5 Week Old Puppy Feeding Schedule [Guide]

Reviewed and Fact-Checked by Veterinarian Charlotte Stiles (DVM)


If you’ve just welcomed a five-week-old puppy into your home, congratulations! Puppies are loads of fun, but they also require a lot of care. One of the most important things you’ll need to take care of is your puppy’s nutrition.

Daily Puppy Feeding Schedule

Time of DayFeeding Action
Morning (7 AM)Feed 1/4 cup of puppy-appropriate kibble or wet food.
Midday (11 AM)Offer a small snack or a bit of kibble, if the puppy seems hungry.
Afternoon (3 PM)Feed another 1/4 cup of puppy-appropriate kibble or wet food.
Evening (7 PM)Feed the final meal of the day, another 1/4 cup of kibble or wet food.
  • Note: Adjust the quantity based on the puppy’s size, appetite, and energy levels. Consult with a veterinarian for personalized advice.
  • Water: Ensure fresh water is available at all times.
  • Treats: Can be given sparingly between meals for training purposes, ensuring they are suitable for puppies.

It’s important to know your 5-week-old puppy’s feeding schedule for a few reasons.

  • First, it’s essential to make sure they’re getting enough food. Puppies need more calories per pound of body weight than adult dogs, so they need to eat more often.
  • Second, a consistent feeding schedule will help with potty training. If you know when your puppy needs to go, you can take them out before they have an accident in the house.
  • Finally, knowing your puppy’s feeding schedule will help you create a routine for them. Puppies thrive on routine, and if you can stick to a schedule, they’ll be happier and healthier.
5 week old puppy feeding schedule
5 Week Old Puppy Feeding Schedule

So if you’re unsure when or how often to feed your 5-week-old puppy, read this article for more information. With proper care and nutrition, your five-week-old puppy will be healthy and happy in no time!

Does a Puppy Still Need Milk After Weaning?

As your puppy grows, they’ll start to wean off their mother’s milk. This process typically begins around 3-4 weeks of age and is completed by 6-8 weeks. During this time, your puppy will gradually transition to eating solid food.

If you have a 5-week-old puppy, they may still be drinking milk or have already transitioned to solid food. If they’re still drinking milk, you can continue to give it to them. However, if they’re eating solid food, they likely don’t need milk anymore.

bernese mountain puppy drinking milk
A Bernese Mountain puppy feeding a bottle of milk.

How Much Milk Should They Drink?

Just like human babies, puppies need milk for proper growth and development. However, puppies need a different kind of milk than human babies. They should be given puppy formula designed to meet their specific nutritional needs.

As for how much milk a five-week-old puppy should drink, the answer depends on a few factors.

  • First, consider the size of the puppy. A small puppy will need less milk than a large puppy.
  • Second, take into account the puppy’s activity level. A more active puppy will burn more calories and will need more food to maintain its energy levels.
  • Third, consider the quality of the puppy formula. Some formulas are more calorie-dense than others.

Based on these factors, a good rule of thumb is to give your 5-week-old puppy about 4 ounces of milk per pound of body weight per day.

So, if your puppy weighs 2 pounds, he should get 8 ounces of milk per day. Of course, it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian to determine how much milk your specific puppy needs.

Black and Tan Coonhound puppy in a crate waiting for the milk.
Black and Tan Coonhound puppy in a crate waiting for milk.

What Kind of Food Should Your Puppy be Eating?

No matter what stage of weaning, all puppies need a high nutritional diet to support their growing bodies. Look for dog food specifically made for their age group and dietary needs.

Puppy kibble or wet food is typically higher in calories than food made for adult dogs, as puppies need more energy to grow. Puppy food is also typically higher in protein and fat than adult dog food. This helps support your puppy’s rapid growth.

puppy eats
Puppy enjoys eating his wet food.

Canned Wet Food VS. Dry Kibble

There are two main types of puppy food: canned wet food and dry kibble. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to talk to your veterinarian about which is suitable for your 5-week-old puppy.

Canned wet food is typically more expensive than dry kibble, but it can be easier for puppies to digest. Wet food also has a higher water content, which is vital for keeping your puppy hydrated.

Dry kibble is less expensive than wet food, and many puppies prefer the taste. Kibble is also easy to store and doesn’t require refrigeration.

No matter what type of food you choose, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about it.

switching diets
Switching dog food diets

What Amount of Solid Food is Sufficient for a Young Pup?

The amount of solid food your 5-week-old puppy needs will depend on their size and weight. Puppies typically eat 3-4 meals per day, so you’ll need to adjust the amount of food you’re giving them accordingly.

A good rule of thumb is to start with 1/4 cup of dry food per meal. Then, if your puppy is still hungry after eating, you can slowly increase the amount of food you give them.

On the other hand, if your puppy is leaving food in their bowl or seems uninterested in eating, they may not be ready for solid food yet. In this case, you can continue to give them milk until they’re ready for more solid food.

No matter what, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about your 5-week-old puppy’s nutrition and make sure you’re giving them the right amount of food. With proper care and nutrition, your five-week-old puppy will be healthy and happy in no time!

gray French Bulldog eats kibble
Gray French Bulldog eats kibble outside the bowl.

When Should You Feed Your Puppy?

When you welcome a new puppy into your home, creating a feeding schedule that works for both of you is important.

For the first few weeks, your puppy will need to eat four times per day. Once they reach five weeks old, you can start to reduce the frequency of meals. Two or three times a day is typically sufficient.

“It’s good practise to weigh your dog regularly and record it, so you can spot any changes in their weight.”

Veterinarian Dr Charlotte Stiles (DVM)

It’s also important to note that puppies have small stomachs, so they will need to eat smaller meals more often than an adult dog.

When it comes to timing, it’s best to feed your puppy first thing in the morning and then again in the evening.

If you’re working during the day, you can leave dry food out for them to nibble on as needed. With a little trial and error, you’ll find a feeding schedule that works for both you and your new pup.

Puppies need to eat more often than adult dogs, so their feeding schedule will be different from an adult dog.

It’s crucial to find a schedule that works for you and your puppy and stick to it as best you can.

Puppies thrive on routine, so the more consistent you can be with their feeding times, the better.

Labrador puppy biting
A Labrador puppy biting the finger of his owner.

What if My Puppy Doesn’t Want to Eat Solid Food?

If your five-week-old puppy isn’t interested in eating solid food, don’t worry – this is entirely normal. Puppies are born with sharp baby teeth that are great for gnawing on their mother’s milk but not so great for chewing on hard kibble.

For this reason, it can take a little time for puppies to adjust to eating solid food. In the meantime, you can try softened kibble or canned puppy food. Just add a little water to the food to make it easier for your puppy to chew.

You can also try offering small pieces of cooked chicken or turkey as an added incentive. If your puppy still isn’t interested in eating solid food, don’t force it.

Just continue to offer soft foods and wait until your puppy is ready to make the transition.

Pomeranian bowl
The Pomeranian puppy stands in front of a bowl.

Is it OK to Let My Puppy Have Treats?

When it comes to giving puppies treats, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to provide them with healthy treats appropriate for their age and size.

For example, avoid giving them any hard-to-digest foods like bones or rawhide. Instead, focus on softer treats that are easy to chew and packed with nutrients. For example, carrots, apples, and other fruits and vegetables make great puppy treats.

You can also prepare healthy homemade treats using recipes specifically designed for puppies. Just be sure to check with your vet before giving your puppy any new food to be safe.

With a little care and attention, you can easily find the perfect treats for your growing pup.

can puppy eat carrots
A puppy is eating a carrot on the floor.

Do Different Breeds of Puppies Have Different Feeding Schedules?

At five weeks old, puppies are just starting to wean off their mother’s milk and transition to solid food. But with so many different breeds of puppies, you might wonder if they all have different feeding schedules.

The truth is that while there are some general guidelines to follow, the best way to figure out how often to feed your puppy is to consult with your veterinarian.

They will be able to consider your puppy’s individual needs and make recommendations based on that. In general, though, most five-week-old puppies will need two or three meals per day.

So if you’re still trying to figure out the perfect feeding schedule for your new pup, make sure to talk to your vet – they’ll be able to help you out.

different puppy breeds
Different breeds of puppies running at the beach!

Final Thoughts

Feeding your 5-week-old puppy may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! By following these simple tips, you can ensure your puppy gets the nutrition they need to grow and thrive.

If you’re unsure what to feed your puppy or how often to feed them, be sure to talk to your veterinarian. They can give you specific advice for your puppy’s individual needs. With proper care and nutrition, your five-week-old puppy will be healthy and happy in no time!