Canine Cryobank has found frozen plasma to be the only natural immune booster for newborn pups. Breeders have reported that pups fed plasma in the first 48 hours show consistent weight gain and are more vigorous than previous litters.
"Fading pups" are never a concern with pups boosted with plasma. Because the newborn's digestive system is not completely operational for the first hours after birth, the molecular immune boosting components of the frozen plasma pass unobstructed into the pup's circulation.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR USING THE FROZEN PLASMA FOR NEWBORN PUPS
|a. Keep plasma
frozen until bitch starts to whelp.
b. Warm plasma to body temperature before administering.
c. Give to each pup orally, several drops at a time, every two hours up to three cc per one pound of body weight over the first 24 hours following whelp. Using a new eye dropper for administrating has been recommended by owners.
Dose after pup is warm, dry, and suckling.
e. Refrigerate plasma between use. Use any remaining plasma, the second twenty-four hours in the manner described above.
Instructions from Dr. Jean Dodds, Hemopet, Canine Blood Bank
of Newborn Puppies Using
Beyond 36 hours of life the plasma must be given intraperitonealy or intravenously. (check with your veterinarian csb)
Usually the pups only need to be treated once. However, if they appear to be fading, the dose can be repeated in 5-7 days later if necessary, but it must be IP or IV.
Do not give more than 10cc(ml) at one time.
Poffenberger, E.M. & Olson P.N., et al 1991. "Use of Adult Dog Serum as a Substitute For Colostrum in the Neonatal Dog." AM J Vet Res 52: 1221_1224