How to Make an Alternative to Dog's Milk

by Lori Lapierre
 

A human baby bottle with additional holes punched in the nipple should work for your puppy.

A puppy needs his mother's warmth and milk, but at times humans must intervene and provide nutrition to save a pup or litter. While commercial dog formulas are available for the long term, you probably have everything necessary in the kitchen to make a satisfactory meal for your puppy.

Step 1

Boil the water in a saucepan on the stove, or in a teakettle. Allow it to cool. If you're using goat's milk you can omit this step.

Step 2

Pour the milk, water (if using), egg yolk, yogurt and corn syrup into a blender. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Run a spatula around the edges of the blender and through the mixture to release any air bubbles.

Step 3

Warm the mixture in a saucepan on the stove to approximately 100 degrees; a dog's body temperature is 101 degrees, and the formula should not be cold when the puppy feeds. Stir the mixture to keep it from scalding on the burner.

Step 4

Place some of the formula substitute into an eyedropper or baby bottle for feeding. The mixture will be somewhat thick; make sure there are enough holes in a bottle nipple for the puppy to easily suckle.

Step 5

Store any leftover formula substitute in the refrigerator for up to a week before throwing it away.

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