Feeding Litter Of Puppies

I start my litters on puppy food at around 3 1/2 weeks of age.  Bitch is still nursing as she wants to.

I start slow to avoid loose stools.  I feed Orijen so I start with 1/4 cup per puppy.

This is for a litter of 8:  Soak 2 cups kibble in water till soft.  Put it in the blender and add 1/4  cup baby rice cereal (helps avoid loose stools).  Blend well to make a semi thick mush adding tepid water as needed.

Feed pups and see how much they eat.  Do this once a day for a couple of days and up to 2 feedings a day.  Slowly increase the amount per pup by going up 1/4 cup intervals.  And get them up to 3 meals a day.

The amount you feed will be determined by how they eat.  I like to have a bit left in the bowl so I know they are getting enough.

At around 6 weeks of age I stop blending and just mash a bit with a potato masher.  Adding rice or  not is determined by firmness of stools.

Eventually I feed just soaked kibble and serve.  Once I know there is no choking during eating I feed kibble with tepid water added (no soaking)

By the time my pups go to their forever homes at 8 1/2 weeks they are eating about 1 cup  3 times per day.



Author: patty

Franklin Lakes, NJ

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