09-04-2010, 09:26 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Michelle, are you sure you have the age correct on this pup? The math of what you are saying is that you brought the puppy home just a week or so after her eyes were open, and she was not able to get around real well yet, probably not able to keep warm on her own yet either, and certainly not weaned from milk.. hmmm... Maybe someone gave you some incorrect information? Or maybe you rescued pup after she was orphaned or something? If she was only a few weeks old when you got her, you have done wonders to keep her warm and feed her well to this point and she's a lucky pup to be with you!
Anyway, to answer your question, yes, orange food in, orange food out. You just want to be careful to make sure pup is getting a balanced diet, with plenty of protein from meat sources. Sweet potatoes are not bad, but its not a complete food, particularly for a growing baby whose nutritional needs at this stage are going to be key. Will pup eat a good quality puppy kibble or canned food? If indeed pup is only 4 to 5 weeks old, she may still need the kibble softened with water first. Cottage cheese is also a good supplemental food for young puppies, full of protein and easy to digest, although again not complete on its own. I'd recommend a good quality puppy food to make sure she's getting all the vitamins and minerals needed.
Yes, and lastly, if pup has not been to a vet yet, that would certainly be in order. Puppies need regular worming, as they are pretty much sure to have worms passed from the mother, and the vet could also advise you on feeding such a youngster.
Best of luck, and please let us know you she does. Pictures perhaps?