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Your New Puppy Care Instructions
Congratulations on your new family member. We are pleased and honored that you are now part of our
family. VPB Our obligation to you is to assure that you have all the information and tools needed to properly
care for your new puppy. We at Vanity Pups boutique are available Six days a week during business
hours to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call us; we want to insure your
new puppy of a long, healthy and happy life.
Taking your new puppy home
Puppies may become car sick during the first few rides in a car. VPB
We recommend taking another person
along to hold your new puppy or use a doggie carrier. Keep open the window about 3" to 4" from the
top. Have your passenger frequently, but slowly, rub the underneath of the puppy's neck and talk to him
in a soft voice. This proves to be effective most of the time in relaxing your new puppy. Take a towel
along just in case your puppy does get sick. Upon your arrival home, you can do any needed cleanup.
Give your puppy about 45 minutes to an hour to settle down in his crate - his little tummy will do just
Information and helpful hints for the first few days at home
• Your puppy may be a bit nervous (the puppy is no longer experiencing familiar sounds and
smells that it’s used to). This unsettling feeling will pass shortly. Plenty of peace and rest in his
crate will help with the adjustment to his new family. It’s very important that the puppy is not
• After putting your puppy down on the floor ( not on a rug) for the first time, he may just stand
there in fright. Back away and talk soothingly to him. Reassure him by saying "good puppy, nice
puppy". Whistle very softly and your new puppy will come over to you for a sniff. When he
comes over, give him a pat on the head. The puppy will be fine after this
Symptoms and Signs to be aware of
Nervousness, anew home or change of diet may cause diarrhea. A puppy that has “loose stool” is
seldom a reason for worry. It is in fact usually “par for the course” within the first few days that you
have your puppy at home. There can be many causes behind diarrhea. The most common culprits are
stress, large amounts of canned food, or parasites.
Let’s stop for a moment and discuss parasites. Most of the parasites that inflict themselves on puppies
are passed onto the puppy when they are born. This is why it is necessary for a breeder to “worm” a
puppy shortly after its birth. (Often more than once). Unfortunately parasites, being tricky little suckers,
can re-appear just by one of their eggs hatching. Think of just how difficult it is to get rid of lice – it’s
the same thing with internal parasites.
Some common parasites (or just plain “worms” as they are sometimes called) are Cocidia, Giardia
(passed on from water), Hookworms and Roundworms.
Every once in a while we get an alarmist Vet who tells a family that it is possible to contract parasites
from a puppy, but this can be prevented by practicing good hygiene, i.e. washing your hands
thoroughly every time you come in contact with their stool. (F.Y.I) NOT ONE employee of the Vanity Pups boutique
has ever gotten worms from handling puppies.
If the consistency of your puppies stool is firm enough to hold its form, you can likely treat this with the
addition of some plain rice to the food. This can often help firm things up. If the consistency is very
watery, extra foul smelling, or contains blood (parasites can cause this as well) or accompanied
by any other symptoms, then call your Vet to be on the safe side.
As always, if anything is unclear to you, or if you are unsure of something (anything) please don’t
hesitate to call us. After all, that’s what we are here for.
The Puppy is Not Eating
Not eating for the first day or day and a half - that can happen. Things are different for the puppy. In our
care, puppies generally do as other puppies do; when one eats, they all eat. The adjustment period
should last a day or so.
If you have purchased a puppy that is less than 5 lbs. at the time of purchase, then this section applies
to you. If your new puppy is a tiny toy breed (aka: teacup) this section is imperative to your puppy’s
health. Tiny dogs may only need to take in 75 to 150 calories per day. If meals are skipped, you run a
large risk of your puppy becoming hypoglycemic. (low blood sugar)
Some of the signs of hypoglycemia are…lethargy, lack of appetite, pale gums and a general lack of
enthusiasm for toys or family members. If these symptoms persist for even a short time, the puppy
must see their Veterinarian immediately.
If you notice early that your puppy’s appetite has decreased, there are some food items usually found
in the home that may be used to entice him or her.
Cheese (all types)
Rice (white or brown)
Any cold cut (excluding ham)
Left over meat
Plain or vanilla yogurt
Plain pasta (cooked)
Cooked egg (scrambled)
When in doubt, please contact your vet or us immediately. We are always glad to help.
Blood or mucus in your puppy's stool
Generally this is a sign that your puppy may have the presence of intestinal parasites. This is a
common occurrence with puppies and is very easily treated. Parasites are normally found in the
stool of young puppies, and can be easily diagnosed by your vet, who can complete a fecal test
to determine this. Medication will be given by the vet and this should clear out the parasites
within a week.
• Worms in your puppy's stool
like parasites, worms are commonly found in young puppies. There are several types of worms,
but the most common types are roundworms and tapeworms. These are visible sometimes
when the pup defecates, but you should not be alarmed as this is an easily treated problem. A
de-worming can be given by your veterinarian, once he/she has determined what type of worms
We are, without a doubt the cleanest pet facility on Long Island, but this doesn’t change the fact that
if just one puppy develops a cold, any other puppy in our nursery may develop one as well. Think of
how children start getting a colds when they enter nursery school, puppies are the same way.
A cough in itself is usually not a big deal and most likely will not require an emergency room visit,
should the onset of symptoms occur after your Vets regular office hours. It does however require a trip
to your Vet within a short time (a day or two) to assure that a little cold stays a cold and does not
blossom into an upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia, all of which are possible if
the symptoms of a cold are ignored, or the situation is not handled aggressively by your Vet. To
assure that this doesn’t happen, it is probable that your Vet will give you an antibiotic to combat the
There are some breeds that are more prone to the effects of a cold and if you have purchased one of
them, you will want to make sure that you see a Vet who can treat a cold with a strong antibiotic. Some
of these breeds are…
Bulldogs (French or English) Pugs
Boston Terriers Brussels Griffon
Pekingese Japanese Chin
To a lesser extent, Shihtzus and Lhasa Apsos
Tiny breeds are also at risk, as a cold may interfere with their willingness to eat.
This condition can occur from time to time, but will usually occur in small breeds like Yorkies,
Maltese, Poodles, etc., more often than larger breeds. Hypoglycemia occurs when a puppy's
blood sugar level drops below normal. This can occur for several reasons, but usually it
happens when a puppy is not eating properly, due to the stress of going to an unfamiliar
Symptoms of hypoglycemia are:
- White gums,
- Low body temperatures,
- Not appetite,
- Inability to stand up and even
- Possibly seizures.
It is important that small breeds receive three to
five feedings per day, as well as supplements like Nutri-Cal, so blood sugar levels remain
adequate. If you see symptoms of hypoglycemia, give the puppy sugar immediately, keep the
puppy warm and consult a veterinarian immediately.
Provide Vigilant Attention on Hypoglycemia
This condition can occur from time to time, but will usually occur in small breeds like Yorkies, Maltese,
Poodles, tea-cups or any puppy 4lbs or under, more often than larger breeds. Hypoglycemia occurs
when a puppy's blood sugar level drops below normal. This can occur for several reasons, but usually it
happens when a puppy is not eating properly, due to the stress of going to an unfamiliar environment or
over played with. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are white gums, low body temperatures, lethargy, inability
to stand up and even possibly seizures. It is important that small breeds receive three to five feedings
per day, as well as supplements like Nutri-Cal, so blood sugar levels remain adequate. If you see
symptoms of hypoglycemia, give the puppy sugar immediately, keep the puppy warm and consult a
If your puppy vomits only once or twice, it’s probably not a big deal, particularly if it consists mainly of
undigested food and occurs right after a meal while puppy is exercising. An exception to the “once or
twice rule” would be if it becomes obvious that your puppy has ingested a foreign object. In that case,
call your Vet right away. If your puppy throws up three or more times, it is often best to see your Vet
as it takes a short time for a puppy to become dangerously dehydrated.
Precautionary measures for small breeds are:
• Make sure that you are not constantly handling, over stimulating the puppy or passing it around
from hand to hand. In the beginning, give the puppy allot of time to rest.
• Make sure for the first month that you keep Nutri-Drops syrup in the puppy's water at all times.
• Your new puppy should have at least three to five feedings during the course of a twelve hour
day. Note: make sure your puppy eats when you place the food in front of him.
• Most importantly, use the Nutri-Cal at least three to four times daily. This will make sure your
puppy is getting the much needed sugar and nutrients. To prevent your puppy from becoming
Hypoglycemic, the Nutri-Cal should be given consistently for the first two weeks.
Remember, it doesn't matter if your puppy is a two pound Yorkie or a twenty pound Rottweiler, the
puppy is extremely fragile and must be treated like a baby. Do not roughhouse with the puppy. Be very
cautious when you take the puppy outside. Keep the puppy away from public parks where dogs
defecate - until the puppy is fully vaccinated. Do not let your puppy come into contact with another dog
unless you know that dog is fully vaccinated and healthy. Make sure that your puppy is given his rabies
vaccination when it is due.
Most important: Your new puppy is yours, not your neighbors pup. Nor is your puppy the new friend of
your neighbor’s dog. Be very careful in the decisions you make for your new puppy - and your puppy
will grow up being your best friend.