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Whelping and Puppy Care Recipes

This page is a work in progress and contains recipes that other breeders have reported using. Recipes include those that may encourage a picky eater or help a dog gain weight. There are also recipes to encourage a bitches' milk to 'come in', as well as formulas used to tube feed newborn pups, and a 'Miracle Liver Potion' to combat 'Fading Puppy Syndrome'.

This web site is not intended to diagnose or replace Veterinarian care in any way. Please consult you Veterinarian if you have any concerns about the health of your pet. Some of these recipes may keep your pet alive long enough to get them Veterinary assistance. Please do not try tube-feeding a pup or administering Sub-Q fluids unless you have been trained to do so!

Recipes fall into these loose categories:

  1. Puppy Formulas for Bottle or Tube Feeding
  2. Miracle Potions For Fading Puppies
  3. Bringing In a Bitches Milk
  4. Recipes to Gain Weight
  5. Remedies For Loose Stools
  6. Home Health Solutions; Electrolyte Replacement Formula, Blue Ear Stuff, Saline etc
  7. New Items just added...Remedies for Poop Eating
  8. Comparison of Milk Composition

Puppy Formulas for Bottle or Tube Feeding

Many of these recipes advocate the use of Goats' Milk. Goat's Milk is considered easier to digest and less likely to cause allergies. In canada at this time we can get liquid Goat's our online store

Myra Savant-Harris's Recipe for Puppy Formula - Canine Reproduction & Puppy Care Yahoo List

Liver Water

Boil one large piece of liver in a cup of water (add water if needed) until it is very cooked. Strain the liquid and freeze leftover liquid in ice cube trays and keep in plastic bag. Don't worry about liver being a filter and having toxins. So does cat poop, but the dogs will all eat it and have since they first evolved and it hasn't killed them yet.

Evaporated Goats' Milk from Powdered

Measure 10 oz of Reverse Osmosis or spring water with 1 cup of Goats Milk Powder. Whole Goats Milk powder is preferred, but you can add 2 Tbs of Canola Oil to add the missing oil if all you can find is 2% or skim Goats Milk powder.

  • One 10oz can of evaporated goats milk, or evaporated cows milk. Goats Milk is more like the Bitches milk than Cows Milk.
  • 3 oz of Liver water (above)
  • One raw egg yolk
  • One cup of whole fat live culture yogurt
  • One tablespoon of mayo or canola oil
  • One dropper of infant vitamins
  • One teaspoon of Corn Syrup...light or dark...doesn't matter which

Mix in a blender, keeps in your fridge for 7 days. This is a thick formula, so adjust holes in nipples if necessary. It can be tubed. It has 10-12 calories per cc which should allow for good weight gain on your babies.

Myra's thoughts on this formula:
It is thick enough to avoid aspiration
There is enough yogurt to avoid diarrhea issues that are so common with tubing
There is enough glucose to avoid hypoglycemia
There is also enough glucose to avoid constipation, common with tubing
There are enough calories to set up a weight gaining pattern immediately
Amino Acids in sufficient quantities to avoid juvenile cataract
It is high in Fats, Proteins and Carbohydrates with vitamins, minerals and iron and designed especially to head off the problems we all seem to have with tubing/hand raised babies.

If you use it, please report back to me your experience with it. -Myra Savant-Harris

Puppy Formula 1

  • 1 small can (5.25 oz's) Evaporated milk
  • 20 cc's Pedialyte (clear only and not sweetened with Xylitol)
  • 6 cc's lactated ringers
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons Corn syrup (Adjust for puppy poop consistency; 2 if constipated - 1 if loose)
  • 2 teaspoons Canola oil
  • 2 egg yolks with membrane removed (No Egg Whites as pups cannot digest them)
  • 6 cc's plain cultured yogurt
  • 1 dropper of Pet Drops
  • Mix and refrigerate until warmed for feeding

Puppy Formula 2

  • Mix at room temp:
  • 1 - Small can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 - Egg Yolk only, with membrane removed
  • 20 - cc's Pedialyte (clear only and not sweetened with Xylitol)
  • 6 - cc's Lactated Ringers
  • 1 - Dropper of Pet Drops
  • 1 - teaspoon Canola Oil
  • 1 - teaspoon Corn Syrup
  • Warm to body temp before feeding.
  • Freeze half & refrigerate half, or use several small containers and freeze all but one.
  • Toss any unused formula in refrigerator after 3 days

Be sure to tube a small amount at first (1/2 the 1 cc per ounce, every 2 hours) and increase gradually to 1 cc per ounce and every 4 hours, unless you have a flat-faced breed, then give 3/4 that amount per feeding.)

Puppy Formula 3

  • 13oz Evaporated Cow's milk.
  • 4 oz Plain yogurt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 Tsp. Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp liquid vitamins

The ingredients should be mixed in an electric blender and stored in a clean glass jar in the fridge. Avoid reheating left over formula. Overheating of the formula should be especially avoided, so that the beneficial bacterial content of the yogurt is not destroyed.

Puppy Formula 4

  • 1 can (or, 6 fluid oz's of fresh) goats milk (or, 1 can Evaporated milk)
  • 3 egg yolks with membrane removed
  • 6 cc's lactated ringers
  • 12 cc's Pedialyte (clear only and not sweetened with Xylitol)
  • 1 tsp. Corn syrup
  • 2 tsp. Canola oil
  • 1 dropper Pet Drops or NutriDrops (liquid form of puppy vitamins)
  • 1 envelop of plain unflavoured Knox gelatine
  • 6C cc's plain or vanilla active culture yogurt

Mix with egg beater of mixer at room temp and pour into small freezer containers, enough for three days in each. Store one in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer. Warm in syringe with feeding tube attached by placing into a clean sandwich bag and laying on the heating pad under bedding in the hot box for as long as it take to reach body temp (test on your wrist, so load syringe with an extra cc of formula). If puppy doesn't have BM every day, add 1 t corn syrup, up to 1 T. and then change Canola oil to 1 T - 3 T, one teaspoon at a time (3 t. = 1 T), until stool is more frequent. Always start with less and add more gradually.

Miracle Potions for Fading Puppies

Miracle Potion (Liver) for Fading Puppies 1

Administer 3-4 drops of beef liver broth to weak and fading puppies every hour for 24 hours. Boil the liver for 15-20 minutes in a small amount of water, let it cool to room temp.-put just the broth into a dropper and give to puppies. You may see a response within 10 minutes. Repeat this for a week.

Miracle Potion (Glucose) for Fading Puppies 2

  • 5% Glucose Syrup
  • 1 tsp white corn syrup
  • 4 tbsp boiled water
  • a few grains of salt
  • a few grains of salt substitute
  • up to a full dropper or 1 cc

Bringing In a Bitches Milk

"Mother's Pudding" for a Nursing Bitch 1

  • 1 package Vanilla Pudding (cooked kind)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 egg yolks

Cook on low heat to a pudding consistency. Feed by syringe if necessary at least 20cc twice a day of in bowl; Most will love it and will eat it readily.

"Mother's Pudding" for a Nursing Bitch 2

If you don't have a package of vanilla pudding on hand you can mix the following in a saucepan and cook to pudding consistency.

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups milk (or one can evaporated milk plus equal parts water to make quart)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tsp vanilla

Feed with syringe, on spoon, or let eat from bowl.

"Mother's Pudding" for a Nursing Bitch 3

  • 1 cup milk (I used powdered non-fat milk)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1-2 tsp. flax seed oil (keep refrigerated after opening bottle)
  • 1 raw egg (or two yolks)

1 or 2 junket tablets (crushed) (You'll find these in baking/pudding section, it's a thickener for some recipes, put a tablet in a small bowl & crush with back of spoon, then add the next tablet & crush, etc.)

Mix it up with egg beater or blender and let it sit at room temperature for 10 min. to let the junket tablets work. It thickens up slightly but is still quite easily poured.

Fennel Tea

Fennel tea is often used by human Moms to bring in their milk. It is good to see that it is a solution for the nursing Bitch as well.

  • Fennel Tea
  • 1 tsp of fennel seed, lightly crushed
  • put in a mug and pour 1 cup of boiling water over the seeds
  • let steep for 20 minutes and then remove the seeds.
  • Add a bit of sugar or honey to sweeten a bit as it's kind of bitter
  • Let cool
  • Dose is 3cc for every 5lbs of body weight, twice a day

Weight Gain Recipes

Satin Balls

  • Cheap hamburger meat [high fat content}
  • Lg box of Total Cereal (can substitute ground up dry dog food)
  • Lg box of uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 jar of Wheat Germ
  • 1 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cup of unflavoured, unsulfured molasses
  • 10 raw eggs
  • 10 pks of unflavoured Gelatine
  • Garlic to Taste
  • 1 cup of flaxseed...ground up.
  • 2 scoops of Kelp
  • Take all dry ingredients and place in a bowl. I crunch up the Total while still in the box, and then pour all the other dry ingredients over it. In another large bowl put the hamburger meat and the wet ingredients. Mix each bowl well, then half each so that it is easier to mix. Mix just like you would a meatloaf. Then make balls and place in freezer bags in the freezer. Thaw out as many balls as needed. Feed the Satin Balls raw.

Remedies for Loose Stools

Firm It up Breakfast

I have such problems with Tara after about 1-2 weeks of nursing and cleaning the pups she always gets the nastiest diarrhoea. Allie also had diarrhea one week into nursing her pup. I have finally found a combination that works. Mix all together and feed as a morning meal.

  • 1 tbsp Cooked Pureed Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt (Preferably with live culture)
  • 1 capsule of Slippery Elm (Open the capsule and mix the powder into the meal.)
  • 2 tbsp Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg.
  • I also add 1 tbsp of psylium husks (or plain unflavoured Metamucil), if things are not firming up the way I like.

Health Wise Solutions

Electrolyte Replacement Formula

  • 1 quart purified or natural spring water
  • 2-4 teaspoons raw, unprocessed sugar,
    or 1-2 teaspoons of powdered fruit sugar (fructose)
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt Substitute (Potassium Chloride)

Boil water, add sugar (or fructose) and salt. Stir. Let cool.
Refrigerate what you do not use, but do not keep for more than 48 hours; make a new batch. It is safe for pets, particularly puppies and rabbits.

This recipe was made available as a result of a Health Alert regarding Xylitol and Aspartame being used in some formulations of commercial Electrolyte replacement products.

It was suggested that you can freeze this solution into an ice cube tray and give Mom or pup the ice cubes. If they are reluctant to drink they may be more likely to lick a frozen 'treat'.

The Blue/Purple Ear Stuff

  • 16 oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
  • 4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
  • 16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears.


Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.

Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage. The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue; the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.


  • Treat 2 x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
  • Treat 1 x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
  • Treat 1 x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker. After the second or third you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls. Their success rate for this treatment is 95-99%. Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not been regular about it.

Dogs on the verge of ear canal surgery have been returned to normal with only the regular follow-up treatment to keep the ear healthy. If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site. This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water (warm). Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2x per week.

They have found the Blue Power Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots. You may find other uses for this simple anti-infective agent. Remember it is for external use only and be careful not to get into the eyes.

Non-Sterile Saline Solution

  • 1 quart of distilled water
  • 2 to 3 tsp of Kosher, Pickling or Natural Sea Salt. (Do NOT use regular table salt as it contains iodine and other additives.)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda (the bicarbonate reduces the salt's tendency to sting).

It is best to mix the saline as needed. Use only distilled water. Apply topically as required. Do NOT use internally, IV or SQ.

You can purchase Ringer's Lactate to rehydrate pups via Sub-Q injections at our store.

Revival Animal Health carries a Sterile Saline Solution that can be used Intravenously with an IV or administered SQ.

Remedies for Poop Eating

*_DONíT_*_ Eat Poop Treats_

This recipe has been found to stop poop eating, but it has to be given every day.

  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter (8 Tablespoons)
  • 5 Tablespoons Water
  • 3 cups Flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white)
  • 2 Tablespoons Bakerís Ammonia *DO NOT SUBSTITUTE, DO NOT OMIT*
    Available at our online store: www.quincarlin.ca/store/
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Seasoned salt

Combine butter and sugar, add eggs and water. Mix in dry ingredients.

Spread into greased jelly roll pan. (This is hard to spreadóget your fingers wet and press, wetting again as needed)

Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. Loosen sides and flop out of pan and cool. (It is easier to get out of the pan if you almost burn the edges.)

Cut into 1 inch bars when cool.

For a Pembroke Welsh Corgi sized dog (23 to 30 pounds), I give one 1 inch square with their food EVERY DAY. Some dogs may need more, some less until the habit is broken.

Appendix 1

Comparison of Milk Composition

Species Fat Protein Lactose Ash Solids
Dog 11.0 6.6 3.4 1.3 22.3
Cow (Whole) 4.0 3.6 4.8 0.7 13.8
Cow (Evap) 7.9 6.3 9.5 2.6 26.3
Goat 4.1 3.7 4.2 0.8 12.9
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