Puppy Deworming – What To Expect After Deworming

What To Expect After Puppy Deworming

After puppy deworming there are lots of things which you should expect.  It is important to remember that not all of the effects of puppy deworming are unpleasant.

Expect To See Some Worms After Puppy Deworming

Puppy deworming is very effective in the elimination of parasites.  Those worms have to get out somehow. Do not be surprised when you see them. They are seen in your dog’s stool.  They can also be seen in vomit. Seeing worms in your dog’s stool (and vomit) is one of the most common effects of deworming medicine. Though unpleasant, it is indeed a clear sign that the medicine is working. This effect is temporary. If these symptoms persist more than two days, contact your veterinarian.

Expect A Temporary Change In Personality After Puppy Deworming

Aside from being able to see some worms, also expect  to see a temporary change in your dog’s personality after puppy deworming.  One of those changes is that your dog may become somewhat lethargic, seeming to lose much of its energy. This can be very alarming if you aren’t prepared for the change.  Just like the other adverse side effects of this medication, this one is normally temporary. If your dog does not get their energy back in a couple of days, call your veterinarian.

Other Side Effects

Other side effects which are common after puppy deworming is loss of appetite for a few days. You may see worms in your dog’s stool and vomit. We need to clarify that  stool will often take the form of diarrhea during those couple of days of recovery. When you see worms, don’t be surprised if some of them are still alive. Some of the medication used for this purpose only paralyzes them instead of killing them.

Expect A Healthier Dog

Remember, not all of the effects of puppy deworming are negative. The main one, the elimination of the parasites themselves, is entirely positive. Remember, those parasites are harmful.  If they remain in your dog’s body, they can cause many serious health problems.  The fact that you won’t have to worry as much about those kinds of things is a very positive effect.  You can also expect your dog’s coat to look healthier. Plus, once the negative side effects have passed your dog will likely express even more energy and affection than before.

When To Call The Vet

We have  provided several answers to the question of when to call a veterinarian after puppy deworming.  If the negative side effects of puppy deworming are present in your puppy for longer than 48 hours, call your veterinarian.


Ear Cropping Drawbacks

Ear Cropping Drawbacks

Ear cropping drawbacks occur on both the practical and the cosmetic level.  Lets examine ear cropping drawbacks. Then you can make an informed decision about whether or not to have this procedure performed.  In the end, you may decide that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its associated risks. Ultimately, that decision will be left up to each individual pet owner.

Ear Cropping Pain

One of the biggest ear cropping drawbacks is that the procedure can be painful for your dog. Try to keep the pain to a minimum by only having the procedure performed on puppies. That’s why it’s done so early in a dog’s life. Make  sure that you only have the cropping done by a professional. This will help to keep the dog’s pain to a  minimum. Though cropping by an amateur is not illegal in the United States,  having it done by a professional will significantly reduce all of the risks for your dog.

The Risk Of Infection

The risk of infection is another one of ear cropping drawbacks. Here again, having the procedure performed by a professional will reduce the risk of infection.  If infection does occur, your dog is going to require additional veterinary care in order to resolve that infection. Also, the fact that he or she will have to suffer through its symptoms. Therefore, the risk of infection is a good risk to reduce. The risk of infection exists as the surgery itself creates an open wound along the edge of the dog’s ear. Puppies also have immature immune systems.

Failure In Ear Cropping

Another risk associated with ear cropping is the risk of failure. Remember, the whole point of the procedure in the first place is to make your dog’s ears stand up a certain way. In order to give that the best possible chance of happening, the dog’s ears are taped and bandaged in the right position after the surgery is performed. After that tape is removed, after the dog’s ears have healed, the dog’s ears should stay that way. There is a chance that they won’t.  If they don’t, the surgery can always been done a second time. This is not uncommon.

Some Ethical Concerns

There are also some ethical concerns associated with ear cropping. There are two reasons for this. The first reason for this would be the ear cropping drawbacks that we have already discussed. The other reason is that none of the benefits of the surgery have direct health benefits. It is believed that there may be some health benefits for your dog.  None have been scientifically proven yet. For that reason, veterinarians that perform this surgery must learn on the job.  Some groups frown upon the practice.  Some still endorse it.

Making the Decision

We promised we would help you make a decision about ear cropping.  If your dog actually does guard livestock for you, a wolf could grab it by the ears, then ear cropping could be beneficial. If your dog competes in shows and cropped ears are part of its breed’s standards, then you are going to have to have it done in order to compete. Otherwise, there really isn’t much need for ear cropping these days.


Ear Cropping History

Ear Cropping History

Ear cropping has been a fairly common practice for several centuries now.  Ear cropping has been more common during certain periods than others. This ear cropping history will take a look at what could be considered a more practical reason for ear cropping.  We will also examine the more cosmetic reason for ear cropping.  In the end, you will have a more complete understanding of ear cropping history. We will also answer some questions about ear cropping.

Traditional Ear Cropping

Ear cropping history shows the original reason for ear cropping was that the dogs whose ears had been cropped needed to fight. The reasons they needed to fight were many and varied.  Ranging from hunting animals that would try to attack them to purposely being pitted (quite literally) against other dogs.  Dog fighting is no longer legal in most places (thankfully).  There are also other reasons dogs might need to fight (defending other animals, for example). So the practical purposes of the practice remain relevant even in modern times. This is particularly true of cropping the ears of dogs which serve as livestock guardians.

Any agricultural culture which still relies heavily on the raising of sheep is still going to be one in which ear cropping is reasonably common.  Ear cropping history again shows the reason for this is that it reduces the possibility of other dogs or wolves grabbing these guardians by their ears during a battle. The ears on these dogs were (and are) often cropped immediately after weaning, while the dogs are still puppies. There are certain places where this practice is no longer legal.

Cosmetic Ear Cropping

In addition to the practical reasons for ear cropping, there are  cosmetic reasons. These cosmetic reasons are an equally prevalent part of ear cropping history . This has particularly been the case for the last century. Some people claim that this cosmetic cropping enhances dogs’ hearing. Maybe helps prevent ear infections, but there is no scientific evidence. The most common reason for the practice is that it is part of the standards which have been established for some breeds in some dog show exhibitions. The procedure is also know as otoplasty. It is still usually performed when the dog is a puppy.

In ear cropping history it was and is often performed on dogs while they are still young.  As when they get older, the procedure causes them to experience quite a bit more pain and suffering.  After all, up to two-thirds of their ear flaps are being removed. Then the wounded edges are being closed with stitches. After the procedure itself, the ears are bandaged and taped so that they will heal in the proper shape. If this process is unsuccessful, the procedure itself can be redone. Though amateur cropping is not illegal in the US, it is recommended that ear cropping be performed by a professional.

The decision on whether or not to practice ear cropping these days remains to be made by each individual dog owner. The dog show officials will have a role to play in influencing this decision as well.  As ear cropping history continues to unfold, the practice will decline, but perhaps not. In the end, only time will tell.


Puppy Inoculations

When You Should Not Give Puppy Inoculations

When you should not give puppy inoculations may seem strange to you.  It is important to understand that some puppy inoculations may actually do more harm than good.  We’re going to explain why. Then, you can make a fully informed decision on your own.

Background Information On Puppy Inoculations

A number  of veterinarians have come to realize that a lot of puppy inoculations actually cause more diseases than they prevent. That may seem shocking to you.  Since you have probably heard the praises of puppy inoculations.  There is a growing amount of data to support that conclusion. Sometimes, you don’t even notice the symptoms of the problems your dog is experiencing before it’s too late.   Puppy inoculations don’t even guarantee immunity from the diseases they are trying to prevent. They only increase the odds of not contracting those diseases.

When Puppy Inoculations Are Unnecessary

Puppy inoculations are offered sometimes in the form of a “mega shot”. This is a single injection that offers a number of vaccines. The problem with this approach is that it contains a number of vaccinations your puppy doesn’t need. Since we know many vaccinations can do more harm than good. We would strongly urge you to consider avoiding this “mega shot” altogether. Instead, only get those core puppy inoculations required by your local laws. That way, you get maximum protection with minimum risk. Also, you will really be doing your pet a favor.

When Puppy Inoculations Are Boosted

It is still a tradition to have  puppy inoculations boosted every year. We think this is very unfortunate for a lot of reasons. These vaccinations can often do more harm than good. They are also completely ineffective. It is very likely that your one year old dog will still have antibodies left from the  puppy vaccinations it received.  Therefore, those old antibodies are going to neutralize those new antibodies anyway.  The chance these annual boosters will harm your dog, however small, is greater than the chance that they will help it.

Beware Of The Racket About Puppy Inoculations

Racket may sound like a harsh word to use in a discussion of puppy inoculations. We believe that is exactly what is going on in certain sectors of the veterinary industry. By making you feel guilty about not bringing your dog in for its annual boosters. So unscrupulous veterinarians can enlarge their coffers. Some of them even go so far as to threaten to deny your beloved pet life saving care. Unless it is what they refer to as “current” on their shots. If you vet is trying to use any of these tactics on you, it might be time to find a new vet.

Sticking To Your Plan About Puppy Inoculations

Some people say that puppy inoculations shouldn’t be administered at all. Others say that puppy inoculations should only be boosted once every three years; not annually. Once you have made your decision about which course you would like to pursue. You will need to stick to that plan. In spite of pressure you might receive from various sources to do otherwise.



New Research On The Dangers Of Puppy Vaccines

New Research On The Dangers Of Puppy Vaccines

New Research on the dangers of puppies vaccines is something you should read.  It is important to point out that some puppy vaccines are still recommended. There are rewards of certain puppy vaccines. Namely immunity from certain potentially deadly diseases, far outweigh the potential risks.  Unless you have found a veterinarian that has really kept up on this new research.  It is likely that your puppy doesn’t actually need all the vaccines your vet will recommend.  Annual booster shots, which are still a common practice today.  Now are gradually being shown to actually be more harmful than effective.

Don’t Skip All Puppy Vaccines

There are certain puppy vaccines which are still quite necessary. The important key to avoid is the “multi-shot” injection. This has a lot of vaccines in it that your puppy doesn’t really need.  Also, some of those might actually be harmful to him. Those harmful effects may manifest themselves in symptom form within a few days.  Also, you may not be able to tell anything is wrong. Either way, it is quite possible that your puppy’s immune system will have been so overwhelmed.  Then, when something new comes along, he will be unable to deal with it.

Remember The Risk Of Annual Boosters

As your puppy grows, your veterinarian will  urge you to bring him in for annual boosters of many of those initial puppies vaccines.  These are unnecessary.  Also, they often do more harm than good.  Your dog should receive boosters of what are called “core” vaccinations once every three years.  Your dog already has antibodies in his system from previous shots. Those antibodies will neutralize the newly introduced antibodies anyway. There is evidence to suggest that these vaccinations can actually cause chronic disease. This means they are more harmful than is necessary.

Why It Is Still Being Done

Why do some veterinarians still recommend  annual boosters of puppy vaccines if they are so bad? Thankfully,the short answer is not all of them are. Some of them just don’t know any better. Unfortunately, it is also possible that some veterinarians are simply making these recommendations to make more money. The best way is to find a vet that is willing to only boost vaccinations once every three years. Still bring your pet in once every year for a general checkup anyway. That is a good idea.

Unfortunate Fear Tactics

If your vet uses  “guilt” so you will annually boost your puppy vaccines.  Getting vaccinations beyond the core ones are not necessary.  Find a new vet. Unfortunately, one of those tactics is to imply that you don’t really care about your pet.  Unless  you agree with all of their recommendations. The fact that you are reading this article is proof enough that you care about your pet.  Another unfortunate tactic is to threaten to deny your pet certain treatments. Even potentially life saving ones, unless he is “current.”

Take Charge Of  Your Puppy Vaccines Schedule 

You have to take charge of your puppy vaccines schedule. If you and your vet cannot come to an agreement about your puppy vaccines .This may mean finding a new vet. Fortunately, your dog is still a puppy, so you have plenty of time to do that.



When to Spay Your Puppy

When To Spay Your Puppy

Spaying dogs is part of responsible dog ownership. One of the most important question is when to spay  your puppy .  Female puppies can become pregnant as early as five to six months of age.  So a puppy spaying age to prevent this  should be before five months. Is there a point during those first five or six months when to spay your puppy.  First,we must first examine some other questions about when to spay your puppy.

What Is Spaying Dogs?

You may be reading this article without even knowing exactly what spaying dogs is.  For you to understand our recommendations regarding when to spay your puppy.  We need to explain what exactly the procedure entails. It is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of a female animal. If it were a male animal, the procedure would be referred to as neutering. The specific organs that are removed in a female dog are the ovaries and uterus .`

Why Should It Be Done?

Besides the question when to spay your puppy , an important question is  why it should be done . If you are not convinced of the necessity of the procedure, the answer to the “when?” question  might be “never.” That shouldn’t be the case. The main reason for spaying dogs is that it reduces the pet population.  Thus reducing the demand on animal shelters. For owners, they also benefit from a reduction in certain undesirable behaviors associated with mating. It also prevents further health problems from developing.

When Is The Best Time For Spaying Dogs?

When to spay your puppy depends on a number of factors. If your dog is already an adult, then any age is fine. It is better to perform the spaying procedure prior to sexual maturity. If your puppy is going to be competing in dog shows.  You will need to ask your veterinarian for a more specific recommendation in order to ensure the necessary physical development. If not, then they can be spayed as early as eight weeks old.

Will Spaying Change My Pet’s Personality?

For those of you worried that spaying your puppy might change their personality.  You really don’t have very much to worry about. In fact, if there are any changes to your pet’s personality after the procedure. Then you are likely to perceive them as entirely positive changes. Now, they won’t be distracted by their mating instincts. Therefore, you will most likely have an even easier time training them. This is a very positive change indeed. There will not be any reduction in their playfulness. They will still be just as affectionate as they always were. This is typically what most pet owners are worried about.

The Bottom Line

Hopefully you will decide to have your puppy spayed. Also, that we have adequately demonstrated  that spaying dogs is important.  Spaying dogs has benefits for you, your dog, and the rest of society. It’s a win-win-win situation. You should call your veterinarian for an appointment.


Costs Of Dog Spaying

Costs of Dog Spaying

Costs of dog spaying are a legitimate concern for some people. Even though they understand the benefits of the procedure. There are some people that simply can’t afford it. Especially in today’s economy. Fortunately, there is help available regarding dog spaying costs.  The worst possible solution to not being able to afford the dog spaying costs, is not to have the procedure done. There are so many other solutions available to you. This is a terrible route to pursue for any pet owner.

What are The Costs of Dog Spaying

When you have the procedure performed at a veterinary clinic. The dog spaying costs could run on average  between two and three hundred dollars. A number of factors could affect the price.  The weight of your dog and the geographical location of the clinic . There are also some things that could result in an extra charge. For example, if your dog is in heat or pregnant while it is being spayed. There will usually be an extra charge for that. That extra charge will usually be anywhere between twenty-five and one hundred dollars, depending on the vet.

Why Dog Spaying Costs Are Worth It

If you can afford  the dog spaying costs at a veterinary clinic, it is worth it. They usually are able to provide your dog more attention during their recovery process. They also offer things like extra pain medication to make your dog even more comfortable. It is important to point out that at any facility, general anesthesia will be utilized during the procedure itself. If you can afford the costs of dog spaying under one of the circumstances we are about to discuss. Then by all means, you should still do so. Spaying your dog offers a number of benefits.

How To Reduce The Costs of Dog Spaying

The humane society offers a reduction of  dog spaying costs. You can have the procedure performed there for as little as $45 to $135. The main variable in that price range is your dog’s weight.  Even at the higher end, it is still less expensive to have the procedure performed there than at most veterinary clinics. They do a very good job of it. Even if it is less luxurious than the procedures performed at veterinary clinics. On rare occasions in certain communities, you can even have the procedure performed for free by veterinary students.

What If You Don’t Do It?

As we mentioned, spaying dogs has a lot of benefits. If you don’t have it done, you won’t enjoy them. The procedure benefits your dog. It benefits you. It benefits society as a whole by reducing the population of unwanted pets. Thus the demand on animal shelters. It benefits your dog by reducing their risk of developing certain health problems later on in life. It benefits you by eliminating certain undesirable behaviors in your pet (associated with mating). While still preserving their affectionate and playful personalities. If you don’t have the procedure performed. You won’t experience any of that.

Whatever The Cost

Spaying dogs is something that should be done no matter how much it costs. Since spaying dogs has so many benefits which we have demonstrated.  The costs of dog spaying are worth the money. Also, it is good to know that there are ways to save money on the procedure.


New Safer Methods Of Spaying

New Safer Methods of  Spaying

New safer methods of spaying your dog have been developed.   Veterinarians have taken a new look at the way they have been spaying dogs for decades. They have been able to alter the procedure.  It can now be performed with fewer complications. Some veterinarians still perform the procedure using the old methods. If you are interested in the new safer methods of spaying, ask your vet about the procedure.

Spaying Dogs the Traditional Way

Spaying dogs the traditional way involved the removal of the uterus and both of the ovaries. First, it renders the dog infertile. It helps to control the population of unwanted pets. This reduces the demand placed on the services of animal shelters. Secondly, spaying dogs by the removal of the uterus and ovaries results in the elimination of undesirable behaviors in the dog. Thirdly, spaying dogs prevents the development of diseases of the uterus and ovaries later in life.

Technical Terms, New Safer Methods Of Spaying

Technical terms for  the new safer methods of spaying  involves removing only the ovaries, leaving the uterus in place. This results in fewer complications. It  accomplishes all the same goals as the more traditional way. The uterus serves only the purpose of housing a fetus. The ovaries accomplish more than that. Therefore, once the ovaries are removed, the uterus remains completely inert. This accomplishes all three of the benefits  mentioned in the above paragraph. The new safer methods of spaying reduces the complications a great deal more.

What about Uterine Diseases

You may be wondering if  the new safer methods of spaying dogs really accomplishes all the same benefits as the old way.  Since the uterus is left in place during the new procedure, isn’t the dog’s risk of developing uterine disease later in life just as great?  No, the short explanation for this is that without the presence of the ovaries, the risk of developing uterus diseases of any kind is greatly reduced.

Other Benefits of the New Safer Methods of Spaying

One of the benefits of the new safer methods of spaying dogs is that it requires less time in the operating room. It can prevent the potential complication of excessive bleeding into the abdominal cavity, which sometimes requires a second surgery.  There are also a few other potential complications that could necessitate a second surgery. The risk of those are  dramatically lower in the new safer methods of  spaying your dog . The degree of post-operative discomfort your dog will experience is much lower when this new procedure is used. Rather than when the old one is performed.

Talking to Your Vet

If you are interested in the new safer methods of  spaying . Then you should talk with your veterinarian. There is a reasonable chance that he or she already prefers the new safer methods of spaying.  If not , and your preference  is the new safer methods of spaying look for a vet that does.


Deworming Your Puppy

Deworming your puppy is a critical part of puppy care. 98% of all puppies have worms that they contracted from their mother before they were born. This is true of the most careful, clean and meticulous breeders.  Also, certainly true if the puppy comes from a questionable background.

There are many different species of worms which can affect your puppy’s growth and development. These worms are intestinal parasites.  You probably won’t see them in the puppy’s stool unless they have a severe infestation. Symptoms of worms could include a dull coat, a bloated tummy, vomiting, diarrhea, or evidence in the stool.  There may be no sign at all until they are heavily infected.  Deworming your puppy will prevent this from happening.

Deworming Your Puppy For Roundworms

The most common type of dewormed found in puppies are roundworms.  Roundworms, as you might expect, are round and a common description is “spaghetti-like”. These ascarids are very common in nature. They can survive outside a host in a cyst stage for a long time. Grassy areas are common places to find any number of parasitic cysts.

When deworming your puppy, you need to repeat it at least twice. Three times is better still. The deworming your puppy  procedure needs to be done at two week intervals to follow the life-cycle of the parasite. Most eggs will hatch in that two weeks. The first deworming your puppy medication kills anything that is in its adult stage. The follow up treatments kill anything that has hatched in the mean time. You can see why it may be advisable to repeat deworming your puppy a third time. In case any residual eggs had yet to hatch. Also if any remaining adults laid new eggs.

It is a good idea to follow the final deworming your puppy with a microscopic fecal exam. This is done at your vet’s office a couple weeks after the final dewormed. This will make sure no eggs are present. Your vet will need a very fresh fecal sample. Usually no more than an hour old.

Intestinal parasites can cause many problems for the puppy. They can become malnourished, despite how much they eat.  If they are always sharing their nutrition with their unwelcome companions they won’t grow well. They will be more susceptible to disease despite vaccines.  They may have chronic diarrhea and vomiting.  Also they may never reach their standard body weight or muscle mass.

Some species of intestinal parasites are transmissible to humans. Children who have a less developed immune system and are more likely to be in the vicinity of the worms or eggs.  Round dewormed especially can infect young children. Children inadvertently put their hands in their mouth or roll around in the grass with the puppy.  It is possible, though less likely to contract other species of worms.

Deworming Your Puppy For Tapeworms

Tapeworms are among the most difficult to get rid of.  They are a flat, segmented worm. The head of the tapeworm burrows into the intestine wall and segments break off and are expelled with the feces. You may see wriggling rice-like segments in the stool or dry sawdust – like flakes stuck in the coat around the puppy’s anus.  Each segment contains thousands of eggs and ingestion will cause a recurrent infestation.

Fleas are the vector for the tapeworm.  They carry the tapeworm from one host to the next. When an animal bites a flea, the tapeworm larva finds it’s way to the digestive tract where it develops and inhabits the intestine. Tapeworms can be very difficult to get rid of.  Dislodging the head can require multiple deworming your puppy attempts. If you do not kill the dewormed at the source, it will regenerate from the head.

There are actually very few medications that work effectively against tapeworms.  Many of which can be very hard on the puppy.  Whichever medication you choose, you should be sure to consult your veterinarian before you use it.

Drontal is the best general dewormer on the market today. It is a wide spectrum dewormer and does get tapes. If your puppy definitely has tapes. Then it is a good idea to follow up with a species specific dewormer. That is, one that just gets tapes.


Whipworms are comparatively quite small, about 1/4 inch long. They are rarely seen because they live in the cecum and colon. They cause severe irritation to the lining of these areas resulting in watery, bloody diarrhea. Whipworms are specific to dogs and are not infectious to people.

Hookworms are a species that do NOT need a host to be transmitted.  If the temperature and humidity are adequate. The eggs which are expelled in feces, may develop into the first larval stage.  Larva can survive in damp grasses until a host animal happens by. Infection occurs by ingestion or penetration of the skin.

A dog that walks through an infected area could ingest them by licking his feet.  They may penetrate the skin on his feet and move into a blood vessel. Then to the heart and lungs, be coughed up and swallowed where they will reside, firmly attached.

These worms can cause blood loss leading to anemia, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, poor coat, and general poor health.

This worm can infect humans.  Children are particularly susceptible.  These worms travel under the skin.  If your dog is diagnosed with them.  Keep  all feces picked up as soon as he has had a movement to reduce exposure as much as possible.

Giardia is not a worm.  It is a single-celled parasite called protozoa that invades the intestinal tract.  In healthy adult dogs it will likely cause no outward symptoms.  However, in puppies and debilitated dogs it will cause diarrhea.

Giardia is often transmitted through stagnant or standing water.  Also, in areas of grass where infected dogs have defecated.  Metronidazole is usually used to treat infections. A course of treatment is generally given for 5-7 days.


Like Giardia, Coccidia is also not a worm but a single-celled protozoan parasite which lives in the intestine lining.  It causes diarrhea and is often, therefore, confused with worms.

Poor sanitation can be a contributing factor.  It is not uncommon to find infections in puppies that come from very good breeders and generally healthy conditions.

About The Author
This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice. Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet dewormed.


New Puppy, First Day Home Is A Special Day

 New puppy,  first day home is a special day for you and your family. Everyone is trying to find their new position in the household.  There are new responsibilities, new adventures, and new toys everywhere for your new puppy.

Bringing a new puppy home is exciting but it can also be quite expensive, exhausting, and scary.  A puppy’s needs are not unlike any new addition to the family. A new puppy needs lots of love, patience, and kindness. A new puppy also needs clear rules and expectations from day one.  He will need a place of his own and a safe environment all around him.


First Day Home After Picking Up Your New Puppy

Usually your new puppy  will bond most strongly to whoever brings him home from the breeder, shelter, airport or store. So if you want your new puppy to be attached to your children, have your kids go with you. If this is going to be your new puppy, then you need to be there.

Your first day home with your new puppy will bring challenges and rewards alike.  Whether you are adding a Mastiff new puppy to a household already teaming with children and pets. A Chihuahua new puppy who will be your sole companion. You will find that very special accommodations need to be made to insure the health, happiness, and well being of your new puppy friend and their new family.


Preparing For Your New Puppy’s First Day Home

Preparations for your first day home with your new puppy should begin well before she ever romps across your living room or leaves her footprints in the grass outside.

This day marks the beginning of your life together. This is the beginning of the bonding process that establishes your lifelong relationship with a new puppy. Your family should be made aware of the way having a new puppy can change the structure in your home.  Children need to understand that puppies are not toys and cannot be treated as such.  Everyone needs to know that anything left out will get chewed, messes will get made, and the new puppy will need to sleep as much as they will need to play.

Make sure children are taught to be careful when handling a new puppy, and small children should NEVER carry a puppy around.  An adult should monitor interactions with small children at all times.  Some puppies are very fragile and all puppies are wiggly, and rambunctious.  Children should be taught to treat a new puppy with respect.  Children should never be in charge of discipline or correction of behavior of a new puppy.

Leaving their mother and litter mates will probably bring about some anxiety. However, this can be greatly diminished if you plan your schedules so that you will be home with the new puppy the first 3 to 4 days. Some authors suggest leaving the puppy alone and give them time to themselves to adjust to the new surroundings. We disagree. In our homes, we plan for this introductory period by keeping the new puppy involved with plenty of attention from children and other family members. When we are not with the puppy, she is sleeping. You will be amazed how time spent in this manner will speed up the housebreaking process. If the children are young or are not familiar with how to handle new puppies, you should spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with a new puppy.

If you are introducing a new puppy to children in your home, make sure you lay down ground rules first.  The children should be clear on what the rules and expectations are before you start to teach them to the puppy.  If a small child would like to hold the new puppy she should first sit down so when the puppy wriggles away, they  won’t fall and get hurt.

Some basic rules should include:

1. Pick up your toys…or they may get ruined.
2. Don’t wake a sleeping puppy. She needs her rest.
3. Don’t interrupt a puppy who is eating. You might get bitten.
4. Don’t carry a puppy around. Puppies break when dropped.
5. Never hit a puppy.
6. Treat a puppy like a friend, not a toy.


Introducing Your New Puppy To Other Pets

If you expect other four-legged friends to welcome this new interloper you will have to allow them to make friends on their terms.  Any pets already part of your home may feel threatened or at least infringed upon.  Allow them to come and investigate at their own pace and to withdraw when they want to.  Remember, this is their turf and the new addition will have to learn her place.  Keep the new puppy safe.  They could become a target if your pets are not happy with a new puppy.   The same could be said of children who were not receptive to having a new puppy.  Just make sure puppy has a place to be if you can not be right with her.

The house belongs first to those who were already there. A new puppy may need to be excluded for a little while to allow other pets to investigate freely for the first little while, taking in all the new scents around. Make sure to reassure and lavish affection on any old friends who are feeling a bit misplaced.


Feeding Your New Puppy

Puppies need to eat often.  A very young puppy should eat at least four times a day, and a very small breed may need to eat more often than that.  Small breeds don’t have much fat or reserves and can experience attacks of hypoglycemia which can be life threatening.  It is a good idea, in fact, to keep Karo syrup around just in case.  If your new puppy hasn’t eaten for a while and seems weak or dizzy, rub some Karo syrup on her gums and see if she improves.  It should happen right away; within minutes.  If she does improve, feed her.  If she does not, get her to a vet immediately.

A general rule of thumb on feeding a new puppy is that she should have as much as she wants to eat in about 15 minutes time.  If she eats what you gave her right away and is looking for more, give her more inside that 15 minutes.  If she leaves a lot behind, pick it up and throw it away and offer her less next time.  Never leave her food down to get rancid, spoil, or attract bugs and stray animals.

Another reason to feed on a regular basis instead of ‘free-feeding’ is that her appetite or lack there of is often your first clue if she isn’t feeling well.  A full bowl might mean she isn’t hungry because she just ate, or it could mean she is getting sick.

Free Feeding is not advisable.  If your puppy will be home alone for long periods of time you may want to have someone come in and visit from time to time to make sure she gets a chance to go outside to relieve herself and eat regularly. You could also look for a doggy day care that handles puppies.  Puppies get very lonely and should have plenty of company and opportunity to play and grow.


Good Rules For Your New Puppy

Make sure you find a good vet and follow their recommendations closely.  Once she has completed her series of vaccines you can start taking her out in public.  You should plan to properly socialize your new puppy to allow her the experiences needed to help her discern what to be nervous about, and what not to.  An obedience class is a must for a new puppy to help them learn that they need to listen to you even when there are many distractions around.  That tidbit could save a lot of grief – it could save their life. If they get out and knows to listen, they may not decide to dart into the street in front of that Chevy.

A new puppy should be socialized to make them safer to be around.  A fearful dog can be dangerous to friends who may visit, or even to your own family.  They don’t have to be big to be dangerous, so socialization should be a priority.  Some breeds are more naturally social than others of course.  Having a new puppy should be a great deal of fun. Only if you understand what you are getting into before you bring a new puppy home. Then,your transition will be much more smooth and enjoyable for all.

Congratulations on your new friend!  May it be the beginning of many new wonderful memories for everyone.

About The Author
This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice. Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.