(DENVER) -- A Colorado woman says offering her breast to her new puppy was a last ditch effort when the puppy would not drink from a bottle or canine formula.
The woman, who is not being identified, says the last resort occurred to her to offer the puppy her own breast when he was not taking other food.
"He just wasn't taking it, I didn't know what else to do I was desperate. I just couldn't bear sitting there watching him die," she said. "I never thought I would ever do that but... It was taboo to me as well. I guess you could call it in a sense it's like a maternal instinct."
Veterinarian Dr. Amber Williams does not recommend humans breast feeding animals as there are diseases that can be transmitted from the puppy to human babies. And, she says, it may not be great for the dog either.
"I'm more concerned about zoo-notic disease because there are things that can be passed from... puppies to babies," Dr. Williams said. "In an emergency situation, I don't think it's a big deal but for them to grow appropriately, I think it would be important for them to get on a canine formula."
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