Feeding the dog at various ages

from mother's milk to the needs of the elderly dog

breastfeeding dog

Puppies in the first 2-3 weeks of life feed on their mother's milk. The breastfeeding period lasts about 4 weeks.

If the mother-dog has little or no milk at all, artificial feeding is necessary.

Newborn puppies should also be fed 12 times a day using a sterilized bottle and milk should be fed around 30-35 °.

On the market there are excellent milk products reconstituted on the formula of bitch's milk. After a week, meals can be reduced to 10 per day. They will then decrease to 4 meals a day at four weeks of age.

Breastfeeding lasts 40/50 days but as early as day 25 you can start administering specific solid food. NEVER GIVE COW'S MILK !!! In addition to having a low protein content, it is not metabolizable by the puppy and the lactose content makes it difficult to digest.

By the fourth week, the puppy takes on the appearance of a small dog and can be a nuisance to the mother due to the grown nails.

prolong breastfeeding

The dog-mom will tend to push him away by ceasing to breastfeed him. A simple tip to prolong breastfeeding: cut the tips of your nails with scissors.

Weaning begins in the sixth week. The transition from breast milk in which fiber is absent, to adult food, in which fiber is present must take place gradually in order not to cause gastro-intestinal disturbances. You can start by giving oatmeal with the addition of milk, minced meat and grated carrots will be added.

As an alternative to meat, you can use puppy food , a special food that can be administered starting from 3/4 week and until the puppies are able to feed themselves.


The digestive process of the dog


Energy requirements


Feeding adult dog


Canned dogs food


Food-borne disorders


Wet, semi-wet or dry food

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