VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Please Read Immediately!

Caring for your new puppy in the first few days and weeks can be tricky.  Remember, Chihuahuas are the
world’s tiniest breed, so they are also the world’s tiniest puppies.  That makes them vulnerable, especially in
the days and weeks after you bring them home.  To help you out, we hold them until we feel that they are ready
to make the transition, but nobody can predict how any given puppy will handle the stress of changing homes.  
They usually adjust rapidly, but the following will instruct you on how to ensure that your puppy continues to
thrive in your home.

Feeding Instructions
Your puppy has been eating Purina Pro Plan Chicken and Rice Shredded Blend Puppy.  You should feed your
puppy 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup of food twice a day.  Your puppy is used to free feeding, or having access to food
all the time.  You should continue free feeding him to prevent hypoglycemia.  You should start with 1/2 a cup in
the morning, and then replenish the bowl two, or possibly three times a day for really active puppies.  You
should expect your puppy to eat 1/2 to 1 cup of food a day, and gradually increase his food intake as he
grows.  Adult Chihuahuas generally eat 1 to 1 1/2 cups per day.
You should not change your puppy’s food for several weeks after he comes home.  Once he is fully settled in,
eating well and you can see that he feels comfortable, if you wish to change his food, you can, but you should
do it very gradually, mixing the new food with the Pro Plan a little bit at a time until he is eating the other food
well.  

Hypoglycemia
Low blood sugar can be a serious problem in Chihuahua puppies, especially in the days following their
transition to their new homes.  Hypoglycemia is the result of a puppy that plays hard and does not eat enough.  
They expend more energy than they take in when they eat.  Symptoms of hypoglycemia include lethargy,
excessive drooling, staggering, glazed eyes, vomiting, and in extreme cases puppies can have seizures.  If not
caught early, hypoglycemic puppies can die.  To avoid hypoglycemia, you must make sure your puppy is
eating.  If he does not want to eat his food, we recommend that you mix some canned food in with the dry food
to tempt him to eat.  It is a good idea to give Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat a few times a day for the first week or so
after you bring your puppy home.  This will help to avoid hypoglycemic episodes.  
If you see the symptoms mentioned above, you must give your puppy Nutri-Cal, kayro syrup or honey
immediately to bring his blood sugar back up.  They will not want to eat it, but you must ensure that they do.  
The best way to do this is to put some on your finger and wipe it onto the roof of their mouth or their gums, and
repeat every 10 to 15 minutes. Additionally, hypoglycemic puppies may also become dehydrated, so you
should use a syringe or medicine dropper to provide liquids and electrolytes.  It is best to use a mixture of 50%
water and 50% Pedialyte, and administer 1 to 2 milliliters every 10 to 15 minutes.  Your puppy should show
signs of recovery within 30 minutes to an hour, and as he begins to recover, offer him anything that he will eat
until he is back to normal.  If he doesn’t begin to recover relatively quickly, call the vet immediately.  
In your contract, we require you to keep your puppy on NuVet vitamins partly because it helps to decrease
episodes of hypoglycemia.  You should follow the dosing instructions provided with the sample in your puppy
kit.  

Sleep
Puppies are babies, and like human babies, they do sleep a lot.  Your puppy may play very hard, but when it is
time for him to rest, he must be allowed to rest.  You should not allow children or anyone else to wear your
puppy out to the point where he does not want to eat, as that will bring on hypoglycemia.  Your puppy should
have a schedule at first.  He should be allowed to play for limited amounts of time and then he should be
confined in his space, away from household activity, to rest.  As your puppy grows, his need for sleep will
lessen and he will be able to join the family activity more and more.  


Vaccinations
While your puppy was with us, he had all the shots that were appropriate for his age.  We give puppy shots at
6, 9, and 12 weeks based on the vaccine protocol that our vet recommends.  We also give a parvovirus only
shot at 4 weeks.  By the time your puppy leaves us, he will probably have had the 4, 6 and maybe the 9 week
vaccination.  It is up to you to complete his puppy series by getting the 12 week vaccination, and the 9 week if
you picked your puppy up at 8 weeks of age.  You must also get your puppy’s rabies vaccination, which some
vets give at 12 weeks, but we prefer to wait till 15-18 weeks to give it.  However, for the rabies vaccine, you
should follow the advice of your vet regarding the appropriate age.  We do not recommend that you give your
puppy a vaccination for leptospirosis as this is a dangerous vaccine that can cause seizures and brain damage.  
We have never had a case of bordetella, or kennel cough, so there is no need to give the vaccination for that,
but we do recommend that you follow the advice of your vet regarding this vaccine.