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Weaning a 4 week old puppy

I have a 4 week old orphaned puppy that im currently bottle feeding and trying unsuccessfully to wean. I've tried canned food mixing it with milk. She licks for a second and then starts screaming for her milk. So far the best I can do is get her too eat it mixed in with her bottle.
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Soak kibble for several hours in water...this is how my breeder starts the weaning at 4 weeks. It needs to be really soft, almost like gruel. Full fat puppy chow, not large breed at this point.

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Thank you I tried that the first time. She likes it even less than the canned food lol.
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Are you fairly certain she is actually 4 weeks? She looks younger to me, but it sounds like she is just not ready to move off the bottle yet.

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I agree she may just not be ready. I have no experience with bottle raising puppies, but I have done kittens. One litter, the 2 boys were perfectly happy to give gruel a try and swam in it every time, requiring baths after every meal. Their sister was having none of it. One week later, she started eating the gruel, very neatly, and never requiring a bath. I am convinced she just did not want to make a spectacle of herself like her brothers, so wouldn't even try until she could do it properly. They are all different. Keep offering, but don't worry too much.
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You could try soaking the puppy food in formula or goat's milk. That way it's kind of a combo of milk and puppy food. Or try adding formula or goat's milk to the canned food. That might get her interested. Good luck!

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Some puppies take longer to wean off the bottle they are just not quite ready for food. I had great success with adding the goats milk to the soaked puppy food it had to be really thin like water with texture at first then gradually making it thicker. Some puppies hated the texture so they fought it and did not get into it till they were about 5 weeks.


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She was born August first but I thinks she's just under developed. I'm only trying to wean her because she's been hungrier lately. For example today I gave her a bottle and an hour later she was hungry again. She's drinking so much her belly gets extended. She's getting more and more active everyday. I just worry because she's the first puppy I've ever bottle fed. Any way thank you all for the advice I'm definitely going to keep trying but I'm not going to push her until she's ready.
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try getting some Gerbers baby cereal and add it to the formula. Milk will not fill them up, you need to use formula or goats milk. You might have to make a larger hole in the nipple but it will help fill her up until she is ready for the soaked food in a bow.
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Thank you will definitely give it a try.
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