This page is a must read if you have adopted one of our puppies.
Bringing Chihuahua Puppies Home:
Now that you have decided which of the Chihuahua puppy is for you, you must prepare for your new addition. After you bring home a puppy from a Chihuahua puppy, the first few weeks will require a lot of your time. Your Chihuahua puppy will need constant attention and care. They will be exploring and wanting to get into mischief. It’s a good idea to be on the lookout overseeing everything the puppy does and everywhere the Chihuahua puppy goes. You must remember to have some patience and take everything one step at a time. We suggest having a sense of humor when your puppy misbehaves, just like toddlers, they will grow out of this stage.
Now is the time to order Nu Vet puppies vitamins so it will be there when the puppy is taken home. You should begin to puppy proof your house. but be aware of the items you will need before your Chihuahua puppy comes home. A few things we suggest to have on hand; playpen, bedding for the crate that is machine washable and thick enough for your Chihuahua puppy's comfort, also you will need to pick up stainless steel dishes one for water and one for dry food, a puppy harness with leash, ID tag with your information in case your Chihuahua puppy ever wanders off, a few high quality chew toys, grooming supplies such as a comb or brush, premium dry puppy food, a baby gate for blocking areas that you do not wish for the puppy to go into, and information on ways to train your new Chihuahua puppy.
After a week or two Chihuahua puppies will have a routine and will be acclimated to your home and the new environment, ready for life as a family!
We start our all of our puppies on Powder NuVet Plus.
And require that our puppies remain on NuVet Plus.
We give our puppies a 1/2 of a scoop per puppy sprinkled on to their Kibble once a day.
Your puppy can be given 1/2 a scoop until they reach they age of 6 moths.
After they reach 6 months they can be given 1 scoop a day.
Dont forget to pre-order before you bring your puppy home!
Some Reasons Why I require NuVet Plus
As a quality breeder, my highest priority is the health of the dogs I breed. Part of that responsibility includes doing everything possible to assure their wellbeing after they go to a new home. While all quality dog foods will provide everything needed to sustain life, virtually all of them are cooked during the manufacturing process. The heat from cooking causes much of the nutrients to be lost during the process. NuVet Plus is cold processed allowing all of the benefits of its rich nutrients to be retained, giving your new puppy an extra layer of protection, especially during the most critical first year of life.
Additionally, when puppies nurse, they rely on their mother’s colostrum (highly nutritious milk produced right after birth) for the antibodies they need to fight infection. However, the maternal antibodies effectiveness declines as the puppy’s immune system begins to mature. By 8 weeks, your puppy’s immune system is at a vulnerable point and will soon be challenged on multiple fronts. When a puppy is moved away from its mother and siblings to live with its new family, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to bacteria and viruses in its new home. These are pathogens for which the puppy’s body has not yet developed antibodies, and it is widely recognized that the immune system is less effective in times of stress. So starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult. The vaccine series is also started during this time period. Vaccines are only effective if the immune system can respond properly. If the immune system is distracted by combating an actual disease processor and it does not receive the nutrients required to keep it strong during times of stress, the health of the puppy is at risk. The best way to prevent illness during this critical time is to provide the nutritional support required for proper immune system function.
What Puppy Food We Recomend
I care about the health of our puppies and our pets so we only feed them high quality grain free food!
We ask for our puppies to be kept on Merrick Puppy Formula-Grain Free Available at Pet Smart
And ask for our puppies to switch to Wellness small breed adult formula-grain free at the age of 8 months.
Chihuahua Puppy Feeding Schedule:
There are conflicting views on when and how a new Chihuahua puppy should be fed. There are two basic schools of thought that are most commonly used in puppy feeding: free feeding and scheduled feeding.
Free feeding is when the owners leave dry food out for the Chihuahua puppy all day long so the puppy can eat whenever he or she pleases. Scheduled feeding involves placing a food bowl out for the pup and then taking it away after a period of time , which usually is a 30 min. span. For the puppy stage, I recommend the free feedings most of the day until the time of 5 pm. Take away food at that time then give the puppy food again early in the morning the next day. I recommend this until the age of 12 weeks old to avoid any Hypoglycemic episodes.
After this age i recommend schedule feedings. This is an easy way to allow your Chihuahua puppy frequent smaller meals which help to control how frequently the puppy will need to go outside for bathroom use and also helps to control weight gain. During the early stage of housebreaking this feeding schedule will also become a wonderful tool. You can essentially control when the Chihuahua puppy eliminates or not.
As your Chihuahua puppy ages or if there are any digestion or finicky eating issues, you may want to adjust this schedule to meet the needs of your dog. Your vet will be able to give you tips and alternate feeding methods if needed.
Chihuahua Food Risk
It is important to recognize that many of the foods that are good for humans to eat may be harmful even deadly for an animal to ingest. We must remember that animals, including Chihuahua puppies, have different metabolisms than we do which makes it hard for them to properly digest a wide variety of foods. Below is a list of the common food items that can pose a risk to the health of your Chihuahua, and should,
under no circumstances, be given to a dog to ingest: •Alcoholic Beverages •Bones from Fish, Poultry, or Meats •Cat Food •Chocolate, Coffee, Tea or Caffeinated products •Citrus Oil and Extracts •Fat Trimmings •Grapes and Raisins •Hops •Human Vitamins and supplements with Iron •Large amounts of Liver •Macadamia Nuts •Milk and other Dairy products •Moldy or Spoiled foods •Mushrooms •Onions and Garlic (powders, raw or cooked) •Persimmons •Pits from Peaches or Plums •Potato, Rhubarb, Tomato Leaves, Potato and Tomato Stems •Raw Eggs •Raw Fish •Salt •String •Sugary Foods •Table Scraps• Tobacco •Yeast Dough
Chihuahua Puppy Proofing
When you bring your new Chihuahua puppy home there tends to be a lot of excitement, but it is very important to remember that your home may not be 100% ready for this new addition. Your new puppy will be quite small in size but will still be able to get himself into mischief. Chihuahua puppies are like babies and love to play with everything. This means that things low to the ground will need to be considered. Chihuahua puppies tend to want to put everything into their mouths. Items like electrical wires and cords will need to be secure for safety.
Both outdoor and indoor plants can be very harmful to your Chihuahua. Aloe Vera, Eucalyptus, and Baby's Breath are all extremely toxic and harmful to pets. It is always best to check with your local veterinarian about potentially dangerous local foliage before you bring your puppy home. The vet can tell you which plants you may need to remove from your home. Check for your specific geographic area;
Another large concern for your puppy can be cleaners and poisons. Many people have cleaners and bug sprays on low level shelves in their homes. Just like you would toddler proof your home, with puppy proofing, you would want to make sure these items are placed out of the way and on a higher shelf. This is important because virtually all of these are considered to be poisonous to a Chihuahua puppy.
It is best to remove all objects from the floor and lower areas of your home. It is recommended that you get down to your Chihuahua's level and see what they see. This can help you spot any problem areas and issues that you might have otherwise overlooked.
Do not leave your Chihuahua puppy unattended outside, especially if you have a balcony or porch, puppies have the ability to sneak through the bars or find small openings in shrubs or fences. They can slip right through before you even have time to notice they are gone.
A good rule of thumb is that your puppy is like a small child; anything that could be harmful for a child will probably be harmful to your Chihuahua puppy.
•Rawhide dog chews may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can infect pets and humans who come in contact with the chews. These kinds of chews should be offered to a pet only with supervision, as they can pose a choking hazard as well.
•Cedar and other soft wood shavings, including pine, emit fumes that may be dangerous to small mammals like hamsters and gerbils.
•Insect control products, such as the insecticides used in many over-the-counter flea and tick remedies, may be toxic to companion animals. Prescription flea and tick control products are much safer and more effective. Pet owners should never use any product without first consulting a veterinarian.
•Human medications such as pain killers (including aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen), cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, vitamins, and diet pills can all be toxic to animals. Keep medication containers and tubes of ointments and creams away from pets who could chew through them, and be vigilant about finding and disposing of any dropped pills.
•Poisonous household plants include azalea, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), lilies, mistletoe, and philodendron, among others.
•String, yarn, rubber bands, and even dental floss are easy to swallow and can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation.
•Toys with movable parts—like squeaky toys or stuffed animals with plastic eyes—can pose a choking hazard to animals. Take the same precautions with pets as you would with a small child.
•Holiday decorations and lights pose a risk to cats and dogs. Keep these items out of the reach of animals, and if possible, confine your pet to an undecorated area while you are out of the home.
•Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals but is deadly if consumed in even small quantities; one teaspoon can kill a seven-pound cat. The HSUS recommends pet owners use a safe antifreeze in their vehicles. Look for antifreeze that contains propylene glycol, which is safe for animals if ingested in small amounts. Ethylene glycol can also be found in common household products like snow globes, so be sure to keep these things out the reach of animals.
•Cocoa mulch contains ingredients that can be deadly to pets if ingested. The mulch, sold in garden supply stores, has a chocolate scent that is appetizing to some animals.
•Chemicals used on lawns and gardens, such as fertilizer and plant food, can be easily accessible and fatal to a pet allowed in the yard unsupervised.
•De-icing salts used to melt snow and ice are paw irritants that can be poisonous if licked off. Paws should be washed and dried as soon as the animal comes in from the snow. Other options include doggie boots with Velcro straps to protect Fido’s feet, and making cats indoor pets.
•Cans and garbage can pose a danger when cats or smaller dogs attempt to lick food from a disposed can, sometimes getting their head caught inside the can. To be sure this doesn’t happen, squeeze the open end of the can closed before disposing.
•Traps and poisons. Pest control companies frequently use glue traps, live traps and poisons to kill rodents. Even if you would never use such methods to eliminate rodents, your neighbor might. Dogs and cats can be poisoned if they eat a rodent who has been killed by poison (called secondary poisoning).
Chihuahua Puppy Teething:
As your Chihuahua puppy starts growing, he or she will begin to show signs of teething. This will occur around 4-5 months of age. Similar to a baby, teething can be uncomfortable for the Chihuahua puppy and they will often want to chew on things to ease this irritation. There are a few ways you can help ease the pain for your new Chihuahua puppy.
A few good options for teething are purchasing Nylabones or Kong toys at your local pet store and putting them in the freezer before giving to your puppy. For an extra treat you can give your puppy either cold or frozen carrots. Whichever you choose your Chihuahua puppy can use these items to chew on to help ease the pain. This period of time can be quite painful, and sometimes bleeding may occur. It is important to discourage your Chihuahuas from chewing on objects in the home. The teething process causes a great deal of discomfort for your Chihuahua puppy, using the frozen toys can help get your puppy through this uncomfortable phase.
Chihuahua Puppy Vet Visits:
Chihuahua puppies will have received some immunizations from their mother's milk. This will provide a base for very strong and healthy puppy. The puppy will still need the standard immunization shots or vaccinations from your veterinarian to help your puppy build up immunity to certain canine diseases. Your Chihuahua puppy will need these vaccinations at least every 2-3 weeks starting at 6-9 weeks of age.
When we send our puppies home they will have had at lest the first sometime second shot given. You will have to continue the protocol. These vaccinations will be a series of 3-4 (at least) shots until the puppy is around 16-18 weeks old. The last round of shots should be given after the puppy reaches the 16 week mark. The shots that are given early on include; Distemper, Parvo, Adenovirus, and Parainfluenza Combo .
During these early weeks you should keep your Chihuahua puppy away from strange dogs to reduce the risk of your puppy becoming infected with diseases. If you have another dog in the home or know of another dog that you are certain has all of its shots and is free of any diseases, then you can certainly let new Chihuahua puppies play and become acquainted with the other dogs. The same goes with humans. Just like a baby, you should tell anyone who wants to hold or touch the new puppy to wash their hands before interacting with them. This is important because the new puppy is just building up its immunities and can catch a virus very easily. After the first few rounds of shots you can slowly let Chihuahua puppies interact on a more normal basis.
Do not take your puppy to public places until puppy has received full set of shots. Also when puppy visits the Vet, please keep the pup safe in it carrier sent home with it. At the Vet many sick dogs are taken there. So it not a safe place for a puppy to be. The puppy will be much safer if it is kept in the carrier until its examination. Then placed back in its carrier after the examination. All of this may seem like very stick instructions. But please keep in mind these Viruses can very well be deadly to a puppy.
Your new puppy when sent home it will already have been dewormed at the age of 4, 6 , 8 weeks. But Intestinal parasites are naturally occurring in dogs, this is why your vet will suggested keeping your dog on a preventive like Heart Guard, or Safe Guard and it is not unusual.