Bringing Your New Puppy Home
There is no doubt a new puppy brings great happiness to your home. They are a source of unconditional love and affection and provide many postive health benefits.
Puppies are a lot like babies in many ways. They eat, sleep and poop. Mostly, they sleep and as they age, they will start to play more. Puppies also, like children, can get tired, stressed and unfortunately, they sometimes can become sick.
As a new puppy owner, you must prepare for your new family member with the same diligence you would if you were to bring a new baby home. Here are a few tips that will help your puppy with their big transition.
Dog Foods, How to Switch
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
When feeding your pet a new food, introduce it slowly. If you feed too much too soon, your pet could suffer from stomach upset, vomiting, excess gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
Intestinal Bacteria Play An Important Role
Normal bacteria in the intestine help your dog or cat digest food. A sudden change in food can result in changes to the number and type of bacteria and their ability to help digest food. These changes can lead to intestinal upset. Therefore, your pet must be switched to a new food slowly.
A Gradual Change is Best
We recommend switching to a new food gradually over the course of 7-10 days. For example, make a mixture that contains 25% of the new food and 75% of the old food and feed that for three days. Then make it 50-50 for three more days, then 75% new food and 25% old food for three more days. If your pet seems comfortable with this progression, you can start feeding 100% new food.
1. Keeping your puppy on the same food during their first few weeks will help with stress and gastrointestinal issues. We feed Nutrisouce Puppy Food. You can find this food online from multiple retailers. I recommend having a bag of this when your puppy arrives and switch them over slowly to the brand you will be feeding.
2. It is not unsual for a puppy not to eat immediately when they arrive at their new home. It may take them a few hours to settle in. It is more important that they are taking in fluids so they do not become dehydrated. That having been said, hypoglycemia is something new puppy owners must be aware of. Click her for more info regarding Hypoglycemia:
3. The change of environment can cause other stress-related problems including Coccidiosis.
Young puppies are frequently infected with coccidia and often develop active Coccidiosis -- even puppies obtained from diligent professional breeders. Undeveloped immune systems make puppies more susceptible. Stress is the #1 Cause of Coccidia..... such as new owners, travel, weather changes, and unsanitary conditions are believed to activate infections in susceptible animals.
Symptoms in young dogs are universal: at some point around 2-3 months of age, an infected dog develops persistently loose stools. This diarrhea proceeds to stool containing liquid, thick mucus, and light colored fecal matter. As the infection progresses, spots of blood may become apparent in the stool, and sudden bowel movements may surprise both dog and owner alike. Coccidia infection is so common that any pup under 4 months old with these symptoms can almost surely be assumed to have coccidiosis.
Fortunately, the treatment is inexpensive, extremely effective, and routine. A veterinarian can easily diagnose the disease through low-powered microscopic examination of an affected dog's feces, which usually will be replete with oocysts. One of many easily administered and inexpensive drugs will be prescribed, and, in the course of just a few days, an infection will be eliminated or perhaps reduced to such a level that the dog's immune system can make its own progress against the infection. Even when an infection has progressed sufficiently that blood is present in feces, permanent damage to the gastrointestinal system is rare, and the dog will most likely make a complete recovery without long-lasting negative effects.
We diligently work to prevent this from occurring. We treat our puppies 3-5 days before shipping with Albon or Sulfa Trim to prevent, but Stress of travel can still flare Coccidia up.
We ask that when you take your puppy for a well-check to have their stool looked at, so that in case the puppy does develop this from all the stress he/she is under when going to a new home, you may easily catch and treat this before it becomes a problem.
We do not guarantee against coccidosis as we do everything we can to prevent it's occurrence, but feel if the puppy is checked out when purchased this should not become a major problem.
These physical problems are often brought on by unavoidable stress, and are similar to problems you might have if you were moving to a new area. Just like you, the puppy may not sleep or eat as regularly as it would in surroundings that are more familiar.
Some puppies ease through the transition to their new homes, while other may have a harder time. If stress-related problems are ignored, secondary problems can become serious, even life threatening.
Every puppy is different.
The puppy's diet should NEVER be changed rapidly. The puppy might not eat the strange new food, and if does eat, develop diarrhea leading to dehydration and other complications.
WATER IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOOD IN THE PUPPY’S EXCITED FIRST FEW HOURS IN ITS NEW HOME.
To encourage the pup to drink and reduce the risk of low blood sugar, you might put some honey in its mouth or on a dish. (Too much honey, however, will depress the appetite.) If the puppy does not eat after these methods have been tried, you might try warming the food. Many foods are coated with an outside flavor layer and its appeal is enhanced when warmed.
Rest is very important to the puppy. Puppies generally sleep throughout the day, waking only to play for a short time, eat, and eliminate waste. Do not expect the puppy to run and play all day. A human baby does not play all day either. Treat your puppy just the same as if it was a newborn infant being brought home from the hospital, and you will not go wrong.
This page was added to help make the addition of your new family member a positive experience. Information listed above is correct and true to the best of our knowledge. We attempted to find legitimate websites with helpful information. This is in no way meant to replace medical advice of your veterinarian. This page is not all-inclsuive and so we encourage you to do your own research and talk with your veterinarian before your new puppy arrives.