During the first few weeks of the newborn’s life, the mother provides the necessities of warmth, nutrition and stimulation. The owner’s responsibilities consist of careful observation to detect problems before they become serious.
WARMTH: Room temperature should be at least 18’C. The puppies should be kept off cold floors because chilling can be fatal to young puppies.
NURSING: A well fed healthy puppy has a round stomach and seems content. Notify the vet if the puppy seems uneasy or cry frequently.
CRYING: Extended crying is usually a sign of trouble and should be reported to the vet immediately.
EYES: The puppies’ eyes should open at 10 – 14 fays of age.
WEANING: Soon after the puppies’ eyes are open, pan feeding of milk may be started. Other foods may then gradually be added. Recommended weaning diet: Hill’s Puppy Healthy Development.
WORMS: Worming is very important. Your puppy may already have worms. These are passed from the mother; Worming should be done every two weeks until puppy is 6 months old and then every three months thereafter.
VACCINATIONS: These are very important to prevent your pup from becoming ill from infectious diseases. The micro organisms that cause disease can be widespread. All unvaccinated dogs are at risk from canine distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, infectious canine hepatitis and kennel cough. Vaccination stimulates the body’s own defense system to produce protective antibodies in the blood. This protection is called immunity. A series of immunizations should begin at 6 weeks of age. Your Vet will recommend a schedule for the appropriate vaccinations.
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