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Old 12-11-2012, 03:26 AM
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I'm a first time chi owner. I recently got a babygirl 2 days ago. The person I bought her from lied and said she is 6 weeks but she seems to be more like 4 weeks. She came with fleas .. what should I do about this? My sister said she would try to bathe her every other day, is that ok? also I noticed she shakes alot like she is cold. We keep her covered up in a blanket unless she is up playing. Also any ideas on what to feed her since her teeth hasnt came through yet? i have been given her soft puppy food in small piece and she eats some of that and licks up the juice. Any ideas on the fleas and how to feed her are welcome. I just want to provide the best care, she is adorable.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:07 AM
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Oh little pup! You can go to your local pet store and pick up some puppy milk replacement to give her mixed with dry food. She will need to be fed more often than an older pup, four + times a day. Little ones can get hypoglycemia, so it's important to keep their blood sugar up. She is too little for anything with flea medication, but dawn dish soap will suffocate the fleas. Wet her(put little cotton balls in her ears to make sure they stay dry.), coat it behind her ears and down her body, leaving it on for 15 min. Use a flea comb(Pet store 99 cents.) to comb around her head and ears to get any that try to escape toward her head. Rinse very very well. Make sure you get all the soap off so it doesn't dry her skin out. You can repeat every few days. Congratulations on the pup, and good luck! Post pics when she's feeling better!
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:34 PM
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Oh my goodness! I don't know how old this baby is with no theeth. For sure go and get some puppy milk replacement. You have to get the fleas off this baby as they can make her anemic. Make sure that you get them offr her sleeping area. Take her to the vet asap as she really needs help. Good lulck with her.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:52 PM
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Definately get her to a vet ASAP, they can tell you how old she is really and what sort of care she needs. Poor little darling x
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:57 PM
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Wow!! Don't know if it's possible, but after you get the pup seen to, I'd find that lady & give a swift kick in the * * * !! She is way too young to be away from mom. Without knowing where you live & whether it's cold, I don't think I'd bath her as she could catch a cold or pneumonia very easily. I would get a flea comb & painstakingly get the fleas off. She's so small, it shouldn't be too hard. Definitely get the pup to the vet so they can guide you to the proper care she needs.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:11 PM
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The most important thing to do is take her to the vet, as others have said. Your vet can help you more than any of us can.

Aside from the obvious:
-Puppy Formula
-Keep the pup warm
-Get the fleas off ASAP, Dawn dish soap was a great suggestion.

And I would like to add something myself,
Young chi's are at risk for low blood sugar, and with mine she didn't want to drink her water. My vet suggested to fill a syringe with sugar water and give it to her that way, the sugar helps her blood sugar level and the water obviously hydrates her. Another thing my vet suggested, if you notice that she misses a meal or doesn't want to eat a meal you have scheduled for her, keep some honey handy in your house and either rub some on her gums or let her lick it off your finger. This will help regulate her blood sugar level after missing a meal.

For future reference, make sure that any time you get a puppy that it's from a reputable breeder, signs of a good breeder are:
-They are willing to drive a certain distance to meet with you
- They make sure your house is a good home for the puppy, and if it isn't they will not sell the pup.
-Come with first set of dewormer and boosters
-Are willing to take the pup back at any time if it doesn't work out
-Has information on both parents and the pups bloodlines, along with papers.
-Some will have you sign a contract


Hope that helps! Let us know how everything goes if you can, and please try to get her to a vet!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:56 PM
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Thank you all for the advice. The morning after posting this, her teeth came through . We are continuing to give her baths every 2 days. She is eating a lot and very playful when she is not sleeping. I am also giving her water through a syringe. I will be taking her to the vet after Christmas. Here is a picture of her.
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