Teacup Puppy Care
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I want to share a few simple tips with you to make the adjustment process easy and safe. You will need to have the following items before bringing your Fur Baby home!
1. Small Wire Crate with attachable water and food bowls.
2. Nutri-cal High calorie dietary supplement for puppies
3. Heating Pad
4. Pedialyte Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution
5. Nutri-Drops
6. Wellness Core Puppy Grainless wet food 
7. Feeding Syringe
8. Baby Blankets or Bed  to put inside crate / Puppy Safe Toys
9. Wee Wee Pads
10. Puppy Shampoo /  Everyday Isle of Dogs
11. Puppy Dry Food / Same brand breeder is feeding / Wellness core grainless Puppy 

Teacup Puppies require more care than a regular size puppy of the same age. I get calls all the time from people looking for a tiny teacup puppy but most people do not know how to care for a tiny teacup baby, they do not know what Hypoglycemia is. I suggest that before considering a teacup that you do research on raising and caring for a Teacup Puppy. Teacups are not suitable for all households. People who have busy work schedules and families with small children should not get a teacup.

For the first Months of Life your teacup will require constant attention. Its like taking home a Human Newborn baby. Your Puppy will need lots of pampering and close supervision. Your puppy should not be left alone for long periods of time. You need to make sure that your puppy is eating and drinking often to avoid a hypoglycemia attack. Teacups are not suitable for households with small children, these tiny babies have fine bones that can break easily. Teacups have to be handled with care at all times. When holding a Teacup make sure you have a firm grip on the Puppy to avoid a slip and fall accident.

It's very important that your puppy have access to food and water all the time, due to their tiny size they need to eat and drink more often than a regular size Puppy. For the first 6 Months of age or until the Puppy reaches 2.8 pounds they will need to eat often. I do not recommend for the food to be changed for the first two weeks. Wait until the puppy as adjusted to his new home, then if you decide to change the food, you should do it gradually, by adding more of the new food to the old food each day until completely switched. I recommend to give Puppy a premium brand dog food like: Natures's Variety Instinct or Wellness for Puppy.  In addition, a half of a teaspoon of vanilla flavored yogurt once or twice a day for the first week or two is great to keep your pup from getting an upset stomach due to stress. The live lactobacillus in yogurt coats the intestines with good bacteria and is great for preventing some bacterial infections and illness. I also recommend to give Nutri-cal three times a day for the first two weeks.

The Second Most Important thing is to have a crate where the puppy can rest and eat, a place where he will feel comfortable and secure. Never give the puppy full run of the house, until he is 5 to 6 months old. The puppy can forget where the food is and not eating can lead to Hypoglycemia. Also, confining the puppy will help speed up the housebreaking process and will keep him safe when you are not there to watch him.

Play time should be limited to an hour period at a time. After play time always give the puppy a small amount of Nutri-cal. You can put a small amount of Nutri-cal on your finger and let puppy lick it off. Its very important that Puppy get plenty of rest to help replenish all energy lost while at play. Never leave a small puppy unsupervised while being handled by a child.

Hypoglycemia is not a disease or sickness nor is it genetic or inherited. Hypoglycemia is a metabolic disorder-low blood sugar. If left untreated, it can lead to death.

Hypoglycemia, (the medical term for low blood sugar) is a condition resulting in a drastic, sudden drop in the level of blood sugar in puppies. Hypoglycemia is usually common in tiny puppies. Lack of food consumption, stress, infections or parasites in some form can cause it. Hypoglycemia usually occurs in puppies from 2 to 5 months of age but can occur in mature toy breeds when they are subjected to stress.

Over Handling, not allowing enough time to rest. Not eating for over a period of 8 hours. Change of home, change of food, Trips to the Vet or to the groomers. Exposure to low temperatures and poor diet are the most common causes for Hypoglycemia.

Signs of Hypoglycemia: A Puppy will appear limp and lifeless. The gums and tongue will lack pink pigment. Often the eyes are unfocused and unresponsive. Temperature will drop below normal, the puppy could be shivering and trembling in the early stages. As condition worsens, puppies either go into a coma or convulsions. Puppy tilts head back and becomes stiff, weakness, confusion, wobbly gait, frothing or drooling, possible seizure,. Gums will be tacky and appear pale, a grayish white in color rather than a healthy bright pink, puppies can go into shock if not cared for properly and promptly. Warmth is essential, puppies in progressive stages of Shock lose body temperature. A temperature that drops below 90 degrees usual result in coma. That's why its important to have a heating pad handy.

Treatment for Hypoglycemia: The Level of the blood sugar should be raised at once. I recommend using Nutri-Drops 1/4 cc per pound or Nutri-cal Puppy. Do not use both at the same time, combining them can cause the blood sugar to raise too high. If using Nutri-cal place about 2"on your finger and run it on the puppies gums and tongue. Repeat every 10 minutes as needed. Rub puppies body to keep him alert and to stimulate blood circulation. Wrap Puppy in a blanket and use heating pad to keep puppy warm. The puppy should start showing signs of improving within 5 minutes. Prompt attention can mean the difference between life and Death that's why its so important to treat immediately. If the puppy doesn't respond to treatment you will need to seek immediate Vet Care, please put a small amount of Nutri-cal in the puppy's mouth before leaving to the Vet.

Once the puppy is stable, offer him Meat Baby Food or any high nutrition food. If the puppy refuses to eat, you must force feed puppy. You can use a syringe to give him little bits of food. As a preventative add 1 tsp of White Karo syrup to warm water, allow this to be their daily drinking water.

I hope this information was helpful to you! Please do not hesitate to call me if you should have any questions, when you take in one of my babies you are not only adding to your family a tiny bundle of Love but you are acquiring a lifetime of support. I am always here for you and I love to know how puppy is growing and get pictures as time allows. I want to thank all the wonderful people that have given my Little Angels good homes. Many blessings to you all from Daisy Teacup Poodles

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