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Getting a Puppy to eat solids

Hi, Everyone:
OK, I am asking everyone out there who has had experience with this for help. I had a litter of puppies of which there was a very petite puppy who preferred mother's milk to canned food and kibble. She lost weight when mom weaned the puppies and I had to hand feed her goats milk and karo syrup to get her energy levels up and regain weight. Now she is back to her spunky self, but still isn't interested in solids. I even tried hamburger. Any ideas? She is now 9 wks. and I want to send her home eating solid food.
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Have you tried strained meats baby food? I had one puppy like that at one time, but the puppy just was not mature enough to go to a new home until she was between 12-13 weeks. I gave her the baby foods strained meats and the gerber baby cereal I mix it with a little pumpkin and goats milk and some greek Yorgurt - and was able to more or less force feed until she was ready to move onto the next level of her life, however rarely do I have a puppy turn their nose up at it, I do also put it in the microwave to warm it a little. Hope it helps

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I don't know if this will help Phyllis---but I can tell you what I do at the vet clinic....although it is not usually with puppies.

We have pets come in once in awhile that the staff can not get to eat. I have been very successful with a few different things. I usually warm up the food slightly (the food depends on what they want me to feed--sometimes canned,sometimes ID,sometimes meat chunks with gravy etc.). Whatever it is---If it is "hunky" I warm it up slightly by adding hot water. This makes it softer and warms it slightly. If it is soft textured,then just heating usually works (but be very very careful not to warm too much)...then I put a touch on the very tip of a metal spoon (never use plastic) and try to feed it that way. If it is rejected..I get it on my finger and try to intice them by soft talk and eating it off my finger. If that doesn't work.....I put a bit on the tip of their nose. I have never had a failure .....however......you must be very soft spoken,sometimes pet/soothe and be patient. I am mostly dealing with adults though.

I have been lucky enough to be one they call on to get an animal to eat when no one else can.

I think part of why it works is because I have a different approach then most.

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Maybe I shoud sent Logan down to teach her how to eat. Lol.
I sure hope you can get her eating soon!

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Thanks for the tips! I will try them. I laid down on the floor with her this morning (getting up off the floor is another story ) and got her to lick my finger dipped in the food. Baby steps.'
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I feed kibble. When weaning, I grind the kibble into almost a powder. I get the amount of kibble for the meal, put in a microwavable bowl, add a bit of goat milk and warm for 10 or 15 seconds. I let it sit until all is soaked up and pasty and offer it to the puppies. If they don't eat immediately, put a bit on my finger and put a bit in the mouth. After a couple feedings they go to the bowl and eat on their own

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