WEANING PUPPIES ON ARDEN GRANGE PUPPY
Grange Puppy Food is an easily digestible, extremely palatable Fresh
Chicken based food, containing the concentrated calories, vitamins and
minerals that puppies need at this all important, rapid growth, stage.
Our foods contain the correct calcium/phosphorus ratio to promote
healthy bones and joints, as well as Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM
(an organic form of sulphur) to protect and aid the development of the
skeletal system. As we have included everything that puppies require, in
the correct proportions, further supplementation is not required or
recommended. To add extras will upset the fine balance our
nutritionists have formulated for your puppy.
foods are hypoallergenic, and are free from wheat, beef, soya and dairy
products, and do not contain any artificial colourings, flavourings or
breeders and different breeds will have their own timetable for weaning
puppies. As a general guideline, most breeders wean gradually onto
solid foods over a period of about 3 weeks, beginning when the puppies
are around 3 weeks of age. However, if the litter is unusually large
for the particular breed, you may wish to start weaning a little earlier
than normal in order that the bitch is not overly fatigued.
use our Puppy Food at weaning, it should first be soaked with warm water
and mixed with a fork to form a smooth porridge. More warm water may
need to be added to achieve just the right consistency for lapping.
Initially, make sure that you offer the porridge at a luke warm
temperature (not cold), as the pups are used to suckling warm milk from
their mother. You may need to encourage each puppy to take the food by
placing some on the end of your finger, and allowing them to lick or
suck; they soon associate the smell of the food with eating.
recommend that puppies are fed by the portion control method, which
allows you to monitor their individual intake more accurately. We
suggest you leave the porridge down for around 15 minutes each time,
after which you should remove any uneaten food (or give it to their
mother). It is a good idea to let your bitch out, to have a break from
her pups, a little while before you offer the puppies their solid food.
They will then be keener to eat, as they will not have just 'topped up'
their appetite from their mother. Once they have finished eating, their
mother can be let back in with them again. This routine should be
repeated for each mealtime, usually 4 times per day.
the pups are established on the porridge, and are eating readily, you
may gradually reduce the amount of water added to the dry food. As they
consume more solid foods, and as long as they are healthy, you should
increase the periods that your bitch spends away from her pups, so that
by the time they are about 6 weeks of age she may be moved away from
that, during this weaning period, your bitch's intake of food should
have been gradually reduced.
your bitch is completely away from her puppies, adding some chopped
fresh parsley to your bitch's food may help to reduce the risk of
mastitis if she is still producing milk. However if her milk production
is excessive, and her mammary glands become hot and engorged, do not
hesitate to seek immediate veterinary treatment, as mastitis can build
up only too quickly.
use the suggested feeding quantities on the bag as a guideline only.
The required amounts will vary with the age of the puppies, individual
breeds and level of activity. As the puppies develop, you may wish to
leave a small bowl of dry food down for them to investigate, in addition
to their set mealtimes.
large and giant breed puppies should be gradually changed to either
Arden Grange Graduate or Arden Grange Junior between 8-12 weeks of age.
(See feeding chart in our brochure).
feeding Arden Grange, it is important to remember that puppies and adult
dogs do NOT require additional milk in their diets. In fact, shortly
after weaning, puppies lose the ability to digest lactose (the milk
sugar present in cow's milk), and it's consumption can therefore cause
digestive problems resulting in diarrhoea.