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Dr. Louis Gotthelf, Veterinarian
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Experience:  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Owner of a small animal clinic and an ear/skin clinic 35 years
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When can I start giving my puppies water to drink. They are ...

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When can I start giving my puppies water to drink. They are 3 weeks old, and mostly breastfed until last 2 days(mother is tired of feeding), I have supplemented with a formula .
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Louis Gotthelf replied 11 years ago.
You can give the pups water now. YOu can also take some puppy food and soften it into a gruel and place it on their tongue. They will swallow some of the food and that will decrease their demand for nursing. Momma is feeling their teeth starting to come in so she doesn't want to nurse much. But let her socialize the puppies.