Puppy Care

FEEDING:

My puppies are “free fed”. That means food and water are provided 24/7! If he/she is less than 2.8 pounds the puppy may need moist food 2 to 3 times a day along with access to dry food and water. For dry food I feed Kirkland Nature’s Domain Puppy Food. For wet food, I soften the dry food with hot water. 


JUST BE ABSOLUTELY SURE the puppy is eating! I provide all my new families with a starter pack of food as well as information you need to get your new puppy settled into their new home.


If you plan on switching your puppy to another brand of food, please make sure it is a high quality PUPPY food and make the switch slowly. Any change can disrupt the puppy’s digestive pattern. I recommend a 5 day transition period. I do NOT recommend any Purina, Iams, Science Diet, or Blue Buffalo products. Wellness and Fresh Pet are great foods.


Stainless steel bowls or ceramic dishes are recommended.


You can offer Nutri Cal (may go by another name and its available from your Vet or Pets Mart) straight from the tube a couple times a day. Just a ½ inch on your finger will do. It is a high calorie vitamin supplement that will provide a caloric and nutritional intake to help with stress. It gives puppies that extra “Boost” they may need when they are making the transition to their new home. I recommend that you offer it to them for the first day or two and anytime after that when you feel your puppy has had a bad day or has not eaten as well as you would have liked. 


  

WORMING AND MEDICAL CHARTS:

Your puppy will be vaccinated and wormed with the appropriate number of injections for his age when you get him/her. I suggest the following schedule: 9 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. The Rabies vaccination should not be given before 20 weeks of age. I prefer 20 to 24 weeks of age and it should NEVER be given at the same time as other vaccinations. For worming I use Nemex.


I provide a medical chart with dates of shots and worming when the puppy is picked up. Be absolutely sure you follow the schedule for your puppy’s shots! Please tell your Veterinarian NOT to use a vaccine with “Lepto” in it.


SPAYING AND NEUTERING:

It's important and timely. Talk to your Veterinarian about the best time to spay/neuter your puppy. I recommend spay/neuter surgery be done at 8 months or older. If your puppy is small I would wait until they are at least a year old.


TOYS, CHEWS & TREATS:

Chews are great for puppies, especially when they are teething. Just remember the puppy is very little and just like a small child, he needs to be monitored constantly when playing or chewing! I like the all-natural rawhide chews and the KONG brand rubber chew toys are great. You can put a treat inside and the puppies will play with and chew for hours trying to get at the treat. Non stuffed toys are fun for them and no stuffing to spread around the house! They like the toys that make the "crinkle" sound. I do NOT recommend raw hide, pigs ears, or bully sticks as they can cause choking and blockages. Antlers are a better choice.


Canned green bean, apple pieces and carrot pieces are excellent treats.


BATHING:

I use Espree Cucumber Melon shampoo or Dr. Bonner's Pure Castile liquid soap. Just remember you won’t need to worry about getting out tangles if you brush your puppy at least twice a week. Brushing helps to stimulate hair growth and helps distribute the natural oils through the hair. Nail trims should be done monthly. I recommend that you get your puppy accustomed to the grooming process at an early age.


SLEEPING:

Your new puppy has probably never been alone. The first few nights will be confusing and frightening. Yorkie puppies CANNOT sleep outside! They are house dogs! Make sure the puppy is warm (if needed, fill a 2-liter bottle with hot water then wrap it in a towel and place it next to your puppy or a heating pad on low). Be sure to encourage a couple hours of active play just before bedtime so that sleep will come more easily. Don’t be concerned if the puppy sleeps a lot—that is what puppies do. Normal puppies with a full stomach are usually found sleeping soundly! The old saying is they are growing when they are sleeping. But that only applies when the puppy is eating well. If your puppy is sleeping a lot and not eating, then you may have a problem that could be low sugar levels (see my info on Hypoglycemia).

Last but not least, if you ever have any questions about your puppy feel free to call me or email me. The most important thing is to love your puppy; he or she is your new best friend!

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