Orphaned Puppy Nutrition

Orphaned PuppyTaking care of an orphaned puppy is one that is very demanding and yet equally rewarding tasks there is. Even though you are taking care of a young puppy and not a human baby, the demands of these two tasks can be very similar.

The young puppy will depend on you and the decisions you make if it is going to survive or not much like a baby would. The biggest, if not the only major, concern when it comes to young puppies is nutrition.

This dictates if this puppy will grow to be a healthy and happy dog or it will not. So here are a few things that we need to know when it comes to orphaned puppy nutrition.

The First Feedings

Ideally, the puppies will receive their first feeding from their mother and will get what is known as colostrum. It is a yellowish looking cream-like substance that is rich in antibodies to jump start the protection of the puppies from diseases.

But if the puppy is not able to nurse from the start, it will need to be provided with oral doses of blood serum from a healthy dog to compensate for the absence of colostrum. After their first day in life and they are not able to receive colostrum, then the blood product will have to be injected to the puppy.

If this is not done, and in most cases it is not, then you will have to be especially sanitary when feeding and handling the orphaned puppy. It is also worthwhile to give daily probiotics, bene-bac paste or even yogurt.

Moving Forward

Obviously, the puppy cannot process dry puppy food yet so you will need to provide a replacement milk product like that of Esbilac, PetLac or Hartz that can either be found in the nearest vet or pet shop. If your local vet or pet shop does not have any, you can always order online in websites like Amazon.com.

Make sure that you read the instructions and it is also good to ask your vet on how to produce a homemade formula in case you ran out of replacer milk. Never feed cold formula to puppies since they cannot regulate their body temperature yet. You can keep the milk in the fridge but always warm it up before feeding it to the puppies.

You can use canned formula which is a lot more convenient if you can get your hands on some of it since it already is ready for consumption. But whatever you do, do not feed the puppies cow’s milk or dairy because it has too much lactose and can cause diarrhea and consequently, dehydration.

Final Thoughts

The first four weeks will be the challenge since you have to keep a close eye on that young orphaned puppy much like you would a human baby. It has to be fed six to eight times a day at an average of 2 to 3 hour intervals. Some also get up in the middle of the night to feed their puppies but this is not completely necessary if your puppy is adequately healthy.

What Do I Need to Know about Using a Milk Replacer For My Puppy?

Puppy Milk ReplacerIdeally, puppies will be suckling from their mother until about 8 weeks but there are times that some puppies are not doing so. Either they are rejected by the mother or not able to suckle because there are a lot of them to be able to suckle at the same time. But this does not mean that a puppy is doomed and will not have a chance to survive.

There are milk replacement formulas and products that can be exactly what they sound, a replacement for the mother’s milk. The mother’s milk provides all the nourishment that the puppies will need from digestion to their immune system so that is why it is important to have a good idea on what a good milk replacer has.

Stay away from the Moo

Do not feed your young puppies’ cow’s milk. That is basically the general rule because cow’s milk have too much lactose in it that it can cause stomach ache and diarrhea to puppies. This might not sound like a big deal for humans but if your only source of nourishment is what’s causing the problem when you are that small, that can be deadly.

Don’t be cool

Do not feed a puppy chilled formula. Puppies do not have the capability to regulate their own body temperature yet so feeding them right off the fridge can be very harmful. This puppy will depend on you for a lot of things including keeping it warm during this fragile time in its life.

Commercial

There are a lot of milk replacement formulas out there and it is up to you which ones you will choose. Just make sure that you get the ones that have colostrum which is an element that is usually found on a mother’s milk that contribute to boosting their immune systems.

Look for brands like GNC Pets Ultra Mega Premium Milk Replacer, Pet-Lac, Farnam, Just Born, Nuturall, Breeder’s Edge, All Star and a lot more. It is also a good idea to consult your vet about your choices but do additional research too.

Homemade

If you live in a somewhat rural area where milk replacement formulas are not always available, you can go ahead and create a milk replacement with a few ingredients. Sure you can always order online but then again if you have a hungry group of puppies, you might end up having to make some yourself anyway.

There are a lot of recipes online just make sure that you do not use a whisk or blender in mixing them because that creates a lot of bubbles and you don’t want that in a milk replacement formula.

So there you, you should be able to handle the task of feeding your puppy a milk replacement by now. It is not that unusual to have to feed them replacers since a lot of mother dogs start rejecting puppies especially when they are getting bigger and starts growing teeth.

Just make sure that you always ask your vet’s advice whenever you will go use a milk replacement so that he can give you a good idea on how to provide a properly balanced and nutritious milk for your fur-babies.