When Can I begin feeding puppy food to my puppies?

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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra - I have 7 puppies, they will be a month old on Monday. When can I start feeding them wet puppy chow?

Wanda Rivera

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Hi – thanks for your email Wanda. You asked, "When can you begin feeding your 1-month-old puppies some puppy food?"

The answer is you can initiate feeding puppy food at any time. Begin with a slurry of puppy food blenderized. Many pet owners begin with putting this "gruel" in a shallow baking pan, and allowing the puppies to smell it and lick at it. Some will walk through it and lick it off their paws. Eventually, they begin figuring out that it is food. Over the next few weeks you can make the gruel thicker until it is just moistened food.

An article that might be helpful to you is Weaning Puppies. This article takes you through the steps of feeding puppies and gradually moving them over to puppy food.


Best of luck!


Dr. Debra



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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.