A watercolor painting capturing newborn puppies being cared for and fed.

How To Care For Newborn Puppies


As Chloe excitedly welcomed a litter of adorable newborn puppies into her home, she suddenly realized she was in unexplored territory. With no previous experience in caring for such tiny creatures, Chloe felt overwhelmed and eager to learn the best way to ensure the puppies thrived.

Welcoming a newborn puppy into your home is a thrilling experience! However, it can also be slightly overwhelming, as there’s much to learn about how to care for your little bundle of joy. Caring for a newborn requires knowledge and patience, from feeding schedules to vaccinations and registering your pup. Thankfully, having the correct information can simplify the process and make it more enjoyable. Here’s what you need to know when bringing home a newborn puppy, whether it’s a healthy puppy or an orphaned one:

Pet owners must pay close attention to their newborn puppies’ needs during the first few days. Ensuring they are warm, well-fed, and can urinate and defecate properly is essential. Handling small puppies gently and monitoring them for signs of a congenital disability or health issue is also crucial for their well-being.

So, let’s delve into the world of newborn puppy care and discover how to make this exciting journey smoother for you and your furry companion.

Weight of a Newborn Puppy

When it comes to newborn puppy care, one of the first things you’ll need to know is how much your pup should weigh. Generally speaking, puppies can weigh anywhere from around 2.5 ounces up to 2.25 pounds — however, it’s essential to remember that the ideal weight varies by breed. To ensure your puppy is growing properly, you should weigh each puppy daily for the first two weeks and then at least every three days during their first year.

It’s also important to note that they should be gaining around 10% of their body weight each day — so if they’re not gaining enough or too much, something might be wrong, and you should consult with your veterinarian immediately. But, with some love and attention, your new pup will be on its way to healthy growth in no time!

Newborn Puppy Nutrition

Ensuring newborn puppies receive proper nutrition is vital for giving them the best start in life. During the first few weeks, newborn puppies rely entirely on their mother’s milk, rich in essential nutrients, antibodies, and growth factors necessary for their overall health, growth, and immune system development.

If the mother is healthy and producing enough milk, there is no need to provide additional food for the newborn puppies. The mother’s milk supplies all the required nutrients for the puppies during their first three to four weeks of life. However, if the mother cannot nurse her puppies or her milk supply is insufficient due to issues such as milk fever, feeding the puppies a milk replacer designed explicitly for newborn puppies may be necessary.

newborn puppy care

A commercial puppy milk replacer is the optimal choice for young puppies, as it closely mimics the nutritional composition of the mother’s milk, providing the right balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. It’s essential to avoid using cow’s milk or goat’s milk, as these types lack the appropriate balance of nutrients needed for a puppy’s growth and development.

To properly care for a newborn puppy and feed them a milk replacer, follow these steps:

  1. Use a nursing bottle or syringe specifically designed for this purpose.
  2. Follow the mixing instructions on the milk replacer packaging to ensure consistency and nutrient balance.
  3. Check the puppies for feeding every two to three hours during the first few weeks of life. Then, gradually reduce the feeding frequency as the puppies grow and transition to solid food.

You can introduce solid puppy food, such as puppy mush, at around three to four weeks. For instance, offer a portion of high-quality, nutrient-dense puppy food moistened with water or a puppy milk replacer as the puppies begin the weaning process. Then, over time, slowly reduce the amount of liquid mixed with the food, eventually transitioning the puppies to dry food by the time they are seven to eight weeks old.

Remember to consult your vet for the best approach to meet your puppies’ specific needs and monitor their progress throughout the weaning process.

Feeding the Nursing Dog

Feeding a nursing dog demands particular attention to her nutritional needs since she provides for herself and her puppies. Therefore, a nursing dog requires a high-quality, balanced, and nutrient-dense diet to maintain her health and support her puppies’ growth and development.

  • Select a high-quality food: Offer your nursing dog a nutrient-rich food, ideally formulated for lactating dogs or puppies. These diets cater to the necessary nutrients, calories, and energy for nursing mothers.
  • Choose a high-calorie and high-protein diet: A nursing dog’s calorie intake should be increased to support milk production. Therefore, a diet high in calories and protein is essential to meet her heightened energy demands. The food should also contain adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus to support her bone health and the developing skeletal systems of her puppies.
  • Increase meal frequency: Feed your nursing dog smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day rather than once or twice daily. This helps maintain her energy levels and ensures she receives a steady supply of nutrients for milk production.
  • Provide a nursing-friendly environment: Ensure your nursing dog can access food and water easily. Offer her a quiet, comfortable, clean area to eat and nurse her newborn pups without distractions or stress.
  • Monitor her weight and health: Keep a close eye on your nursing dog’s weight and overall health. If she starts to lose weight, consult your veterinarian for advice on adjusting her diet or feeding schedule. Regular veterinary care can help ensure she receives proper nutrition and care during nursing, protecting her and her puppies from infectious diseases.
  • Gradually transition back to her regular diet: As the puppies start to wean and transition to solid food (usually around 3-4 weeks), you can gradually reduce the food you provide to your nursing dog. Then, slowly transition her back to her regular diet over a few weeks, monitoring her weight and health.

It’s crucial to consult your veterinarian for specific recommendations on feeding a nursing dog. Individual needs may vary based on the dog’s breed, size, and the number of puppies she is nursing. In addition, your veterinarian can provide personalized advice on your nursing dog’s ideal diet and feeding schedule to ensure she receives proper nutrition and care. This will help give the puppies a strong start as they open their eyes and begin to nurse, even if they face challenges such as a cleft palate.

How to Feed a Newborn Puppy

Newborn puppies rely entirely on their mother’s milk for the first few weeks. Ideally, a mother dog will nurse her puppies, providing them with the essential nutrients and antibodies they need for proper growth and development. However, if the mother is unable or unwilling to nurse or the puppies are orphaned, it’s crucial to provide an appropriate milk substitute.

Here’s what and how to feed a newborn puppy:

How to Feed a Newborn Puppy
  1. Choose a suitable milk replacer: The best option for feeding a newborn puppy is a commercial milk replacer specifically formulated for puppies. These products are designed to mimic the nutritional composition of a mother dog’s milk and provide the necessary nutrients, including proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals, to support the puppy’s growth and development.
  2. Avoid cow’s milk or other animal milk: Do not feed newborn puppies cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or different types of animal milk, as these do not have the correct nutritional balance for puppies and may cause digestive problems.
  3. Prepare the milk replacer: Follow the instructions on the milk replacer packaging to prepare the formula. Always mix the formula with warm water (not hot), as it should be close to the mother’s body temperature (around 100°F or 38°C) when fed to the puppies.
  4. Feeding frequency: Newborn puppies should be fed every 2-3 hours around the clock. As they grow older, the frequency of feeding can gradually be reduced.
  5. Monitor weight gain: Regularly weigh the puppies to ensure they are gaining weight at an appropriate rate. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any issues or concerns with the puppies’ weight gain or overall health.
  6. Stimulate elimination: Newborn puppies need assistance to stimulate urination and defecation. After each feeding, gently massage the puppy’s genital area with a warm, damp cloth or cotton ball to encourage elimination.
  7. Gradual weaning: At around 3-4 weeks, puppies can start the weaning process and transition to solid food. Begin by offering a gruel mixture of the milk replacer and high-quality, nutrient-dense puppy food. Then, gradually thicken the gruel until the puppies eat solid food.

Feeding Method

  • Use a small bottle or syringe with a nipple attachment designed explicitly for feeding puppies.
  • Hold the puppy in a horizontal position (not on its back) to avoid the risk of aspiration.
  • Gently insert the nipple into the puppy’s mouth and allow it to suckle. Be patient and make sure the puppy is swallowing the milk.
  • Keep a close eye on the formula consumed to ensure the puppy gets enough nutrition.

Remember to consult your veterinarian for specific guidance on feeding and caring for newborn puppies, as their needs can vary depending on factors such as breed, size, and overall health.

How Frequently Should a Puppy Be Fed?

The frequency at which a puppy should be fed depends on age, size, and specific nutritional needs. However, here is a general guideline on how often to feed puppies at various stages of their development:

  • Newborn to 4 weeks:

During this stage, puppies rely solely on their mother’s milk or a milk replacer if the mother is unavailable. Newborn puppies should be fed every 2-3 hours around the clock.

  • 4 to 8 weeks:

As puppies start the weaning process, they will transition to a gruel mixture of milk replacers and high-quality puppy food. Puppies should be fed 4-5 times a day during this stage.

  • 8 to 12 weeks:

Puppies should have transitioned to solid food at this age. They should be fed 3-4 times daily to ensure they receive the nutrients necessary for their rapid growth and development.

  • 3 to 6 months:

You can gradually reduce the feeding frequency to 3 times daily during this stage. Monitor the puppy’s growth and weight gain to ensure it receives adequate nutrition.

  • 6 to 12 months:

For most puppies, feeding twice a day (morning and evening) is sufficient during this period. However, some larger breed dogs may still require three meals a day until they reach 12 months of age.

  • One year and older:

Most adult dogs can be fed twice daily. However, some small breeds or dogs with specific dietary requirements may still need to be fed thrice daily.

It’s essential to consult your veterinarian for guidance on the appropriate feeding frequency and portion sizes for your pet, as breed, size, activity level, and overall health can influence their nutritional needs. Additionally, always provide fresh water for your puppy to ensure proper hydration.

a vet giving shots to a puppy

When Should Puppies Receive Their Initial Veterinary Examination?

Puppies should receive their initial veterinary examination within the first week after bringing them home, ideally between 6 to 8 weeks of age. This first visit is crucial for ensuring the puppy’s overall health and establishing a solid foundation for its future well-being, as puppies are vulnerable to various health issues, such as fading puppy syndrome.

During the initial vet visit, the following may occur:

  • Physical examination: The veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination to check the puppy’s overall health. This may include checking the puppy’s body condition, coat, eyes, ears, mouth, and teeth, listening to its heart and lungs, and examining its abdomen and joints for abnormalities.
  • Vaccinations: The veterinarian will discuss your puppy’s appropriate vaccination schedule based on age, breed, and risk factors. Core vaccines, such as those for canine distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus, typically start between 6-8 weeks and are administered every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is around 16 weeks old.
  • Parasite prevention: The vet will check your puppy for signs of internal and external parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and worms. If necessary, they may administer a deworming treatment and recommend a suitable parasite prevention program.
  • Nutrition and feeding: The veterinarian may discuss the puppy’s dietary needs, recommend high-quality puppy food, and guide feeding schedules and portion sizes for proper nourishment.
  • Behavior and training: The vet can address any concerns about the puppy’s behavior, provide essential training tips, and recommend socialization opportunities to help the puppy develop into a well-adjusted adult dog.
  • Spaying or neutering: The veterinarian will discuss the benefits of spaying or neutering your puppy and help you determine the appropriate age for the procedure.
  • Microchipping: The vet may recommend microchipping your puppy for permanent identification and discuss the process with you.
  • Future appointments: The veterinarian will outline the necessary future visits for vaccinations, wellness check-ups, and dental care.

This first visit is an excellent opportunity to ask the veterinarian any questions or address any concerns you might have about your puppy’s health and well-being. Building a solid relationship with your vet ensures your puppy’s long-term health and happiness.

How To Potty Train a Puppy

Potty training a puppy is essential to raising a well-behaved and healthy dog. It requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Here are some steps to help you potty train your puppy:

  1. Establish a routine: Set a regular schedule for feeding, playtime, and potty breaks. Puppies usually need to go to the bathroom after waking up, eating, and playing. So take your puppy out first thing in the morning, before bedtime, and after each meal. Additionally, plan potty breaks every 1-2 hours, as puppies have small bladders and must go frequently.
  2. Choose a designated potty spot: Select a specific area outside for your puppy to use as its potty spot. Then, always take your puppy to this spot when it’s time for a bathroom break. This will help your puppy associate the location with going to the bathroom.
  3. Use a cue word: When you take your puppy to the designated potty spot, use a cue word or phrase like “go potty” or “do your business.” This will help your puppy understand what you expect from it. Be consistent with the cue word you choose.
  4. Praise and reward: When your puppy goes to the bathroom in the designated spot, praise it immediately and offer a small treat. This positive reinforcement will encourage your puppy to repeat the behavior.
  5. Watch for signs: Keep an eye on your puppy for signs that it needs to go to the bathroom, such as sniffing, circling, whining, or squatting. When you notice these signs, quickly take your puppy to the designated potty spot.
  6. Confine when necessary: If you cannot supervise your puppy, consider confining it to a crate or a small, puppy-proofed area. Puppies usually avoid going to the bathroom in their sleeping area, which can help prevent accidents.
  7. Clean up accidents: If your puppy has an accident indoors, immediately use an enzyme-based cleaner to remove any lingering smells that could attract your puppy to the same spot again.

Potty training takes time and patience. Expect accidents to happen, and remember that consistency is critical. Don’t punish your puppy for accidents; this can create fear and anxiety, making potty training more difficult.

Following these steps and remaining consistent, your puppy should gradually learn to go to the bathroom outside and develop good potty habits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Caring for newborn puppies after birth is crucial for their survival and well-being. Here are the steps you should follow to ensure the puppies are well taken care of:

  1. Clear the airway: As soon as a puppy is born, make sure its airway is clear. Next, the mother licks the puppy to remove any fluid or membrane from its nose and mouth. If the mother doesn’t do this, gently clear the puppy’s airway using a bulb syringe or a soft cloth.
  2. Stimulate breathing: If the puppy isn’t breathing, you can stimulate it by gently rubbing its body with a clean, dry towel. This will encourage the puppy to take its first breath.
  3. Cut and tie the umbilical cord: The mother may chew off the umbilical cord herself. If she doesn’t, use clean scissors to cut the cord about an inch from the puppy’s body. Then, tie the cord using sterilized thread or dental floss to prevent bleeding.
  4. Dry and warm the puppy: Dry the puppy with a clean towel to remove any remaining fluids and help it maintain its body temperature. Newborn puppies cannot regulate their body temperature, so keeping them warm is essential. Provide a warm, draft-free environment, and use a heating pad or heat lamp to maintain the appropriate temperature (around 85-90°F for the first week).
  5. Ensure nursing: Place the puppy close to the mother’s teats to encourage nursing. Newborn puppies should start nursing within the first hour after birth. Colostrum, the first milk produced by the mother, is rich in antibodies and essential nutrients, which are crucial for the puppies’ immune system and overall health.
  6. Monitor the puppies: Keep a close eye on them to ensure they are nursing, staying warm, and bonding with their mother. Check for signs of distress or illness, such as weakness, excessive crying, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any issues, consult your veterinarian immediately.
  7. Maintain a clean environment: Keep the whelping area clean and dry to minimize the risk of infection. Change the bedding regularly, and make sure the mother and puppies have a comfortable, sanitary space.
  8. Veterinary check-up: Schedule a veterinary examination for the puppies within the first week of their lives to ensure they are healthy and developing correctly. The vet will check for congenital issues, infections, or other health concerns.

By following these steps, you can help ensure the health and well-being of newborn puppies and give them the best start in life.

To keep puppies alive and healthy after delivery, follow these essential steps:

  • Keep them warm: Newborn puppies can’t regulate their body temperature, so provide a warm, draft-free environment. Use a heating pad or heat lamp to maintain a temperature of around 85-90°F during the first week, gradually reducing it as the puppies grow.
  • Facilitate nursing: Ensure puppies start nursing within the first hour after birth. The mother’s colostrum is crucial for their immune system and overall health. Make sure each puppy has access to a nipple and is nursing well. If a puppy struggles to nurse, consult your veterinarian.
  • Maintain cleanliness: Keep the whelping area clean and dry to minimize infection risk. Change the bedding regularly and ensure a comfortable, sanitary space for the mother and puppies.
  • Monitor weight and health: Weigh the puppies regularly to ensure they gain weight and grow as expected. Watch for signs of distress or illness, such as weakness, excessive crying, or difficulty breathing, and contact your veterinarian if you notice any issues.
  • Stimulate elimination: Puppies need help eliminating waste during the first few weeks. The mother usually licks them to stimulate urination and defecation. If she isn’t doing this, gently rub the puppy’s genital area with a warm, damp cloth to encourage elimination.
  • Socialize early: Begin socializing puppies at around 3-4 weeks old by introducing them to different people, environments, and gentle handling. This will help them develop into well-adjusted, confident adult dogs.
  • Vaccinate and deworm: Follow your veterinarian’s recommended vaccination and deworming schedule to protect the puppies from common diseases and parasites.
  • Schedule vet check-ups: Arrange regular veterinary examinations to ensure the puppies are healthy and developing correctly. The vet will check for congenital issues, infections, or other health concerns.

By following these guidelines, you can help ensure the health and well-being of newborn puppies, giving them the best chance of survival and a happy life.

To safely keep your newborn puppy warm at night, follow these steps:

  • Provide a warm, draft-free environment: Keep the whelping area away from doors, windows, or air vents that could create drafts. Ensure the room temperature is kept around 85-90°F (29-32°C) for the first week and then gradually decrease to about 75°F (24°C) by the fourth week.
  • Use a heating pad or heat lamp: Place a heating pad set on a low temperature or a heat lamp positioned at a safe distance, ensuring it’s not too hot or directly touching the puppies. Also, ensure the heat source covers only half of the whelping area, so the puppies can move to a cooler spot if they feel too warm.
  • Provide blankets and nesting materials: Provide soft blankets or towels for the puppies to snuggle in. Make sure the materials are clean and changed regularly to maintain hygiene.
  • Encourage the mother to keep the puppies warm: A healthy mother dog will instinctively keep them warm by lying close to them and curling around them. Ensure she has enough space and comfort to do so.
  • Monitor the puppies’ behavior: Warm and comfortable puppies will sleep and nurse peacefully. However, if you notice them constantly crying, huddling together, or appearing listless, it could be a sign that they are too cold, and you should adjust the heat source accordingly.

Always check the puppies’ temperature and comfort levels, and consult your veterinarian if you have concerns about their well-being.

Separating newborn puppies from their mother immediately after birth is generally not recommended. The first few weeks are critical for the puppies’ development, and they depend on their mother for warmth, nutrition, and vital antibodies from her milk. The mother also helps stimulate the puppies to eliminate waste and provides essential socialization. Ideally, puppies should remain with their mother until they are eight weeks old. However, when the mother is unable or unwilling to care for the puppies, it may be necessary to intervene and hand-rear them, though this should only be done with proper guidance and knowledge of the required care.

Mother dogs may occasionally sit on their puppies as an instinctual behavior to protect and keep them warm. This action helps shield newborn puppies from predators and cold weather in the wild. However, in some cases, inexperienced or stressed mother dogs might accidentally sit on their puppies, putting them at risk of injury or suffocation. Therefore, monitoring the mother and her puppies during the early days is essential, intervening if necessary to ensure the puppies’ safety and well-being.

Newborn puppies should ideally gain weight daily during their first few weeks. After that, their growth rate can vary depending on their breed, size, and overall health. Puppies should generally double their birth weight within the first 7 to 10 days. Monitoring their weight gain is essential to ensure they grow and develop correctly. If a puppy does not gain or lose weight, it may be a sign of a health issue or inadequate nutrition, and you should consult your veterinarian for guidance.

To determine if your dog has finished giving birth, look for these signs:

  • A decrease in contractions: When your dog is done delivering puppies, her contractions will become less frequent and less intense.
  • Relaxed behavior: Your dog will likely appear more relaxed after giving birth, focusing on cleaning and nursing her newborn puppies.
  • Counting placentas: Each puppy should have its placenta. Count the number of placentas expelled to ensure they match the number of puppies. Retained placentas can cause complications for the mother.
  • Known litter size: If you had a prenatal vet visit and an ultrasound or X-ray was performed, you might already know the expected number of puppies. If the expected number of puppies has been delivered, it’s likely your dog has finished giving birth.

However, knowing if your dog has finished giving birth can sometimes be challenging. Therefore, it is best to consult your veterinarian for advice and guidance if you are uncertain or concerned.

When dealing with newborn puppies’ umbilical cords, it’s essential to follow proper care procedures to ensure the health and safety of the puppies. Here’s what to do:

  • Allow the mother to handle it: In most cases, the mother dog chews off the umbilical cord and cleans the area herself. This is a natural process, and you should allow her to do this unless there is a problem.
  • Monitor for complications: Occasionally, the mother dog may not chew off the umbilical cord or may not do it properly. In such cases, you may need to intervene. If the mother does not sever the cord within a few minutes after birth, you can help.
  • Sterilize equipment: If you need to intervene, prepare a pair of sharp, sterilized scissors and some dental floss or thread. Sterilize the scissors by boiling them in water or wiping them with rubbing alcohol.
  • Tie the cord: Gently tie the dental floss or thread around the umbilical cord about an inch (2.5 cm) away from the puppy’s body. Make sure the knot is tight to prevent any bleeding.
  • Cut the cord: Use the sterilized scissors to cut the umbilical cord on the side of the knot that is further away from the puppy’s body. Cutting too close to the puppy can result in injury or infection.
  • Monitor for bleeding: Keep an eye on the umbilical cord stump for any signs of bleeding or infection. If you notice anything concerning, contact your veterinarian for advice.
  • Allow the stump to heal: The umbilical cord stump will dry up and fall off within a few days. Please do not attempt to remove it manually, as this can cause injury or infection.

Washing newborn puppies is generally unnecessary, as their mother will clean them by licking them. In addition, bathing newborn puppies can be harmful because they cannot regulate their body temperature well, and bathing may cause them to become chilled, which can be dangerous.

However, gently clean the soiled area with a warm, damp cloth if a puppy is soiled with feces, urine, or birthing fluids and the mother is not cleaning them. Make sure to dry the puppy thoroughly afterward using a soft, dry towel to help maintain its body temperature. It is essential to avoid using any shampoos or soaps on newborn puppies, as their skin is delicate, and these products can cause irritation.

If you have concerns about a newborn puppy’s cleanliness or overall health, it is best to consult with a veterinarian for guidance.

If a newborn puppy is struggling to breathe after birth, you can take the following steps to help clear its airway:

  1. Clear the mouth and nose: Gently use a bulb syringe or a clean cloth to remove fluids or mucus from the puppy’s mouth and nostrils.
  2.  Swing technique: Hold the puppy securely with both hands, supporting its head and body. Swing the puppy downward in a gentle arc (like a pendulum), allowing gravity to help clear fluids from its airways. Be very careful not to drop the puppy or swing it too forcefully.
  3. Rub the puppy: Gently rub the puppy’s body with a soft, clean towel to stimulate breathing and circulation. Pay extra attention to the chest area, rubbing in a circular motion.
  4. Provide mouth-to-nose resuscitation: If the puppy is still not breathing, place your mouth over its nostrils and gently blow air into its lungs. Take care not to blow too hard, as the puppy’s lungs are delicate. Give a few breaths, then pause to see if the puppy starts breathing independently. If not, repeat the process.
  5. Seek veterinary assistance: If the puppy is still not breathing after trying these steps, seeking immediate help is crucial.

Remember, it’s always best to consult a veterinarian if you have concerns about a newborn puppy’s health, as they can provide expert guidance and care.

Newborn puppies can be bathed when they are 6-8 weeks old. 

It is not recommended to share a bottle feed between puppies. Puppies are prone to developing health problems if they consume large quantities of the wrong kind of milk from different sources. 

Newborn puppies poop about every three to four hours. 

Choosing the right vet for your puppy is an important decision. Here are some tips to help you find the best fit for your pet:

  • Ask for recommendations: Talk to friends, family, and neighbors who have pets, and ask for their recommendations. You can also ask your local pet store or search online for reviews of veterinary clinics in your area.
  • Location: Choose a vet clinic that is conveniently located near your home or work. Having a nearby clinic can be helpful in emergencies or follow-up appointments.
  • Services offered: Ensure the vet clinic provides all the necessary services your puppy may need, such as vaccinations, dental care, surgery, and emergency services.
  • Schedule a visit: Before deciding, visit the clinic to get a feel for the environment and staff. The clinic should be clean, well-organized, and have a professional atmosphere. The staff should be friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive to your concerns.
  • Meet the vet: Schedule a consultation with the veterinarian to discuss your puppy’s needs and ask any questions you may have. The vet should be patient, compassionate, and willing to explain things in a way you can understand.
  • Compatibility: Make sure you feel comfortable with the vet and that they have a good rapport with your puppy. Trust your instincts regarding the veterinarian’s demeanor and communication style.
  • Ask about availability and scheduling: Find out about the clinic’s hours of operation and how easy it is to schedule appointments. It’s also essential to know their protocol for handling emergencies after hours.
  • Pricing: Inquire about the costs of routine services, such as vaccinations and check-ups, and any additional fees for emergency services. While cost shouldn’t be the only deciding factor, finding a vet that fits your budget is essential.

Researching and choosing the right vet for your puppy will ensure they receive the best possible care.

 A whelping box is a specially designed crate for giving birth to puppies. It has a space in the front for the mother to lie down and has her litter and side openings so the father can get close if needed.

Young puppies can start eating dog food when they are four to six weeks old. 

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