Just In Case Of Upset Tummy
That first night your puppy will just be glad to be home. He will beg you for a big, gigantic meal! Feed him very little as his tummy will be easily upset. His little system will take a while to adjust to new water, new surroundings, even new little organisms in the dirt in his new backyard.
Have a tin of plain pumpkin on hand should he have some diarrhea. A big scoop of pumpkin with some kibble will help the problem. Even if you should see a little blood when he goes to the bathroom don’t panic. That is irritation from the diarrhea. Give the problem a couple of days before you fly to the vet. Make sure your puppy is drinking lots of water.
We used to give Pepto Bismal for upset tummies but they have changed the formula and it is no longer safe for dogs.
A Plan For Health And Safety
Your Over The Moon puppy will have had his first vaccination that will begin to protect the puppy from the most common dog illnesses. However, he is not completely protected. Your puppy will have a record telling you when his next our of a series of three vaccines should be.
We used to be able to give two vaccinations but veterinary medicine has changed its protocol and does not administer the first vaccine until eight weeks.
Your puppy is completely protected two weeks after her third vaccine. That is the day she can walk in the park! Until that time she can’t go out on the ground in a public place. She can go to friends’ gardens, a puppy group where every puppy has a proven vaccine record, but not on the street or to the park or by the roadside on your way home. That being said puppy should meet as many people and go to as many noisy places as possible. Take her to sports events, to school and to all the places you go.
Puppies should get used to the car even if they are not going anywhere special. However, they tend to want to leap out every time you do. This can lead to a terrible accident. Secure your puppy in a crate before you get out of the car. Be very careful when you are driving your new puppy home for the first time because everything is strange to her.
Puppies love to play. Invite a puppy to your house for some puppy play but take off their collars. Accidents can happen with little mouths and little collars.
Puppies are babies who put absolutely everything into their mouths from passing bugs to live electrical wires. I find I need to be in the same room as a puppy unless he is confined. When we need some ‘down time’ and I don’t want to put him in his crate I have a metal exercise pen from the pet shop. A little water, five chew toys and a mat makes a nice little spot where he can be while I am not paying attention. When I do work around the house I just have appropriate chew toys in every room and keep on encouraging their use. Mercifully, young puppies sleep a lot.