SPECIAL CARE INFORMATION FOR TINY DOGS
We would like to address some special instructions for tiny puppies. Always consider your puppy as a newborn baby, as it will need all the love, care, and attention that you would give a newborn baby. Here are some helpful suggestions.
1) Don’t leave your baby unattended for extended lengths of time, until your baby has totally acclimated to its new home. Long periods of time left alone in a new, strange environment may cause anxiety and additional stress. You will want to be with your baby as much as possible in the first few weeks.
2) Prepare a comfortable WARM place for puppy to consider their own home. You may want to invest in a PET SAFE heating pad and make sure puppy cannot get to the cord. You may only need a little additional warmth for several days. A nice warm bed and blanket will also help make them cozy.
3) Play Time and Rest Time: Make sure you spend lots of quality time with your baby. Play time should be limited to 10 – 15 minutes. A worn out puppy will quickly crash with hypoglycemia as it has exhausted its energy supply. Make sure you allow your puppy to have plenty of rest. Babies usually eat and sleep during the first three month of life – your puppy is no different. It will require plenty of food/water and plenty of rest.
4) Always have food and water for your puppy available at any time. For the 1st week or so, make sure your puppy gets whatever he wants to eat. Puppies need frequent meals to prevent a hypoglycemic crisis. There may be a time period where your puppy will not want to eat at all, but do not let this happen. If need be, spoon feed your puppy every couple of hours with a spoonful of Nature’s Logic Soft Can Food. We use N.O.W. Small Adult Breed Grain-Free Dry Kibbles. We sprinkle Nature’s Logic Powdered Food Fortifier on top of the dry food. Puppy should be eating every 3 – 4 hours.
5) DYNE (vanilla flavor), Nutri-Cal, or Nutri-Stat will always encourage your puppy’s appetite. Make sure you are using your DYNE (vanilla flavor), Nutri-Cal, or Nutri-Stat – AM, Noon, & PM. If puppy is not eating or drinking well, you may need to increase your supplements to more time during the day. We recommend a good Micro biotic for your puppy to help stimulate and boost its’ immune system. Such as Benebac or Fast Track.
6) Your puppy may miss their mom and litter mates. A new environment can be a bit overwhelming, so PLEASE hold, love, and
give puppy lots of attention daily. Puppy will need to be given follow up vaccinations. Your vet can help you with that. Please get puppy on a monthly heart worm medicine and flea/tick regime. Your puppy will bring you years of joy; they are a TRUE pleasure to own!
7) Sometimes they DO NOT eat well after moving to a new residence, and you can give a little Plain Yogurt or Cottage Cheese daily, they like it and it is good for them. You can also give puppy 1 cc Light Karo syrup daily – give in mouth or add to food. This is very important so that puppy does not get hypoglycemic, due to any stress from the adjustment. I keep food out at all times as well as fresh water. Also, a potty pad should be nearby.
8) Hypoglycemia is defined as abnormally low blood glucose (sugar) levels. The brain requires sugar for normal function, and unlike many other
organs, the brain has a very limited ability to store glucose. The brain is the organ that is predominantly affected when blood glucose gets too low. Tiny dogs do not have fat reserves to supply glucose in times of stress or when they do not eat regularly. Should your puppy show signs of the following: lethargic, loss of appetite, droopy, tail tucked, drooling, limp, seizure fits; apply some Light Karo Syrup to the gums; wait for puppy to respond and if able, lick DYNE, Nutri-Cal, or Nutri-Stat. They usually like the taste and it is very good for them. Give several dabs of DYNE, Nutri-Cal, Nutri-Stat by putting a portion on your finger and then put it in the side of puppy’s mouth, until puppy is regaining a normal composure. Remember the brain is starving for glucose. You should see positive results in just a few minutes after giving the sweets! It is a high energy supplement that will keep their energy up just in case they are not eating well. If the puppy is in a drooling, limp, or seizure state, you should get puppy to the vet
IMMEDIATELY! However, if the puppy is eating, drinking, and you are following the above recommendations, your puppy should not ever end up in this state. Please remember the following:
a) Always keep DYNE, Nutri-Cal, Nutri-Stat or Karo (Light Corn Syrup) on hand. This is the quickest way to revive a hypoglycemic puppy. Caution: Honey may contain botulism spores and therefore should not be given to puppies under 6 months of age.
b) If you ever see your puppy becoming listless, or laying on their side and acting unresponsive IMMEDIATELY rub DYNE, Nutri-Cal, Nutri-Stat, or Karo Syrup on their gums, under their tongue, and on the roof of the mouth. Slowly warm them to normal body temperature with a heating pad (pet safe). Feed them as soon as he responds. Call your veterinarian if the puppy does not quickly respond.
c) Keep your puppy from chilling, free of parasites, and minimize stress.
d) See that your puppy eats often and maintains a proper body weight.
e) Do not over-handle your puppy. Be sure to allow him rest time and alone time. Like all babies, puppies need to have a regular schedule of rest, meals, play and potty.
If puppy needs a veterinarian’s attention, please make sure you find a small animal doctor. We hope you find one with a length of
experience with tiny puppies. There are many vets who do not know the first thing about these tiny puppies. You can gain a lot of vital information from long term tiny vets. We suggest to NEVER leave puppy at the vets office without you, because you are introducing your new baby into another new environment, new people, new everything – again which adds even more stress on puppy. As a new owner, you need to make sure that you consider the proper decisions to alleviate as much unwarranted stress as possible for your baby. If the vet feels IV’s are necessary, please have them consider SQ method if possible which would be less stressful. Your vet and you will need to make the decisions together. If your puppy is left in the care of the vet and staff, find out if someone will be caring for the puppy personally. If they will be spoon fed if they don’t want to eat, and also visit the location where you baby will be cared for. Is it warm, cozy, & comfortable? Also, have your vet give yogurt when feeding your puppy. This helps puppy regain strength and vitality.