Caring for your New Puppy
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS ENTIRELY BEFORE TAKING YOUR PUPPY HOME!
IT IS CRITICAL YOU UNDERSTAND THE RISKS YOU MAY UNKNOWINGLY PUT YOUR PUPPY IN.
YOUR PUPPY COULD DIE IF YOU DO NOT READ AND LEARN ABOUT THESE VIRUSES!
On the way home
DO NOT STOP AND LET THE PUPPY OUTSIDE ON THE GROUND TO USE THE BATHROOM!
If you bring a kennel let them go in there on a puppy pad, it's SAFER!! Purebreds are at a higher risk of contracting viruses so I highly recommend strict precautions to keep your baby safe. If you are unsure we can talk about this, please give me a call anytime. I like to vaccinate through 16 weeks of age just to be safe
What Is Parvo Virus?
Canine parvovirus is a specific kind of virus that attacks the intestinal tract of dogs and wild canines such as (foxes, wolves, and coyotes). The virus is a serious death threat to unvaccinated puppies and dogs. The virus is extremely hardy; it can survive the searing heat and subzero temperatures on surfaces for up to 6 years!
How Is Parvo Virus Spread?
The most common route of exposure to this virus is sniffing or ingesting an infected dog's feces (bowel movement’s). The virus is so hardy, a surface that had infected feces on it will still contain live virus even after the feces have been removed. It is also extremely possible for peoples clothes and shoes to pick up and carry the virus home to the dog. That is why it is so important to properly sanitize and keep the area clean where ever your puppy will be placed until the puppy is fully vaccinated. It is even recommended to clean your shoes with a bleach water/ Rescue solution or to not wear them inside at ALL.
What Is Distemper?
Canine distemper is a highly contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and most common in the nervous system of puppies and dogs. The virus also infects wild canines (foxes, wolves, coyotes), raccoons, skunks, and ferrets.
How Is Distemper Spread?
Puppies and dogs usually become infected through airborne exposure to the virus contained in respiratory secretions of an infected dog or wild animal. Outbreaks of distemper tend to be sporadic. Because canine distemper also affects wildlife populations, contact between wild canines and domestic dogs may facilitate the spread of the virus.Do not make contact with other dogs or puppies unless absolutely necessary, Please do not take your new puppy out on walks or set the puppy on any ground that has not been properly sanitized or cleaned beforehand until the puppy is fully vaccinated at 16 weeks of age. Avoid visits anywhere if possible, try and keep the puppy at home as much as much as you can, again until fully vaccinated. It is completely unnecessary to take a puppy out and risk exposure to potentially deadly viruses. Not even your own floor or backyard is safe unless you have sprayed it down with bleach water, Parvovirus can live for up to 6 years on a surface.If you are worried that you may have walked through areas where feces of unvaccinated dogs were present (even if feces were never visually seen or if the fecal matter was removed promptly), wipe off the soles of your shoes with a solution of one half cup (four ounces) bleach in a gallon of water (to make a 1:30 solution of bleach water) or spray Rescue solution on shoes. This will kill the virus.Use 1:30 bleach and water solution as a part of a general cleaning process for your entire house especially before bringing your new puppy home and after anyone has entered your house with shoes on. There is also a product called RESCUE, you can use this on surfaces such as carpets, fabrics, wood and more without having to worry it will ruin it. You can buy a gallon of it at a place called Revival Animal Health.com
Helpful information on helping your puppy adjust to your new home
Be sure to take your puppy right home, don’t drag him/her around with you everywhere you go. This is the biggest mistake that new puppy owners make. I know you can’t wait to show your new puppy off but, this is not good for your puppy. This is a very high-stress time for your puppy and he/she needs time to adjust to all the new changes in their life. Puppies are way more likely to get sick if you take them all over the place. Think of them as your newborn baby, don’t take them out. I know you will be proud to let everyone see your new family member but, PLEASE wait 7-10 days before doing so. It is in the best interest of your puppy.
I’m sure it won’t take but a day or two for your puppy to start warming up to you and start to run all over your house. If for any reason he/she doesn’t be sure to call me ASAP. Make sure your puppy is eating plenty and has full access to fresh water. You should monitor your puppy’s eating and drinking habits for at least 2 weeks. Don’t be worried if your puppy plays hard and takes a good long nap. This is normal, like toddlers, play hard and sleep hard. If your puppy doesn’t seem to be acting right you can give me a call anytime and I will try to help out.
It is my goal for you to be happy with your puppy and foremost that your puppy stays happy and healthy with you. Thank You and Good Luck
By: Dr. Delbert G. Carlson, D.V.M., Dr. James M. Griffin, D.V.M.
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This is a central nervous system disorder caused by low blood sugar. It occurs mainly in Toys & TeaCup puppies between six and 16 weeks of age. Often it is precipitated by stress.
The first signs are listlessness and depression. They are followed by muscular weakness, vomiting or diarrhea, tremors (especially in the facial muscles), and later convulsions, coma, and death. The entire sequence is not always seen. The dog may simply appear to be depressed or weak, wobbly and jerky, or he may be found in a coma.
Hypoglycemia can occur without warning when a puppy is placed in a new home or while being shipped. It might appear after a puppy misses a meal, chills, becomes exhausted from too much playing or has a digestive upset. These upsets place an added strain on the energy reserves of the liver and bring on symptoms if the dog is susceptible.
Puppies who are weaned on rice and hamburger are more likely to develop hypoglycemia. Their diet is deficient in certain ingredients needed to sustain the liver.
Treatment is directed at restoring blood levels of glucose. Begin at once. Prolonged or repeated attacks can cause permanent damage to the brain. If the puppy is awake, give him Karo syrup, honey or sugar in water by mouth. He will begin to improve within 30 minutes. When he is unconscious, he will have to be given a Dextrose solution intravenously. It may be necessary to treat for swelling of the brain. A veterinarian should be called at once, regardless if the puppy is awake or unconscious.
Prevent recurrent attacks by feeding a high-quality dry food diet and adding to it sugar, syrup or honey. See that the puppy eats at least every 4 hours and receives a daily vitamin. Owners of teacup puppies should not overtire them or allow them to chill. Play must be offset by frequent feedings. A puppy, who does not eat frequently, for whatever reason, is heading for trouble.I want everyone to know about Hypoglycemia and how to take action quickly if necessary for your Tea Cup/Toy puppy. It's better to be prepared on this subject. This is so easy to prevent!
By: Alexander Graham Bell
BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, PREPARATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS.