Congratulations on choosing a ChiWowTown baby to become a wonderful new beloved family member and companion. It's very important you read and follow these care tips and guide to keep you and your new baby safe and secure in the weeks to follow. Did you know the average lifespan of a Chihuahua is 15 years?  If you take good care of your new family member, you should have many happy years with your new little companion.  By choosing a ChiWowTown Chihuahua, you are choosing to bring a holistically raised, mostly chemical/pharmaceutical-free, naturally reared puppy into your home. These are some of the most notable differences about a ChiWowTown Chihuahua and a from most any other place. It is very important to research and review what approaches you would like to continue for the healthy development of your new Chihuahua baby.

Your puppy has been weaned onto ProPlan Sport 30/20 Chicken formula. I do not bother feeding the small breed version (it's just more expensive, for smaller bites and smaller quantity, but it's your choice). I also feed a variety of canned soft puppy foods to the puppies...including Wellness Puppy Food, Royal Canin Starter Mousse or Healthy Development, Nutro Puppy canned, and ProPlan Puppy. All of my puppies and dogs are given the choice of fresh, raw, organic meals also. Your food of choice should be kept out for your puppy (along with clean water) at ALL times when you first bring your baby home. It is advised that you continue this practice for about a month or so to be sure there are no blood sugar drops (meaning they burn more calories playing and living than they consume). A sugar crash is a life threatening condition known as hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is common in Chihuahuas (and many small breeds) and is a very serious and real threat. Keep NutraCal, corn syrup, honey or sugar water on hand for this possibility. If you suspect this condition is happening, rub a small amount into the mouth and gums of your pup immediately and contact your vet. 

MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE LET YOUR BABY SLEEP!! 

If you run your new baby ragged, he/she may experience a sugar crash from being exhausted.

Please be cautious of what you feed your puppy in the first few weeks at least. A puppy's tiny digestive system is very sensitive and changing foods often can cause diarrhea, stomach upset and/or can make them very sick. If you decide to change your puppy’s food, you should do this slowly over several weeks, mixing some of the new food with the old food and eventually switching entirely over to the new food. Rushing this process can cause upset stomach and diarrhea.

Choosing a raw diet is optimal and ideal for canines. Call me if you’re interested in proceeding with a raw/species appropriate diet.

Your puppy has been dewormed with Pyrantel Pamoate & Fenbendazole and/or in addition Diatomaceous Earth (an all-natural alternative to harmful and harsh chemicals) and/or Toltrazuril.  You should get a stool sample done at your first vet visit to confirm your puppy is free from parasites.   If any parasites or worms are present, please call me immediately. Your puppy will also receive its first puppy shot, (if desired) a Disptemper/Parvovirus vaccine after the puppy is 12-14 weeks old. If you follow the widely prescribed vaccination schedule, you will need to follow up with your veterinarian in about four weeks for the booster to this shot and again 4 weeks after that. Please tell your vet you want the “lepto-free” (leptospirosis free) version of this shot. Chihuahuas often have very adverse physical reactions to this vaccine (ranging from paralysis to DEATH) which is why it is not recommended unless you are in a highly contaminated area. Then at about 4-6 months of age, your new puppy should receive the 1 year rabies shot and you should ask your veterinarian for the dosed down per weight version and the mercury free vaccine. The down dosing chart is available at www.protectthepets.com via Dr. John Robb. He also explains the proper use and application of Titer Tests.   If you choose a more holistic approach, please let know and I will gladly help guide you.  

Your pup is not on any topical pharmaceutical pesticide for fleas and ticks. I only use all natural raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar, white vinegar/water, and topical food grade Diatomaceous Earth  for flea control on my puppies/dogs. My apple cider vinegar mix for drinking water is mixed at 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar into one gallon of water. If you have any questions on this, just drop me a note. 

Adhering to these simple guidelines can ensure that your puppy has a healthy beginning to life with you. If you have any questions at all about feeding or other concerns, you may call, text or message me anytime at 716-573-1632 or email me also at:  info@chiwowtown.com