Bottle Feeding a New Puppy

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When bottle feeding a new puppy, getting the mother's milk is much better if at all possible, but commercial formulas for puppies can also be used when they are warmed up. Bottle feed a newborn puppy every three to four hours with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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Video Transcript

We're going to talk about bottle feeding a newborn puppy. The first thing you have to figure out with one of these little guys is is this an orphan or is this puppy still have a mother? It's better to get mother's milk 100% of the time. If the mother is in a state or has an injury that she cannot nurse or it's an orphan, then your veterinary clinic can guide you through the feeding process. There are commercial formulas for puppies, for newborn puppies called like Cephulac, there are some other ones and it will tell you and your veterinary clinic can tell you how to feed. With very young ones, you have to use, you have to warm it up a little bit, use a specific amount per the weight and usually you want to feed every 3 to 4 hours unless they are older and that's usually more like every 6 to 8 hours, but again your veterinary clinic can help you. Bottles are, there are commercial bottles that you can use to feed, these are quite small, even human formula bottles can work sometimes in larger puppy breeds, they have a larger nipple on there and so again check with your clinic they can help you through that. The biggest thing you want to know when feeding is to make sure you're feeding the right amount to sustain them and to get their nutrition and also that they're swallowing normal and not regurgitating because they can aspirate and that can be a deadly thing for a puppy, they can get pneumonia so check with your clinic and they can help you through it.


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