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Food: If switching food, do so gradually.
Shots: 6, 9 & 12 wks of age.
Deworm: 2,  4, & 6 wks of age.
Puppy not eating: I recommend Nutri-Cal
Be gentle with your puppy.

Hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar) in puppies
 
Hypoglycemia is a common occurance to all small breed puppies. Low blood sugar is a condition in which the level of blood sugar drastically drops. Weakness, confusion, unsteadiness, drooling from the mouth, or in extreme case a seizure are all possible signs of hypoglycemia. The puppy may go into a state of shock and, if not cared for properly and quickly, may die. If your puppy has any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediatly! It is usually a result of stress due to the enviromental change and/or negligence of proper care by the puppies owner. A puppy going to a new home may not always eat adequate amounts of food to compensate for his/her levels of energy simply because he is afraid of his new enviroment. Your puppy must get plenty of rest to prevent stress induced hypoglycemia. At first your puppy will need rest, limit playtime to an hour, then let puppy rest. Activity may be increased with puppies maturity and growth. Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat are nutritional supplements high in sugar which help to prevent stress related hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar). You will need to provide your puppy with a small area for nap time, such as a crate or box, it needs to be in a room to where there is not alot of activity. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU KEEP YOUR PUPPY WARM! IF HE OR SHE GETS CHILLED OR COLD THE BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL WILL DROP!! Hypoglycemia is a rare condition after the puppy reaches 12 weeks of age or weighs over 2 pounds. You should be able to buy Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat at your local pet store. If you ever have any problems and don't know what to do call or email me anytime.
Thank you,
Dorothy Stinson

Bringing home your new puppy
 
Puppies are alot of fun, but they require a tremendous amount of time, attention, and patience, at least the first couple of months. Prepare to spend plenty of time teaching your new puppy how to fit into your household. The energy you invest in your puppy now will ensure that you'll enjoy many years to come with your fine canine companion. Its easier if you get everything ready for your puppy in advance. Before your puppy arrives, take the time to make your home safe for him/her.
 
Puppy - Proof Everything
 
Puppies explore with their mouths, so explore everything on the floor from its perspective. A dangling electrical cord could be the last thing a puppy bites into. Move unstable furniture out of the puppies area.
Decide where your puppies potty area will be and where you'll keep its crate, if you use one. Choose a " safe room" where your puppy will go when it can't be supervised. Kitchen and bathrooms are popular choices: They don't have carpets, and you can put away dangling cords, chemicals and medicines.
Spend time puppy - proofing outdoors, as well. When outside you need to supervise to reward for good behavior or prevent misbehavior.
 
A Few Basic Rules
 
When you first bring your puppy home, everyone will be eagar to pet and play with your new puppy. But think how overwhelming that could be for a young dog! All these strange new sights, sound and people - it can be to much. Difficult as it is for you, hold off on the introductions when you first arrive home. Just take your puppy to its potty area, and if he/she goes, be sure to praise him. Then, settle your pup down for a nap, either in its crate or another place to where you can observe. He/she will want to be close to you, your its security.
Once your puppy awakes take it back to its potty area. Its good to not let your puppy bite people, right now its playing and may be funny, but want be funny when it gets older. Make sure to set the house rules from the start. Give him/her plenty of chew toys to prevent chewing on your furniture.
 
Settling In
 
Puppy play sessions should be lively but short-lived. When a young pup get tired, playtime should be over, naptime begins. You should allow your puppy to sleep whenever it wants. Its like a newborn baby gets tired very easily.
Remember, also, that the first few nights at home may be frightening for a puppy- after all, her littermates are gone. In the beginning, it may be easier if she sleeps near your bed, in a crate or on a soft blanket. Don't punish your puppy for crying, but don't take here out of the crate, unless you want her to sleep with you. He/she will adjust to its surrounding, and nights will be easier within a day or two.
 
House Training
 
Obviously, house training is a huge part in raising a puppy. Everytime your puppy awakens, eats a meal, drinks, plays, starts to sniff or walk in circle, you should be on your way out for a potty break. You need to try and be there to offer praise and reward.
When you can't supervise, use a crate or safe room. Expect accidents, don't get emotional about them. If you live in a high-rise building or just can't get outside often enough, paper train the pup. But you will have to probaly go through another round of training if you want it to go outside later on.
Small dogs get cold easier and sometimes find the outdoors unpleasant, but will go out to use the bathroom if trained to do so. Pet doors are a wonderful thing to have, especially if you have a fenced in area. Be careful at letting your dog run freely outdoors unsupervised,  because of cars and the risk of getting run over.

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Dorothy Stinson
214 Stinson Rd.
Columbia, Ky 42728
270-378-5186
preciouspaws@hotmail.com
 

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