Taking care of a newborn puppy is very labor-intensive and you must take great care to ensure that the pet is getting the necessary aid to be able to sustain a normal body temperature and that they are getting all the nutrients they need while they are developing. Animal babies also need immunization when they are very young, that’s why if you see something wrong calling your vet is the right choice.
During the first few weeks of life, the puppy will only need feeding, keeping warm, and developing social skills, and usually, the owners will only watch the mother dog provide all necessary care for her puppies, but if the puppy in your care has been separated from his mother, or if the mother dog has rejected her newborn or cannot produce enough milk, caring for the pup is up to you and your vet.
Puppies are considered "newborn puppies" from 0-4 weeks of age, during this time, newborn puppies are just developing motor skills and coordination, and also learning how to regulate body temperature, but pretty much they count on their mother for warmth. Newborn puppies are also susceptible to diseases and infections, keeping a close eye on them is very important. Another problems they are also vulnerable to are fleas and parasites, they will receive antibodies from nursing that help protect them from illness in the early weeks but these antibodies wear off around 6 to 8 weeks, which is why they need to receive their first round of vaccinations.
When do you take a newborn puppy to the vet? The average age recommended for taking a puppy to a vet for their first round of vaccines and check-up is 6 weeks. Vaccines should be at the top of the priority list, at Salazar Veterinary Hospital we cover all the necessary vaccines for establishing critical immunity to several deadly and completely preventable diseases. It’s also important to remember not to take your puppy to another place frequented by other dogs if there haven’t been vaccinated yet.
One of the most important things to take into account is what can go wrong with newborn puppies. Some warning signs to look for include:
You should contact a veterinarian immediately if a puppy exhibits any of these symptoms to help them and find treatment quickly.
Newborns do not have fully developed immune systems and can get sick very quickly and very easily. Always remember that if you are worried or concerned about something, contact Salazar Veterinary Hospital in Florida right away: (407) 807-6611.