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Unhappy I need help bottle feeding puppies

Hi, I haven't posted anything in a long time, but I need some advise from havanese breeders. I haven't asked my vet yet, because mine are the only havanese patients in the practice. My Snowflake had a litter of 4 puppies, and the morning they were 2 weeks old, I woke up to hear heavy panting coming from her cage, 5:30 a.m., I reached in and felt her head and she was convulsing and I lifted her out, called the emergency 24 hour clinic and got her there by 6:30, its a 45 minute drive. When I closed the door to her cage at midnight the night before, she seemed fine. Anyway, I gave them permission to treat whatever was necessary, and they came out a few minutes later and said her temp. was 110 and that she would most likely have organ damage, plus she had chewed her tongue quite badly. I called my husband, who loved her almost as much as he loves me, and said I needed to make the decision whether to have her put down or not. The vet came back in and we decided it would be the best thing for her, they brought her back in, sedated and calm, and we kissed her and said our goodbyes. It's been over a week and we still cry over all the little things she did that were unique to her. (like everytime she finished a bowel movement, she'd kick up her back feet several times, we had to laugh everytime she did it), or when she would beg for a treat, she'd sneeze to get our attention, if we were ignoring her. My question is, have any of you used a home make puppy formula with success. My neightbor, who runs a large kennel, gave me a recipe she always uses, but we are getting soft stools now. The Home vet handbook said, I am overfeeding. They take about 1-2 oz. every 3-5 hours. So the book said to add distilled water, by 1/3. And it's been a day and a half , with no improvement. They weighed between 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 oz. at birth and are 1 1/2 pounds now, at 3 weeks old on Monday. I don't know if I'm just being an overly nervous new mom or is there a concern? Is there a way to do spellcheck before I post this next time? Oh, I forgot to add the recipe. 1 can evaporated milk, 1 cup wholefat yogurt, 1 tbsp. mayo, 1 egg yolk, and 3 oz. distilled water. Thanks.
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I can't help with the bottle feeding part, but just wanted to express my deepest sympathy. I can't even imagine what you are going through. Hugs from me & Cricket...

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Hannah, I have no experience in this area at all but I wanted to say how sorry I am at the loss of Snowflake. It's always so hard. You are lucky in a way that you have all those puppies to keep your mind occupied.

BTW, you live semi-close to me. I'm in New Paltz. I graduated from Arlington and have been out your way several times by the waterfall and the Old Drover's Inn.

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I have no advice just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss. I've been there and it is sooo hard. I'm glad, that after the tears, you will always have sweet memories of Snowflake.

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I'm so sorry to hear about Snowflake. I can't imagine the mixed emotions you must be going through right now. I've bottle fed kittens before, but never puppies. Just a thought...is there a "dog mom" at your local humane society that is at the end of nursing her litter of pups that you could foster to adopt these pups and feed them? Just an idea...
Please keep us updated on your progress of these little guys...

Renee, Miley, & Copper too!

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Thank you for the comforting words, you should stop by for a play date, when your out our way. We live 1 hour from the falls, near Rt. 18. I had a roommate in college from New Paltz.
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Hannah, this is such a heart wrenching story. It must be very difficult to mourn your tragic loss and still have to be there for those sweet babies. Them continuing to thrive and have a future is so important since that means Snowflake goes on in the lives of her little ones! Unfortunately, I don't have any advice on the how, what or when to feed them but I am confident that some one on this great forum will have the answers you are looking for! Can't wait to see some pics of them at the right time! You are in my prayers! Just wondering if the vet had any ideas exactly what went wrong?
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Renee, I hadn't thought of that, but I'm not sure about exposing them to possible stuff they have no immunity to, our local shelter is not very clean. The last time I was there, all the volunteers were smoking and the place was so thick you could hardly breathe.
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Vicki, while I was on the phone with the emergency clinic, my husband was looking up the symptoms in the Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook, and he had the cause before I got off the phone, Eclampsia. Thank you for all your kind words.
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What a heartbreaking story. I'm so sorry you lost your sweet Snowflake. Giving her puppies a healthy start at life should help heal the pain in some small measure. God bless you all as you act as surrogate mother and father to the babies, and God bless Snowflake.

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