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– 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.
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 Cottage cheese Cheerios Baby food Plain pasta (cooked) Cooked egg (scrambled) When in doubt, please contact your vet or us immediately. We are always glad to help.
This condition can occur from time to time, but will usually occur in small breeds like Yorkies, Maltese, Poodle, 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 environment. 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.