Born February 3rd to her mother Isy-Rose and father Billy, in a litter with 2 sisters and 1 brother, she was the smallest weighing in at 150 grams while the others at 230 grams. Although nursing well, I quickly realized that she was not gaining weight. Her brother and sisters were taking 20 to 40 grams a day, she was still around 150 grams.

I decided to help her with a supplement, Pro-tech from Royal Canin, a new product now available in Canada. I had to find a way to feed her. Ideally, for a newborn, the best way is to use a tube but I didn’t feel confident. I have a long, tiny teat for newborns and decided to try it using a syringe.

I wrapped my little girl in a blanket, presented the teat and she started suckling. At first, she took 3 cc, but nursing her every 3 hours, she gradually took more milk and started to gain weight.

After a week, I switched to another formula, the Myra Savant Harris receipe. You should have seen her! It was quite a transformation …. probably the corn syrup?

Today, she is 5 weeks old and a 850 grams. I continue to feed her every 3-4 hours, up to 36 cc! It’s now our special time for her and me. We hug and exchange kisses. She becomes very relaxed in my hands and I’m sure she is enjoying this time with me. After I finished feeding her, she goes back to her mother for some maternal milk.

Now, I am in trouble! It will be hard to let her go. She is still small compared to her brother and sisters who are around 1200 grams. Next step, I will add some rice pablum mixed with her milk and have noticed her playing with the dry kibble, a good sign!

The moral of this story : never give up! Try your best to help your puppies. Keep them warm, supplement if necessary, take time to hold them. For sure it is time consuming but when you see these little puppies doing better, looking up at you with wide-eyed love, this is as best as it can get!

Mira Savant Harris milk receipe :

  • 10 oz can of evaporated goats milk (I use regular goats milk)
  • 1/3 cup of strained liver water
  • 2 raw egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 cup of whole fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp of any color of karo syrup, white, dark or maple
  • 1  ml of baby vitamin, no iron 

Jared found most of it at our local organic store. You can substitute canned evaporated cows milk too. If you use fresh goats milk you will not have as many calories per cc but the product is still nutritious for puppies. Don't dilute the canned goats milk; you are after the calories! Don't worry about using raw yolks, it is fine for the canine of any age for the benefits of the carotene and the fat. For the liver water just boil the heck out of a piece of liver. It will release its taurine into the liver water and it will make sure that your puppy formula has the correct amino acids to prevent juvenile cataracts. The baby vitamins are better without iron because iron can cause constipation. Just the strained liver water can also help to booster a puppy that's not really thriving. 

Mix everything in a blender, strain and pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, just keep the formula cubes in a plastic bag in your freezer and use as needed for bottle feeding or tubing. If you find that the formula is a little bit thick, just thin it with some Pedialyte or fresh goats milk or even water.

Teats :

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Royal Canin Puppy Pro Tech

Their first picture, just after the birth. Marigold is the first puppy on the right.

Here they are at 4 weeks old. Marigold is the first puppy on the left.

Marigold, full of milk.


Marigold and me



Marigold, 5 weeks old