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Puppy's first foods

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Hi all,
Ok for those who don't us on here; We have 10 healthy puppies that are now 5 weeks old they're Argentina Dogo cross with StaffordshirreTerrier. 8 of the puppies have been with the mother, for extenuating circumstances we have 2 of the babies with us away from the mom, they have been hand bottle-fed since birth since they started needing more and more formula at each feeding, I figured it was time to start feeding them solid food, so a few days ago I started feeding them some wet food, and just a small bottle of formula with each meal, along with a bit of water still in a baby bottle so they aren't drowning in it. While it will be near impossible to regulate the amount of food intake with the babies that are still with the mother, the two we have with us will be easy to regulate; so here's my question;
Is there a chart for feeding amounts? like ounces of food per pound? / per feeding? etc.
trying not to overfeed them and cause any problems internally.
Thanks in advance all!
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Puppies of that age shouldn't be away from their mother. They should still be getting at least some of their food by nursing. However, in this post you say there are extenuating circumstances....would you mind telling what those are?

Have the puppies and the mother seen a vet? If not, please do this.
Your vet will be able to advise you on food and care of these puppies.

But to reply to the questions as best I can.....forget the charts. Feed the puppies what they will eat. they won't over-eat and if they get rolly-polly that is fine at this age. There's no need to regulate it or measure it, just be certain that what you are giving them is good high quality wet food, not just something from the supermarket that wouldn't have good nutrition.

If you go to DogFoodAdvisors.com, the information there will help you to choose a high quality food for the puppies.

Best of luck. And...just saying.....we really like puppy photos here.
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If I recall correctly from the other post, the mom isn't nursing the two pups so @Baby bee's pups stepped in to bottle feed them.
Oh, oops...........I apologize for that, @Baby bee's pups . I forgot the other post. Thanks for pointing that out to me, Toedtoes.
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