Saturday, February 11, 2006

Now We Are Three - First Meal

Puppies Have Their First Meal

Keeshond puppies usually have their first meal at three weeks of age. So, on Thursday, three weeks to the day, the ten little puppies had their first meal. What was it? Well, it really is pretty yummy and if you wanted to you could actually eat it yourself! It is a mixture of rice instant baby cereal, 1 1/2 teaspoons of Karo Syrup and 1/3 cup of evaporated milk mixed with warm water. Mmmmmm, Mmmmm Good! Well, actually it is probably better if you are puppy.

Interestingly not everyone in the litter is into food and not mom on the first try. But some of the puppies, like little Miss Angel and her sister, Dreamer, just put their heads into the dish and didn't pick it up until everything was gone. Perhaps, Angel, should have been named Miss something else!

Puppies get one meal the first day or two, then two meals, and we work up to four meals by age four weeks. At the end of the week three, they are still on three meals, morning, noon and evening. Their mom is still feeding them but the demand on her is not as great as the puppies continue to increase their feeding schedule. When they are eating four times a day we will begin to add a little meat and/or canned puppy food to their meals. At this time they will also have access to fresh water and dry food. And, most importantly by four weeks they will begin to start using a separate area for potty breaks. In this way they are completely paper trained by eight weeks and will stay nice and clean! Of course this requires a lot of room and the right set up. We will post pictures of the puppies in their new quarters when they are a little older.

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