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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Feeding Newborn Puppies

Now for something for my TG Chi's site. I got an e-mail yesterday where someone had pups and one of the babies is fading. A strange and cruel phenomenon called "Fading Puppy Syndrome". No one really knows what causes it. It has been suggested that it was caused by lactose intolerance. I remember when I bred my first litter of chihuahuas, Bambi had 5 puppies, and all were born very healthy. Then one day in thier first week, the puppies started not feeding. The first one was a pup I named Tippy, he had an attack of diarrhea and then got off the nipple and retreated to a corner and constantly yelped. I was under the impression that he was just sick, but he never got back on the nipple. Just cried and cried until he got too weak. I didn't know it at the time, but he was suffering from fading puppy syndrome. Nothing I could think of could save him. The vet told me it must have been a congenital thing.

Well, someone on an old forum gave me a cure that he had for fading puppy syndrome, and it consisted of egg, goat's milk, chicken livers and plain yogurt. I thought that was too much, especially the egg. I just made up a formula with 5 parts goats milk and 1 part acidophilus yogurt. It helps! Make sure the yogurt is PLAIN!! No flavoring of any kind. You could go with like 1 cup of goat's milk and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Mix it together, heat it to just about room temperature over the stove on low heat, do not let it boil or simmer. The idea is to keep the good bacteria in the yogurt working, not kill them. In the meantime, boil a large beef liver in a seperate pot with just enough water to cover the top of the liver. Make sure it is filtered water. Boil it until all the blood seeps out and the water has turned brownish in color, take out the beef liver (I just toss it away), strain the water into a bowl and allow to cool completely. Once it is cooled, mix in 1/3 cup with the yogurt mixture real well, and this is your formula for your fading puppy. Some breeders swear by it! Some add corn syrup to the mixture too. But I don't really recommend this unless the puppy is weak and limp. If that happens, add about 1 tablespoon of corn syrup to about 1/3 cup of filtered water and give the puppy 1 drop directly on the tongue. Do not tube feed the corn syrup formula.

Now, how much to give. Well, give it to the puppy every 2 hours for the first week, then every 4 hours for the second week. The puppy must be weighed. If you know the weight of your puppy, you can give it the proper dosage of formula. This is a chart I got from a book called The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog. It's a very highly recommended book if you are going to breed.

Weight of puppy....................Amount of formula at each feeding
60 g........................................................................4 cc
90 g........................................................................6 cc
120 g......................................................................8 cc
150 g.....................................................................10 cc
180 g.....................................................................12 cc
210 g.....................................................................14 cc
240 g.....................................................................16 cc
270 g.....................................................................18 cc
300 g....................................................................20 cc
330 g....................................................................22 cc
360 g....................................................................24 cc
390 g....................................................................26 cc
420 g....................................................................28 cc
450 g....................................................................30 cc
480 g....................................................................32 cc
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