Milk replacer formula is usually made with evaporated milk, egg and sterilized water. Depending on the recipe, other ingredients like yogurt or corn syrup may also be present.Continue Reading
A milk replacer formula is useful for bottle or tube feeding orphaned puppies. This recipe makes a thicker milk replacer. If using a bottle to feed, consider widening the nipple hole to make it easier for the puppy to eat. Made fresh and stored in the refrigerator, it can last up to seven days.
Blend until smooth. Avoid blending a lot of air into the formula, as this can become trapped in the puppy's stomach. Consider allowing the formula to sit for a few minutes to settle air bubbles out.
Pour formula into a nipple bottle with a wider hole, to allow the thickened formula to drip through it.
The formula should be at least body temperature, before feeding to a puppy. Discard any uneaten formula from the bottle. Store extra formula from blender in the refrigerator.
Most domestic dogs are completely weaned off of their mother's milk by the time they are 7 to 8 weeks old; larger breeds wean earlier. Weaning is a gradual process and begins at 3 to 4 weeks of age, when puppies begin to get their teeth.Full Answer >
Some ingredients to use as a substitution for milk in recipes include almond milk, rice milk, juice and evaporated milk mixed with water. Cooks can also generally use skim, whole and 2 percent milk interchangeably as needed.Full Answer >
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there is no substitute for the nutrients provided by a mother dog's milk. However, in cases where the puppy is not able to nurse from its mother, commercial canine milk replacements are the only option.Full Answer >
The ASPCA cautions that milk produced by cows is not suitable for puppies because it can cause diarrhea and digestive discomfort. Many dogs are lactose intolerant, which is why giving them dairy products, such as cow's milk, often causes loose stools and gas, according to Dog Food Advisor.Full Answer >