-07-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
Just put out soaked dog food and they should start eating on their own when they're ready.
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blackcloud42
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Time:2005-07-08 02:26 am (UTC)
The puppies should definately start showing interest in their mom's food. When they do, then you should start introducing soaked kibble. I don't reccommend wet food, because it's pretty much crap. Even the really good brands don't have enough fat and protein and nutrients. It's more of a treat. Get some kibble (healthy kibble... I reccommend Innova dog food, but it's really expensive, and it's hard to find. Try Eukanuba, Pro Plan, or Nutro.. you can get those at PETsMART). I wouldn't bother introducing the wet kibble though, until they show interest. It'll just be wasted unless mama decides to eat it.

Usually their teets don't go COMPLETELY Back to normal, but they will recede a little bit, and just like people, as long as you keep Mama on a healthy diet and let her get plenty of exercise, she'll go back down to roughly the weight she was before the litter.

Mother will start to dry up after she starts weening the puppies. Just let her wean them, and make sure to have something for them to eat when she turns them away. But until she starts weening them herself, you really don't have much to worry about. Dogs are usually pretty good Mamas.

I hope that was helpful...
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al2o3cr
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Time:2005-07-08 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice!
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