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I have a 5 week old puppy what do I feed her?

I have a 5 week old puppy, of course she can't eat dog food. But I was wondering if regular canned tuna or evaperated milk would hurt her until I can go get her something else to eat. I know you can't give them milk, but is the evaporated milk ok, or the tuna or canned meat. That is all I have in the house right now. Please help me!!!!
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she shouldnt be away from her mommy that is much to young . I dont know if she should eat canned meat maybe someone else can help you with that. But why isnt she with her mommy and siblings?

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Why do you have a 5-week-old puppy? Have you called the vet? You need an actual puppy milk replacement, not cow's milk. At that age she can eat dog food but if she isn't eating, she needs vet care immediately. No, canned tuna is not appropriate.

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canned dog food would be ok, but milk is still needed and it needs to be puppy milk you can get it at pet stores and even walmart. and you should never adopt a dog that young if that is what you did.

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While it is a bit young to take a baby from it's mother and siblings a lot of folks don't know this. Keep em away from other dogs to avoid picking up or spreading a serious illness.

Use the puppy milk formula and avoid solid foods if it wasn't weaned. Mixing the formula and some quality canned food is what I will suggest. Pups should be able to eat a semi solid meal at 5 weeks. I too would be concerned if the pup isn't eating and would suggest contacting a vet. I remember them to be like tiny vacums at that age.
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While it is a bit young to take a baby from it's mother and siblings a lot of folks don't know this.
Well, it's also illegal, so that's part of the concern.

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Illegal? For real?
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That's the case in pretty much every state that I know of. You normally aren't allowed to remove a puppy from it's mother before 8 weeks of age.

I have a list bookmarked somewhere...let me look...

Here you go: http://www.animallaw.info/articles/o...ysaletable.htm

If they adopted/purchased this puppy, the person selling it was breaking the law. It's very possible that there are other circumstances but with so little background info given, it's hard to say!

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That's the case in pretty much every state that I know of. You normally aren't allowed to remove a puppy from it's mother before 8 weeks of age.

I have a list bookmarked somewhere...let me look...

Here you go: http://www.animallaw.info/articles/o...ysaletable.htm

If they adopted/purchased this puppy, the person selling it was breaking the law. It's very possible that there are other circumstances but with so little background info given, it's hard to say!
Heh.. never would have known. I don't see anything on my home state so that's probably why it's news to me. I'll have to ask my sister about Texas law since she works for the local shelter.
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its not here in iowa, but it causes serious issues to be taken before 8 weeks, and 10-12 is much better. from 6-12 weeks they learn a lot of manners from the other dogs.

We had a puppy at the shelter (i work at the local shelter) that was a husky lab mix, i swear it was 5-6 weeks old but the owner dropped it off said it was 8. I seriously doubt it though.

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