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Should you give 6-week-old puppies water or should you keep them on milk?

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its good if they have water available at all times-cold water too. most pups are not crazy about water left out all day.. 6 weeks is usually when the bigger Dog Breeds are weaned and not all moms will brake the weaning either. You should have water avalible at all times for pups. They should be drinking a little water by now. Some people will ween pups at 6 weeks old. If your pups are large breed then weening at 6 weeks should be fine. For the smaller breeds I would wait another week. You can also let the mother ween them. Just be sure and start them on a good quality PUPPY food. This should be dry food. You can get small bites if you have a tiny pup. Wet food is not good for dogs. It has a lot less nutrients in it. The dry is a lot better for them. Be sure and go to the vet and get them some wormer. You can also start there shots at this time. If you have any questions you should be able to ask your vet. Good luck and have fun with your pup. They should have started drinking water a couple of weeks before this point. Mothers milk is still just fine though (in addition to water). However, steer away from giving them milk in a dish... dog are lactose intollerent, and once they've been weened they shouldn't be offered milk. As for wormer... DON'T! It's poison. Never worm a pregnant bitch, and never worm a young puppy. It can cause permanent damage. Try crushed pumpkin seed... added to food it's a natural wormer. As far as food is concerned... that's another can of worms (pun intended). Do some research into the BARF (biologically appropriate raw foods) diet. It's a much better option than either dry or canned foods. We were told by our vet to always worm the pregnant bitch which we did for the last 3 wks of pregnancy. We have wormed our puppies at 2,5 and 8 wks. Worms are a very common cause of death for newly born pups.

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