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LYNMAR POODLES & GERMAN SHEPHERDS

HAND FEEDING PUPPIES

LYNMAR POODLES & GERMAN SHEPHERDS
PUPPY APPLICATION
PUPPIES
AVAILABLE ADULTS
DAMS
SIRES
PHOTO ALBUM & OWNER TESTIMONIALS
RAINBOW BRIDGE
FINDING A GOOD BREEDER
HISTORY OF THE POODLE
WHY A POODLE?
GENERAL POODLE INFORMATION
MALE VS FEMALE
AKC COLOR CODES FOR POODLES
AKC COLOR CODES FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
BREED STANDARD FOR THE POODLE
BREED STANDARD FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HEALTHY PUPPY
CARING FOR PUPPY
HEALTH CONCERNS IN TOY POODLES
HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARASITES
COMMON INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN DOGS
BLOAT (GVD)
CRYPTORCHIDISM (RETAINED TESTICLES)
HYPOGLYCEMIA
COPROPHAGY (FECES EATING)
POISONOUS FOODS, PLANTS, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
CANINE CPR
DOG FIRST AID KIT
OTC MEDICINES SAFE FOR DOGS
AVOIDING HEAT INJURIES IN DOGS
PUTTING WEIGHT ON POODLES
POTTY TRAINING
BARKING
TO BREED OR NOT TO BREED
BREEDING/WHELPING INFORMATION
HAND FEEDING PUPPIES
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If you find yourself in a position where you have to hand feed a litter of puppies or just want to supplement a small puppy here are some great recipies to use.
 
This is what I have used for years and had great results!
 
PUPPY FORMULA
 
 4 Ounces Evaporated Milk
 4 Ounces Water
 3 Egg yolks -- NO whites
 1 pinch of salt
 1 Tablespoon oil ---  I use liquid crisco
 
 I also go to the vet and get thier baby vitamins ( looks like black goo ) (called Puppy drops in catalogs )  and add 4 drops to this amount of recipe.  Only heat as much as you'll need ortherwise the eggs will cook after reheating --- don't ask how I know this ---  I use the little bottles from pet store and enlarge hole a bit, if they don't have good sucking power you may need to squeeze the bottle a little to be sure they get to eat.  be sure to hold puppies upright when ever you  feed so food goes into tummy not lungs anytime you bottle feed
 
My webmaster does the following:
 
I have found that plain canned goats milk to be my best friend in these cases.  I use it full strength.  I have NEVER had good luck using the puppy suppliments like Esblac.
Contrary to popular believe of some vets, goats milk is the most easy to digest of all the milks.  Infact its also what most DR. will recomend for children that have allergies to cows milk.
Make sure it is canned goats milk as it has been pasturized and does not carry unsafe microorganisms.
 
I have found that for toy puppies the easiest way to feed them the goats milk is in a small syringe.  You just slowly squirt it into their mouths and the will usually latch onto the syringe and drink like they are suckling off mom.  For standard puppies I have been told by several breeders that using the even flow baby bottles works wonderfully.
NOTE: If it is possible to get the puppies to nurse off mom at all please do so especially in the first few days so they can get all the colostrum possible.  It is this colostrum that provides the puppies with the vital antibodies and immunities that their mother has to keep them healthy.  Also if it is at all possible to place your puppies on a surrogate mother rather than hand feeding this is also best as long as its not straining the surrogate mother and her puppies.
 
I usually will feed the straight goats milk up till 4 weeks of age if I am supplimenting.  If I am feeding the whole litter without mom I will usually start adding some "extras" to the goats milk at about 2 weeks of age.  This helps to aid in the nutrition the puppy is getting and helps with weight gain.  I got this from Linda over at Daisy Hill Poodles.  She uses this formula from birth throughout.
 
Here is Linda's puppy formula

1 can (15 oz) Goat's milk ---

Look for it near the evaporated and condensed milk aisle or on the baking isle, don't call and ask if they have it.  They will say no, because most don't realize they carry it, but they do.   Just go look for it!

1 Carton Plain Yogurt (8 oz)  -- (optional as I recall) 

1 Egg (YOLK only)

2 Tbsp light Karo syrup

Mix thoroughly and keep refrigerated. 

It keeps for 4-5 days.

 

Usually at 4 weeks I will start to introduce real dog food into the mix.  I will take the dog food that I feed to my mothers and puppies, usually Purina One Puppy, and I will put the dry food in a blender and blend it until it is powder (I have found the little magic bullet blender, like you see on T.V., to be the best for making a nice powder and its quick and easy).

I then add 3/4 cup of goats milk to 1/4 cup of the dog food powder and add 1 egg yoke and mix well.  It will usually come out like a thick shake.  It can be kept in the Fridge (it will get thicker as it sits).  If it gets too thick to use in your syringe you can add some hot water or more goats milk to thin it down.  If your puppies are ready to eat out of a dish just pour it in.  It is more messy for them to eat out of the dish but much easier on you. 

At about 5 weeks of age I quit grinding the dog food into powder and just soak the full kibble in the goats milk and egg yoke mixture so that the puppies start learning to chew.  Then at 6 weeks I will just soak the kibble in water.  Soon you will find that the puppies will eat the dry kibble on their own.  But don't forget to give them a fresh bowl of water at all times.  Poodle puppies drink water like crazy.

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