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This document has been prepared to help out individuals purchasing puppies that are from the small breeds; we encourage you to read this entire document so that you are completely prepared for your new puppy. Some of these small dogs become stressed out due to the flight and/or the transition from one home to the next. As a result the puppy can leave our facility in great health, but due to the stress resulting from the change of atmosphere, their health can deteriorate. This doesn't happen very often but I like for you to be prepared if it does. Listed below are the most common things that can happen:
LOW BLOOD SUGAR (hypoglycemia) can develop!!! ALL puppies are eating Victor puppy food (some will be eating a mixture of wet and dry) and they need to be eating well, as well as they SHOULD have a firm stool!!! We free feed which means leave the food out all the time since the small breeds need to eat often. We encourage you to do the same for the first couple of months. DO NOT CHANGE FOODS UNTIL THE PUPPY HAS HAD TIME TO ADJUST! IF YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE FROM VICTOR (I DO NOT RECOMMEND) THEN YOU WILL WANT TO MIX IT 1/2 AND HALF TO CUT DOWN ON THE CHANCES OF LOOSE STOOLS WHICH CAN DEHYDRATE A PUPPY QUICKLY. Now sometimes stress from the transition or flight can give them some loose stools so give it a couple of days. We sometimes give the puppy wet food or chicken breast before flights so they may experience some loose stools. Some of the time due to stress the puppies will not eat the hard food so you must have the following items to help them "start their engine" so to speak. If the puppy goes more than 4 hours after arrival without eating your puppy could get low sugar. If this happens you will need to take it to the vet to have a sugar IV which is very expensive, so please spend the $20 to purchase the items listed below!!! REMEMBER - We offer lifetime support for the babies and are available to answer any questions or offer assistance. Please stay in contact with us during the transition to help it go smoothly. I can offer some home remedies in most cases to assist and help direct you whether vet assistance is necessary.
1. Stella and Chewy freeze dried chicken patties. Use as a topper on hard kibble (can also mix a little warm water with the hard food to make it appealing). Or Purina Puppy - chicken and rice Mixed with hard kibble that is sent with the puppy. Otherwise the puppy will "work you" for the wet only but our goal is to have them eating hard kibble. However, if they are not eating at all, try the topper or give them the wet but plan to transition. For tiny babies, we recommend Royal Canine appetite enhancer puppy. We will let you know what kind of Wet to purchase)
2. Nutri-Cal - This is a calorie supplement that gives your puppy all the vitamins they need as well as helps to maintain sugar levels. For the first few weeks, until the puppy settles in and is eating good, GIVE 1 CC OF NUTRA CALL - THREE TIMES DAILY. This will keep the sugar up and has lot of vitiamins to help your puppy adjust.
3. Chicken Breast/and or chicken and rice - All puppies love chicken breast and it is good for them. I buy skinless and boneless chicken breast and cover with water and boil till done. Chicken and rice is also good for loose stools or upset tummies. I make this with white long grain rice and use split boneless chicken breast - I cook on stove covered with water. Boil until chicken will crumble. I use the juice off the breast to make the rice tasty.
4. Canned Pumpkin - 100% pumpkin - 1 or 2 teaspoon can help with loose stools. (It also works for upset tummies and constipation).
5. Pepto Bizmal - if your puppy throws up due to stress or motion sickness, a 1/4 to a half teaspoon of pepto bizmal will coat their tummies and help settle it.
Coccidia can develop, coccidia is a parasite that can dwell in the intestines, sometimes of the time it comes from the mother and sometimes it can come from things in the environment. The puppy may not shed coccidian until after it arrives because it is usually brought out through stress. This parasite is not deadly at all but can cause irritation to the puppies intestine wall, resulting in diarrhea. Coccidia is easily prevented with albon. As a preventative we give the puppy Marquis before it leaves us and should protect the puppy from this happening for 10 days. We ask if you notice very loose stools with a red tint in them, that you visit your vet and take a stool sample with you. This is not costly and will help your baby get over the stress.
Giardia can develop; giardia, like coccidia is a parasite that acts in the same way. Just like coccidia we do a preventative with safeguard before the puppy leaves us. Again, if you see loose stool with mucus in it, visit your vet and he can give you 5 days of panacur or safeguard to again assist in helping your puppy make the adjustment. (both panacur/safeguard and Albon are cheap and should not cost you much at all but will really help your puppy adjust well if needed) Sometimes metronidazole is also added to treat Giardia.
On any puppies we recommend NOT getting any puppy vaccinations until they have adjusted to the new atmosphere and are eating well!! DO NOT LET THE VET RE-VACCINATE THE PUPPY. ONLY LET THEM GIVE ANY NEEDED VACCINATIONS WHICH ARE MARKED "TO DO" ON THE SHOT RECORD. AN ADDITIONAL PARVO DISTEMPER BOOSTER CAN BE GIVING AT 16 WEEKS IF YOU LIVE IN A AREA WITH A LOT OF PARVO OR DISTEMPER. YOUR VET CAN GUIDE YOU ON THIS. YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A DETAILED SHOT RECORD THAT INCLUDES THE LABELS FROM THE SHOTS GIVEN. THESE LABELS CONTAIN LOT NUMBERS AND EXPIRATION DATES. I AM LICENSED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SO THERE SHOULD'T BE ANY ISSUE BUT IF YOUR VET HAS ONE, PLEASE HAVE THEM CONTACT ME. DO NOT LET THE VET GIVE YOUR PUPPY THE LEPTO VACCINATION. THESE SMALL BABIES DO NOT DO WELL WITH THIS VACCINATION AND IF GIVEN COULD CAUSE DEATH TO YOUR PUPPY. ALSO DO NOT TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO DOG PARKS, PET STORES, ETC. UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED. PARVO CAN BE CONTRACTED WITHOUT FULL VACCINATIONS.
In conclusion please let the puppy rest! The puppy will most likely get excited and run around and seem healthy as can be the first day, but they forget to eat when they are so excited, usually day two is when they crash and that is when you are in trouble. Put them in an area to eat where they are not distracted. Once they are eating well and seem to be adjusted then you can take them out and show them to all your friends, but PLEASE LET THEM GET ADJUSTED before you do anything to crazy with them. ..