When it comes to weaning puppies, we want to help make that transition as smooth as possible. The goal for weaning puppies is to successfully wean puppies without slowing their growth. Shelley and Lisa will answer some of the most common weaning questions.
Quick Weaning Puppies TipsOn of the most common questions we get is “when should I start the puppies on gruel and how do I make it?” At some point in a puppy’s nursing life, milk will begin to fall short of the calories and balance they need for growth. Puppies will then start to try mom’s food, if they have access. When you notice this happening, help them by offering a gruel. This process starts at different times depending on the breed of dog. When making gruel, start with mixture of warm water, milk replacer (Breeder’s Edge Foster Care milk replacer) and rice baby cereal. Make a thin liquid when you start as they will want to drink more than eat. As they know what it is, you can thicken it and add soaked puppy food to the mix. Over a week, eliminate the rice cereal and go full puppy food, warm water and milk replacer.
Home Remedies to Dry Up Dogs MilkMost moms slowly wean as the puppies move to solid food, and their glands respond to the back pressure by producing less milk. However, in moms who are heavy milkers, it can sometime be difficult for glands to dry up. Glands that won’t stop producing can be painful. In more severe cases she may be placed on medication to help. For less severe cases we recommend this easy homeopathic treatment. A topical mustard plaster can also be successful. Mustard plaster is an old remedy used in humans, and it works well for dogs too. We’ve included the recipe in this post for easy access.
- Mustard Plaster: 1 Tbsp. flour 2 tsp. oil 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
Written by: Shelley Hexom
Shelley Hexom is Revival's Content Manager and helps develop educational pet health resources. A three-time Emmy® Award-winning news anchor, Shelley works with Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to help create useful and easy-to-understand articles, videos, and webinars. Shelley received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University in 2002. As a pet owner, Shelley enjoys time with her Boxer mix, Sally. Shelley has been part of the Revival Paw Squad since 2016.