Puppies need mother's milk because it contains important ingredients like colostrum and DHA.When a puppy's mother does not produce milk or mother's milk is not available, a milk replacement can be used, but not Ensure.
Ensure is a meal supplement that is dense in calories, high in sodium and sugar. It is meant as a supplement for food in cases where the patient is to frail to eat or refuses to eat enough food. Puppy milk replacement is more than just calories and contains important vitamins and other nutrients specific for puppies.
Mother's milk is important to help puppies develop and gain weight. Without it, a puppy's immune system will not develop correctly and it can be more susceptible to illness. It will not gain weight properly and its chance for overall survival is diminished.
Milk replacement products for puppies contain all the nutrients a puppy needs and does its best to mimic mother's milk. Ensure does not have these nutrients including those for immune system development and instead only causes the puppy to gain weight.
- Photo Credit Puppy image by Ludmila Galchenkova from Fotolia.com
How to Help Puppies Gain Weight
Puppies may need to gain weight due to health issues or due to growth spurts. Feed more often, add fat to the...
Supplements for a Female Dog Not Producing Milk After the Litter
A mother dog provides the nutrition for her puppies for the first 4 weeks of their lives. Take action if she does...