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Using Milk Replacer for Puppies

PetSmart Jeff Cardello

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What is Milk Replacer for Puppies?
Sometimes mothers aren’t able to nurse their pups, whether it’s because of absence, psychological inability or a failure to produce milk. These puppies can still grow to be healthy and strong if cared for properly. Commercially available milk replacers offer an alternative that regular, store-bought cow’s or goat’s milk can’t (do not attempt to feed a puppy regular milk), emulating mother’s milk with the added vitamins and minerals puppies need to develop.

How to Start Using a Puppy Milk Replacer
Colostrum is the milk the mother produces during the first couple days after giving birth, and it contains substances that help protect a newly born puppy. Because of this, it’s best for puppies to nurse for the first two days, if at all possible. After that, you can bottle feed puppies, following the suggested measurements on the milk replacer’s container to ensure you aren’t overfeeding or underfeeding.
Puppies should be bottle fed on their stomachs and – just like human babies – burped after each feeding. They should be fed several times a day and weighed three times a week to make sure they’re growing properly.
 
How to Feed Milk Replacer to Older Puppies
As puppies develop the ability to lap, you can transition from bottle feeding to serving the milk replacer in a shallow dish. Even as your dog begins to eat solid pet food, the addition of milk replacer can help her grow, but be sure to follow all included instructions for supplementary feeding.
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25 Apr 2011 4:31 pm

PetSmart_Admin said:

You should warm the milk. You are going to have to test it on your skin before feeding to makes sure that it is not too hot. Please use the feeding guidelines on the milk replacer to determine how much you need to feed your boxer.

20 Apr 2011 7:17 pm

iloveprince said:

should the milk be warm and how do you much would you give a 7wk Boxer?

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