Can Orphan Puppies Drink Baby Formula?

by Kimberly Harris

    Feeding human formula to an abandoned puppy is not recommended. Fat, protein and vitamin levels in human formula do not meet the nutritional needs of growing puppies. Prepared formulas are available that are specifically designed for puppies; however, many dog breeders prefer a homemade formula.

    Esbilac and Just Born are puppy milk replacers available at many pet and retail stores. These formulas come in both liquid and powder forms.

    10 oz. can evaporated milk 3 oz. sterilized water 1 raw egg yolk (no whites) ½ tsp. Karo or corn syrup (not honey) Place all ingredients into a blender and mix well. Discard after 24 hours.

    Specially formulated bottles and nipples are available, but a syringe may work better. The puppy should be on his stomach during feeding and should be "burped" when finished.

    Feed puppies every 2 to 3 hours for the first week and then reduce to every 4 hours. The amount to feed depends on the size of the puppy; an excellent guide can be found at the second Resource listed below.

    You can begin to introduce solids at 3 weeks of age. Create a mush by adding canned puppy food to the formula.

    About the Author

    Kimberly Harris is a professional writer with an extensive background in animal health and behavior, small business, crafts and gardening. She writes content for Demand Studios. Her articles appear on eHow.com.

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