Dog Health Care

Introduction

This section on Dog Health Care Information has been written with the only objective of orienting the owner so he can take good care of his dog and also for him to find simple and outlined answers when he can't identify certain situations. This site is by no means trying to take the place of a veterinarian, who will be the one to advise us about the dog's health and treatment. On the other hand our task is to be able to identify whether it is absolutely necessary to wake up veterinarian in the middle of the night because we notice several different symptoms in the dog. We hope that this Dog Health Care Information manual will be helpful and can clear up many uncertainties that the readers might have.

Dog Health Care

THE FIRST FEW DAYS


Your puppy might be a bit nervous the first few days. Everything from sights, smells, people, and even other pets. Allow the puppy to explore his new surroundings and learn of things the pup is or isn't allowed to do. At Holidays, and or family gatherings, please be careful with a new puppy. Along with lots of love and security make sure it has plenty of rest time and quiet time, possibly in it's own room and away from the crowds. You sure do not want to stress the puppy by overwhelming it with too many and too much all at once.

Introducing your new puppy to the family and home can be a wonderful experience. There are however some things to consider. If you are introducing a new puppy with an already established pet or pets, you may want to do it gradually and give the new pup a chance to get to know the established pet to help avoid any rough confrontations. Sometimes established pets can be rather territorial and although it is natural for them to defend their family and home, as a precaution, taking it slow would be the best recommendation. Love and patience on your part will help this transition go smooth.

DIET AND CHANGES


Nervousness or change of diet may cause diarrhea. If diarrhea lasts for more than 24 hours, consult a veterinarian. All of our puppies are released with at least 1 pound of the puppy food they have been fed here. If you plan to change the puppy's diet, do so gradually by mixing some of his regular food with the new food for several days before switching entirely to the new brand. This will help to prevent stomach upsets.

If your puppy refuses to eat the first couple days, give 1 cc Nutri Stat or Nutri Cal by mouth 1 to 3 times a day. This stimulates appetite & relives stress. A tube is sent home with each puppy. If the pup still won't eat after giving the Nutri Stat or Nutri Cal, consult your veterinarian.

Another good appetite booster is boiled and skimmed beef ground round and plain steamed white rice. This will also help firm up any loose stools and calm the puppy's stomach. This method is occasionally used in veterinary clinics and is considered a very natural and safe method to help boost the appetite and help with any upsets.

BEDDING


Provide a warm quiet area for your dog with a thick bed. Hot water bottles must bewrapped in a towel to prevent burning. You can buy special heater pads at the pet shop.

BATHING


Clean discharges from the eyes or nose with warm water, and check that your dog is not soiled with urine or faeces. Wash this off using a baby shampoo, carefully clip hair if necessary, minding that you don’t cut the skin. Rinse off and dry – be careful not to burn the skin if you use a hairdryer.