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I just got a one month old shi tzu. Can I feed it dry food?

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I just got a one month old shi tzu. Can I feed it dry food ? Do I have to give it milk ? And what else do I have to do because shes only one month.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

First, congratulations on your new addition! 4 weeks old is very young to be taken away from the bitch, she should be at least 8 weeks old but I am sure there are extenuating circumstances...

- Feeding a milk replacement at this age is ideal because she is at the age that we will transition her to puppy food but does need some formula as well until she is weaned at about 6 weeks old
- Feeding canned food for a few weeks throughout the day and once she is 6 weeks old you can start supplementing with some moistened dry food. Once she is interested in the dry food you reduce the water, slowly reduce the canned food to get her on the dry food only

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, my 5 week old shitzu pup has been vomiting her formula. how should I proceed? Thank you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

If she is vomiting her formula then I would strongly urge a veterinary exam to determine the underlying cause of the vomiting. She is 5 weeks old so you can be transitioning her more to the dry formula but the vomiting is concerning and with her size she can fade very quickly so please consider a veterinary evaluation