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You have probably already read tons of info on
my website about the arrival of your new puppy and what to expect.
But I have just a few last minute things for you to know.
Going to the airport!
Your puppy has been in the crate for a few hours and in a perfect
world, will be as clean as it was when it left this morning. But
just in case, you might pack a towel and maybe a few wet wipes to
make it home.
Donít put your puppy down!
No matter how bad you want to, do NOT put your puppy on the ground
at the airport. Puppies fly in and out of the airport all day every
day. Not all of the puppies that fly in your airport are 100%
healthy and probably 95% of people put their puppies on the ground
as soon as they get them out of the crate. You donít want to take
those germs home with you and your new puppy. The same goes for pet
stores, dog parks and other high traffic dog areas. Remember, just
because they have been vaccinated doesnít mean they cannot get
sick. And there are lots of things that we canít vaccinate for.
Baby that puppy!
Your new puppy is going to be thirsty. Hopefully by the time you
are home and things settle down a little bit, your new baby will
have its appetite back and be ready to eat.
Eating, drinking and getting plenty of sleep is very important for
your new family member. Remember they are still babies so treat
them like one! He or she will need to eat before you go to bed.
Make sure they have some quiet time to slow down and eat. If they
are not at all interested in their food, canned Royal Canin Mousse
is usually very appetizing. Anything to get a little bit in their
tummy is a good thing. Even in the case that you need to give them
a few bites of lunch meat. They need SOMETHING good in their belly
before they go to bed or they will not feel good in the morning.
Think of how you feel if you have waited too long to eat. You start
feeling bad and then you really donít want to eat. We donít want to
do that with the new puppy.
They must also eat and drink first thing in the morning.
They are used to eating anytime they want so when they see dog food,
they donít necessarily think they have to eat it before itís gone.
They expect it to always be there. You can start feeding them 2-3
times a day if that is what works best for your schedule, but
remember, they donít know the food will be taken away if they donít
eat it. Change them over slowly. Make sure in the meantime they
have plenty in their belly.
Rest is important. In a whole new world with lots to explore and
endless kisses to give it can be hard for a puppy to find the time
to get a nap in. Make sure that your baby gets plenty of sleep. If
it gets exhausted or forgets to eat it can become hypoglycemic very
quickly. If you havenít already, please read my page on
www.porterhorses.com/hypoglycemia.htm There is a lot of useful
information on that page too.
Vaccines that your puppy has had and will
As for vaccinations, your puppy has been completely kept up to date
on worming and vaccinations. We worm puppies every two weeks from
the time it is 2 weeks old and we vaccinate on their weekly
birthdays so it is easy to keep up with. If you get your puppy at
8 weeks this is what itís been given.
Wormer is given every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age.
Pyrantel is given until 6 weeks and then at 8 weeks 3-5 days of
Marquis is given as a preventive of coccidia at 3 days, 2, 4, 6 & 8
Please do not worm your puppy for at least a week or until it has
had time to adjust and is eating well.
Why do we do shots at these times?
It's very important to remember that vaccines don't take effect
immediately. It takes 10-14 days for a vaccine to give a puppy any
A shot given at 6 weeks old is just beginning to take effect at 8
NeoPar is a very safe vaccine that is made just for Parvo. The
Doctors at Neo Tec who make the vaccine are very helpful in
answering any questions about vaccinations, how they work and the
importance of timing when vaccinating puppies. Their website is
Why do we worm so often?
Worming your puppy doesn't kill worm eggs. Only the worms. It's a
process. You have to stop the life cycle of the worms.
You will need to follow up with 12 week
vaccinations and then Rabies as itís required in your state.
If the puppy is over 12 weeks old when you take possession of it,
itís had its 12 week shots and you can take it from there.
I have sent some NuVet daily vitamins with your
puppy to get you through until your order arrives.
CLICK HERE to read more about NuVet and why
it's important. Order your first month's supply now so you're
prepared when your puppy arrives!
If you have any other questions, as always,
feel free to call, text or email. Anytime. Now or 5 years from
now. Iím always happy to be able to help.
Iíd love if youíd stay in touch and send
pictures from time to time. If youíd like to email something I
could use as a reference on my website I would love that. Thank you
for giving one of my babies a forever home!