Same as a newborn baby, feeding puppies require special treatment. Because the digestive system of small dogs is still in the developmental and most sensitive process, at the age of 6-8 weeks, puppies should be in their mother’s care. The mother’s milk is the best (natural) nutrition source and will strengthen the antibody system that protects the puppy from all diseases.
In certain situations, puppies cannot get treatment from the mother for at least six weeks especially if the mother suffers from eclampsia, mastitis or other health problems.
If the case is already done above, the owner must listen to the following to ensure the puppy’s health.
- Drinking water
Replace drinking water with clean and fresh water in the morning and evening. Pay attention to the volume of water, not too little or too little. Make sure the location of water is not often clean.
- For new owners
If your child moves to the new owner, ask about the type and period of the meal to the previous owner. Try to give the same dinner as the previous one or if you want to replace it, replace it gradually.
Changes in the brand or type of dog food suddenly can cause intestinal and gastric disorders until it causes death in puppies.
- Soften puppy food
The stomach and intestines of small dogs are still the weakest so that the best food is dog food which contains not much fiber and soft so that it can be adequately understood.
Even though they are four months old, try to keep small dogs with porridge or snacks. Because if forced to be given food that is too rough can cause problems in the digestive device and can cause diarrhea. Tip: Soak dog food with clean water until soft
- The danger of human formula milk
Consumption of human milk formula can cause problems in the intestines and stomach of small dogs because in milk formula there is a combination that is not needed by dogs.
Milk dogs often have 3x higher protein levels than cow’s milk, even 8x higher than human milk. Dog milk is a type of fluid with high protein, containing high fat and low lactose.
The dog’s intestine is only able to understand milk with low lactose levels. If you give cow’s milk or formula milk to small dogs, yeast can appear in the intestine and will cause diarrhea.
- Additional nutrition
You should add not much calcium or vitamin A, D and intake to food. Share the portion of food, depending on the size of the dog and its portion of age.
For breeds that have large bones, give not much more than a few small dogs.
We recommend handing over dog food of Holistic quality, which is created from ingredients that they eat in nature (natural food).
- Don’t leave it fat
As mentioned in point five. If we don’t arrange food for puppies, they can be overweight and even obese. In feeding puppies, you have to schedule it every three times a day in small portions, because the digestive ability of puppies is still limited. At least the above meal schedule must be applied until the age of 14-18 weeks after feeding can be done 2x a day.
But all of them passed on to the owners, of course, for formal workers the most difficult was doing it. The above chart is merely a reflection for you, or if possible, ask for help from your family.