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Q: 6 week old puppy

June 24, 2009 | By Liz B. | 11 answers | Expired: 1931 days ago

Liz  B.

We are fostering for the first time due to the overcrowding at our local shelter. We have a 6 week old german shepard puppy who was found in a ditch by animal control. We have had him for 3 days and took him back today to get checked out, has some type of respitory couch...hopefully just kennel cough. They were sooooo busy due to a puppy mill bust and were all very busy including the vet, so I got to ask only a few medical questions concerning my 2 shih tzus who have been active with the puppy. Does anyone have any advise on what and what not to do with a 6 week old puppy? I have been taking him outside, but now wonder if this is wise. Any tips would be incredibly helpful! Thanks, Liz

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Patricia  C.
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Jul 05, 2009

Give him a parvo/distemper shot. Keep him away from strange dogs that you are not sure whether or not they have been vaccinated. That is how they get parvo and distemper. Also be sure that he is wormed. These are certainly health issues that need to be taken care of immediately and do not need to be put off. He needs to be socialized, but he should have remained with mama for a couple more weeks If he has a cough he definitely needs to be treated by a vet.

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Danis
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Jun 25, 2009

http://books.google.com/books?id=1UCOeQcgupQC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1

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Danis
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Jun 25, 2009

I don't know much about tiny puppies, but I do foster cats, and have had several kittens. I also have a momma cat now who had her kittens at our house, and they are now 5 weeks old. I found a great veterinary handbook at barnes & noble. I have used it almost daily starting before we took in the pregnant cat. It is infinitely usable, whether you foster cats/kittens, dogs/puppies, or just have your own to take care of. They make a dog handbook and a cat handbook called either The Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, or the Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook. I haven't looked at the dog one, but the cat one has been been a great investment. Check out your local book store or look for it online if you want!

search.barnesandnoble.com/Dog-Owners-Home-Veterinary-Handbook/James-M-Giffin/e/9780876052013

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jackie
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Jun 25, 2009

sounds like kennel cough You need an antibiotic and watch your other dogs they can catch it to It is common in puppies and especially in homeless puppies

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Anonymous
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Jun 25, 2009

I agree with Lisa B. You can find almost anything on the internet and I REALLY like www.akc.com

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Katya1807
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Jun 25, 2009

congrads on th new puppy, and the answer to ur puppy question, treat him like a baby, feed him, give him a bath, spend time with him, love him, spoil him, and show him off. And just go with the flow of things, it will all fall in line.

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Swayloveswasabi34
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Jun 25, 2009

Puppies can be a challenge, Good luck to you!! Keep him away from any stressful situations as possible. Let him play and sleep. You will be just fine.

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arleen z.
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Jun 25, 2009

I would actually keep him away from strange dogs , So he doesn't pick up anything . Sounds like he has friends with your two dogs , I always started potty training young , Some puppies really pick it up fast , Thank you for fostering that little guy

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Lherbertson
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Jun 25, 2009

I was told when I brought home my 7 week puppy to carry him to and from the grass. He has to go outside or he won't get potty trained. But limit the amount he walks around. I was also told to avoid other dogs, but at the same time work on socialization. I got around that conflict by introducing him to people and making sure they used antibacterial lotion before petting him. That limited the amount of germs he came into contact with. If it's possible, limit the interaction he has with your shih tzus. Especially if they just came back from a walk or the dog park.

Just do the best you can. Puppies get sick. Even with all of my precautions, mine had to be on antibiotics twice before his vaccinations. Remember, you already made a HUGE difference in this dog's life. Good luck!

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Lisa B.
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Jun 24, 2009

www.akc.org
www.fetchdog.com
www.marthastewart.com
all have interesting tips for new puppies. If he hasn´t had his shots for parvo, etc. don´t take him on walks. Get him something to chew on like a kong. Abandoned pets need a lot of attention initially. Lots of play, play, play. I use a bath with dog shampoo and a red cider vinegar rinse for shine and the fleas hate the vinegar so they jump off.

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