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How to mix milk replacer [Kitten]

It is very important to always follow the recommended mixing instructions when reconstituting milk replacer. One level scoop of powdered milk replacer should be measured and mixed with 2 scoops of hot (60°C) water, a ratio of 1:2 powder to water. A scoop is provided in both our KittenGro and PuppyGro pouches and is equal […]

When to introduce solid foods [Kitten]

After 4-weeks milk replacement alone no longer provides adequate nutritional support for proper puppy and kitten growth and development. Around 3-4 weeks of age semisolid food such as a thick gruel can be introduced by mixing a small amount of warm water or milk replacement with the mother’s food. This will entice them to start […]

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Milk replacer for pregnant dogs [Puppy]

During pregnancy, energy requirements can increase by 30-60%. In addition to increasing their regular meal portion, another great way to supplement your pregnant dogs diet is by sprinkling dry PuppyGro milk powder on to their kibble to give them that extra boost! We recommend 2 teaspoons milk powder per 10lbs body weight.

How to re-heat milk replacer [Kitten]

Cooled formula should be re-heated prior to feeding by a warm water bath. Immerse bottle containing cooled formula in warm water until the milk reaches body temperature (38°C – 40°C). Do NOT microwave! Microwaving heats the formula unevenly, resulting in hot pockets that can scold the mouth and esophagus. Microwaving can also burn formula, creating […]

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The importance of feeding warm milk replacer [Kitten]

Formula should always be warmed to body temperature (38°C) prior to feeding. If you do not have access to a thermometer, check the temperature by testing a small drop on the back of your hand, which should be slightly warmer than the skin. Cold formula can induce vomiting/regurgitation, hypothermia, and slow gastrointestinal motility.

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How to store milk replacer [Kitten]

The mixed formula can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours in a clean, sealed container. Unused portions should be discarded after 24 hours to prevent bacteria growth. Dry powder should be stored out of direct sunlight in a cool dry location at, or below, 25°C. Proper storage will help prevent fat […]

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Do not over feed! Know their stomach capacity [Kitten]

Avoid overfeeding at each meal! Puppies/kittens will tell you when they are full by rejecting the bottle. Due to their small stomach capacity rapid feeding, force feeding, and overfeeding can all lead to aspiration, regurgitation, diarrhea, and bloating.

Feeding frequency [Kitten]

Nursing allows for suckling small amounts of milk throughout the day, however, this is not possible when puppies/kittens are hand raised. Due to their small stomach capacities, newborns cannot handle large volumes of milk per feeding, therefore, require multiple meals per day especially within the first two weeks of life. In general:

Why feed milk replacer vs. other animal’s milk? [Kitten]

Compared to mother’s milk, cow’s milk is low in protein, fat and calories required for proper puppy and kitten growth. It also contains high levels of lactose, which may cause severe diarrhea and discomfort in newborns. Our milk replacers are specifically formulated for each species to closely mimic mothers milk. They are nutritionally balanced and […]

Why feed milk replacer? [Kitten]

When newborns do not have access to their mother’s milk due to mother’s absence, rejection, or inadequate supply/quality of milk, species-specific milk replacement is required. Our PuppyGro and KittenGro milk replacement is instrumental in hand-rearing orphans, feeding weak or rejected puppies or kittens, and supplemental nutrition for large litters.

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