Q: 6 week old puppy
June 24, 2009 | By Liz B. | 11 answers | Expired: 1899 days ago
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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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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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!
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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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Jun 24, 2009
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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