My husband and I recently bought ourselves a puppy, actually when it was all said and done I bartered her for one of my yearling does, and made some decent farm sales to boot. Well anyway we drove three hours to retrieve Emma Lou to bring her home. On the way home she started acting funny and was just not acting like a healthy pup. We thought maybe car sick, amongst other things. But no that was not at all the case. First of all she was small, a lot smaller than I would expect a pup of her breeds to be. Emma is a Bordeaux Mastiff and Great Dane cross. Well to make a long story short of the whole ordeal Emma had an emergency visit the next morning with our local vet. He said there was no way she was the age we were told. He said she may be 3 to 3 1/2 weeks old. Which we were really wondering about. Due to the previous owners situation with the pups mother I did understand us getting her so young, but we should have been told the truth.
Anyhow he said she was to be put on formula and Purina canned puppy food. He provided us with a homemade recipe and I tell you what I swear by it. Emma thrived on this. She went in two weeks from 3.6 pounds to 9 pounds on the button. We were so excited. Now I fed Emma a minimum of 5 times a day, she was not able to have full size meals for a good while. Being the type of dog she is she also needed the added nutrition. The recipe below lasted her about 2 1/2 days for the first week or so, by the time I was mixing it with her dry kibble it lasted a day. You must feed this according to your breed size. Emma is classified in the giant breeds.
Infant Puppy Formula Recipe
- 1 can of evaporated milk
- 1 egg
- 4 ounces water – I bumped this up to like 6-8 only ounces because original recipe called for 10 ounce evaporated milk, the cans where like 13 ounces that I found.
- 1 cup GREEK plain yogurt
- 1tsp light karo syrup.
Mix it all up in a jar real well and add a good heaping tablespoon canned puppy food to bowl and mix formula into it then serve.
As you can see from the two images she has truly thrived on this formula. She is now on her dry kibble and canned puppy food plus 1 meal with raw egg. We have kept a bowl of food down for her at all times. It is our belief that trained early that there is ample enough food, they will naturally refrain from bloating themselves. To this date we have not had an issue. I have also seen just the opposite in dogs as well, to each their own on that I say. when we took Emma in for her 10 week check up she was a hefty 21.6 pounds and still growing.