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    Default Feeding a litter of pups?

    After some advice please pups are 4 weeks old and have been drinking milk from bowl for a week now
    Mum has nothing to do with cleaning/feeding anymore

    Pups are feed 5 times a day early feed at 5ish in morning and last feed at 10ish at night
    They are getting divetalact milk with half a tin of puppy food mixed in with milk every feed and they love it
    I feed our other 2 big dogs chicken mince so i have plenty of that here but im just about out of tin food now do i buy more or can they have chicken mince mixed in with the milk now?
    Also when can they have chicken necks/wings ? And meat bones?
    They have teeth now so should the milk still be a big part of their diet or should i start giving less milk now?
    Is there anything else i should or shouldnt be giving them?
    They have moved outside to a uncovered pen now and seem to be feeling the heat today so i put a dish of water in there for them but they are not interested in it

    Thanks

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    I wouldn't give them bones yet, I don't think their teeth would be strong enough and they may choke.

    From what I remember puppy food with puppy milk to make them soft and then wet food is okay I think!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Absolutely start giving them chicken mince, I also give my litters, beef and lamb mince.

    And I also give them bones. I don't give them chicken necks or wings in case they scoff them and choke as they don't have the power in their jaws to break them up but I do give larger meaty bones for them to naw on, very good for their puppy teeth.

    I feed Advance rehydratable dog biscuits mixed in with raw food and vegies put thru the blender. I find if I vary their diet as young pups they adjust well to just about anything, but with anything it's all a matter of introducing slowly, especially with lamb and beef, not so much the chicken.
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    They will come around to the water, at 4 weeks even with mum still feeding them puppies start to investigate water and I always make it available to them. If it's very hot you will have to watch them and check they are hydrated. Perhaps make a very watery mix of divetalac and see if they will lap that. Make sure they have access to lots of shade.

    If it's too hot they may be better indoors in a play pen and put out early evening when the suns not so harsh.

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    Thanks mac pleased to hear that i can give chicken mince now so much cheaper than tin food !!
    Dog biscuits that i have here now are supercoat puppy but will look into the ones you named
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    Soak the supercoat in very warm water and mash it. I prepare the mash earlier and just add warm divetalac making it into a porridge. Slowly you mash it less and soak it less until they are having dry biscuits. Add the mince thru and some can and slowly work more mince in than can.

    Just don't make too much sudden changes to the diet, so if Divetalac has been their staple, much like mums milk would be under normal circumstances I'd keep the divetalac in. For me because the dam has been on Advance rehydratable puppy while feeding her puppies it's not a stress on their system. For your pups everything slowly.

    I fed my August litter very much on a raw diet, cheaper than Advance rehydratable which is expensive but more time consuming. I put vegies thru the blender etc.

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    I can't remember much of the litter we helped raise years and years ago except that I gave them large beef bones at that age too. So cute to see a tiny pup gnawing on a bone bigger than their head.

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    I never give bones to a pup that still has their puppy teeth. Puppy teeth are brittle and I have spent several hundred dollars at the vet getting broken milk teeth removed.

    Most people feed bones to help clean their dogs teeth naturally. You don't really need to clean teeth that are going to drop out anyway.

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    I've only had two pups with broken baby teeth, my stud dog at 5 months old got a black baby tooth, I pulled it out while he was sleeping & one of the puppies from my August litter had a cracked baby tooth but at 4 months old it came out and was replaced by adult tooth, my vet doesn't worry about it. they don't have the same nerves as older teeth so there isn't pain. But it's a personal choice. Whippets don't have problems with teeth coming thru so if a wiggly baby tooth comes out it's because a new one is ready to come thru.

    Whippets are pretty wild puppies and if they didn't have bones to break their teeth in on they'd find something else, I've caught them chewing on the concrete steps trying to get relief from puppy teeth.

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    Mine were reared on puppy supercoat, Lis. If they are doing well there is no need to change the kibble.
    I too made a slurry of the milk powder and some mince and soaked supercoat. They also later became used to just about anything so they would not develop into picky eaters.
    Mine also had half a chicken wing each to gnaw on from about 6 weeks I think then beef bones.

    Now, at 29 months of age I have only one who will not eat raw chicken so I nuke hers a little so flesh is partially cooked. They eat anything they are presented with except one will pick peas out of her bowl.
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