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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!!! Most puppies are eating Victor Hi Pro Plus in the teal bag (some may be eating Royal Canine x small) 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. You have to monitor food intake to ensure the puppy is eating good. ***Please see document on Hypoglycemia https://josiesjoysandmore.com/hypoglycemia- *** DO NOT CHANGE FOODS UNTIL THE PUPPY HAS HAD TIME TO ADJUST! IF YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE (I DO NOT RECOMMEND UNTIL THEY SETTLE IN ) 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 purchase the items listed below!!! If puppy is not eating call us immediately and be prepared to syringe feed the baby.
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 topper. Use as a topper on hard kibble (You can add a little warm water with the hard food to make it appealing). If they are not eating at all, try the topper or give them some wet puppy food but plan to transition. We use Pedigree chicken. You can purchase all foods from Chewy and we highly recommend them. https://www.chewy.com
2. NutriCal/Forti 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 NUTRICAL/Forti cal - THREE TIMES DAILY. IF YOUR PUPPY IS STRUGGLING INCREASE TO EVERY 4 HOURS. This will keep the sugar up and has lot of vitamins to help your puppy adjust. You can purchase this from Revival Animal Health Care. https://www.revivalanimal.com Just give them a call to order and provide them with our customer number #1959685 or you can purchase from https://Chewy.com
How to give Nutra cal
3. Chicken Breast/And or Hamburger - All puppies love chicken breast and Hamburger and it is good for them. I buy skinless and boneless chicken breast and cover with water and boil till done and crumbly. 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. You can cook several and then put a little of the juice over it and freeze till needed. Hamburger is quicker. You can cook till done in the microwave. I use a strainer and “wash” the cooked burger to remove all grease. They love it and it’s a good way to jump start a stressed puppy.
4. Whole fat Yogurt… Greek Gods honey and vanilla works great!
5. Canned Pumpkin - 100% pumpkin - 1/2 to 1 teaspoon can help with loose stools. (It also works for upset tummies and constipation).
6. Victor Hi Plus Pro in the teal bag - You can order from chewy but just get a 5 or 10 pound bag. The larger bags will get old before you can use them.
7. Water - We recommend Bottled water for the babies. We only use filter water.
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 puppy's intestine wall, resulting in diarrhea. Coccidia is easily treated. As a preventative we give the puppy prevention meds 3 days before travel.
Giardia can develop; giardia, like coccidia is a parasite that acts in the same way. Just like coccidia we do a prevention for the puppy before he/she leaves. We ask if you notice very loose stools that you visit your vet and take a stool sample with you. Your vet will usually prescribe Panacur dewormer or metro. This is not costly and will help your baby get over the stress of relocation.
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 AN 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 SHOULDN'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 UNTIL THEY ARE OLDER AND THIS IS ONLY NECESSARY IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WITH HIGH CASES OF LEPTO. MOST 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 or three 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 show them to all your friends, but PLEASE LET THEM GET ADJUSTED before you do anything to crazy with them.
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