Additional Puppy Care
In addition to the Caring for your puppy page, this page will give you an idea of what to expect with a new small breed puppy. Always care for these little puppies as you would a new born baby. All they need for the first few months is food, water, rest and love!
Make sure you have the time needed to take care of your new baby. Never leave them alone and unattended for extended lengths of time, until your baby has adjusted to their new home. If you do, this can cause anxiety and stress, which can led to a full blown case of Coccidia.
Prepare an area for your baby that they can call their own. Purchasing an exercise pen is the easiest way to do this. You can put a comfortable bed and a baby blanket, so your puppy can stay nice and warm. Inside of the pen you will always need to keep fresh food and clean filtered water, NOT tap water, for your new baby. Never take the food or water away from your puppy for the first few weeks to a month.
And for the first week, make sure they are eating a lot. If your puppy is not eating, you must find something that your puppy will want to eat. You can start by wetting down your puppies food with warm water or mixing the dry food with wet canned dog food. You can use Cesar Puppy or AD Science Diet canned food. If that is not making your puppy interested in eating feed your puppy cooked chicken pieces, rice, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, chicken broth, evaporated milk or goats milk. If your puppy still does not want any of the food offered, give your puppy Nutrical or Karo Syrup.
You can purchase Nutrical at Petsmart, Petco or a pet store. Nutrical is a sugar based paste that is enriched with vitamins. When you first bring your new puppy home having Nutrical on hand is a good thing. If your puppy won't eat give them Nutrical around the clock to make sure that they are getting the sugar that your puppy needs in their body to prevent Hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia occurs when the puppies blood sugar is too low. Signs of hypoglycemia can be any and all of the following: loss of appetite to the point that your puppy is lethargic, limp, drooling from the mouth, stumbling, trembling and in the worst case having seizures. You must rub the Nutrical or Karo Syrup on your puppy's gums and feed your puppy Nutrical or Karo Syrup through their mouth. If your puppy does not show signs that he or she is getting better within 5-10 minutes call your veterinarian immediately. This could mean life or death for your new puppy! These puppies are not anything like larger dog breeds. They are very picky eaters and you must make sure that they are eating, please do not assume they are!
Make sure you let your new baby get lots of rest! Handling your puppy to much when you first get them can cause them stress also can cause Hypoglycemia or Coccidia.
Traveling both short and long commutes with your new puppy is NOT recommended. PLEASE get your puppy to their new home immediately and get them situated and in their comfy bed with plenty of food and water. Once your puppy is comfortable in their new home you can travel with your new puppy, but take precaution and ALWAYS have Nutrical or Karo Syrup on hand.
In no time both you and your new puppy will be well adjusted once you've received your puppy. You will have your little companion that you were looking for and they will trust and love you forever, for giving them a happy and healthy life.