Puppies are a favorite for anyone. Whether 9 or 90 its practically instinctual to love them! But, not everyone knows what goes into taking care of them. There is so much from potty training to feeding and everything in between. Having been a dog mom for many years and, at every stage, I have gotten a pretty good experience of what to expect and how to properly care for them.
- 1 What do you feed a 3 week old puppy?
- 2 Can 2 week old puppies drink water?
- 3 How long can 3 week old puppies go without nursing?
- 4 Can 3 week old puppies eat wet food?
- 5 When can puppies drink water?
- 6 How to introduce puppies to drinking water?
- 7 When to wean puppies off the mother?
- 8 When can you find puppies a new home?
What do you feed a 3 week old puppy?
Much like their first 2 weeks of life, at 3 weeks the puppies still only require the mothers milk. If for some reason the mother isn’t around and you have a puppy, there are other options. You can contact your local veterinarian and they can provide you with some special puppy formula to feed the little one with a syringe or bottle. You can also purchase this at a pet store. Making sure the newborn is gaining adequate weight in the first few weeks of life is crucial to his/her survival. I’ve listed some of the brands of puppy formula below
Can 3 week old puppies drink water? Just like humans, at such a young age their immature bodies can only handle so much inside of it. Nursing from the mother is something any young mammal needs to do for the first few weeks of life. They haven’t yet developed the ability to chew which is why any nutrients needed to grow and develop are found in mothers milk.
So, how can you make caring for your little fur baby easier? Whether working in a kennel, taking care of abandoned puppies or if your dog has gifted you with some new members to the family, having the knowledge of what they need to thrive is a must. While they don’t do much in their first few weeks of life, its mainly learning to lap, keep warm and socialize with other dogs and people, a puppy needs to eat up to 4 times as much as a full grown dog. Following this simple guide to their feeding will help ensure that you are doing the right things.
Can 2 week old puppies drink water?
The mother dogs milk has everything needed for the newborn to survive for the first 4 weeks of life. Water provides no nutritional value before this age milestone. As the newborn puppy makes it to his first 2 weeks he or she will be nursing from mom approximately every 2 hours. They haven’t even developed the ability to lap water so, nursing whether from mom or a bottle/syringe is all they are able to do.
How long can 3 week old puppies go without nursing?
Pups spend approximately 10 percent of their early life nursing. They are required to eat every 2 hours and, spend about 40-50 minutes nursing. In reality a puppy can go its entire life without nursing at all if you choose to bottle feed it from birth.
Can 3 week old puppies eat wet food?
No. Puppies don’t start eating wet or diluted puppy food until after they are 4 weeks of age. Their bodies haven’t developed the ability to properly digest it so, they should still only be eating from mother or from a bottle with the puppy formula. Once you do start feeding them puppy food after 4 weeks, here are some of the top wet puppy foods to give your little guy or gal.
- Nutro Wet puppy food
- Blue Buffalo
- Purina Pro Plan
- Hills Science Diet
When can puppies drink water?
The best time in a puppies life to start drinking water is when they are 4 weeks old. At this time they are trying to wean themselves from the mother naturally and are becoming more independent. So, at this age when you are starting to provide them with some sort of wet or diluted puppy food, try giving them a small dish of water to lap as well. You can also give it to them as the dilution in the dry puppy food.
How to introduce puppies to drinking water?
Transitioning from only drinking mothers milk is a huge milestone for any newborn puppy. Developing that independence is an integral part of learning to live on its own one day. Once they begin to eat regular puppy food from a bowl, try using water to dilute it, give it a soupy type consistency to where there is some more water at the bottom of the bowl so he/she becomes familiar with the idea of drinking it. Also, make sure whatever dish you start to provide water to them in is shallow enough that it does not intimidate the young puppy and they cannot fall into it and drown. Adding some flavor such as a broth or electrolyte will make the puppy want to try it more or adding ice cubes or another form of toy will peek his curiosity to lick it.
When to wean puppies off the mother?
You should begin to wean puppies at 4 weeks of age and no sooner. Up until this point, the puppies are getting all the nutrients they need from the mothers milk and don’t require anything extra.
When can you find puppies a new home?
The appropriate age to find these pups a forever home would be somewhere between 7 and 9 weeks. After this is when their personalities really start to develop and a pecking order may start to be established within the litter. They often start socializing at 3 weeks and at 4 weeks they wean from mom. Making sure the puppies hit all their milestones is what is needed to get them ready for their new homes. Eating on their own, drinking water, staying warm on their own and socializing well with others are all musts before rehoming.
Overall, a good rule of thumb is that puppies should be eating from mother or on milk until they are 4 weeks of age, at which you start introducing them to other forms of nutrition such as wet and dry puppy food and water. Your role in their early weeks is imperative to their success in life. So enjoy these weeks because they go fast but as long as you follow this simple guide, it should be a piece of cake….or kibble.