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    I would like to know what Esbilac's true target audience -- dog breeders ---think of this new formula? Last debacle, breeders were also having terrible problems and I'm sure that's what got Pet Ag to move its big corporate butt to change it back. This time who knows...?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    I believe someone told me that Royal Canin Baby Dog is available at one of the 3 big box pet stores. I would try substituting that for the Esbilac.
    So funny, Mel...I was the someone who told you 😂. Do I dare try it? Guess I will have to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamtheSquirrel2018 View Post
    Thanks! I did not realize this! I tried to call PetAg but they are closed on weekends. I submitted an inquiry via their website requesting a detailed comparison between the two versions of their Esbilac Puppy Milk Replacer Powder. Here is what I have asked of them:

    "Hello:
    I just noticed in regard to Esbilac Puppy Milk Replacer Powder; not just the Label has changed, but the Formula itself has also been changed! Please send a comparison chart to me ASAP indicating specifically the percentages, weights, contents of the "old formula and the "new" formula. I am one of many Animal Rehabbers who use your products and it is essential for us to know all of the the details of the diets we provide for our animals! Thanks for your expeditious response!"

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    I have heard nothing yet from PetAg. Surprise, surprise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamtheSquirrel2018 View Post
    I have heard nothing yet from PetAg. Surprise, surprise!
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    Hmmmm. I wonder if they'd have responded if you had signed as "SamtheSquirrel." Might be worth a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirps View Post
    Hmmmm. I wonder if they'd have responded if you had signed as "SamtheSquirrel." Might be worth a try.
    Thanks Chirps! After reading your post, I have another strategy. This Esbilac formulation is made for puppies! PetAg may be more inclined to respond to my questions if I presented myself as a dog breeder or Vet. I'm at work now but when I get home I will send the same inquiry to PetAg and sign it "SamtheBeagle!" Just kidding about the signature but I will send another message that is focussd on use Esbilac with puppies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    So funny, Mel...I was the someone who told you 😂. Do I dare try it? Guess I will have to!
    I knew I heard it from a reliable source.

    I have used Baby Dog on eyes closed babies, but not pinkies. I think itís a very good formula and we have recommended it for folks in England many times.

    I have used the powdered goats milk and it worked fine. I would opt for fresh if I was going to be feeding pinkies. If you can find fresh goats milkÖ.everÖ.and the heavy cream, try freezing it in ice cube tray portions, then put in a ziploc bag.

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    Itís true, PetAg is not nearly as concerned about the small rehab organizations because using Esbilac is ďoff labelĒ to them. During the last debacle dog breeders as well as lather rehab organizations spoke out and forced PetAg to deal with the issue. Also animals were dyingÖit wasnít cases of diarrhea or sludge when mixing. Time will tell if their change will impact dog breeders.

    There is always Zoological Milk Matrix. It is more expensive. Iíve only found it in 5lb tubs, which is unreasonable for the average rehabber, butÖ..? I hadnít realized that it is also made by PetAg. I know it is used in zoos and large facilities so PetAg probably doesnít mess with its ingredients. I know itís what Dr. E usesÖ..maybe for that very reasonÖ.itís formulation is consistent.

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    I will check my area for White Puppy Esbilac for you gal's.

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    Originally Posted by Mel1959
    "I believe someone told me that Royal Canin Baby Dog is available at one of the 3 big box pet stores. I would try substituting that for the Esbilac. I haven’t searched for it locally, but if this is true it can be recommended for those needing help with a found baby. Otherwise it can be purchased online."

    Quote Originally Posted by CritterMom View Post
    No can find except from ebay - $50 for the formula, $42 for shipping...
    Hi y'all: I have not used Royal Canin BabyDog Milk but it certainly seems like it may be a good option.

    I found this to be available on Amazon in 400 Gram cans (I went to the Royal Canin website and this seems to be the standard size container). The page on Amazon lists nutritional information in detail! It appears that if you live where expedited Amazon shipping is available it may arrive to your home in 2 days (possibly next day!)! Here is the link:

    https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Canin-B...0042242&sr=8-1

    I would like to encourage anyone with direct experience using Royal Canin BabyDog Milk formula for their babies and especially for pinkies to post detailed comments regarding the use of this formula such as outcomes (did the babies thrive?), whether or not you transitioned to another formula such as FV 20/50 and if so, how old were the babies when transitioned, did it seem that the babies were well hydrated with this formula or were there signs of suboptimal hydration that you felt it necessary to supplement with plain water or some other means of hydration, were the poops formed and what was the consistent color of the stool (so that we can know what to expect and help identify stool color variations that may suggest problems if we should start using this formula with our babies).

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    Iím pretty certain I got mine from Amazon. The price isnít that much more than Esbilac and much less than Zoological.

    I wonder if PetAg has messed with the Esbilac Goats Milk formula? That formula costs a little more than regular Esbilac so maybe they havenít messed with it. We have had members use it without any serious side effectsÖ.at least that Iím aware of.

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    Mel, the GME has a new label...I'd be careful.

    After 5 days all of my guys are back to perfect poop. No more subqing or extra hydration.

    I'm going to try the zoologic,, simply due to the volume of squirrels I raise. (We now have a very healthy stockpile of white puppy esb)

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    The stores around me still have some the white Esbilac cans, but they all expire in July 2023. That means they were made in July 2021. Are the nutrients still good this far along? And if so.... how long after the expire date. I have never used Esbilac that far out of manufacture ( 1 year and 9 months). I always made sure it was the freshest can that store had.

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    Try Tractor Supply stores in your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Iím pretty certain I got mine from Amazon. The price isnít that much more than Esbilac and much less than Zoological.

    I wonder if PetAg has messed with the Esbilac Goats Milk formula? That formula costs a little more than regular Esbilac so maybe they havenít messed with it. We have had members use it without any serious side effectsÖ.at least that Iím aware of.
    Somewhere in the ton of info on this board that Patti (HRT4SQRLS) left us, is info about the GME - not so much the manufacture of it, but the fact that so many of the cans were rancid upon opening. I do know that fresh goat's milk goes bad really fast - a lot faster than cow's milk does, so it sort of stands to reason that the powder made from it would do the same. Given how little control one has over what happens between manufacturer and forking your money over at the register, it is impossible to know without buying and opening. If I am not mistaken, someone actually did a study of sorts - maybe the Casey's (??) and this is why we have always recommended against it.

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    I have used the esbilac powder with the white puppy for 3 years. I just bought a can with the Bernese puppy on it. Ingredients and protein/fat percentages are the same.. Only difference I see is a rosemary extract is added. Anyone have experience to share?

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    There have not been any issues reported with Esbilac recently, including the Bernese puppy (most recent labeling). Keep the powder in the freezer after opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamtheSquirrel2018 View Post
    Hi Mel:
    I just notice that your post had a question. A Food "Filler" can be thought of as anything added to the actual nutrient makeup of the food to give it bulk, fiber, consistency or whatever but is NOT an actual nutrient component. There is some controversy and misunderstanding about "fillers" because the general assumption is that "fillers" have no value and are added to bulk up the food or in in this case the formula and may even help keep the manufacturers costs down! This is not necessarily the case or at least not the whole case. Just to pick an example; fiber is often called a "filler" but while it does not have true nutritional value, it's presence can add healthy bulk to the stool and may aid in digestion of other actual nutrient components of the diet. So, anyway, the term "fillers" sound like it represents a "bad" attribute of a dietary source but this in many instances is not necessarily the case in that while "fillers" are not part of the intended nutritional value of the particular dietary source, they are not necessarily harmful or more importantly; they are not necessarily useless or "fluff" and may be added by the manufacturer for valid rationales.
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    Upon reading the label, it looks like the only thing they have added is what they're calling fiber. I raised my 2 on the new formula and they did not have problems. Except the bots were draining them, so I added the recommended amount of multi milk and it seemed too rich because their stool was becoming runny....So, I took the multimilk away and their stools remained mucousy.
    These new 3 I got were about 2 weeksold when i first got them and they've never not had mucousy stool and they're on just the new esbilac. The amount and the color of the poop is right it is just the consistency that is off but they look healthy hydrated and their gaining weight like they should.
    It may have been with the bot babies I started them off with the esbilac when they were so young (less than 10 days) their little bodies adjusted quicker, the older 3 that came in have not adjusted to the esbilac BUT they are gaining as they should.
    So basically all I'm saying is this new esbilac with this fiber or "fillers" is not optimal for us but, but it is doing its job.... Even though I'm having to deal with the messy end of the business.
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