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We just bought a new Chihuahua puppy, she is 5 and 1/2 weeks old, and 16oz. And we need to know how much she should eat at a time i am feeding her puppy milk and I put puppy chow dog food in the food processr and mix it with filtered water. I have been alternating ever few hours 1tsp milk and 1 tsp moist puppy chow.
 

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Why do you have an infant??? She should be with her mother for another 5-7 weeks.

Anyway regardless she is with you and will need a lot of care and socialisation take her to your vet immediately he should be able to advise you what to do. I assume she wasn't weaned if you are processing food. I don't know what puppy chow Is but please feed her a high quality food
 

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She has teeth but is eating moist food softened with puppy milk, She was bought for my wife by her mom at a flea market to save her from a puppy mill . I did not come on here to get attacked for buying a young puppy just to get advice thanks .
 

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I just wondered why you had her so young thats all. I'm no expert but heres what i would do.

I'd let her eat as much as she likes right now. In an ideal world she would still be having milk from her mum.

You really need to be feeding her around every 2-3 hours, and thru the night also. Shes so tiny she could become hypoglycemic very quickly. Have some honey on stand by just incase.

Make sure shes drinking plenty and try to keep her nice and warm, maybe a heat matt or something like one of those bears you can warm in the microwave and put in her bed.

I didnt mean for it to sound like i was attacking you, sorry if it did. A chi that young really is very vulnerable. Dont take your eyes off her for a minute! Good Luck.

Ps, I would try and get her to vet to be checked for worms and weighed etc x
 

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Nobody attacked you. You came on asking advice and were asked why you had a puppy so young. I don't see that as an attack.

Having said that, you have a long road ahead. Puppies need their mother and littermates in order to learn very important behavioral lessons. Mainly bite inhibition and how to socially interact with other dogs and later on, with people. Because you have such a young baby, she will miss those important lessons. Just warning you that you may have some behavioral problems along the way that you need to be aware of so you can head them off. Aggression, biting, territoriality, etc. But those are issues for later.

For now you need to get the puppy on a high quality puppy food. Go to dogfoodanalysis.com and look at the choices. You don't want to feed vegetable based foods such as puppy chow, which is mostly corn. That is hard to digest even in the best of circumstances. There are better alternatives such as orijen, acana, wellness, etc. I'm not sure about the puppy milk. Once dogs are weaned from their mom's they become lactose intolerant. Is this puppy still taking a bottle? If not, I probably wouldn't feed the puppy milk. Just get a high grade food and moisten it with canned food and a little water and feed.

At that young age, I'd probably offer a couple of tablespoons at least 6 times a day, a few hours apart. Watch for signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which would be excess lethargy, shaking, disorientation, stumbling. Keep a tube of nutrical on hand for that.

How much does she weigh?
 

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We have two other chihuahuas a 6 year old that has taken right up with the baby she keeps a good eye on her sitting in my wifes lap to make sure the baby is ok. the last two nights she has slept with her in a pet caryer (6 year old lucy, Lucy had one litter three years ago so she is a good mama) and a two year old (Punky)that is not to sure what she is. I feed her at about nid-night than again about 5am, with a poty break than back to bed till we get up at eight.
 

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I wasn't attacking you merely asking why you have such s young chi! Some people don't know that puppies should be with their mums to 12 week!

Firstly I'd take it straight to the vet as it is at risk of all sorts of worms and diseases and as you have other dogs I would be checking that out.

I would et it on a high quality food (as I said before) and feed every couple of hours as it is not toppig up with mums milk. Hypoglyceamia is a huge issue in such a young dog.
 

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Just wanna say, congrats on your new Chi, I have no idea regards rearing young but I do know regular feeds are important and feed high quality feed. (I feed Acana to Jake and Royal Canin to Red who once that is finished will also go onto Acana)

It sounds like your doing great already, I ditto the others, vet for a health check and nutrition advise.

I would also weigh her once a week, same time same day to see if she is gaining weight steadily.

As for her age when I got Jake he had been bought at 7 1/2 weeks then up for sale 2 weeks later which is when I bought him.

Some people breed and sell as quick as possible as its the money that is important not the animal. It is just so nice to hear that another Chi has found a loving and caring home.

Deme x
 

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Here are some pictures, of the baby (Missy), and my little helper (Lucy) she loves the baby..
 

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she is gorgeous :) , such a pretty little thing
i would have food in her puppy pen 24/7 , im not a huge fan of puppy milk only because it give some puppies the runs , i got treats with calcium in them for keona instead :) .
i would have some small puppy dry down for her to pick at as well :) .
it would be a good idea to do a little research on hypoglycemia as knowing what it is the the signs to look for could save her life .
My little girl Keona weighed 650grams (not sure what that is in oz) at 9weeks and ended up getting hypoglycemia over night , she couldnt walk and was very lethargic , i didn't know what it was but i was lucky my vet did and gave her a needle of straight glucose ,with in 1 minute she was back to normal , from than on i carried a bag of pure glucose with me where ever i took her , if she became lethargic i would rub some on her gums and this prevented it getting to the point she was when she first got it :) , the best way to prevent it is to make sure she is eating enough , my little girl went through a stage where she wouldnt eat so every few hours i would have to force her to have something This only lasted a week and after that she became a pig lol
good luck with your new little girl :)
please keep us updated :)
 

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I got Pepper at 6 weeks weighing 15 oz, I gave him canned puppy food and dry mixed with canned puppy milk for the first two weeks. He watched my 3 1/2 month old puppy eat the dry and slowly transferred over to eating that. I did syringe him some water as he didn't learn to drink by himself for the first week and I was worried. Sounds great that your Lucy is being so sweet to him, my Lexxi did at first, then him and Smoke started sleeping together. Best of luck, she is a cutie. Oh, and I fed him four times during the day and once in the middle of the night. By 8 weeks, he was free fed dry. I feed him Blue Buffalo puppy food and he is thriving on it.
 

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Missy is beautiful, what an adorable face she has. Some dogs are ugY some are average and some are just amazingly Beautiful.. Missy for me falls into the latter catagory.

Lucy looks as though she didn't want her pic taken lol, what a doll
 

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Thanks for the good comments I have started feeding her every two to three hours I’m feeding her softened puppy food (Purina brand for puppies) about two to three tsp at a time three times a day and two or so tsp of puppy milk all the other times to keep her hydrated. Dose this sound ok.
 

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Thanks for the good comments I have started feeding her every two to three hours I’m feeding her softened puppy food (Purina brand for puppies) about two to three tsp at a time three times a day and two or so tsp of puppy milk all the other times to keep her hydrated. Dose this sound ok.
Sorry to be blunt, but NO it's doesn't sound OK. You were given advice to switch to a much better quality food than Purina puppy chow. That food is TERRIBLE. It is mostly corn. That is BAD for dogs. Go to dogfoodanalysis.com and look for a better quality food. You were given several options in other posts... Orijen, Acana, Wellness for example.

And no, don't give the puppy milk. It can cause loose stools. Her hydration should be coming from water since she is no longer nursing from her mother.
 

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Acana is brilliant, I feed Jake that and Red will be moving onto it very soon. it is expensive but I believe you get what you pay for and if paying more for a high quality food means my dogs are happy and healthy then that makes me happy.

You can only get it online as far as I know (I'm in the UK) as I haven't seen any shops that sell it but the delivery is brilliant. Usually delivered within 2 - 3 days of ordering.

The important thing with puppies is they need all the nutrients etc that they need to help promote good bacteria for digestion and to promote good healthy bones for good growth.

Poor food nutrition can result in weakened bones that can cause all sorts of problems. Its recommended not to let young dogs jump and leap about due to risk of damaging the bone structure and this is in a healthy well fed puppy so imagine the damage that could be caused in a young puppy that isn't fed good quality food that is jumping and leaping around.

Hope that little bit info helps, I try not to sound patronising or anything especially if you already know the importance of nutrients etc.

Again all the best in rearing your gorgoeus pup.

Deme x
 
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