How to Wean Puppies onto Solid Food - Top Tips!

letting your dog have a litter of pups

is an incredibly rewarding and really

fun thing to do and today I'm going to

tell you how to wean the puppies so that

they stay happy healthy and continue to

grow hi I'm dr. Alex from our pets

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interested in three weeks is kind of as

early as you want to be thinking about

starting the weaning process ideally if

they're feeding off the mother dog

really well then you can push that back

a little bit later if they're bottle fed

though you'll probably want to start

it's about three weeks of age and the

aim should be to finish the weaning

process ideally about eight weeks oh how

many puppies will be weaned and rehomed

at about six weeks of age ideally though

we want to delay that weaning process

until it finishes at about eight weeks

of age and there's a number of reasons

for that a puppy that's spending more

time with its litter mates and with its

mother is going to be better socialized

it's going to learn how to behave and

how to be a dog a lot better learning

things like bite inhibition for example

and also getting Mother's Milk is going

to really optimize their growth there's

nothing like mothers their mother's milk

to make sure that they're growing and

they're getting everything that they

absolutely need and the first step of

weaning is deciding what to actually

feed them you can buy a puppy weaning

formula but equally you can just select

an appropriate puppy food so if you've

got a small dog you'd want a small breed

puppy food a large dog a large breed

puppy food

that's a completely balanced diet and

you want to mix mix that into kind of

gruel consistency so soak it in water or

you could soak it in puppy milk mash it

up so that it's kind of a girl you don't

want it to be blending it and to be

super fine because you want your puppy

to be getting used not just to the

flavor but also to the texture and

having to have something more solid in

its mouth and having to chew now like I

say you want to mix that with water or

puppy milk you want to avoid using cow's

milk because that could cause them a bit

of a tummy upsets and it doesn't provide

everything that they need so either

choose a puppy gruel or a puppy food and

make that into a gruel like consistency

and you want to feed this food in a

really shallow dish so that could be a

tray or a really shallow dish you don't

want to be using a bowl certainly

anything with deep sides because it

could be that your puppy could fall into

that they could even drown which you

clearly want to avoid so you don't want

it to be too deep and also weaning is

just a messy business so your puppy is

going to walk through it they're going

to get absolutely covered so be prepared

for that mess have an area that set

aside where you've got lots of newspaper

down for example so that you can keep it

nice and clean and tidy but having a

tray will just help them to get that

food to get used to kind of being around

that food and get the weaning process

started and then to encourage your puppy

to start eating that you want to put it

down fresh at times when they're going

to be hungry too when they've just woken

up is a classic example of this you also

could warm it up you could have them

lick it off your finger as well just to

encourage they're kind of first few

mouthfuls to get them used to that taste

that flavor and get them eat and as they

get used to eating the food and as

they're eating more and more they're

lapping it up you could actually start

to thicken it up so add less water or

add less puppy milk so it becomes a

thicker consistency and start leaving

some larger chunks in there as well so

they get used to taking the proper food

into their mouth and having to chew and

work for their food the other thing that

you want to be doing is make sure you're

always putting down plenty of fresh food

so you don't want to leave it down for

hours and hours

drying out going a little bit stale

because your puppy's going to be less

likely to eat it then and that's going

to be especially important if the

weather is warm or there's lots of flies

and while the process of weaning your

puppy continues you can actually take

them away from their mother for longer

periods of time so they're going to be

suckling less they're going to be

getting less milk from your dog and so

they're going to be more hungry and more

likely to eat their food at all times

you should always have fresh water

available as well because it's really

important that you don't want them to

get dehydrated and it's also really

important that you keep a close eye on

your puppy's weight so that you know

that they're always continually gaining

weight because that's a sign that

they're getting enough energy they're

getting enough nutrition and they're

eating enough and they're not kind of

starving themselves if their weights are

dropping or if their weights a

plateauing and staying the same then

really you're going to be want to

supplementing them with some puppy milk

you may be increasing the bottle feeding

that you're doing

your bottle feeding your puppy or allow

the more time with their mother just so

that they do get the energy and the

nutrition that they need so they can

grow and be as happy and healthy as

possible so as you're coming to the end

of rehoming your puppy you need to start

thinking about vaccinations and also

socialization and I've got two videos on

the screen at the moment all about that

but that's it for me until next time I'm

dr. Alex this is our pets health because

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