How to feed a puppy during the first weeks
During the first six to eight weeks of life, the best is that the puppy stays with the mother. The mother’s milk in addition to offering the best nutrition provides antibodies. These antibodies will help your puppy to be protected against diseases.
Sometimes it is not possible to keep a puppy with the mother for the first eight weeks. In that case, you should look for milk substitutes and specially designed bottles.
How to feed a weaned puppy
The transition from weaning your puppy to solid food should not be a change overnight, but it should take place over the course of two to three weeks.
First, select the food brand for puppies with which you will feed both the puppy and his mother. At this stage, both the puppies and the mother have high caloric and nutritional needs. The selected food should be a high-quality starter dog feed, containing protein, calcium, and calories. Talk to your veterinarian for specific recommendations.
When the puppy is between four and six weeks old, it is time to start him in the solid food making a transitional porridge, mixing the food with a milk substitute. When he is eight weeks old, your puppy should already eat solid foods.