Fading or Weak Puppy Kickstarts
Caffeinated coffee can stimulate weak or fading puppies. Put a drop of body-temperature coffee on the pup’s tongue. Repeat only 2 or 3 times.
The sugar in these products can revive neonatal pups that are struggling. Put a drop of Karo syrup or a small dab of frosting on the pup’s tongue. Repeat no more than twice. After that, use the Karo syrup/Pedialyte solution.
Karo Syrup/Pedialyte Solution
Make a five-percent glucose solution by adding one teaspoon of white corn syrup (light Karo syrup) to four tablespoons unflavored Pedialyte.
Give weak puppies five to six drops using an eye dropper for every 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of body weight. Be sure to give the glucose one drop at a time on the puppy’s tongue, making sure it has swallowed each drop before giving the next.
If the puppy is still not nursing, repeat this every four hours, weighing the puppy each time to be sure to use the correct dose of glucose solution. Once the pup gains weight, offer glucose every eight hours until it is 48-hours old. Do not force the puppy to drink the glucose if it does not want to. Most will take hold of the dropper eagerly after the first dose or two.