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
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:
- Puppy Formulas for Bottle or Tube Feeding
- Miracle Potions For Fading Puppies
- Bringing In a Bitches Milk
- Recipes to Gain Weight
- Remedies For Loose Stools
- Home Health Solutions; Electrolyte Replacement Formula, Blue Ear Stuff, Saline etc
- Remedies for Poop Eating
- Comparison of Milk Composition
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
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.
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
- 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
- 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 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
"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
- 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 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
- 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.
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.
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.
SCHEDULE OF TREATMENT
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
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
Revival Animal Health carries a
Sterile Saline Solution that can be used Intravenously with
an IV or administered SQ.
*_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
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
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.
Comparison of Milk Composition