Puppy Care before and after you receive your puppy:
AT OUR HOME:
NEWBORN: Puppies are born with eyes and ears closed. They have a long tail and dew claws.
3 DAYS Old: All pups start sensory stimulation training at this time… Super Dog Military Training!!! Dew claws are removed and the tail is docked. If you want the tail left long on your puppy you will have to notify me before the puppy is 3 days old because that is when I get them docked. Read below for our tail docking procedure.
2 WEEKS: Eyes and ears open at this time. Their eyes are blue at this age… Daily sensory stimulation is still happening.
3 WEEKS: Puppies are wormed.
4 WEEKS: Puppies are wormed. We introduce solid food into their diets. First, we get them eating raw and then move to kibble before they leave us. Some litters are only fed kibble, just depends on what I choose to do with that litter. At this time we also start them on Nu-Vet Vitamins. They are getting more coordinated and eyes start to darken in color. Their personalities are starting to show more.
5 WEEKS: Puppies are wormed again. Between 5-7weeks old pups start following mom out the doggy door, so come with potty training started.
6 WEEKS: This is when we completely wean the puppies between 6-7 weeks of age. They can get very stressed at this time so need more human bonding time. At this age Payment in full is due on your puppy if puppy is to be shipped. Puppies get a parvo vaccine.
7 WEEKS: This is when we can get the ears cropped on your Giant Schnauzer puppy, So if you want a cropped ear you need to pay for your puppy’s ears asap so we can get that done for you. Ears can be docked up to 14 weeks of age but it depends on if the ear looks like it will stand. The vet decides.
8 WEEKS: Puppy see the vet, (if being shipped). The first of 3 puppy shots is given, a five way puppy vaccine we give between 6 to 8 weeks of age, then every 3 to 4 weeks, and he/she is wormed again. Puppies can be transferred at this time.
*16 WEEKS: Puppies are due for their last shot if not yet given and also his/her rabies vaccine. Don’t forget to start a heart worm preventative at this time.
BEFORE PUPPY COMES HOME WITH YOU:
So your puppy will be coming soon and you want to know what should be done on your end to make for an easy puppy safe transition. Here is a list of things to do when you know your puppy will be coming home with you soon.
1. Make sure it is OK for you to have a pet in the home you live in if you are renting. This should be done before you even inquire about a puppy.
2. Potty Training: Giant Puppies learn to use a Doggy door before they leave us.
3. Your puppy will come with some NuVet Vitamin samples and you should look into ordering some before you get your puppy to make sure you have them on hand when the samples run out. Look for link on this page for info on Nuvet Vitamins. UPDATE: If shipped, pup many not come with vitamins since airlines are getting stricter on what we can send along with the puppy.
4. Make a Vet appointment for your puppy just before you are scheduled to receive him/her. This is mandatory to start your health guarantee and it is a good idea to get acquainted with your puppy’s health care staff. Pup must see vet within 3 days of transfer minus weekends and holidays.
5. Have the puppy food, (Life’s Abundance dry large breed puppy food), on hand before you get your puppy. LOOK BELOW FOR DETAILS ON FOOD AND VITAMINS. Also have a heavy weighted bowl for your dog’s food so he does not just knock it over. Some people choose to use a food bowl stand that keeps the bowls up off the floor which is good for digestion and helps prevent bloat.
6. Get the spot in your home that you are going to keep the puppy in ready. Get a heavy bowl for your puppy to eat and drink out of. We use a heavy ceramic type bowl so pups don’t flip it over easily. They will flip a bowl over and play with it if given the chance. Puppy area: If using one, make sure you have your Puppy exercise pen set up before your puppy comes home in the spot you want it to be in. Do not let your puppy run through your house unsupervised. It will use the restroom, or get hurt. Make sure you have the small area or crate set up with food dishes, Potty area or access to doggy door, ready. Food should be available 24/7 for at least the first few days, until your puppy is used to his new home and owners. Then you can go to 2 or 3 feedings a day. When going to airport to pick up your puppy don’t forget to bring some wet ones or paper towels just in case your puppy has pottied in his/her crate.
DON’T ALLOW YOUR PUP TO POTTY OR EVEN WALK ON THE GROUND AT THE AIRPORT OR ANYWHERE ELSE OTHER DOGS HAVE GONE POTTY UNTIL ALL SHOTS ARE COMPLETE!
NUTRITION / FOOD:
Giant Schnauzers: FOOD: We feed our Giants Raw most of the year and then kibble in the harsh winter months. Most giant pups start off with eating raw and then go to kibble before they leave us. Your Giant pup will be weaned onto puppy kibble before you receive him/her. Or if we are feeding raw then we still make sure they will eat kibble before they leave us. We do this because it can be very hard for a new puppy owner to feed raw in a PREY MODEL correctly so it is best to feed Life’s Abundance puppy kibble to make sure pup is getting everything it needs nutritionally. Here at our home we feed the ALL LIFE’S STAGES sized kibble, you can order this or even better to order the LARGE BREED PUPPY kibble size for your giant puppy. Go to the following page and choose LARGE BREED PUPPY. To Order Life’s Abundance dry puppy food and many other dog products as well as human supplements visit their website at: http://www.lifesabundance.com/2dogfood Or to order by phone call: 1-877-387-4564 Use order code: 20060754 if ordering by phone.
You should order this dry kibble type food so it has time to be delivered to your home before you receive your puppy. Getting on Autoshipping will save you money and you can always call and get your auto shipment order changed to less or more as you need. If you need some food to get you by a few days until your Life’s Abundance puppy food arrives you can either feed your puppy ground up raw chicken breast or ground raw lamb. Do not feed raw and cooked food such as kibble in the same day or puppy can get a stomach ache.
We free feed our pups from 8am to 10pm but if you want to get your puppy on a feeding schedule follow this: Feed your pup 3 times a day; around 8am, 1pm, and 4pm put a bowl full of Life’s Abundance puppy food down for your puppy. Let him eat as much as wanted for 30 minutes. Then pick the remaining food up. Water should be available always.
Go to the following link and order the tablets of NUVET VITAMINS.
Give your puppy 1 tablet a day for at least first year of life. Again, order it so it is available to your puppy as soon as you receive him/her.http://www.nuvet.com/84779 or call 1-800- 474-7044 Order Code: 84779, use code if phone order.These Codes only need to be used if you are phoning in your order, if you use my links on this page it tracks the order. They are my breeder codes, They send me an email stating you have ordered the food and vitamins.
Please keep your puppy on Life’s Abundance dry puppy food for at least the first year of his/her life. This food is also very affordable because you feed your puppy less of this food since it does not have the useless fillers that grocery store brands do… In fact, in comparison 2 adult dogs that are 60 pounds each can go through a 40 pound bag of store brand dog food in just about 3 weeks but the same dogs can eat a 40 pound bag of Life’s Abundance dog food for 5 to 6 weeks… The puppies and dogs also poop a lot less because they are burning the food off rather than just pooping out undigested fillers such as corn and wheat. Many dogs also have unseen allergies to these fillers and bi products that they were never meant to have to digest. We want the best start for our puppies and sticking to our recommended food and vitamins really helps their overall development and wellbeing. This food is very economical. Want to save even more? Order the bigger bag and then you can wait even longer before your next call in order or auto-ship order and that will save you by shipping less often. To Order Life’s Abundance dry puppy food and many other dog products as well as human supplements to visit their website at:
http://www.lifesabundance.com/2dogfood Or to order by phone call: 1-877-387-4564 Use order code: 20060754, Remember to use the order code if ordering by phone. …. Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is made with select ingredients, including high-quality chicken and catfish meals, whole grains, nutritious vegetables and fruits, omega fatty acids and much more. There are no fillers such as corn and wheat products… Your pet gets only what it needs and not those extra fillers that are bad for them. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you are feeding your dog advanced nutrition. All our puppies are weaned on a premium puppy food and it is in the puppy contract that your puppy stays on Life’s Abundance food until at least a year of age and we recommend for it’s whole life. You cannot get wholesome dog foods like this in your local grocery or pet store… You can only order it at the following link or by phone. To order visit:
http://www.lifesabundance.com/2dogfood … Or to order by phone call: 1-877-387-4564 …Use order code:( 20060754 ) Tell them you want to order the puppy dry kibble. They have great discounts if you decide to go on autoshipping…
Nuvet Supplements nuvet-vitamins Please keep in mind it is also important to add a daily vitamin to your growing puppy’s diet. I use the Nu-Vet vitamins for all our puppies and that is what we recommend you keep your puppy on. Do not feed your puppy the foods you cook for yourself. It is full of salts, empty calories, and fats that may end up making your puppy obese. Remember to make the main staple of your pets diet the Puppy kibble that it was on when you purchased it and recommended by us. We strive to have healthy hardy puppies and appreciate your support in this endeavor by keeping your puppy on the Nuvet supplement at least for the first year of life. It is so important to me that I have placed it in our puppy health contract. All our adult dogs get a daily NuVet supplement and so your puppy has gotten it from momma in utero, in her milk, and then we start giving it directly to puppy before he/she is weaned from mom. I can not explain how wonderful I think this product is for your puppy and adult dog. I can honestly say this product has helped all my dogs from the inside out. They have less stress related issues and are overall healthier looking and acting and even my vet asks what I have been giving them… Nuvet vitamins are a must for your puppy and I recommend keeping your dog on it for his/her entire life… They even have a money back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied. This supplement is very affordable and will pay for itself immediately as you will have a healthy happy puppy that is not noticeably over stressed.
Your puppy will come with a few free samples to get you by until your own NuVet vitamins come in the mail. UPDATE, if pup is shipped by air the sample vitamins may not be sent because airlines are getting more strict on what you can send with puppy. I recommend following the link below and getting your own asap, even before your puppy comes home if possible.: Once you have seen for yourself the great health and longevity this supplement gives to your puppy/dog I’m sure you will be sending everyone you know that has a pet to NuVet. They have both dog and cat suppliments… You can give the link out to anyone you want. This product is Not available to the general public in stores. To get the best discount you must order directly from the NUVET website at: http://www.nuvet.com/84779 or call 1-800- 474-7044 Order Code: 84779 …If you call in your order please remember to use the order code. It is my personal breeder code and is how I track that you have bought the supplement for your puppy as recommended.
Why Use Nu Vet Supplements? 1. Most pet diets are lacking the proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in a natural (wild) diet. Even the highly priced premium foods do not include all the nutrients necessary for a proper diet. Nuvet gives your pet exactly what it needs without any sugars or fillers, it is not heat treated, which destroys a lot of vitamins… all natural products such as real chicken liver is used. 2. Commercial pet foods contain numerous by-products that can make them poisonous, toxic, and incapable of reducing the devastating effects of unstable oxygen molecules, also known as “free radicals.” Free radicals have been implicated in more than fifty health problems in humans and animals including various forms of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts and premature aging. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. 3. When a puppy is weaned or moves to a new home it goes through stress. A puppy that is stressed is more susceptible to hypoglycemia, dehydration, allergies, and parasites. The NuVet supplement keeps the immune system in peek shape so stress is not a factor. And if your puppy does encounter parasites or any other health issues it is more likely to only have a light case and get healthier much quicker if it does gets sick at all. 4. The NuVet Supplement was created by top Veterinary specialist searching for the perfect combination of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids, and high-potency antioxidants for your pets individual personal needs through his/her entire life. 5.For younger dogs (under 2 years old), it strengthens their immune system, while building and strengthening the cardiovascular, skeletal and nerve systems. 6.For dogs in their prime (age 2-8), it improves the luster of their skin and coat while protecting against allergies, skin and coat problems, staining from tears, digestive problems, etc. 7.For older dogs (over 8 years old), it helps reduce and eliminate arthritis, tumors, premature aging, cataracts, heart conditions, diabetes and many types of cancer, while extending the life and improving the vitality of most dogs. 8. More than a million dogs and cats are using NuVet to protect against most ailments (from back yard pesticides, pet food allergies and hormones, toxic formaldehyde in furniture and carpeting, ailments transmitted from dog parks and the vet’s office, etc),while maintaining a beautiful skin and coat. 9. So pure it’s produced in an FDA (human-grade) manufacturing facility (virtually unheard of in the pet industry because of the high cost / monitoring required) 10. Safe: This product has all natural totally safe ingredients and it is impossible for your dog to overdose on this product. So even if your dog accidental gets a hold and eats a whole bottle of this product, he/she will be fine.
You can be that more positive you are receiving a happy, healthy, hardy puppy from a family that really does care about their puppies and adult dogs. NuVet Plus will keep your pet on the path to perfect health! It’s not available in stores,and is only available to the general public with an order code from an authorized pet professional. For your convenience, you may order directly from the manufacturer (at up to 50% off what most veterinarians charge) by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 84779, or ordering online at http://www.nuvet.com/84779 . By using autoship you can save an additional 15%.
Things That Your Dog Can’t Eat!!! * Cooked bones can splinter and tear a dog’s internal organs. · * Ham and bacon contain too much fat and too much salt, and can cause pancreatitis. Also, large breeds of dogs that eat salty food may drink too much water and develop a life-threatening condition called bloat. This is where the stomach fills up with gas and within several hours may twist, causing death. · * Raw liver or too much cooked liver (three servings a week) can lead to vitamin A toxicity. This can cause deformed bones, excessive bone growth on the elbows and spine, weight loss, and anorexia. · * Avocados (fruit, pip, and plant) are toxic to dogs. They can cause difficulty breathing; fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart; or pancreatic. · *Wild mushrooms can cause abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma, or death. · * Onions destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia, weakness, and breathing difficulty. Even small amounts can cause cumulative damage over time. This includes onions or chives – raw, powdered, dehydrated, or cooked. · * Large amounts of garlic cause the same problems as onions.* Dogs can’t digest most vegetables (carrots, green beans, lettuce, potatoes or yams) whole or in large pieces. Potato peels and green potatoes are dangerous. You can lightly steam the vegis which can help digestion. · * Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants and the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe. (All parts of the plant except the tomato itself are also poisonous to humans.) · * Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill him. If the dog doesn’t eat enough at one time to be fatal, he can be severely damaged by eating just a few grapes or raisins regularly. · * Caffeine (from coffee, coffee grounds, tea, or tea bags) stimulates the central nervous and cardiac systems, and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations, and even death within hours. · * Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your dog of biotin, one of the B vitamins. Biotin is essential to your dog’s growth and coat health. The lack of it can cause hair loss, weakness, growth retardation, or skeleton deformity. Raw egg yolks contain enough biotin to prevent the deficiency, so this is not a problem with raw whole eggs. Raw egg yolks could contain salmonella, so you should get your eggs from a reliable source or cook the eggs. · * Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death. · * Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. But any chocolate, in large enough amounts, can kill a dog. An ounce of chocolate can poison a 30-pound dog, and many dogs will happily consume more than this. The symptoms may not show up for several hours (and so might make you think all is well), with death following within twenty-four hours. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous. · * Dairy products are high in fat, which can cause pancreatitis, gas and diarrhea. A small amount of non-fat, plain yogurt is usually safe. · * Diet products containing the sweetener Xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures. Unless treatment is given quickly, the dog could die. · * Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis. These symptoms are usually temporary. · * Walnuts are poisonous to dogs. · *Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, pear pits, plum pits, peaches and apricot pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous. * Grains should not be given in large amounts or make up a large part of a dog’s diet, but rice is generally safe in small amounts. * Pennies made from the 1980s to today contain zinc, which can cause kidney failure and damage to red blood cells. A dog that consumes even one penny can become quite sick, or even die, if the penny is not removed. · * Too much fat or fried foods can cause pancreatitis.
Poisonous household items: Make sure all poisonous household items are securely stored out of the puppy’s reach. Place all household cleaners, insecticides, fertilizers, mothballs, antifreeze, insect poisons, rat poisons and other items in cabinets or on high shelves. Remember, as your new puppy grows, he will be able to explore higher places and be tempted to jump up on shelves. Check your plants. Many plants in and around your house can be harmful to your pup. Did you know that the pits of apricots and peaches, as well as spinach and tomato vines, can make your puppy sick and, in large dosages, can even be fatal? For a complete list of plants that are dangerous to dogs, consult your veterinarian. Take a Puppy’s-Eye View. Get down on all fours and look around. Are there any dangling electric cords, loose nails, plastic bags or other tempting objects that will be in puppy’s reach? If there are, be sure to put them away immediately. Keep your toilet lid down. Puppies are often tempted to play in toilet bowl water. This can be a hard habit to break and toilet cleanser may be harmful if swallowed. Some Additional Tips: Never leave your puppy unsupervised inside or outside, and keep him off balconies, upper porches and high decks where he can slip through openings and fall. Keep your puppy in a confined area only allowing him to run through the house on short supervised play sessions, after he has pottied in his potty spot. Unplug, remove or cover any electrical cords in your puppy’s confinement area. It is also a good idea to cover electrical outlets, when they are not in use. Keep buttons, string, sewing needles, pins and other sharp objects out of your puppy’s reach. Tying ribbons around your puppy’s neck could choke him if the ribbon gets caught on a fence or other object. A good rule to follow is that anything that is not safe for small children is not safe for pets.
AFTER YOU HAVE PUPPY HOME. YAY!!! Now that you have your baby home all the fun starts!!! Please remember puppy is coming from a large litter into your family home so will need some adjustment time. If you have any concerns at all or need some advice on a smooth transition into your home please don’t hesitate to call me… It is important to read the training page of our site before you even get your puppy, also the blog page and other pages of this website so you know what to do to be ready for your puppy. Don’t forget your vet visit, and remember to bring your puppy’s health certificate, and shot record with you to the vet. Please contact me if you can’t find the shot record when you receive your puppy. Check front of the shot record to see if your puppy is chipped and if it is, have your vet scan to double check the number by scanning your puppy and then go online to microchipregistrationcenter.com to register it in your contact info. You also need to register your puppy with AKC with the registry papers that are sent along with him/her. Most registries have an additional fee if you wait until your puppy is over a year old, so it is best to register them immediately so you do not forget. Remember to keep your new puppy away from other dogs and even the dog park until it has fully finished the vaccine regiment and is a good size to fend off any illnesses if he contracts one from another dog. Make sure to start your puppy on a heart-worm preventive. Please remember to keep food and water available to your puppy 24/7 for at least a few days and then you can go to 3 times a day until 3 to 6 months old and then 2 times a day from then on… I know it is tempting but please do not feed your dog table scraps. Remember to look over the list of poisonous plants and the list for poisonous foods as well. Your new puppy will be very excited to be in a new place so make sure you allow them time to rest and nap between playing sessions. Don’t forget to give your puppy his/her NuVet Vitamins daily. Keep him/her in an enclosed area with access to outside to potty, until he/she is fully potty trained in your home. I’m sure you are still being bombarded by puppy kisses so I will let you go to play with your new baby. Call me anytime 24/7 if you have any questions or concerns about your puppy. If you have any questions CALL ME 9am to 9pm CST or 24/7 if an emergency.
FIRST VET VISIT CHECK LIST:
- Take pup to vet within 3 business days minus weekends and holidays. Have fecal checked for all types of parasites such as giardia, worms, coccidiosis, etc… If any found at that first vet visit we will send you a $30 check to help pay for wormer as stated in our HEALTH GUARANTEE so best to have it checked at first vet visit. Keep in mind additional wormings are needed for young puppies which will continually pick up parasites everywhere they go because of their tender age. PLEASE READ THE PARASITE POST ON BLOG PAGE.
- If pup comes to you with meds then take them to the vet visit so your vet can see what pup is taking. Also take your shot record so vet can see what shots and wormings pup has had up to that date. Your vet will go over when it is time for the next puppy shot. You need to wait 1 or 2 weeks after you receive your puppy before any vaccines are given. Puppy is already stressed with a move so no need to stress his system further with vaccines that can wait a few weeks. When you do give a vaccine you should watch that pup is eating good since vaccines and meds can give them a upset stomach and they may not eat for a day from it.
- Talk to your vet about starting pup on a heartworm and intestinal parasite monthly wormer that your pet should take for the rest of it’s life.
- No Leptospirosis vaccine should be given until puppy is at least 6 months old. It can have harsh side effects and can even kill a more fragile pup. Our health guarantee does not cover side effects from vaccines so be careful of what you decide to give your puppy.
- If vet finds anything wrong with the puppy you should call me asap. While still at vet office and before any meds or procedures are given. Some are not needed or there might be a cheaper fix for the problem. I can help you save money with my years of experience.
- Go over full Health Guarantee with your vet.
- Please look on front of your pup’s shot record to see if your puppy is micro-chipped. If your puppy is micro-chipped you need to register the chip at: www.microchipregistrationcenter.com with your contact info. Chip is blank until you do so.
Please visit the GROOMING page and TRAINING page under PUPPY CARE Tab.