STRESSED ON PUPPIES GOING TO NEW HOME

KIDS ARE STRESSED OUT WHEN GOING TO SCHOOL OR DAY CARE FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE CHILD IS LEARNING WHAT TO DO WITHOUT MOM AND DAD AROUND. IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG TILL THE CHILD ENDS UP WITH A COLD OR OTHER KINDS OF ILLNESS AND HAS TO MISS A DAY OR TWO OF SCHOOL OR DAYCARE. WHEN A PUPPY GOES TO ITS NEW HOME IT TOO SUFFERS FROM VERY SIMILAR  STRESSES. IT WAS RECENTLY WEANED FROM ITS MOTHER, TYPICALLY HAS TO TAKE A TRIP TO ITS NEW HOME EITHER BY VEHICLE OR PLANE, AND THEN TYPICALLY GETS GREETED WITH A HOUSE FULL OF ANXIOUS NEW PET OWNERS AND OFTEN CHILDERN WHO WANT TO STAY UP LATE TO PLAY WITH THE NEW PUPPY. CAN YOU SEE HOW THIS IS STRESSFULLY!! THERE ARE SOME TOOLS TO HELP DECREASE THIS STRESS AND ELIMINATE MANY POTENTAIL COMPLICATIONS.

   STRESS CAN CAUSE A  VARIETY OF CONCERNS WITH NEW PUPPIES. MANY OF THE REASON’S BEHIND THESE STRESSES MAKE PERFECT SENCE IF WE UNDERSTAND THE BASIC NEEDS OF PUPPIES. PUPPIES SLEEP ANYWHERE FROM 15-20 HOURS A DAY, WHEN A PUPPY ARRIVES AT ITS NEW HOME, THE NATURAL REACTION WE HAVE IS TO IMMEDIATELY PLAY WITH IT AS LOMG AS WE CAN POSSIBLE STAY AWAKE. WE OFTEN TRY TO TEACH IT TO SIT, FETCH, ROLL OVER AND SPEAK ALL IN ONE NIGHT. PUPPIES NEED SOME DOWN TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVE. IT IS BEST IF WE CAN PLAY FOR SEVERAL MINUTE AND THEM\N LET THE PUPPY SEE WHERE ITS NEW BED IS AND THEN LET THE PUPPY HAVE SOME DOWN TIME.

    COMMON PROBLEM WE SEE IS UPPER RESPIRATORY ILLNESS. I COMMONLY REFER TO THIS AS A COLD. THERE ARE VARYING INFECTIOUS AGENTS THAT CAN CAUSE THIS FORM NORMAL OPPORTUNISTIC BACTERS THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF STRESSED IMMUNE SYSTEM AND SET UP RESIDENCE TO KENNEL COUGH WHICH CAN CAUSE DISEASE IN EVEN HEALTH STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEMS. PROMPT TREATMENT FOR THESE “COLD” IS RECOMMENDED AND YOUR VETERINARIAN CAN GET YOU THE ANTIBIOTICS YOU NEED TO RESOLVE THIS. TYPICALLY, “COLD” ONLY LAST AWEEK OR SO BUT IS SOME CASES MAY TAKE 2-3 WEEKS. IF YOUR NEW PET IS NOT IMPROVING IN 7 DAYS LET YOUR VETERINARIAN KNOW AND THEY MAY WANT TO TRY A DIFFERENT MEDICATION.

      NEW PUPPIES ARE SUCH A JOY TO BE AROUND!! THE THRILL OF A NEW FAMILY MEMBER EXCITES EVERYONE AND WILL BRING FUN FOR YEARS TO COME. JUST REMBER THAT THE NEW MEMBER OF THE FAMILY NEEDS SOME DOWN TIME TOO!! LAY SOME RULES DOWN ABOUT HOW LOMG THE KIDS CAN PLAY WITH THE NEW PUP DURING THE FIRST WEEK OR SO UNTIL THE NEWEST ADDITIOM GET ACCUSTOMED TO ITS NEW HOME AND FAMILY. THESE TIPS WILL HOPEFULLY MAKE THE TRANSITION A SMOOTH PNE FOR EVERYONE INVOLED!!