Caring For Your Puppy

Here is some VERY Important Information you will need before your puppy arrives. HYPOGLYCEMIA the medical term for low blood sugar is the NUMBER ONE cause of DEATH in toy breeds.

New Owners, please read this information CAREFULLY because you can PREVENT a hypoglycemic death.

Hypoglycemia is PREVENTABLE it is NOT covered with our guarantee.

It is YOUR responsibility as a new puppy owner to

READ THIS INFORMATION and become educated on how to properly care for your new Puppy!
 

When you pick up your puppy from our home they may be nervous and somewhat scared, it’s best that you go straight home with them. Be sure you bring Nutri-Cal with you! You’ll need to give your puppy some as soon as you get him or her in the car and again before bed give Nutri-Cal (3) three times a day for the next few days (about a ½ inch on your finger and then rub on top of the tongue or about 2 to 3 cc’s from a syringe) be careful not to choke your puppy. This helps increase their appetite & maintain their Electrolyte balance and helps prevent HYPOGLYCEMIA while adjusting to their new environment. If you’re an hour or so from home You can also offer them a little water (not much because it can cause increased car sickness). Bring a towel CAR-SICKNESS can happen. A puppy crate for the way home.

 

When you get your puppy home offer them food and water. They will probably potty, smell around, nibble on their food, drink and then sleep some. You can add 2 teaspoons of sugar to a pint of water for their water source for the next month or so. This will help prevent HYPOGLYCEMIA. (Be sure to change water daily ESPECIALLY if sugar is added.) 

If you give the Nutri-Cal (Which we prefer over the sugar water) you WILL NOT need to do both.

 

Our Puppies are eating dry food called "ROYAL CANIN STARTER MOTHER & BABYDOG SMALL/PETIT" you can get this at Petsmart or Petco. Little Ceasers-Puppy (in the pink tray) for breakfast, lunch and evening feedings. Leave their dry food down ALWAYS for them to eat. Make sure they are eating and they need to eat at least every 4 to 6 hours. There will be a small bag ROYAL CANIN MINI PUPPY food in their packet. We suggest feeding this for at least the first year and if you change food do it slowly and feed a high quality food, NOT a Ground Corn base food, ALL Wal-Mart foods are Ground Corn base, look on the ingredients and if the FIRST ingredient is Ground Corn, We DO NOT recommend feeding that food. Corn is a filler, they will eat more to satisfy their nutritional need and will poop more if you feed a Corn base food.

 

Also keep HONEY-NUT CHEERIOS around for treats, they are a good source of sugar and carbs, WE give them a few HAND FULLS through-out the day. It helps prevent Hypoglycemia, THEY LOVE THEM!!!

 

If you feel your puppy isn't eating or acting like it should, please DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL A.S.A.P. Just because you place food in front of them, doesn't mean they have eaten, please watch them and make sure they eat, THIS IS A MUST! If you feel something is WRONG with your puppy please contact us, 843-773-1522 in any emergency situation call your Vet first!

 

THE HYPOGLYCEMIA ISSUES & INSTRUCTIONS ARE MAINLY FOR THE X-SMALL PUPPIES BETWEEN 8 & 10 WKS OLD. THE LARGER PUPPIES SHOULDN'T NEED THE NUTRI-CAL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING PLEASE CLARIFY IT BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PUPPY. CALL ME ANYTIME!

 

HYPOGLYCEMIA is the medical term for low blood sugar; it's the NUMBER ONE cause of DEATH in toy breeds. New Owners please read this information CAREFULLY because you can PREVENT a hypoglycemic death.

Because Hypoglycemia is PREVENTABLE, it is NOT covered in our guarantee. It is YOUR responsibility as a new puppy owner to READ THIS INFORMATION and become educated on how to properly care for your new Puppy.

Hypoglycemia most often occurs in puppies from 8 to 20 weeks of age, but can also occur in mature toy breeds when they become stressed. STRESS is what usually causes hypoglycemia. Puppies can become stressed from actions such as moving to a new home, being alone for long periods of time, playing too rough, refusal to eat, change of environment and food/water, too much traveling, exposure to low room temperatures, bacterial infections, or from inability to let your puppy rest and sleep.

Puppies need A LOT of sleep. Puppies should most definitely sleep and rest more than they are allowed to play, you should never wake a sleeping puppy (unless it has been over a 2hrs period).

There are many warning signs of hypoglycemia: lack of energy, weakness, tilting of the head, an unbalanced wobbling when walking, great hunger or refusal to eat, restlessness, high pitched whimpering and whining, shivering and/or trembling, disorientation, seizures or convulsions, white or pale gray gums, coma, and death.

If your new puppy is displaying any of these symptoms you should assume it is hypoglycemia and treat it accordingly. It's always better to be safe than sorry! If your puppy was not having a hypoglycemic spell, treatment would not have done it harm anyway. However if the spell was due to hypoglycemia, treatment would save your puppy's life.

If you own/plan to own a toy breed puppy there are things you need to always keep on hand: ROYAL CANIN MINI brand puppy food, wet

Little Cesar Puppy brand soft puppy food, honey, karo brand corn syrup, Nutri-Cal, Honey Nut Cheerios cereal. FYI: adding about 8 pieces of one of these cereals to your puppy's usual meal is a great PREVENTATIVE tip for hypoglycemia, Vienna Sausages from the baby/toddler isle in the grocery store, Pedialyte or Rebound and a heating pad.

When treating your puppy for hypoglycemia you should always remain CALM DO NOT PANIC

Call your vet immediately you can call us too. (NUTRI-CAL! NUTRI-CAL! NUTRI-CAL! )

 

If you suspect your puppy is showing MILD signs of hypoglycemia Nutri-Cal should be administered immediately. Place about an inch of Nutri-Cal on your finger and wipe it on the top of your puppy's tongue. Repeat this process in 1 to 10 minute intervals if needed. If you are out of Nutri-Cal, you can use Honey or Karo/Corn syrup as a back-up.

Once your puppy is more alert, feed them the wet/dry puppy food mixture with the Karo drizzled on top. If your puppy is still refusing to eat the mixture, try the baby/toddler vienna sausages.

 

 

Your puppy will probably be dehydrated and will need a lot of liquids, offer him/her Pedialyte or Rebound. Also, your puppy will most likely be cold, so you will need to fix him/her a bed on top of a heating pad set on medium temperature. Your puppy may also want to snuggle close to you to get warm. Allow your puppy to get a lot of undisturbed rest. Observe your puppy for several hours to insure a hypoglycemic spell doesn't happen again. Continue observing and give corn syrup and food as needed.

 

REMEMBER ALWAYS CALL US OR GO YOUR VET IF YOUR PUPPY DOES NOT EAT!

If your puppy is showing SEVERE signs of hypoglycemia, especially if it is having seizures or unconscious, you must give the Nurti-Cal or Karo corn syrup immediately. Carefully rub small amount of the gel or syrup on the cheeks and gums. Do NOT put a lot of liquid in the puppy's mouth and be sure the puppy does not choke. Do not stick your fingers between the teeth of a seizing puppy, you may get bitten. Call a vet immediately and get additional instructions. Your puppy will most likely need to go to the vet immediately.

Please remember to keep plenty of food and water available to your puppy at ALL times and that your puppy gets plenty of rest. Most of your OLDER AND / OR LARGER puppies have OUT GROWN the Hypoglycemia stage unless they are EXTRA-SMALL.

 

If you are questioning whether or not to call your vet, you can call us anytime 843-773-1522 and we will be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns. We sincerely hope that your puppy never has a hypoglycemic attack and we also hope that this information will prevent an attack or educate you on how to treat it. Our goal is to ALWAYS provide you with a Happy, Healthy YORKIE Puppy.

 

What is COCCIDIA:
Is an "opportunist protozoon" that lives in the bowels of all dogs. Did that make sense? ALL DOGS carry coccidia. But something has got to weaken the immune system of an animal for the protozoa to have an opportunity to take hold and start multiplying. That "something " is usually STRESS of one kind or another. A loose, stinky stool that can even have streaks of bloody mucus in it usually accompanies coccidia. Some Vets will explain coccidia to their clients by saying the animal is loaded with parasites. This is sometimes interpreted by that client that the animal has worms. Coccidia is not exactly a parasite but can be just as hard to get rid of. A daily supply of yogurt prevents coccidia from getting a foothold as it keeps a good balance of bacteria in the G. I. tract. So long as good bacteria exist in an ample supply in the gut, coccidia can not grow. Coccidia is shed in the stool like a virus. If the animal is not shedding it when a stool sample is taken, the animal can be misdiagnosed as being free of the protozoa. If your puppy is put on antibiotics of any sort, feed yogurt to replenish the good bacteria that is killed off by the antibiotic. It will in no way affect the antibiotic from completing its job but may save your animal from secondary infections caused by an imbalance of good bacteria. When coccidia does exist in the G. I. tract of your puppy, it can easily spread up through the system and into the lungs and if unchecked, it can cause pneumonia and eventually death. The first signs of coccidia is usually a lack of eating properly accompanied by a loose stinky stool and sometimes escalating into bouts of hypoglycemia. Coccidia can be transmitted to humans if hands are not washed and contaminated utensils are handled improperly. Coccidia should never be allowed to progress to a point that the puppy's life is threatened. If your puppy shows signs of this disease, immediately seek professional advice and treatment.

 

Dealing with STRESS!!!

STRESS IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF ILLNESS AND DEATH TO NEWLY ACQUIRED PUPPIES!!!
There are many sources of stress…Simply moving a puppy to a new home, holding him too much, contending with another pet, or being allowed too much playtime are just a few of the many sources of stress. A new puppy is nervous and excited because they are unfamiliar with their surroundings and their new families which may cause a lot of stress. They are like babies who need regular scheduled time for eating, sleeping, drinking, going to potty and playing.
 

THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM TO HAVE FOR A NEW PUPPY is a safe puppy proof quite room. It can be a carrier, a cage, a playpen or a small enclosed area in a quiet room of your home. This will serves two purposes it will house train your pet and it protects its health and well-being while it grows. Provides a secure, comfortable place where it can rest, eat, drink and play in his space. The area should be placed where the temperature stays about the same all the time. Avoid areas that are drafty (cooling vents). Provide a comfortable bed in the space since puppies sleep approximately 90% of the time until they are older. They will need food and water available to them at ALL TIMES whether they are in or out of their safe space even at play time. This allows them to eat, rest and drink, as they need to so they can grow properly. Your decided safe space for the puppy is not punishment, it is protection! It can in some cases save their life.

AVOID EXCESSIVE HANDLING. Too much of this can add stress and overtire the puppy. A tired puppy will not eat; he only wants to sleep. Missing a meal can be a life threatening thing with a young, small puppy it can lead to Hypoglycemia.

A puppy can be played with for about 30 minutes at a time at first. Taking him out for his potty break should begin the playtime. This schedule for playing can be increased gradually, week by week, as the puppy grows older and becomes stronger. The rest time should remain the same. He needs at least 2 hours or more at a time in his bed/safe area undisturbed for rest. GIVING HIM THE QUIET TIME FOR REST IS A MUST!

*The stress of moving a puppy can sometimes bring on illness. If you notice any sign of illness before or after the post examination by a vet, contact us immediately.

 

Here is a little advice that can go a long way.

Stress is the #1 cause of HYPOGLYCEMIA!

We can NOT “STRESS” this enough!! Keep your puppy in a clam, warm, loving surrounding and make sure they eat & drink.

Do not take your puppy in to those stores that allow pets – PetsMart, Petco, TSC, etc.

There are many dogs that come in and out of these stores, you don’t know where they have been or what they have been exposed too, and they may be sick or have been sick. These stores DO NOT clean up after every dog that passes through their doors; it is a VERY NASTY place. DO NOT allow people (Strangers) to handle or touch your puppy (who knows what sick puppy they’ve touched before they touch yours).

DO NOT take your puppy to the park where other dogs have been, at least until ALL SHOTS have been given, and your Veterinarian gives you the Okay. While traveling with a puppy that has NOT received all it Vaccinations, **Please DO NOT Stop at Road-side parks or Rest-areas for them to relieve their selves, go to a Country Church parking lot or exit of the main road and stop at an old Farm Gate.

Dogs from EVERYWHERE use the Rest-areas and your PUPPY can pick up many different illnesses there. So please beware of those populated places.

 

If you or your family members have small children, please watch them VERY closely around the puppy, one strong hug can crush the puppy, dropping the puppy can result in head injury, broken bones, and/or death. Very small children can fall on/or trip over the puppy causing injury to themselves and/or the puppy.

Please help keep your puppy healthy and safe by scheduling a once a year Vet Check, Vaccinations, Heart Worm preventative, Teeth Cleaning, etc.

Find a Vet that you can get to know.

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND using ANY of the BANDFIELD VET SERVICES in the Petco or PetSmart most of these are Student Vets and you NEVER see the same vet twice. You and your puppy need to develop a GOOD one on one relationship with the Vet and the Staff.

Our guarantee WILL NOT cover any diagnosis from BANDFIELD VET SERVICES.

Keep your puppy in a harness & leash at all time while out-doors and keep him or her in a crate while traveling.

Feed a good quality dog food and plenty of fresh water.

Try to avoid giving them People Food – Table Scraps.

NEVER GIVE YOUR PUPPY CHEAP RAW-HIDE Chews!

Nyla-Bones & Toys are the Best Chew toys.

I recommend a HARNESS over COLLARS, puppies have been known to get their collars caught and choke to-death, also if they pull on it AND can crush their throat.

NEVER LEAVE A COLLAR ON YOUR PUPPY WHILE IT IS IN THE CRATE!

BE SURE TO BRING A TOWEL (some puppies will get Car Sick) CRATE AND THE NURTI-CAL WHEN PICKING YOUR PUPPY UP!

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