Warning: Do not use canned dog or puppy foods to feed your puppy. It's extremely dangerous for tiny puppies. They can fall down deathly ill within hours following consumption of any canned food. Canned food means any and all soft dogs foods, in the plastic containers and foil pouches
Canned food can contain endotoxins from bacteria. High heat is used in
the canning process to kill bacteria, but this does not destroy the toxins
that came from the bacteria.
Think of endotoxins as the poop of bacteria. The bacteria may die, but the
breeds of small dogs are tiny and fragile and cannot handle the toxins that
are left over from bacteria in these canned foods, so do not use them while
your puppy is growing up.
Small Puppy Care Guide - Introduction
I'm a responsible, experienced dog breeder located in California, and have
been in this line of work for over a decade. When you've been working with
dogs as long as I have, you learn about the different kinds of foods
available for puppies, what foods they enjoy eating, and which ones offer
the best nutrition for their health.
If you plan on purchasing a new puppy, whether it's one of my Chihuahua puppies for sale or another small breed of dog, you'll need to know how to feed them properly.
I'll tell you this, it's not as simple as placing some dry food next to them and calling it a day; it requires a bit more work than that, but don't sweat it, because this small feeding guide will help new puppy owners to feed their dogs the right way, and will help ensure that their tiny puppy grows into a happy, healthy dog.
Supplies - The Things You'll Need
These are the supplies I feel are absolutely necessary to have on hand for your new Chihuahua puppy. Most, if not all of these items can be found at your local grocery store or online.
1. Esbilac Puppy Milk OR Goats Milk
Esbilac Puppy Milk provides essential nutrition for a developing puppy. It gives them the necessary vitamins, minerals, and proteins which are very similar to a mom dog's milk. If you're unable to acquire Esbilac Puppy Milk, then Goat's Milk is a fine alternative, as it provides nearly the same amount of important nutrients a young puppy needs.
Note: For instructions on how to give this items to your puppy, skip to the Feeding Instructions part of this guide.
2. Gerber Baby Rice Flakes (This is optional. It's only for puppies who refuse to drink the Esbilac Puppy Milk or Goats Milk by itself.)
Sometimes, a puppy will refuse to drink Esbilac Puppy Milk and Goat's Milk, so Gerber Baby Rice Flakes is another fine alternative you can use if your puppy is refusing the former two items.
3. Dry Food: Eukanuba chicken formulas.
To prevent your puppy from having any digestive complications, finding dry foods with simple ingredients is key, and Eukanuba chicken forumlas has just that: simple ingredients. Your puppy shouldn't have any problems digesting this food, and they should also enjoy the great taste.
Nutrical is a handy calorie supplement to have. It's an easily disgested, low volume gel that you can give to your puppy. The reason I recommend Nutrical is because sometimes, small puppies will burn through more calories than they take in, which results in low blood sugar. To prevent this from happening, giving a Chihuahua puppy an inch of gel at midday, every day until it's gone, will go a long way in maintaining their health.
5. Karo Syrup, clear color
Karo Syrup serves as a potential life saver if your puppy, for whatever reason, is effected by low blood sugar. A sudden attack of low blood sugar can be lethal, so having Karo Syrup nearby to them by mouth is a real difference maker. For instructions on how to give Karo Syrup to a dog with low blood sugar, view the "What to do With a Puppy That Lacks an Appetite" part of this guide.
Note: A puppy that is eating typically means they are in a healthy condition, but sometimes a puppy will stop eating altogether. There are several things that contribute to a loss of appetite, usually though, it has to do with an underlying illness. If this problem presents itself and you are unable to identify why your puppy will not eat, you may want to seriously consider visiting a veterinarian to help resolve the issue, because a lack of appetite can lead to low blood sugar.