Tips to Take Care of the Newborn Puppies

Since time immemorial, dogs have been man’s best friend, with millions of people around the world claiming one or more canine companions as part of their family. The kind of care received during the early stages of a newborn puppy’s life is crucial to its survival. 

Puppies are blind and mostly deaf when they’re born, leaving them at the mercy of their caretakers. There are several issues to consider when taking care of the furry little creatures and some include.

Taking your puppy to the vet 

If everything goes according to plan and your puppy seems healthy over the course of the first month, its first trip to the vet should be in six weeks. The first round of vaccinations can be given during the initial trip, as well as a physical examination to ensure that everything is well and good. You can also schedule a preventative health plan during your first visit. 

It’s crucial to take your puppy in at an earlier stage should they start exhibiting signs of sickness including, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and breathing difficulties, to name a few. Newborn puppies are highly susceptible to their environment, so the earlier you catch a problem, the better. 

Simple problems like if your dog ate vitamin D capsule can bring about severe complications with their health. So remain alert on their little movements and visit a vet immediately if necessary. You can find more information about this and other dog health issues on OurFitPets.com website.

Keeping them warm 

Puppies have a hard time regulating their temperature during the first few days after birth, meaning they could easily die of hypothermia overnight. Keeping them warm until they can adapt to their external environment is crucial in maintaining their health. It’s also important to ensure that the heat source provided is not too extreme for their needs. 

The recommended warmth setting for newborn pups during the first week is between 85º and 90ºF. You can gradually lower down the temperature level to 75ºF over the next two weeks. Once the puppy is a month old, it can be safely introduced to room temperature as it learns to regulate its body heat. 

Feeding newborn puppies 

Puppies rely on a sole diet of their mother’s milk during the first four weeks after their birth. If the mother isn’t available, you’ll have to take over feeding duty using a canine milk replacer. Trying to feed your puppy on another substitute like cow’s milk can bring about stomach problems leading to diarrhea. 

Newborn puppies need to be fed every couple of hours during the first week of their life. As they grow and develop, the intervals between feedings will decrease and grow further apart. You can start the gradual transition from milk replacer to solid foods after four weeks. 

Track your puppy’s weight 

Your puppy’s weight gain during the first weeks of its life says a lot about its growth and development. Different breeds come in different sizes, but all puppies experience significant weight increase during the initial weeks of their life. On average, a puppy can gain between 10 and 15% of its birth weight every day for the first few weeks.  

A puppy could die if it fails to gain adequate weight upon its birth. If the puppy seems to be feeding adequately but is still not gaining enough weight, you should immediately take him to the vet. 

Adaptation and socialization 

Introducing your newborn puppy to its environment or your kids is a crucial stage of helping it adapt to its new surroundings. Simple things like playing with them or just having them sit beside you as they rest can help them acclimatize and greatly improve their mood. Puppies who don’t probably adapt to their surroundings can grow into anxious pets with various behavioral problems. 

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