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Care of Newborn Puppies

We here at Four Seasons Animal Hospital want to help you provide the best care for your new puppy. Whether your puppy is a newborn, weeks old, or months old, we will care for and help you care for your puppy with information on the puppy basics: vaccinations, de-worming, when to start Heartworm and Flea Preventatives, behavior and everything in between. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding your puppy.

General Information:

During the first few weeks of a newborn puppy’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 temperatures should be at least 70º F. The puppies should be kept off cold floors because chilling can be fatal to a young puppy.

NURSING: A well fed healthy puppy has a round stomach and seems content. Notify us if the puppies seem uneasy or cry frequently.

CRYING: Extended crying is usually a sign of trouble and should be reported to us immediately.

TAIL DOCKING/DEWCLAW REMOVAL: Puppies of breeds in which these procedures are done should be presented to the veterinarian at 2 to 5 days of age. Please call to make an appointment.

EYES: The puppies’ eyes should open at 10 to 14 days of age.

WEANING: Soon after the puppies’ eyes are open, at approximately 3 weeks of age, pan feeding of a milk substitute may be started. Other food may then gradually be added.

WORMS: A stool specimen should be brought to the office for microscopic examination of intestinal parasites when the puppies are 4-6 weeks old.

VACCINATIONS: A series of immunizations should begin at 6-8 weeks of age. These vaccinations will need to be repeated every 3-4 weeks until optimum immunity is reached.

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