Barker's Puppy Love Yorkies and Chihuahuas

Companions For Life

 

 

The diet of your new puppy is very important. The baby should not be changed off the food he is familiar with for a least a month, then if you must change, do so gradually. We feed a premium dry kibble which is called Royal Canin. The dry food is left out free choice (for the pup to have as much as he wants) 24/7. The babies don’t eat much of the dry at first; they don’t have many teeth. In addition to the dry food, we feed wet food 2 times per day. We offer them Ceaser puppy food; they should eat atleast 2-5 table spoons in a  day’s time. If the pup is very small or doesn’t eat this well, we feed a mixture of 1/3 Baby Food Pureed Chicken (yes, real human baby food) and 2/3 Baby Food Rice Cereal with enough plain yogurt mixed in to make a gruel, they prefer this warm. This wet food is fed until we gradually wean them to a total diet of the dry kibble. Some pups take longer for the adjustment than others do. Treats should be kept to a minimum, we prefer Honey Comb or Cheerios cereal, a little chicken, or cheese over the commercial dog treats because of the high fat content in some products. It is not that we are concerned about the weight of the pup, but their little bodies can’t process that much fat-----it is unhealthy.

Stress, not enough food intake, being chilled, or too much energy output can cause Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar. A tiny puppy cannot store enough energy in its liver for long periods and the extra stress of a new environment adds to this. Signs of this can be as mild as depression or as serious as coma and death. Treatment can range from a simple dose of Karo Syrup or Honey to an IV of Dextrose given by a vet. Regular small meals and much care are needed in caring for a new pup. You must always remember that they are not a wind-up toy, but a baby.

All puppies need quiet rest time, just like any baby. A nice warm little bed, free from drafts is a must. Most pups enjoy they safety of their little kennel or a playpen for quiet time.

We begin all our babies on housetraining. Start with litter box or paper training. It is important not to give your puppy full range of your home until they are fully trained as this can interfere with training. A regular schedule of feeding and sleeping helps the pup to obtain training faster.

Your new puppy has already had his first vaccinations and worming. We prefer the 5-way combination shot to the 7-way combination shot, as many pups cannot handle the 7-way shot. We strongly urge dog owners to separate the rabies shot, kennel cough vaccine, and puppy booster shots by several weeks. Over stimulation of the immune system can result in long term problems. A recent Wall Street Journal report attributed many illnesses such as AutoImmune Disease to over-vaccination. We also recommend that you apply flea control and take heartworm preventative several days apart. The new 6-month heartworm shot has had several problems associated with small dogs. All these things go into your little dog’s system and we don’t want to over whelm him.

There are many reasons to have your beloved pet spayed or neutered. The main reason is for the health and well being of the animal. Schedule the surgery after the pup is at least 6 months of age and have your vet check the puppy teeth to see if any need to be removed.

A non refundable $100.00 deposit is required to hold a puppy. We would refund this if we were unable to provide the pup for any reason.