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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.