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Health and Care Of Your Puppy
Stress, improper diet or a missed meal, being chilled, or too much energy being used during the
day playing too long at one time can cause Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar. Puppies that
usually are affected are the Toy Breeds at six weeks to 12 weeks old. The Liver stores energy,
but in a small puppy it cannot store enough for long periods, especially with additional stress
factors. Sign of this can be as slight as a depressed attitude or as serious to finding your puppy in a coma. Treatment can be as simple as giving a small amount of Karo Syrup for a mild case to a Dextrose Solution intravenously by your Veterinarian. If you suspect this condition, consult your Veterinarian for even a mild case. Repeated episodes can lead to further more
The Diet of a young puppy should consist of a Premium Dry Food Made especially for the growing stage. This is not the area to cut corners when it will reflect on the Puppys overall health right into adulthood. You dont need this puppy to have deficiencies from the start; this could cause weak muscle tone and the Skeletal System not to develope properly. Become a label reader for your puppy, make sure that the ingredients are USDA inspected, not the refuse of contaminated sources. The Web is a great place to get information about the Pet Food Industry, utilize it. Make sure your puppy and other small breeds are feed three times a day with at least two meals being of the dry ration. If youre giving your puppy milk bone treats,one of them is like a meal so you cant expect them to also eat a full ration of dry at the same time. Keep treats to a minimal; remember that a tablespoon of something is to them a good-sized treat. My dogs love vegetables of all types, carrots, squash, green beans and also many fresh fruits. Even those are kept to a minimal, a bite or two will keep them happy. Too many treats will also throw off the balanced diet they need and should be getting from their regular diet.
Young Puppies cannot play all day long without a break,or shouldn’t. Puppies so have a mind of
their own and may cry, whimper, and/or bark at first.But there will be times when you’ll have to
confine them for various reasons, so this is the best time to “train” them to be confined. You can
either purchase a cage, or just use a Vari 100 Kennel.
Vari Kennel 100 is the best thing I’ve Found
for traveling with my dogs. A sudden stop or
an accident isn’t the way you want to lose your new addition to the family.Dogs love the protective feeling they get fromkennels, so start using them when they are still young and take advantage of it.
There are so many changes going on
with regard to Vaccination schedules,
its hard to keep up. A puppy is born with
a natural immunity from the Dam that lasts only for a short period, 6-8 weeks average, but this also depends on the Titer levels and condition of the Dam during Gestation.Another factor is
the amount of Collistum the puppy received right after birth.This is the very first milk the Dam produces, and if it was a weak puppy that didnt receive the very important first milk, the immunity level could very well be lower that his siblings. Puppies usually start Vaccine series at about 6-8 weeks, and are given boosters (repeated shots) every 2-3 weeks. This is done until they have reached the age of 4 months, so if you didnt purchase your Puppy until atleast 3 months old, as you should,youll only need to re-vaccinate once or twice.Then re-vaccinate on ayearly schedule,or to yourVeterinarians beliefs.The type of vaccine your puppy receives maybe determined by our life style and area you reside. Its also possible for a dog to come down with a condition it has been vaccinated for; .Prothe Immun System is at different levels in all-living thingsper Vitamin/ Mineral content reflectson overall health, including the Immunity
System, which is another reason to feedquality pet foods to your puppy.Some States have revised their recommendation from a yearly booster to every three years. You must talk with your Vet with any concerns you have regarding the wellbeing of your puppy.
Toy dogs in general have a tendency to retain their teeth, especially the conines. At around 5 months of age you should start to watch the teeth closely,a perfect bite may go off in a matter of days.You Mayfeel it’s not important for a correct scissors bite, but this is the first step of the digestion process, proper chewing is important. The other importance is that the proper bite stays cleaner, over lappingmisaligned teeth are a good source for bacteria and tartar to build rapidly.
There are a dozen excellent reasons for pets to be altered, and not one good one I can think of for not having it done. Leaving a pet intactcan cause serious live threatening conditions to arise, such as Mammary Tumors and Pyometra.Speak with your Vet about the benefits of Alterations: you may have your Pet for additional years because you did. It’s also wise to have this performed at the same time any puppy teeth need to be extracted, there’s no sense in putting the puppy through Anesthesia twice.
Puppies can be very difficult to potty train to say the least. It seems like they are either
a breeze or as difficult as can be. The Kidneys are not fully developed in a young
dog; so don’t get too upset about accidents.It’s going to depend largely on the time of year and the age of the puppy as to how
serious your going to be about training. I usually say not to expect too much from them until they are around 5-6 months of age. They can be trained prior, but it will take constant supervision.It’s important not to let the new puppy have full range of the house at first.Gate off the kitchen or othersmall area, if at all possible,and pick up any rugs. In the area you are keeping your puppy, you should either place papers in a small area or the plastic-backed pads.
Training dogs to use both the outdoors and pads has advantages if you travel with your pets. I have always told people to use the
reward system for training. You need to take them out often especially right after eating, don’t wait over five to ten minutes.
After that they have relieved themselves, reward them with a bite (one Bite) of something they love and praise them. There’s also a crate method of training. But most people cannot stand leaving the
puppy in a crate, coming out only for short periods of time to go outdoors. The method youuse will depend on your lifestyle, schedule, and of course thePuppy.Always take out right after a nap and upon waking,and especially after play.If you see them making circles and smelling take them out immediately.
A healthy puppy is usually full of energy and always will to get in trouble. Learn what signs to look for that something is a miss before your pup is in real trouble.The eyes and ears are sometimes the first
thing to give you a sign something is wrong.The eyes won’t be bright and alert, and the ears may drop or be held back closer to the head. Puppies can just have an off day,not much energy and out of sorts. But you should watch a puppy extremely close at the first sign that they are just not themselves.It could be something as simple as
teething, or as serious as Parvo or worse. Toy dogs and especially puppies can go down really fast.(Parvo will come with diarrhea and vomiting).If you see this take to the Vet immediately. Not all vomiting and diarrhea is Parvo.Diarrhea can also come from worms
and stress.At the first visit to your Vet, it would be wise of you to ask how to check for dehydration. A dehydrated puppies skin will
stand on the back when picked up,and the Gums will look dry. Also learn to check the Temperature properly and your dogs normal
temperature. Most dogs are 101 to 101.5: 102-103 isn’t that abnormal and can actually be caused by stress such as driving if they don’t care for traveling. A low temperature can be just as or more serious than a high one. And still be associated with dehydration.There’s many things you can observe to help your
Vet diagnosis a condition in a puppy and Adults.If it is Diarrhea not the consistency, color and smell.Same goes for vomiting color
and amount should be noted. Is it Yellow or Green Bile, foamy Mucus, solid undigested food? Have you been traveling with the puppy causing Stress or possible exposure to something at the Park or Obedience Classes? Some thing to observe for or check are Temperature, Water Intake, Urination, Cough, Lethargie, Disorientation, Chilled, Appetite, Skin and Coat condition.Also check the color of Gums, are they bright pink, gray, or almost white? Look at the Eyes pulling down the lower lid slightly and check the color and condition. Are they a healthy pink shade, white, or swollen and inflamed?
Dogs can have or develop Allergies to contact materials, foods, and insect bites just as people do. If you change food it can cause an upset because of certain ingrediences, and insect bites can be deadly.If your dog is experiencing labored breathing, uncontrollable rubbing and reddened skin or swelling it may behaving a reaction. It’s important to get your dog in for attention immediately.Shampoos and Conditioners can also cause reactions, if this is the case re-shampoo them with a different product and rinse them well. If this doesn’t correct the situation you may need to have your Vet examine
the dog and take steps to relieve the irritation.
Yearly examinations can be crucial to the welfare of your Dog. Your Vet may want to perform simple Blood work, a fecal examination, plus listen to an check the vital organs such as Heart and Lungs. Something as simple as your dog coming in contact with another dogs feces or an insect bite can infect your dog with Parasites, and Parasites can and do kill. When you that notice of examination time or vaccinations, make arrangements to be there.