Most newborn puppies are very weak and are vulnerable to health problems. Prevention is always better than cure as recommended; to prevent the opportunity of infections or other health problems, basic to intermediate knowledge about caring for your new born puppy is very important.
Here are some of the few common puppy health problems and diseases that a weak puppy might be susceptible to.
Hypothermia is one of the major problems. A tiny new born puppy has difficulty regulating it’s body temperature as it’s thermoregulatory system may not be fully developed yet. One common solution is to keep a new born puppy in a moderate heated environment of 85-90F degrees for the first two to three weeks.
How can you do that? Simple, use a heated dog lamp or warming lamp. Also, it is a good practice to use warm bottles (not hot as they might be dangerous) and a puppy warming blanket. Use hypoallergenic cotton blankets as an alternative because they retain some body heat.
This is a common diseases for a young puppy and a dog. As a dog owner, ensure that your puppy is adequately protected against the deadly Parvovirus disease. Parvovirus is a contagious disease that attacks the lining of the dog or puppy’s digestive system. It is usually spread through feces of another infected dog. Parvo can also be carried on kennels, crates and accessories of another dog.
Symptoms include lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, weariness and putrid smelling dog stool. These symptoms have also been linked to high fever which could lead to congestive heart failure.
Make sure that your puppies are vaccinated under a proper program and a health time table. Veterinarians recommend that infected puppies should not be taken to the dog park or even the yard where they can interact with other dogs, until the proper vaccination and injections are administered.
This is an anti-body that can be given to your new born puppy at approximately 24 hours after birth.
How? Simple, by feeding your puppy the full-bodied first milk of it’s mother. This step if available, is critical to your puppy’s health and health problems prevention.
If you are concerned about your new born puppy’ slower absorption rate; it is quite common, visit your local vet for a consultation about their Colustum’s absorption rate. Your vet will usually do a blood test to check your puppy’s anti-body absorption rate and if needed, your vet will then proceed to inject some serum from it’s mother to speed up the process.