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How to Feed a Puppy (VIDEO)
- Using a scale, weigh your puppy in ounces. The puppy’s weight will determine its daily feeding amount: 2 Tbsps. per 4 ounces of body weight.
- Now that you have the daily feeding amount, figure the per-feeding amount based on how frequently the puppy needs to eat. Do not feed the puppy the entire daily amount in one feeding—this could cause the puppy’s stomach to rupture.
- Prepare the milk replacer. Make sure it’s heated to room temperature. To heat, place the formula inside a bottle or container and float it in a warm water bath. Do not heat the formula directly.
- Place the puppy on its stomach in a natural feeding position. Do not roll the puppy onto its back, as this could cause the puppy to inhale or choke on the formula. Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle and allow the puppy to latch on.
- Allow the puppy to feed from the bottle at his or her own pace. Do not squeeze the bottle, as this will cause formula to flow too rapidly into the puppy’s mouth.
- Make sure the puppy eats the correct per-feeding amount. Overfeeding or underfeeding a puppy can have detrimental effects, including developmental issues.
- When the puppy is finished feeding, assist it in elimination by gently rubbing a moistened cotton ball over its genitals for approximately 30 seconds or until it goes to the bathroom.