For a puppy to get car sick during the first few trips is not uncommon! We here at Playful Pets suggest that you bring someone along with you, so that they can hold the puppy in their lap. Bring a towel for the comfort of the puppy and just in case the puppy should get sick. While in the car have the passenger wear a seat belt and have the window down just a tad so that the puppy can have an air flow. Also while the puppy is in their lap have them pet the puppy. This relaxes the puppy and also the puppy will associate something good with car rides. When you arrive home give the puppy sometime to adjust, about 45 minutest to an hour, so that the puppies belly has time to settle!
After putting your puppy down for the first time in their new home, he or she may stand there because it is frightened. Back away a little and talk soothingly, use a reassuring and calming voice. If you’d like, you can even try singing or humming to the puppy very softly. Soon, your new puppy will come over for a sniff. When this happens, offer the puppy your hand and ease into the interaction. Your puppy should be just fine after this initial encounter with a new home.
All toy breeds make good companions for adults, but given their small stature and weight, they are not the ideal family dogs, when small young children are present. Many are fragile and cannot withstand rough handling.
In many respects bringing home a small puppy is like bringing home a tiny newborn human. There are numerous things that you need to look out for. Many small breeds or toy breeds can be susceptible to a form of low blood sugar called hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia is not a genetic disorder, it may occur because of the size of the puppy. Hypoglycemia can effect any small or toy breeds. Adding a little bit of sugar to their water, adding plain Karo syrup to their water, giving them Forti-Cal Gel (the vitamin that you purchase here at time of sale), or even giving them some pancake syrup will help keep them out of hypoglycemia.
Small breeds and toy breeds have a very small fat reserve around their livers. If your puppy should get stressed out, play to hard, miss a meal, or get a cold, the fat reserves get used up and the puppies body will begin to draw upon the blood sugar for energy. Puppies that are susceptible to this condition will usually outgrow it by 18 weeks of age. Your goal is to keep the puppies stress level as low as possible while the puppy is still young.
Symptoms for hypoglycemia vary, some signs usually include lethargy, falling over, losing balance, becoming limp, and even spasms. If your puppy seems overly sleepy, wake them up and make sure that they can stand on their own. If the puppy falls over give them sugar (not candy) water or syrup water right away. Your should always make sure that small or toy breed eat about 3 times a day and that they do not skip a meal. You can try chicken and rice, bacon grease, all beef baby food, all chicken baby food, or anything that will entice your puppy to eat. Make sure that the sweet water is available to them at all times!
You probably will not experience hypoglycemia but if you should there are a few things that you should know. First thing is that this is an emergency. You should rap the puppy up in a towel, and if the puppy can swallow, mix up sugar and water and slowly give it to your puppy while waiting to get to the vet. Contact your vet ASAP!
Coccidia are single celled organisms that infects the intestine. They are microscopic parasites detectable on routine fecal tests in the same way that worms are, but coccidia are not worms and are not susceptible to deworming medications. They are also not visible to the naked eye. Coccidia infection causes a watery diarrhea that is sometimes bloody and can be a life-threatening problem, but only if it goes untreated.
Where does Coccidia come from?
Coccidia come from fecal-contaminated ground. They are swallowed when a pet grooms/licks the dirt off itself. In some cases, sporulated oocysts are swallowed by mice and the host is infected when it eats the mouse. Coccidia infection is especially common in young animals housed in groups (in shelters, rescue areas, kennels, etc.) This is a common parasite and is not necessarily a sign of poor husbandry.
Symptoms include: Loss of appetite, Weight loss, Lethargy, diarrhea, blood in stool and Vomiting
How is Coccidia detected?
A routine fecal test is a good idea for any new puppy or kitten whether there are signs of diarrhea or not as youngsters are commonly parasitized. This sort of test is also a good idea for any patient with diarrhea and is recommended at least once a year for healthy dogs and cats as a screening test. The above photograph shows coccidia oocysts seen under the microscope in a fecal sample. Coccidia are microscopic and a test such as this is necessary to rule them in. It should be noted that small numbers of coccidia can be hard to detect so just because a fecal sample tests negative, this does not mean that the pet is not infected. Sometimes several fecal tests are performed, especially in a young pet with a refractory diarrhea; parasites may not be evident until later in the course of the condition.
How is Coccidia treated?
Coccidia is treated by given a couple weeks worth of medication, that the puppy will takeonce or twice a day. Albon is the one that is usually used for the treatment for Coccidia. It should go away between two weeks and a month.
Giardia is a one-celled parasite that can cause a gastrointestinal illness caused giardiasis.
Where does Giardia come from?
Giardia is found in the feces of infected animals or humans. To become infected, a person must consume contaminated food or water including drinking from streams or rivers.
How is Giardia detected?
Giardia is detected in the same way that Coccidia is detected. Fecal exams are the usual way Vets will find that a puppy has Giardia.
Diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, fatigue or weight loss.
How is Giardia treated?
Giardia is treated by Metronidazole (Flagyl), or something called Panacur. Giardia is a little more difficult to get rid of, but it is not impossible. The puppy may need to take the medications for a couple weeks to a month.
Kennel Cough it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a very high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also medically referred to as tracheobronchitis and Bordetella.
How is Kennel Cough detected?
The diagnosis for this disease is largely based upon the type of symptoms that are being presented and your dog's history with regards to exposure to other dogs. You will need to give a thorough history of your dog's health and onset of symptoms. A complete blood profile will be conducted, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count, and a urinalysis. These blood tests, along with viral isolation and bacterial cultures, will be performed in order to verify individual agents that are causing the kennel cough.
Dry hacking cough is the most common symptom. Cough may sound like honking. Retching, and watery nasal discharge are also common symptoms. If you puppy starts any of these symptoms, be sure to call us right away so that we can help you with this issue.
How is Kennel Cough treated?
Kennel Cough can be treated with one of many drugs. Doxycycline is the most common, there is also Clavamox, Vibramycin, and also Z-Tabs. Tthey can also use something called a nebulizer, which is just a smoke that has medication in it so that it gets into the puppies lungs.
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