The following program is one weaning method. You need not follow it exactly since there are other methods just as satis factory. Remember that new foods are introduced gradually to avoid upsetting the puppy’s digestion.
Twice daily: milk and baby cereal or soupy puppy meal lapped from a dish.
Once daily: strained baby beef.
Nursing as usual.
Three times daily: milk with puppy mealvery moist.
Twice daily: beef broth and puppy meal.
Nursing twice daily, then only at night.
Three times daily: milk thickened with puppy meal.
Twice daily: puppy meal, moistened with beef broth, perhaps adding raw or cooked beef.
Nursing only during the night through the sixth week but no longer, except perhaps for a backward puppy.
The following program is recommended as the best method for weaning puppies to self feeding.
Make a mixture of baby cereal or dry puppy meal and milk to the consistency of a malted milk shake and put this before the puppies for a three hour period while the mother is away from the litter. Nursing as usual after the feeding pe riod.
Feed a thickened version of the above mixture for a six hour period while the mother is away. Nursing as usual after the feeding period.
Feed a thick gruel of puppy meal and strained baby beef with water over a twelve hour period while the mother is away. Feed two batches a day to eliminate spoilage and con tamination. Nursing as usual after the feeding period.
Feed the same mixture on a self feeding basis. The pups are now totally weaned. Make the mixture as crumbly as pos sible, deciding on the proper moisture based on the size of the puppies and the ease they have in eating. Until you are feed ing the foods dry, prepare several batches of the mixture a day to eliminate spoilage and contamination.
7 -8 WEEKS AND ON
Use the self feeding method and gradually eliminate the liquid until the food is served dry. Be sure to keep drinking water available at all times.
Gradually cut down on the amount of food given the ma tron during weaning, to reduce her milk supply. Her milk should dry up of its own accord when she is removed entirely from her puppies. If she still produces ample amounts of milk, however, consult your veterinarian. For weaning to the self feeding method, see pages 24 25.