Lack of muscle coordination (staggering or tipping when standing or walking)
Paddling (often referred to as the doggie paddle)
Advanced stages of Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a health problem that affects many toy breeds of puppies between 5 and 16 weeks of age, especially extremely small dogs such as the Chihuahua and all owners must be on the lookout for it. Hypoglycemia is recognized by a healthy puppy suddenly becoming weak, listless, depressed, unaware of its surroundings, and even unable to stand or walk. Advanced states include hypoglycemic seizures before lapsing into a coma, which is sometimes followed by death. If your puppy becomes hypoglycemic, it is very important that you react IMMEDIATELY!!! Give the puppy Nutro-Cal, honey, or Karo syrup to elevate the blood glucose in your puppy. If you do not have any of the following a last resort would be to dilute 1 teaspoon of sugar with water to form a sugary paste Administer the, honey or syrup with an eyedropper or if the puppy is too weak to take it, put it on your finger and rub it on the roof of its mouth. If necessary, pry it’s mouth open. Regardless of how you do it, make the puppy take the Nutri-Cal, honey, syrup or sugar paste. ITS LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!!! Nutro-Cal, which is available at your veterinary office or online is a fast acting, high calorie supplement and may be given off of your finger. Keep the puppy warm at all times and rub the puppy very easy, moving the head from side to side slowly rotating it. Also move the legs so that the puppy will not get stiff. It may be necessary to give the puppy a couple of doses of honey or Nutro-Cal to bring it back. If the puppy does not respond, CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY!!! Hypoglycemia can occur without warning if a puppy is placed in a new home, misses a meal or is otherwise stressed. You must remember that puppies eat very small amounts, yet they exert large amounts of energy. You should leave food and fresh water down for your puppy at ALL times. The trick to avoiding Hypoglycemia is to make sure that your puppy eats very well. We feed and recommend Purina Pro Plan FOCUS for small breed Puppies, which I have supplied a sample for you. DO NOT CHANGE THE PUPPIES FOOD FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS. If you wish to change food later, do so gradually, after the puppy has adjusted to its new home and life. A puppy will play until it drops. It may play so much that it is too tired to eat. It is up to YOU as its new owner to be responsible. Very small puppies must sleep about 20 out of 24 hours. Please be very careful not to over-tire your new puppy, especially for the first few weeks. Be especially aware of the amount of time that children play with your puppy and make them aware that this is a baby and must be treated like one. It is important not to play with your puppy so much that it becomes exhausted. We recommend that you try to make the first few days together with your puppy as calm as possible, and remember that this is a very traumatic time for your puppy. Please resist the urge to take your new puppy to visit friends and relatives during this period. Make this a special time to get to know your puppy, and for your puppy to get to know its new home. Remember if there is a problem with Hypoglycemia, it will usually happen during the first few weeks while the puppy is adjusting, and that the puppy will out-grow this as it becomes adjusted. As always, I will always be available to answer any other questions you may have at my home or my cell. You have become a part of our family. Enjoy!
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Puppy Purchase Contract ~ This is an online read only contract.
We have spent the first part of your puppy’s life trying to provide him or her with the best possible care and nurturing to be able to provide you with the healthiest and happiest companion and new family member possible. We have raised dogs for over 5 years and pride ourselves on raising happy, healthy, loving family pets. We do not sell to pet shops, dog brokers or to flea markets.
We firmly believe that what you feed and how you care for your dog, directly affects the health, personality and life span of your pet, so we are more than happy at any time before or after your new fur kids goes home to help answer any questions you may have from feeding, grooming to general health care. All of our puppies come with a 1-year guarantee against any life threatening genetic defects. We have started your puppy on NuVet vitamins when they started eating hard food. We feel that the vitamins are that beneficial, and a great investment in your puppies health. If you continue with the NuVet vitamins the puppies have been on and keep receipts to prove you have done so we will extend this 1-year guarantee to a 2-year guarantee.
We require NuVet vitamins are given to honor a two year guarantee We feel that the vitamins are that beneficial, and a great investment in your puppies health. If the puppy you purchased should have a life threatening genetic defect occur, we will replace the puppy with another one of same value and sex when letter is presented from a licensed vet and original puppy is returned. We do NOT guarantee against common illnesses such as Coccida, Giardia, Worms, Kennel Cough and NO guarantee is made as to disposition or conformation, It is impossible to accurately determine the exact adult size of any puppy therefore; we do NOT give a size guarantee. This health guarantee is valid only to the buyer named below if the puppy is examined by a veterinarian within 3 days from date of purchase and returned to the seller immediately with a letter from buyer's veterinarian stating the Genetic medical reason for returning puppy. Buyer acknowledges that if buyer proceeds with medical treatment from his/her veterinarian, instead of immediately returning the puppy to the seller, then this guarantee is null and void. If the puppy is returned within the 3 day guarantee period as specified herein, seller shall determine at its sole discretion what medical treatment shall be performed at the seller's expense. If the puppy cannot be returned to good health within 72 hours of its return, then seller shall exchange the puppy for another puppy of the same gender and of equal value at once, if available. If seller has no other similar puppies of comparable value available, then buyer shall receive a puppy from the next litter. All puppies are sold as pets and are not sold for breeding purpose unless other arrangements have been made and a separate contract drawn up and signed by both parties.
This puppy was purchased for PET ONLY________ (INITAIL PLEASE). We the Seller shall not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the buyer after purchase of his/her puppy (veterinarian fees, drugs, x-rays, feed, supplies, etc.) nor shall seller be responsible for any injury to any person or property after removal of said puppy from the sellers premises. By signing below, buyer acknowledges that he or she has read and reviewed the terms of this agreement as set forth for a pet puppy. Both parties acknowledge there are no other warranties or representations made with respect to this puppy other than as set forth herein, and that buyer has also printed from internet or if picking up puppy has received a copy of this form. Method of final payment Cash, Money Order, Pay Pal Please add 4% as they charge us this fee for the use of their service, Cashier’s Check, Check Debit Card or Charge Card (Visa, M/C & Discover Remember to add 4% when using charge cards as price of puppy reflects cash price.
Feeding your new puppy ~
We use Diamond all natural food in our kennel that are shown below at the bottom of this page. We carry this in stalk here at the kennel, If you are interested you can purchase a large bag from us.
Diamond all natural puppy food is available at many feed stores, farm stores and your better pet stores. Tiny teeth deserve tiny bites packed with nutritious ingredients for optimal growth and development. Contains DHA for optimal development of your puppy's brain and eyes and Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids to keep the skin and coat healthy and shiny.
When you shop for puppy food we recommend one of the brands shown here on our web site. They both all great well rounded nutritional diets as well as having tiny bites easy for puppies of all sizes to chew. If you do not want to use one of those that is just fine but we do highly suggest you purchase a meat base puppy food (make sure the first ingredient is meat of some kind NOT CORN )!!! The best off for your dog is one with little or NO corn, Wheat or soy.
When you puppy arrives at your home he will NOT know what a feeding schedule is. We feed all our dogs and puppies on a free choice schedule. That basically means they have food in front of them 24 - 7 we do not limit the amount of food they eat. When fed this way they only eat when hungry and they never over eat or get fat.
The only problem with this method is that for you the new pet owner it makes it harder to house break your puppy. We suggest that when you get your puppy home you do NOT chance this schedule for about 10 to 14 days. Give the puppy a chance to settle in as it has so many changes in it's life from leaving our home and his or her siblings to maybe a air plane ride etc. (you get the idea lots of changes in a short amount of time). So give the puppy and break and wait to change the feeding schedule at least a few days.
Changing to another food you will need to mix what we give you with the food of your choice (they don’t eat much so get a good dog food). Let them eat what we give you for a couple of days and then mix the foods half and half until gone. Changing them from one food to another without mixing will give them diarrhea.
The above is how we feed our dogs and how we feed when house breaking. This is only a suggestion you can talk to your vet and get some other ideas and then decided what is best for your family and pet.
GETTING READY FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY TO COME HOME ~
Here are some things that my help you in preparation for the arrival of your new puppy! In our home where we keep the puppies with us to train NO bark, NO bite and NO lick. It also gets them used to lots of things they would not be exposed to if left in our kennel with their mother till the time to go home.
*** Most important ** please make sure that you have set up your vet appointment so that you get your puppy in to be puppy checked so that you know you new fur kid is healthy and ready for his or her new job helping to raise your family!
1. Puppy crate (much better than the plastic ones) We really recommend shopping your pet store to compare prices! If you do decide to purchase a crate from us we really suggest letting us know about a week or 2 before date you wish to pick up your puppy and we will put your name on one as when a litter goes home and most of them are being picked up in person we do run out..
2. Food and water bowls (we do send you home with a baggy pf food that your puppy has been eating) * we also carry
3. A couple of beds for the crate that are machine washable are nice to have. It does not have to be large just a small on is fine and that allows you to put a newspaper in the other end for the puppy to potty on if you are not around to let he or she out.
4. A good supply of newspapers for the bottom of your crate
5. Paper towels and a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% white vinegar, which makes a great and inexpensive cleaner.
6. Storage container for dry food with a lid that seals and keeps food fresh
7. Baby gates to keep puppy from going into rooms you do not want he or she in.
9. Pooper scooper for the yard. It is also nice to have disposable bags especially if you live in town and will be walking you puppy around the block to pick up the puppy poop with when your dogs places a deposit in someone else’s yard.
10. Nail trimmers, Which are available at all pet stores. Nails will need to be trimmed every weeks or so when puppy is young. If you are picking up your puppy in person I do like to show you how to trim nails as there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
12. Floor cleaner for those accidents that will happen. You can buy the expensive stuff such as Natures Miracle and I would get the gallon size or you can make your own out of white vinegar and water mixed 50/50. The vinegar kills the bacteria in the urine and keeps the puppy from going back to that same spot to make another mess, both work well you will just have to try different things to see which you like. A spray bottle works really well to keep it in also.
The Chihuahua dog breed‘s charms include his small size, outsize personality, and variety in coat types and colors. He’s all dog, fully capable of competing in dog sports such as agility and obedience, and is among the top 10 watchdogs recommended by experts. He loves nothing more than being with his people and requires a minimum of grooming and exercise.
Each puppy will go home with 1st shot and that will be given at 6 weeks old. Our veternarian recommends a vaccination at 6, 9, 12 & 15 weeks to complete the puppy shots. If your puppy is here longer than 8 weeks it will include the required up to date vaccinations.
Miniature Dachshund ~
Dachshunds are scent hound dog breeds who were bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals, rabbits, and foxes. Packs of Dachshunds were even used to trail wild boar. Today their versatility makes them excellent family companions, show dogs, and they love kids.
Coccidia & Giardia Information~
Commonly seen in new pets is “stress diarrhea”. Stress diarrhea can be caused by a bacterial overgrowth or by a few protozoa. Coccidia & Giardia are commonly seen in new pets when they are first examined. Your veterinarian will take a stool sample & look with a microscope to try to identify these. Treatment for both these protozoa is very simple and typically requires a week or so of medication to clear the pet of the infection. Bacterial overgrowth is common in puppies as well as adults. This condition is commonly called gastritis or colitis. Switches in dog food, stress of moving to a new home, table scraps, or getting into the cat’s food commonly cause this. Treatment typically is similar to the treatment for Coccidia & Giardia.
What your puppy will include ~