Question by  ItalianLove (9)

How long should a dog be nursing her pups?

i think my dog quit too soon.


Answer by  kirri (478)

Generally a dog will nurse her pups for around 8 weeks. Some dogs however nurse anywhere from 6-12 weeks. The puppies should remain with their mother until they are twelve weeks old. She may be nursing the puppies when you are not around.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

If the puppies are able to eat and do ok on their own then it wasn't to soon most mother dogs won't nurse once the puppies start getting teeth.


Answer by  Molae06 (1467)

Nursing as little as 4 weeks can be okay, but up to 6 weeks is preferable. During the time that the mother nurses, the pups gets antibodies to keep them from getting sick until shots are given. Puppies normally start to mimic their mother at 4 weeks by eating solid food and drinking water.


Answer by  Mech79 (185)

By three weeks old you will see most mother dogs start to wean their pups, because around this same time they will start to get milk teeth. By around 6 weeks they should be completely weaned and able to eat puppy food.

Reply by tedc (0):
I totally agree with this. As registered breeder I find the mother with stop producing milk at about 5-6 weeks. Pups can then be introduced to solid food  add a comment

Answer by  aggiesan (314)

Dogs should be nursing her pups as long as she has the milk, some mother dog stops because they do not have milk, so better feed the mother dog so she will have milk and if not, puppies should be fed with puppy milk if the mother dog does not feed them.


Answer by  kristina31 (305)

It depends on how big the puppies are. but the dog should continue feeding until their eyes are opened.but if she stopped after 3 days then you should feed them.

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