Proper feeding schedule is essential for a growing pup. If you introduce water, as well as solid foods, too soon or too late in his development, it can negatively reflect on his health and growth. This is why there are some general rules when it comes to introducing food and water instead of that precious mother’s milk.
This is the time when the pup will naturally start to slowly wean from her mother’s milk and start becoming more independent.
Patience is a virtue when it comes to weaning, so it is important to take your time with the process.
During the first three/four weeks, puppies get that right amount of nutrients and antibodies they need from the mother’s milk, so it is crucial not to transfer them to water and solid foods during this period.
If by any chance the mother isn’t producing sufficient milk or you have an orphaned puppy, you’ll need to take a trip to the pet store and get some milk replacement formula.
Why Water Is Important
When a puppy starts the transfer to solid foods instead of milk, he will also need the right amount of water.
The water keeps the little fellow hydrated and it keeps his cells working properly and improves digestion.
If your pooch doesn’t get the right amount of water each day, nutrients won’t be able to circulate in and out of his cells, they won’t be properly absorbed and the his body won’t be able to regulate his its temperature.
The appropriate amount of water is at least 1 ounce for every pound of his body weight. Of course, during hot summer months the amount will increase if he is an active ball of fur.
Wash the water bowl daily, as well, to avoid intake of germs.