10 Jan

CONSIDERING ADOPTING A PUPPY AT 6 WEEKS

Dog is the best companion a human can have. Adopting a puppy is equally same as bringing a new member, specifically a kid, to home. And if the puppy is less than 8 weeks old like a 6 weeks old puppy, it requires great care from the part of the owner. During the first 6-8 weeks puppy generally should stay with their mother. The puppies need proper nourishment and weaning which can be provided by their mother. But with some breed, by 6 weeks, the puppies are weaned and can start eating on their own only if they have been getting proper nourishment. In such case the owner should be experienced or must consult an efficient dog trainer. The owner should get a detailed knowledge from the breeder about its nourishment and development made by the puppy in the 6 weeks. The situation is equally vulnerable for both the puppy and the owner if they are not being able to adjust with each other.

Feeding your Puppy

It is very important on the part of the pet owners to know the breed (small, medium or large) of dog they adopted and the type of nutrition suitable for them. Choose the best brand suited for your breed under the guidance of the veterinarian. The best food for puppy, generally, is a food having good balance of protein, calcium and calories. A 6 week puppy is small to go on a complete solid food diet. Ask the breeder about the puppy’s previous diet and try to provide him food of that brand eventually switching to your own preferred brand. This way the puppy would not have trouble adjusting in a new environment. So make gruel by blending kibble or suitable food with goat’s milk and feed 3 to 4 times a day, gradually decreasing the amount of milk to make him adapt to solid food without affecting his health. Cow’s milk is a big no for puppies as they tend to get diarrhea. Also make your puppy drink plenty of fresh water to keep him healthy and hydrated.

Shots required at this Age:

A 6 to 8 week puppy requires first puppy shot (vaccine) for:

Hepatitis, a viral disease of liver

Distemper, an airborne viral disease

Parvovirus, a viral disease of intestine

Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease of urinary tract

Para-influenza, infectious bronchitis, and

Corona, viral disease of intestine

Vaccine for rabies is not recommended before 3 to 4 months. A puppy should be dewormed and treated for fleas, if having one, and taken to his veterinarian on a periodic basis.

Expected Puppy Behavior

At the age of 6 weeks, a newly brought puppy might take time to adjust in the new environment and undergo diarrhea or stomach upset or feel lonely. The regular brand of food for few days may help him overcome diarrhea. Finding him a playmate, like an older dog already in your home, can even solve his problem of feeling lonely. The 6 week puppy still has the habit of biting and needs to be taught inhibition with extra care and patience. The puppy needed to be taught not to harm himself/herself.

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