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How to Care for Your New Puppy


Feeding Your New Puppies

Puppies require 3 or more feedings a day until they are roughly 6 months of age.


Refer to the feeding chart located on the side of the dry food bag that you took home with your puppy for the appropriate amount of food to feed. *Make sure that you are using the feeding chart to adjust the amount of food that you’re feeding your puppy as it grows*


Mix the appropriate amount of dry food with 2-3 tablespoons of canned food. Once the wet food is gone, as long as your puppy is eating the dry food well without it, you do not need to keep using wet food.


If the puppy does not eat, try again in about 15 minutes. If the puppy still does not eat try:

  • Mixing in a little warm chicken broth

  • Feeding small pieces of boiled or roasted chicken, turkey or ham (always cooked, never raw)

  • Feeding crumbled hamburger (not too greasy)




Feeding Tips!

*If the wet food was refrigerated, microwave it to at least room temperature before feeding.

*Feeding puppy off of a flat, shallow plate or hand-feeding can be more successful than out of a bowl while the puppy is still adjusting to their new home.

*If you are planning on switching your puppy’s food, do so by mixing the dogs current food with the new food over a two-week time period.


For Small Dogs

**Small puppies should always have access to food to snack on throughout the day**


Nutrical Vitamin Supplement Paste- Offer your puppy a dime-size blob in between feedings and once more before bed. If the puppy does not lick it off your finger, place it on the roof of their mouth. **IF YOUR PUPPY IS NOT EATING THE SUGGESTED AMOUNT OF FOOD, GIVING NUTRICAL  IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT!** Nutrical is a supplement though, not a meal, always try and make sure that your puppy is eating solid food as well!


Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that can be caused by stress, improper diet, missed meals, being too cold, or having too much energy being used by playing too long at one time. The liver stores energy and in a small puppy, it cannot store enough for long periods, especially with additional stress factors like a new environment.

  • Some symptoms of hypoglycemia are white gums, rolled-up eyes, or the inability to stand up straight and/or seizures. Severe cases can result in a coma.

  • Some small breeds can become hypoglycemic overnight or just in a few hours

  • If your puppy becomes hypoglycemic – put the puppy in a warm place and put an M&M-size blob of Nutrical or Karo Syrup on the roof of the puppy’s mouth to bring the blood sugar back to normal. Repeat every 20 minutes.

If you suspect this condition, contact your veterinarian for even a mild case right away

Important!  Please Read!

Puppies Need to Slowly Adjust to Their New Environment:


Your puppy should not travel anywhere except to the veterinarian for the first several weeks! As new puppies adjust to their new homes, it is important not to overwhelm them by taking them to pet stores, friends’ or neighbor’s houses, parties, dog parks, sporting events, or on long walks/hikes.


*Puppies will try their best to “keep up” with you. To prevent exhaustion, ALL ACTIVITY outside of the crate should be limited to no more than 20-minute intervals 3 times a day until they build up more stamina. Puppies should not be running around from room to room or in the yard. Your puppy needs to acclimate slowly to you and its new environment and cannot tell you that it is stressed or tired!


*If you are outdoor housebreaking, your puppy should only go outside to use the bathroom for the first several weeks that it is home. 5-10 minutes right outside the front or back door is sufficient. Puppies are not leash and collar trained yet and should not be taken on walks immediately.


*As puppies become more familiar with their new home and family, they can gradually be given more freedom and longer play periods. Limiting excessive exercise may prevent damage to your puppy’s developing body. At the puppy stage, they’re much too young to be doing rigorous activities or play.


Puppies played with constantly are more vulnerable to infection, exhaustion, and lack of appetite!

Safety & Supervision for Your New Puppy

*Falls from stairs and furniture are common and can cause serious injury to a puppy; an adult should be supervising the puppy anytime they are outside of their crate or playpen.

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*Children must understand that puppies are young, living beings and NOT toys. Children should not handle small puppies roughly as serious injury and/or behavioral problems can develop if puppies are poked, pulled, squeezed, lifted or handled excessively, fallen on, dropped, teased or carried incorrectly.

*Toy breeds may not be suitable for homes with larger animals or dogs, especially where the owners will be gone for many hours. Even in play, a larger animal may seriously injure a small dog/puppy.

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*Your puppy is still young and is probably not old enough to have received all of its immunizations against diseases that it could be exposed to if other dogs are not properly vaccinated.

Common Ailments in Puppies

KENNEL COUGH – The Common Cold in Puppies

May also be referred to as URI (upper respiratory infection) or Tracheobronchitis

- Kennel cough has many different strains. Even vaccines and the best sanitation cannot prevent it, similar to not being able to prevent a cold in a classroom or daycare.


- If any puppy shows signs of kennel cough while at Puppy Love, the puppy is separated and treated until it is deemed healthy by one of the licensed veterinarians at Noah’s Ark or South Salem Animal Hospital.


- Occasionally a puppy may develop symptoms after it is brought home even when symptoms were not evident at the time of sale. IMPORTANT!! If you see any of the following symptoms, take your puppy to the veterinarian promptly so they can prescribe an appropriate antibiotic.


- Coughing (Hacking sound)

- Does not want to eat

- Lethargic or depressed

- Green or yellow runny nose


*Pneumonia can develop without proper antibiotic treatment*


**PLEASE NOTE** Based on extensive veterinary research, it has been found that Beta-Lactam antibiotics such as Clavamox, Amoxicillin, and Cephalexin DO NOT successfully treat Bordetella (kennel cough) because they do not reach therapeutic concentrations in airway secretions.


Other antibiotics like Doxycycline have been found to be more effective. If you or your veterinarian have any questions, you're more than welcome to contact one of the veterinarians that examine and treat Puppy Love puppies. Dr. Jeff Hubsher can be reached at 914-763-3123 or 203-431-VETS. Dr. Pia Hiekkaranta can be reached at 914-763-3123.


  • Go to the veterinarian at the earliest opportunity, the earlier the puppy receives treatment, the sooner the puppy can recuperate.

  • It is important to call the veterinarian again if your puppy’s symptoms worsen or do not improve quickly within 2-3 days.


Ways to lower the chances of kennel cough from developing in your new puppy are:

  • Prevent your dog from becoming exhausted from too much playtime. Kennel cough is more likely to affect puppies that are not getting frequent enough rest periods!

  • Let your puppy spend most of its time in its crate or playpen like a baby does in a crib.

  • Avoid introducing your puppy to other dogs until your veterinarian completes puppy vaccines and the puppy has developed a stronger immune system.

  • Do not bring your puppy to dog parks or pet stores where they can be exposed to animals that may not be vaccinated or carrying infections.


I understand that I have the option to contact Puppy Love and bring the puppy to Puppy Love to have it treated under the supervision of Puppy Love’s veterinarian at no additional charge.


COMMON PARASITES- Coccidea, Giardia & Other Intestinal Worms


  • 95% of puppies are born with some type of internal parasite or worm.

  • Inform the veterinarian if your puppy has diarrhea or little drops of blood in the stool. This is a common sign that your puppy needs deworming and not a cause for emergency!

  • As long as they are not being re-infected by their environment, most parasites require deworming twice, two weeks apart.

  • Transmission of parasites to other animals or to people cannot happen unless infected stool is consumed.

  • While your puppy has been previously treated for worms and parasites, your veterinarian may perform a stool test 1-2 times a year. An ELISA test will see if a puppy is negative or positive for parasites. Because antibodies may still exist from previous exposure, puppies may continue to test positive for a month or more. Your veterinarian may elect to solely treat based on an ELISA test but performing an O&P test is important as it tests for active cysts (eggs) to know if there is an active infection.

  • I understand that my puppy has been previously treated for worms and parasites, but it is NOT unusual for a puppy to be symptom-free until periods of stress caused by changes in environment and travel, cause symptoms to appear and may need to be treated again.

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