How to Feed a 2 Day Old Puppy

If you have a purchased a newborn puppy or have adopted it from a shelter, then you should know that proper care and feeding is required to keep it healthy.

To take care of a puppy, it is really important to have its mother. When you do not have that option available, then your veterinarian is no doubt the next best thing.

If both options are impossible you can feed the puppy yourself, but you will need a lot of time and patience.

Things Required:

– Puppy feeding bottles
– Puppy liquid formula
– Firm desire to save the puppy
– Persistence
– Patience


  • 1

    Visit a nearby pet store and buy several puppy feeding bottles. When purchasing the feeding bottles, you should try and select varying nipple sizes as a precautionary measure.

  • 2

    Get several cans of liquid puppy formula. If you are having trouble finding these items, ask a sales associate to help you out. When puppies are this young, time is very important.

  • 3

    Follow the directions on the puppy formula can to get the mixture and temperature right. Put the formula in the bottle and make several holes in the tip of the nipple, if yours did not come pierced.

  • 4

    After you establish a good flow of liquid through the nipple, entice the puppy to take it by rubbing it against the puppy’s lips. If the puppy does not take the feed right away, try applying a little pressure into the puppy’s mouth. Make sure the puppy tastes the milk.

    If your puppy still does not take it, you will have to force feed it a little bit of formula at a time.

  • 5

    If the puppy takes to the bottle, try to feed a little bit at a time as frequently as possible. You will have to continue feeding the puppy this way for several weeks until it is old enough to be weaned.

  • 6

    If possible look into finding another dog that just had pups. Many times a mother dog will allow other puppies in her circle. It is even possible that a cat with a new litter will allow a puppy to nurse, with your supervision of course.

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