How to Feed Newborn Chihuahua Puppies

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How to Feed Newborn Chihuahua Puppies
You must take great care while feeding newborn Chihuahua puppies. (chihuahua image by agoxa from

Some newborn Chihuahua puppies may not be able to receive their mother's milk, for a range of reasons -- for example, they may be orphans, or the mother may be unable to provide milk or may refuse to feed them. Whatever the reason, these newborn Chihuahua puppies will need your help in the form of careful bottle-feeding.

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Things you need

  • Commercial milk replacement or homemade milk formula
  • Milk bottle and nipple

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    Bottle-feed the pup with high-quality commercial milk replacement formula every three hours. Ensure the pup consumes the formula at eight regular intervals over a 24-hour period.

  2. 2

    Prepare a homemade milk formula as another option. Combine either goat's milk or cow's milk with ingredients like egg yolk, corn oil and yoghurt.

  3. 3

    Feed your pup according to its weight: 20ml of formula per day for every 100g it weighs. For example, If your pup weighs 0.454kg., feed it 80ml of formula per day.

  4. 4

    Prepare just enough milk formula each day for a single day's feed. Keep the balance of the formula in the refrigerator until the next feeding.

  5. 5

    Warm the milk formula in a pan, up to a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius, before feeding. Once the milk cools down to room temperature, pour it into a bottle and secure with the nipple.

  6. 6

    Feed the pup by placing it on its stomach and not on its back. This will prevent it from regurgitating the formula.

  7. 7

    Burp the pup after each feeding, holding it upright. You can also carry pups over your shoulder and gently pat their back.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash and dry the milk bottles and nipples thoroughly between feedings.
  • Never feed raw egg whites to a newborn Chihuahua. Raw egg whites contain an enzyme that causes a biotin deficiency.

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