Health Problems In Puppies

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Health Problems In Puppies

by Mandy Fain

Because their immune systems are still being developed, newborn puppies are very susceptible to health problems. To prevent the possibility of infection or other health problems, puppies must be well cared for. Here, we will go over some of the puppy health problems that can occur.

Colostrum, the antibody rich first milk of the puppy's mother, is vital to the puppy's health, so getting the puppy to take as much as possible is important. Puppies usually nurse every two to three hours from birth for the first couple of weeks. The peak of colostrum absorption occurs after eight hours after birth, so this is something that is important to be mindful of.

There will be a low absorption rate in the puppies from twenty-four hours on after birth. Consult your vet early if you have any doubts concerning the absorption of colustum by the puppies. The vet will use a blood test to check the antibody absorption rate and, to protect against infection, will inject the puppies under the skin with serum from the mother.

Caring for an orphaned puppy

Another big puppy healthy problem a pet owner might face is taking care of an orphaned puppy. If the puppy's mother dies or, for any number of reasons, does not have any milk, the difficult job of caring for and feeding the puppy falls on the owner.

Hypothermia, a major killer of newborn puppies, is of concern with an orphaned puppy because its thermoregulatory system may be too weak to regulate its body temperature adequately.

To prevent hypothermia, a puppy must be kept in an environment of 85 degrees Fahrenheit for the first two weeks. Warm water bottles and blankets can be used for this but, if not used with care, they can cause burns. The best option is heat lamps.

An orphaned puppy's nutrition is another very important factor to deal with. Care must be taken in choosing a good milk replacement. Commercial milk and homemade milk are not considered as good replacements. Cow's milk is low in protein but can be used while goat's milk is best avoided.

Slow growth and developing cataracts are the usual result of using unsuitable milk replacements. You vet or pet supply stare should have a milk replacement made just for puppies.

Getting a puppy to take milk from a bottle can be a difficult problem to overcome. Your vet should be able to offer guidance that will make it easier.

Making sure that your puppy has all its vaccinations on schedule and following the tips in this article, you will be able to handle any puppy health problems with ease.

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