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 between a ChiWowTown Chihuahua and most other Chihuahua puppies out there these days. 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 one of several different varieties of puppy/dog foods including ProPlan Sport Chicken formula, ProPlan Puppy, Science Diet Puppy, Royal Canin Puppy X-small and small bites. Feel free to choose the brand with which you are most comfortable. I generally choose not to feed my adult dogs the small breed or small bites version of these products (since it's just more expensive for the smaller bites and smaller quantity and they seem to do just fine with normal size bites), but that is entirely up to you. I also feed a variety of canned soft puppy foods to the puppies...including Wellness Puppy food, Royal Canin Starter Mousse & RC Healthy Development, Nutro Puppy canned, and ProPlan Puppy, Pedigree Puppy. All of my puppies and dogs are given the choice of fresh, raw, organic meals also. The variation we infuse into the weaning process helps to develop a less finicky puppy. Choosing a raw diet is optimal and ideal for canines. Call me if you’re interested in proceeding with a raw/species appropriate diet. Whatever food you choose, should be kept out for your puppy (along with clean water) at ALL times when you first bring your baby home, or at least offered to your puppy many times throughout the day. It is advised that you continue this practice for about a month or so to be sure there the puppy does not experience any blood sugar drops - meaning they burn more calories playing and living than they consume. It is also very important to let your puppy sleep...sleeping is as important to a puppy as eating! They are babies...eat, poop, sleep. If your puppy does not consume enough food/calories, a sugar crash/coma can occur. A sugar crash is a life threatening condition known as hypoglycemia.
HYPOGLYCEMIA (or low blood sugar) is fairly common in Chihuahua puppies (and many other small breeds) and is a very serious and real threat. It CAN be deadly if left untreated. Tiny dogs are notoriously vulnerable to this phenomena, as tiny dogs and puppies do not have an adequate supply of internal body fat to maintain a constant blood sugar level. Hypoglycemic episodes can happen in times of stress, illness, or most often, going too long without food - that is MOST often the case. If new owners take for granted that a puppy has eaten or has eaten enough and they fail to monitor adequate food intake, hypoglycemia can often occur. It is IMPERATIVE your little puppy eats regularly...at least 4-5 times a day until you grow accustomed to his routine and pattern of consumption. The puppy does not need to eat a LOT at each feeding...depending on the size of the puppy...maybe several teaspoons...but he/she MUST eat. Make sure your new puppy has food available at all times, or is offered food several times throughout the day. When brining a new Chihuahua puppy home, you should keep one or several of the following on hand, in case of emergency - Karo syrup, honey, NutraCal. Plain white granulated sugar (dissolved in warm tap water) will work as well to quickly boost the low blood sugar.
*The first signs of hypoglycemia are usually staggering, unsteadiness, weakness, bobbing head, lethargy, awkward whining and/or lazy eyes, meaning more of the whites of the eyes are visible than normal and the eyes are slow to follow or focus. These symptoms are akin to what a diabetic person may experience when suffering a high or low sugar episode. If left untreated, this condition will lead to unresponsiveness and seizures. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY AND YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY! It is suggested to keep NutraCal, corn syrup, or honey on hand for this possibility. You may also dissolve regular white sugar in warm water. If you suspect this condition is happening, immediately cover your finger tip with the honey, syrup or NutraCal and rub a small amount into the mouth and onto the gums, or use a dropper to facilitate the sugar water into his/her mouth. You may need to slightly pry the mouth open to get the sugar into the mouth and onto the gums. This is common, as the body is starting to seize up and will appear very tense and rigid...often people will think the pup is dying as he/she is unresponsive and stiff. Once he gets the taste of the sugar or water, he should start to lick and lap on his own and should start to come around, though he/she may still be weak, groggy and timid for awhile. This is a serious event and may take some time to rebound. Should you have ANY questions or concerns at all about regarding this care, treatment or recovery...Contact your vet for immediate guidance. This can be life threatening if left untreated. Make sure the pup starts eating adequately! You can offer plain yogurt, egg yolks, meat baby foods, raw or boiled chicken or beef, bits or raw liver...anything to induce an appetite. I find most puppies, after having a severe sugar crash, are highly motivated by raw chicken, beef, liver...something that triggers the back of the brain, instinctually, to eat as it would in nature. (However, if you choose to use some raw, fresh chicken or meat, do NOT just feed big quantiles of straight meat, as this can cause diarrhea and soft poops, and dehydration. The pup will also need fiber along with the raw, fresh, meat and liver. I find using a mallet of some time to break up small pieces of raw chicken cartilage and bones work GREAT! If you're not sure what or how to do it, CALL ME!) If pup is refusing all food, YOU MUST SEEK VETERINARY CARE IMMEDIATELY. Side note: if you wind up at the vet's or the emergency clinic for a sugar crash, I can almost guarantee they will claim your dog may have Parvo, Liver Shunts, or Hydrocephalus. It will most likely, be none of those items.
The breeder is in NO WAY responsible for any issues or veterinary expenses resulting from hypoglycemia after pick up/delivery.