My chihuahua's puppies are 5 wks old and wont drink water?

My chihuahua's puppies arent drinking water and I dont know how to make them drink it. They just started to eat soft puppy food but they have yet to drink the water we set out everytime we feed them. What can I do?

that happens to a lot of new born puppies. the only thing you can do is get a pipet **suction thing you use to suck up water* and put the tip in their mouths and drip the water, eventually they will drink themselves. make sure they dont go too long without water, their immune system could shut down and they can die.

using the pipet is only temporary, dont worry…a week or 2 at the most.

  • fukingruvin76118

    Natural Selection!
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  • deltadawn

    Add a bit of honey, to enhance the initial taste of bland tasteless water.

    Gd. luck.
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  • Arei

    It happens, give them awhile. They will sometimes go to solid food before they transition to other liquids, but they will.
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  • allie

    that happens to a lot of new born puppies. the only thing you can do is get a pipet **suction thing you use to suck up water* and put the tip in their mouths and drip the water, eventually they will drink themselves. make sure they dont go too long without water, their immune system could shut down and they can die.

    using the pipet is only temporary, dont worry…a week or 2 at the most.
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  • tom

    Puppies dont need alot of water if your adding water to say puppychow to make it moist then they are getting enough thats why as your wean to dryer food the will turn to the water dish …before feeding them ..im sure by now they run right for the dish put the water bowl down only.then when they walk away remove it wait 5 minutes and repeat .then feed them after feeding leave the water dish with them for an hour or 2 then romve untill next feeding.within 3-4 days you will see them licking the water a little at a time
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  • Tammy C

    Are they still nursing from Mom? If they are,and they are eating softened puppy food,then they are probably getting all the liquids they need.They will drink when they get thirsty,all pups do.
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    Have had dogs all my life.

  • jukette

    Your puppies should still be suckling at 5 weeks, in which case they will be getting enough hydration from mum. Just keep offering water to them especially after solid foods. They will definately start taking water when they need to.
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  • AL PACINO

    THEY ARE REALLY YOUNG SO YOU HAVE TO HELP THEM USING NURSING BOTTLES, LOOK FOR PUPPY FORMULA SUPPLEMENT FOR FEW DAYS, THEN GRADUALLY CHANGE FOR WATER, OR ADD THE WATER TO THEIR FOOD.
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  • Nekkid Dog ©

    they should still be suckling from mom.. between mom's milk, and the water in their food, they are getting enough to drink.

    Just keep offering the water, as they get curious about trying new things, they will try it. Dont rush them.. they have another 3 -7 weeks before they can leave mom.. there's plenty of time for them to learn.
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  • marywatson67

    try putting some on your finger and let the suck it off tha n slowly intrduce tem to a pan of water they gotta learn this tey bee used to sucking so its all new to them but it will happen
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The Chihuahua Manual