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First off, what is nutrocal?

secondly what are some common problems I should look out for when I bring my girl home. (i've noticed things mentioned like blood sugar??)

third do the puppies normally get all of there vacs in one day? is that dangerous?

fourth, When she comes home, would i be able to have a friend over e ven though she might not be able to get her vaccinations right away?

and lastly, I've mentioned this before but didn't get a real great answer, My mom bought ROYAL CANIN canine health nutrition. MINI babydog 30.
the description says, small breed puppies up to 20lb from weaning to 8 weeks. now, we'll have Gypsy home at the end of the week(if nothing comes up) and she'll be 7 weeks old. which means she'll have about a week to eat this food. but I know she won't finish all of this in a week, and we don't want to put it to waste. SO should I just keep feeding her this until its gone? I don't know what to do..We also have a bag of royal canin mini PUPPY (NOT BABYDOG) for when this one runs out.. I just don't want her to be like, Ill nurished because of the wrong food or something.
 

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Re: bunches of short questions

A.Its nutrical and its a sweet liquid to stop low blood sugar, there is another name too.

Low blood sugar,yes,also be careful about putting them on sofa's etc incase they fall off

A. Mine havent had theirs all on one day.

] A. not sure of the answer to this, i had mine as pups on Eukanuba small bite puppy food for a year to 18 months then changed to Eukanuba adult small bite maitenence.
 

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To answer your second question, this is what low blood sugar is.
(Low Blood Sugar)

This is a central nervous system disorder caused by low sugar. It occurs mainly in Toy breeds between six and twelve weeks of age. Often it is precipitated by stress.

The first signs are those of listlessness and depression. They are followed by muscular weakness, tremors (especially in the facial muscles) and later convulsions, coma and death. The entire sequence is not always seen. The dog may appear to be depressed or may be weak, wobbly and jerky; or the puppy may be found in a coma.

Hypoglycemia can occur without warning when a puppy is placed in a new home, or while being shipped. It might appear after a puppy misses a meal, chills, becomes exhausted from too much playing or has a digestive upset. These upsets place an added strain on the energy reserves of the liver and bring on symptoms (if the dog is susceptible).

Puppies that are weaned on rice and hamburger are more likely to develop hypoglycemia. Their diet is deficient in certain ingredients needed to sustain the liver.

A similar condition occurs in adult hunting dogs when hunting. Care should be taken to feed these dogs before hunting and increase the protein in their diet.

Treatment is directed at restoring blood levels of glucose. Begin at once. Prolonged or repeated attacks can cause permanent damage to the brain. If a puppy is awake, give Karo syrup, honey or sugar in water by mouth. You should begin to see improvement in thirty minutes. When unconscious, a puppy will have to be given a dextrose solution intravenously. It may be necessary to treat for swelling of the brain. A veterinarian should be called at once.

Prevent recurrent attacks by feeding a high-quality kibble diet and add to it sugar, syrup or honey. See that the puppy eats at least every eight hours and receives a daily vitamin.

Breeders should wean puppies on a balanced diet. Food supplements should not exceed 10 percent of the total ration. Owners of Toy puppies should not overtire them or allow them to chill.

A condition exists in which hypoglycemia is persistent of periodic. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and is not responsive to treatment.

*Taken from the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by the Authors,
Delbert G. Carlson, D.V.M. and James M. Giffin, M.D.
Also, in my opinion, 7 weeks is very young to be bringing home a puppy, most should stay till atleast eight and for the smaller breeds, like chihuahuas, it should be atleast 12 weeks. They need to stay with their mom and brothers/sisters to be properly socialized. A while back, there was some good information posted about puppies being taken from the mother's too young.
 

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Jessica said:
To answer your second question, this is what low blood sugar is.
(Low Blood Sugar)

This is a central nervous system disorder caused by low sugar. It occurs mainly in Toy breeds between six and twelve weeks of age. Often it is precipitated by stress.

The first signs are those of listlessness and depression. They are followed by muscular weakness, tremors (especially in the facial muscles) and later convulsions, coma and death. The entire sequence is not always seen. The dog may appear to be depressed or may be weak, wobbly and jerky; or the puppy may be found in a coma.

Hypoglycemia can occur without warning when a puppy is placed in a new home, or while being shipped. It might appear after a puppy misses a meal, chills, becomes exhausted from too much playing or has a digestive upset. These upsets place an added strain on the energy reserves of the liver and bring on symptoms (if the dog is susceptible).

Puppies that are weaned on rice and hamburger are more likely to develop hypoglycemia. Their diet is deficient in certain ingredients needed to sustain the liver.

A similar condition occurs in adult hunting dogs when hunting. Care should be taken to feed these dogs before hunting and increase the protein in their diet.

Treatment is directed at restoring blood levels of glucose. Begin at once. Prolonged or repeated attacks can cause permanent damage to the brain. If a puppy is awake, give Karo syrup, honey or sugar in water by mouth. You should begin to see improvement in thirty minutes. When unconscious, a puppy will have to be given a dextrose solution intravenously. It may be necessary to treat for swelling of the brain. A veterinarian should be called at once.

Prevent recurrent attacks by feeding a high-quality kibble diet and add to it sugar, syrup or honey. See that the puppy eats at least every eight hours and receives a daily vitamin.

Breeders should wean puppies on a balanced diet. Food supplements should not exceed 10 percent of the total ration. Owners of Toy puppies should not overtire them or allow them to chill.

A condition exists in which hypoglycemia is persistent of periodic. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and is not responsive to treatment.

*Taken from the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by the Authors,
Delbert G. Carlson, D.V.M. and James M. Giffin, M.D.
Also, in my opinion, 7 weeks is very young to be bringing home a puppy, most should stay till atleast eight and for the smaller breeds, like chihuahuas, it should be atleast 12 weeks. They need to stay with their mom and brothers/sisters to be properly socialized. A while back, there was some good information posted about puppies being taken from the mother's too young.
there isn't really anything I can do about bringing her home at 7 weeks. If i could control it and having her stay with the breeder longer I would, butits not under my control . I'll have to deal with it, there are some people on this webpage who have had there puppies since they were much younger so, hopefully we'll do okay. thank you for explaing low blood sugar :):)
 

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No problem! :) I know what you mean about wanting them to stay longer, you will just need to work with her socialization a little more.
 

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exactly, which is why i'm having a friend over when she gets home. :D
 

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Yes, Older is better but if you have to bring the little one home younger then the best thing for you to do is make sure you have food down all the time for him/her to eat. I have done this with Gadget since he was 5 weeks and it seems to work.. He has never had any problems with low blood sugar.

The other thing you will want to do is make sure when he/she is sleeping you cover her/him up... Gadget loves his blankets over him at night.

I also got Gadget lots of soft plush toys to play and or snuggle with when he was younger now he loves playing with him.
 

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Yes, Older is better but if you have to bring the little one home younger then the best thing for you to do is make sure you have food down all the time for him/her to eat. I have done this with Gadget since he was 5 weeks and it seems to work.. He has never had any problems with low blood sugar.

The other thing you will want to do is make sure when he/she is sleeping you cover her/him up... Gadget loves his blankets over him at night.

I also got Gadget lots of soft plush toys to play and or snuggle with when he was younger now he loves playing with him.
Wow, thanks!!
 

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You can keep the baby on the Royal Canin baby food till it's gone, chi's are so small the extra nutrition isn't going to hurt them any.
then I can switch her to puppy food?
 

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At such an early age you should be feeding your puppy 2 or 3 seperate small meals during the day (morning/noon/night). The royal canine dry is a very good food but it should be supplemented with puppy wet (canned) food also at least for 1 of the feedings per day because it is extra rich and fatty. Because chi's are such small dogs, the "puppy" stage of growth is longer and thus, you should continue to feed combination puppy food until at least 6-8 months of age then you can continue feeding wet/dry or switch to the royal canine chihuahua dry entirely.

However, if you are going to change the food she is eating at the breeders when you get her, you have to mix half & half of the royal canine dry and the food the breeder gives you (make sure to get some!). Do this for the first week and slowly each day mix more of the royal canine in until its 100% royal canine. If you switch her food immediately it could upset her stomach and give her bad diarreah and bloat. Once its switched stick with the same food if you can and she likes it else you have to repeat this process.
 

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if you are going to change the food she is eating at the breeders when you get her, you have to mix half & half of the royal canine dry and the food the breeder gives you (make sure to get some!). Do this for the first week and slowly each day mix more of the royal canine in until its 100% royal canine.
This is good advise, whenever you change their food make sure to mix the old with the new so their tummies can get used to it. I've never given my chi anything but dry food and he's always eaten really well so it wasn't necessary for him. I free fed my puppy, I've seen books recommend the small meals several times a day. Every dog I've owned has been free fed and maintained a healthy weight, I've heard Chihuahuas are overeaters so we'll see if I can keep doing it with Charlie. You will just need to monitor your pup, listen to your vet, and make your own decision on the food.

As for the vaccines, your vet will most likely have a vaccination schedule to follow, Charlie got a set of shots every 3-4 weeks, he got bordatella at 12 wks, and rabies at about 16 weeks (the vet might hold off on this one depending on your puppies weight)

I'm sure you'll be a great chi momma! :D
 

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From experience, I would strongly suggest that if you do not have any plans on boarding your chi in a kennel in the future that you ask your vet to skip the bordatella shot. Both our boys had a reaction to it and developped a nasty bout of kennel cough in which they were placed on antibiotics for over a month to try and clearup. We have refused to give this shot to our 3rd chi.
 

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BeamerFritzyKosmo said:
At such an early age you should be feeding your puppy 2 or 3 seperate small meals during the day (morning/noon/night). Ive always been told pups this age should have 4 seperate meals a day. :)
 
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