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Puppy Information


Your puppy is being fed 4 Health puppy food.  4 Health is the only dog food we feed our dogs.  Should you choose to change foods, please ask your veterinarian what he/she would recommend.  Be sure to make the switch slowly over a 7-10 day period.  Start by mixing a little of the new food in with the 4 Health puppy food, and increase the percent of the new food daily until it is all that you are feeding.


Be sure that your puppy is eating!  Low blood sugar is a common and sometimes serious problem with puppies.  Give your puppy fresh food and water as soon as possible.  If they seem uninterested in their food, try mixing in a little warm water if this doesn’t work try a little goat’s milk.  Please contact me if you are having any problems with their appetite.  Also, pay attention to their stools.  Loose stools can be a sign of a problem—one that is easily fixed with a mild anti-biotic.


Your puppy is current on his/her vaccinations, but probably not completely immunized.  At your puppy’s first check-up, your veterinarian will advise you on when another vaccination is needed.  Be sure to take the immunization record to the veterinarian, so he/she will know exactly what vaccinations have been administered to your puppy.


Your puppy has been started on the process of housetraining and crate training.  However, don’t be surprised if he/she regresses a little at first.  Be very clear to your puppy where you want them to use the bathroom, eat, sleep, etc.  Your puppy wants to please you—praise is much more effective in behavior modification than is punishment, although a firm “no” is advisable if an accident occurs.


Your new puppy is teething and should always have some sort of acceptable chew toy.  If chew toys are not provided, your puppy will find one that you may not like!!  Always replace an unacceptable item with an appropriate chew toy; don’t simply remove it.  Check their chew toys regularly and replace any worn toys.  Rawhide chips are also an effective teether.  Ask your veterinarian what he/she recommends for your puppy’s dental care. 


Your puppy will need to be groomed about every 6 weeks.  Brush your puppy’s coat frequently—daily or several times weekly.  Bathe your puppy as necessary—usually every 2 to 4 weeks.  Trim your puppy’s nails as needed—I do this before every bath.  Check their ears and clean as needed—before each bath or more frequently as needed.  There are several solutions available that will help keep your puppy’s ears clean and dry; ask your veterinarian what they would recommend.


Congratulations on your new “baby”!!


4 Health puppy food can be purchased at Tractor Supply