Looking After Puppies and Young Dogs
Your dog’s early weeks can make or break its overall health. There are all the vitamins and supplements, including things like specific dog joint supplements and other specifics to consider. Either you’d be raising an active and energetic dog, or you’d be dealing with a lethargic and sickly one.
You should know how to take care of puppies from birth in order to have an easy and pleasurable dog experience.
Puppy Care Sheet: How to take care of puppies from birth?
Days after your puppy’s birth, the most important thing to do is watch for early signs of any disease. The most common indicators that your should watch out for will be vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, heavy breathing, and coughing.
Should you see any of these symptoms, even one of them, you should consult your trusted vet. This way, you can avoid any serious infection or health that may jeopardize the health of your puppy throughout his life.
Another essential thing you do in taking care of newborn puppies is to know the foods they should avoid. Some of the most common items that a puppy should never eat are chocolates, grapes, raisins, all forms of nuts, and raw meat.
You might be wondering if puppies shouldn’t consume nuts and meats, where should they get the needed protein for their growth?
Special puppy food has the right amount of protein and other nutrients to ensure their growth. Aside from this, it is also recommended that you introduce your puppy to probiotic food supplements to aid them with the digestion of their food. This way, his food would be broken down properly, and his body can absorb the nutrients it needs.
Taking care of an 8-week old puppy
The process of taking care of a puppy doesn’t end with the newly born one.
Once your puppy gets past two months, it’s best that you start puppy-proofing your house. Your puppy is expected to start being active by this age. Surely, you wouldn’t want to see any broken vases or torn documents in the morning!
Aside from this, it’s also recommended that you already practice a potty routine for your dog. You can try setting up a couple of litter boxes around your house. If you start this early, you can even train them to go to their litter box in the toilet room at no time!
Multivitamins for puppies
You can slowly introduce your puppy to multivitamins. This way, you will have ample time for trial and error. Should your puppy have an unnecessary reaction to one multivitamin, you can request another one from your vet.
For a puppy, it is recommended that you look for a multivitamin that aids digestion, improves the immune system, and enhances your puppy’s skin and coat appearance. There are already some multivitamins that contain up to 17 essential nutrients in one capsule. Imagine getting everything your puppy needs with just one bottle of supplement!
So, have you already familiarized yourself with the puppy care sheet? You should! Remember that proper puppy care will save you from a painstaking and expensive dog care experience!
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard