- 1 ½ cups (12 oz) whole fat evaporated milk (cow or goat)
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- 1 cup whole fat plain or vanilla yogurt (no artificial sweeteners but it can contain sugar)
- 2 large egg yolks (whites can be included for puppies over 4 weeks of age if desired – I cook and serve them separately)
- 2 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin (that’s one envelope if using packets)
- 2 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin (great for a puppy with soft stools or diarrhea)
- 1 tablespoon powdered whey supplement (with no other ingredients)
- ½ teaspoon fish oil supplement
- Vitamin and/or mineral supplement(s)
Whisk or stir all ingredients together and warm in microwave (if necessary) to about body temperature.
Custard can be gently cooked in sauce pan on the stove on medium-low heat to a simmer. Do not boil. Cooking is not necessary as the risk of salmonella from eggs is very minimal, however cooking is recommended for puppies under 6 weeks of age since “better safe than sorry” should be the motto for very tiny babies. *Yogurt should be added to the cooled Puppy Custard after cooking to preserve the active/live cultures*
How to Use
For orphaned puppies: feed directly as a milk replacer either via tube feeding (recommended for very tiny babies) or bottle or syringe method.
For weaning puppies: mix with canned pureed food starting with mostly Custard and increasing the amount of dog food each day. Puppy Custard can be used to soften/mash kibble beginning only after all the litter’s deciduous teeth have erupted.
For fully weaned puppies 7+ weeks of age: Use up to ¼ cup of Puppy Custard to moisten hard kibble or a few tablespoons to thin out canned pureed food (or thicken gravy-based canned food) during meals for puppies up to 16 weeks of age.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3 days.
Just for Puppies?
Puppy Custard is not just for puppies, but is a healthy supplement for dogs of all ages.
If you have a dog with a dull or lusterless coat, an itchy dog or a dog that is being picky about eating kibble then use Puppy Custard with meals for a week to see a great improvement in skin and coat condition (and include a fish oil supplement).
Lactating bitches also do very well when supplemented with this milk replacer and those with large litters do best with ½ teaspoon of bone meal powder added to help avoid eclampsia.