Without a doubt, the best thing for a puppy is his mother's milk. It's the best way to get the nutrients and fats you need to start your puppy's development and growth. However, sometimes breast-feeding is not possible, either because the mother has died or rejected her puppies, or because she could pass on a disease to them through milk. For these cases, and provided that the possibility of finding a mother nurse for the puppies is ruled out, we can opt for a homemade emergency puppy milk recipe.
The feeding of a lactating puppy on our part is somewhat complicated and survival is not guaranteed. However, if you are constant and you make the recipe well, the little ones will have a better chance of succeeding.
Homemade Puppy Formula Recipe
Have you found any orphaned dog puppies or has your dog had babies but can't or won't feed them herself? Then you'll have to do everything you can to make these puppies survive, so you'll have to look for another way of feeding, artificial lactation.
In the market there are special milks for puppies, both liquid and dehydrated, which are specially formulated as similar as possible to breast milk. This substitute is called formula milk and is ideal when dogs cannot enjoy breast-feeding. However, if you don't have this product, you need to make a homemade emergency puppy milk recipe until you can get a commercial formula.
Puppy Emergency Milk Replacer Recipe
The quantities of ingredients that we are going to give you are enough to feed a whole litter, so you will get quite a lot. If you have only one puppy or an especially small litter, divide the quantities. It is not convenient to have the milk stored for many days, it is better to go doing each day and go using fresh.
The ingredients you'll need for this homemade puppy milk recipe are:
- 1,100 g of milk. Don't use cow's milk, as it doesn't provide the necessary nutrients and also has a concentration of lactose that puppies find hard to digest. Goat's milk is ideal, either normal or evaporated. If you can't get it, you can use LACTOSE FREE cow's milk.
- 350 ml of mineral water.
- 2 teaspoons of corn syrup, or if you don't have it, honey.
- Between 800 and 900 g of natural Greek yogurt, with at least 10% fat and no sugar or other sweeteners.
- 4 raw egg yolks.
- Mix the corn syrup or honey with the egg yolks until well integrated.
- Add the yogurt and mix again very well. Make sure there are no lumps, as they could obstruct the bottle.
- Without stopping stirring, add the liquid ingredients: milk and water. When everything is well mixed, it's ready!
Ideally, prepare this milk with a little time, at least half an hour before feeding your puppies. If you stir so much, air bubbles will be left in the mixture that dogs shouldn't ingest. With a little rest from the mixture, the bubbles will disappear and you'll be ready to drink.
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Considerations for this homemade emergency puppy milk recipe
This milk must then be kept cold, in the refrigerator, and can last a maximum of 3 days, although the fresher it is, the better. That's why it's important to reduce the quantities if you have few puppies or if they're a very small breed.
To avoid contamination from contact with other foods and the proliferation of bacteria, you should store this puppy emergency milk in clean, tightly closed plastic or glass bottles. Even better if they are made of glass. Take out the one you are going to use and remember to put the rest back in the fridge.
This milk formula is very caloric and ideal for feeding newborn puppies, as they need extra fat to start growing. It is a fairly approximate substitute for colostrum, the first breast milk they receive at birth.
It is a recipe widely used by breeders and veterinarians, so its suitability is guaranteed. However, it could happen that a dog feels bad and can not digest it. In that case, you should stop giving them this milk right away.
Remember that this homemade puppy milk recipe is an emergency and should only be given until you can get it from a special puppy formula or if you find a wet nurse. Always count on the vet's advice and supervision to take care of a bitch before, during and after birth, and her puppies. You'll have to work hard for them to survive!