Safety for New Puppy

New Puppy watchword - Safety

It is our policy to care for our new puppies until they are at least 12 weeks old.  This an effort to keep the puppy safe.  The following is a short list of do's and don'ts to help keep your puppy(s) safe in their new home.

- Yorkie puppies need lots of naps.  Overly tired puppies are subject to hypoglycemic attacks.

- Excessive handling will stress them out.  Stress can lead to a
hypoglycemic event. Of course you want your family and friends to meet your new family member, but you have to be mindful of this and ensure your puppy has more rest time than handling time, especially by people they don't see every day.- Access to clean water all of the time.  Keep that bowl topped off.

- Must be kept warm at all times.  Please be mindful of A/C & heater vents (too much heat can be a problem as well), drafts near doorways and windows.

- Watch your feet.  Yorkies want to be with you and when you come into their sight, they will run to you and be right under foot.  Needless to say, stepping on your puppy can be a very bad thing.  However, do not panic if you hear a yelp coming from below. First look to see what happened and then move your foot off or away (if your foot is the problem).  I have learned to walk without putting my full weight on the foot that's moving until I believe there is no one under it.

- Be mindful of other dogs and animals.  If you have other dogs, introduce them slowly and monitor their interaction for at least the first week, minimum.  There is no way to predict exactly how the current homeowner (the resident dog) will react to a new resident.
- Be careful what is fed to puppies (see the list of restrictions below) Small puppies should only have small pieces of food as it can get caught is their little throat and choke them.
If this happens, everyone will be lucky if a trip to the Vet is all that is needed.

- Teething is something all dogs go through.  They are compelled to chew on anything they see, including your shoes, furniture and fingers!  Your job is to determine what they can and cannot chew on.  Have a plan to distract your puppy with a substitute to chew on, preferably a chew toy, when you see them chewing on your shoes, furniture, etc.

Be very mindful of electrical cords!

- No rawhide chew toys!  Small pieces can be chewed off and get caught in their little throat. This applies to adult Yorkies as well. We give our Yorkies N-Bone PupperNutter Chew Bones and Bully Sticks. These chew bones do not produce any chunks that could choke them and the bully sticks kind of melt and become stringy. As with everything, take care to notice when the bone or stick wears down.  It should be taken away when it becomes small enough to fit entirely in your puppy's mouth.

- Be aware of environmental hazards such as leaning brooms that could be knocked over, cleaning fluids & chemicals kept under sinks or in closets, openings they could fit into (rain downspouts when outdoors or rain drains when walking your baby), open doors (Yorkies are very adventurous and love to explore)

- Neighborhood dogs or cats can be a real problem if your puppy is outside.  Your baby is defenseless against them, so their safety is your complete responsibility.


Health Concerns

If your new puppy isn't feeling well, please call us IMMEDIATELY. We may be able to help.

When you take your new puppy home he/she will be a little stressed for the first day or two due to the new environment and other factors. Also, it is very likely that they received their shots either earlier in the day or within the past week.  While a few days of crying and loss of appetite are normal, this stress could cause an attack of hypoglycemia, where the blood sugar is low and your puppy seems confused, dizzy and lethargic. Also, your puppy may throw up one or more times on the way to and after arriving at their new home.

About Hypoglycemia  An isolated hypoglycemic attack can occur from stress, such as weaning, teething, vaccinations, a change in environment (going to a new home), shipping, over-handling, fasting (forgetting to eat) cold temperatures, infections, intestinal parasites, vomiting, etc. An attack does not indicate a chronic problem, but can be followed up with your veterinarian if symptoms persist. Before calling or visiting the vet, try determining the cause and take the environmental conditions into account.  If you just took your puppy home, from us, it is very likely he/she just had vaccinations, that is two stressors right there.

Symptoms  It can be very serious, and especially in tiny Yorkie puppies, so be mindful of this and take note of the symptoms: Slowing down, acting listless, trembling or shivering, weakness, confusion and walking wobbly. Your first reaction to these symptoms should be to give your puppy a dime sized dose of Nutri-Cal, Nutri-Stat, molasses or Karo Syrup. Give no more than two doses in a day. One or all of these products must be kept on hand (do not forget to check expiration dates). If he/she doesn't want to eat, you can rub some on the puppy's teeth and apply it more than once.  The puppy should show improvement within 30 minutes to an hour.

Please call us if you suspect a problem with your new puppy from My Yorkie Heaven.  We may be able to advise you and possibly save you and your puppy a trip to the Veterinarian.

This information is provided for the protection of these tiny loving little puppies.  In all cases where you suspect serious injury or illness, please contact your veterinarian.



Feeding Your Puppy

When you take your new puppy home, he or she will have been weaned and eating solid food. We feed our Adult Yorkies a high quality dry dog food.  For the puppies, we give them the dry dog food softened with a little chicken broth after four weeks.  Some have recommended mixing plain low fat yogurt with the food to add some nutritional value while softening it up.  Please remember that Yorkies have very small throats, and much like big dogs, they love to inhale their food and can become choked very easily.  Make sure that any food given to them is very small.  The Yorkie food we give ours is very small diameter and softened up a little.

Treats!


Our guys love treats, known as c-o-o-k-i-e-s to them (I think they know how to spell it as well).  We have been giving them Woof Gang Bakery treats and Guilt Free Treats.  These are rather large heart shaped cookies, but they are soft and chewy, and we break each one up into four or five pieces before giving them to the kids. These treats make a great reward for them when you are teaching them tricks and commands. (When I say "come" they always do as they think I have one of these in my hand.)

Food Safety

This information is provided for the protection of these tiny loving little puppies.  In all cases where you suspect serious injury or illness, please consult your veterinarian.

25 Foods You Should NOT Feed Your Dog
By M Bauer Pulis

Recently, much news was published about unsafe commercial pet foods. This news, of course, sounded an alarm among pet owners. But, unfortunately, this problem isn’t really ‘news’. It seems that incidents similar to this occur from time to time. Perhaps this is one reason more and more people are opting to ‘home cook’ for their pets. However, in order to properly home-cook for your pets, you should first have a basic knowledge of canine nutrition; and, even more importantly, a thorough knowledge of human foods that are harmful to dogs. Some foods which are safe for human consumption can be poisonous for our canine companions. E-dog-training.com has put together a list of 25 common human foods that are toxic to dogs. Of course, when in doubt, always check with your vet. Here is a list to get you started:

1. Onions (Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient Thiosulphate. But onions are more of a danger. Many dog biscuits contain *small* amounts of garlic – garlic contains less of this toxin so huge amounts would need to be consumed to be toxic. And, by the way, this poison builds up the system – it can be toxic in one large dose – or with repeated consumption of small amounts.)
2. Chocolate (Chocolate contains Theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.)
3. Grapes (Grapes are dangerous because of an unknown substance which is toxic to dogs – affects canine’s kidneys)
4. Raisins (See above.)
5. Most Fruit Pits and Seeds (Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the fruit itself is OK.)
6. Macadamia Nuts (Macadamia nuts contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs.)
7. Most Bones should *not* be given (especially chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause laceration of the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet’s throat – so they also pose a choking hazard.
8. Potato Peelings and Green Potatoes (Contain Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
9. Rhubarb leaves (see above)
10. Broccoli (Broccoli is only toxic in large quantities.)
11. Green parts of Tomatoes or Green Potatoes(Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
12. Yeast Dough (Yeast Dough can produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach – leading to rupture of the digestive system)
13. Coffee/Coffee Grounds and Tea ( are dangerous due to the caffeine.)
14. Beer/Wine/Alcohol of any kind (Alcohol of any kind could lead to coma or even death.)
15. Human Vitamins (Human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage)
16. Moldy or Spoiled Food (though I think this goes without saying.)
17. Persimmons (Persimmons can cause intestinal blockage)
18. Raw Eggs and Raw Fish (Raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.)
19. Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder (In large amounts these can cause an electrolyte imbalance – and severe electrolyte imbalances can lead to muscle spasm or even congestive heart failure.)
20. Mushrooms (Mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause liver and kidney damage)
21. Sugar-Free Foods (Sugar-free foods containing Xylitol have been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.)
22. Nutmeg (Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and central nervous system damage.)
23. Excessive Fatty Foods (Excess fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis.)
24. Avocado (All parts of the avocado and avocado tree are toxic to dogs.)
25. Diary Products (Dairy products don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy product have high fat content (see number 23) – and many pets are lactose intolerant – some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhea; though small amounts of yogurt and cheese are usually fairly well tolerated.) Keep these 25 toxic foods in mind when cooking for your dog. There may be other foods that your dog can not consume; so always ask your vet when you are unsure about anything concerning your pet. Please visit [http://www.e-dog-training.com] for more FREE tips, advice, and canine cuisine recipes. Happy Home Cooking!


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