Congratulations on your new Puppy!
Here are some suggestions to help you keep your puppy healthy
and safe.

Please click here for Housebreaking, Crate Training and New
Puppy Tips

Vaccinations: Your new puppy has had his-her first set of shots and
has been wormed. Please see the puppy’s shot record for the specific
vaccinations and wormer given. Puppies are very susceptible to
disease and illness during their first year and require 3 or more sets
of vaccinations and boosters, depending on where you live and the
conditions in your area. Please take vaccinations very seriously and
understand that your puppy could die within a day if he contracts a
serious disease that he/she has not been properly vaccinated for.
Don't assume that because the puppy received his/her first shots
that they will be okay.  
Please be extremely diligent in protecting your puppy from exposure
to dog and puppy diseases. Don't take them places where there are
lots of dogs until they are 12 weeks old and have had all three rounds
of vaccinations. For example: I know you want to show off your new
baby, but don't take them to Pet stores, Feed stores, dog parks, etc.
Keep them at home and safe.
When you take your puppy to the vet, please keep them in a crate or in
your arms. Don't let them come into contact with the floors, trash
cans, etc. Only place them on the exam table if you know it has been
cleaned since the last dog was there. You'd be surprised to find out
how many puppies get sick at the vet. Where do sick puppies go? THE
VET!!! That's where you can pick up a lot of nasty diseases. Just be
careful and read my
canine illnesses page to learn of the symptoms
and how diseases are spread.
Your puppy will need booster shots at 9 and 12 weeks with a rabies
shot at 12 weeks. The rabies vaccination can only be administered by a
veterinarian in most states. Please check with your vet to see what
vaccinations they recommend and at what age. We do sell boosters
for your puppy’s subsequent vaccinations. They are available for $10
each.

Adjusting to a new home: Puppies commonly shows signs of anxiety and
fear when they are taken from their mother and litter mates. To help
ease the transition to your puppy’s new home, try and make sure that
you have a day or two to stay at home with the new puppy. Try to keep
the home environment quiet and friendly. Puppies are just like
newborn babies – don’t over-handle them. They sleep around 80% of
the time and tire very quickly. Let them have as much rest as they
need. We recommend crate training your new puppy. It will give the
puppy a place to feel safe and a place to sleep. (Please see info on
crate training above)

Your puppy may whine and cry the first week at his new home,
especially when in the crate. Just be patient and calm and he will
adjust. Keep in mind that puppies are like children and will become
accustomed to sleeping with you in your bed – if you don’t want a dog in
your bed forever, don’t start it as a puppy!!!

New puppies sometimes get diarrhea. This can be from anxiety or
changes in food/water, etc. Diarrhea can also be caused by parasites,
diseases and parasites brought on by stress as well as puppy diseases
such as parvo. Please see my
Canine illnesses and Safe Vet Visit pages
for more information.

Food: To ensure your puppy’s stomach stays calm, please continue to
feed him/her
Purina Puppy Chow  or slowly switch to the food of your
choice.  If you do decide to feed a different food, slowly mix the two
foods together over a period of a week and phase out the old food. I
cannot stress enough how important it is to feed your dog quality pet
food. Not only does it add years to your dog’s life, it cuts down on
“poop production” and makes your dog’s coat and eyes bright and
attractive. Some suggestions for food are: Purina One and Purina Pro
Plan.   Please make sure your puppy has dry food and water available
at all times. Please see my
Dog Food information page for more info.
Kanine Kisses ~ New Puppy
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