Goat's milk and parasites..
I have a bitch that developed a pretty bad case of mastitis when the pups were 2 weeks old... tried to fight it with nursing-safe antibiotics to no avail, and had to pull the pups off of her and start bottle feeding. Long story short- I kept 3 pups (the 2 largest and the smallest at the time) and the co-breeder took the remaining 4 to help me out with bottle feeding. At 4 weeks old met up with her to swap out puppies- and we were both kindof shocked when we saw each other's pups.. Mine were huge and very active, and hers were rather thin and slightly depressed.
I had been feeding a formula consisting of pasteurized goat's milk, yogurt, egg yolk and karo syrup.. she had been feeding straight unpasteurized goat's milk from a local farm, and said they were eating great. 3 days before we met up, her pups developed watery diarrhea and were just starting to firm up when we switched.
We wormed all of them with Interceptor that day, and then I ran a fecal the next on the thinnest puppy- very heavy positive result for roundworms.
Soo.... I was doing a little research and it occurred to me- has anyone heard of raw goat's milk transmitting parasites? It is certainly scientifically possible... What have you had success with regarding bottle feeding and worming?
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