Must Have Supplies
You will need to purchase these products prior to your puppy coming home with you. Please make sure you order these products at least a few weeks prior to your puppy arriving!
ProPlan Focus Small Breed Puppy - it is extremely important to keep your puppy on this food for at least 30 days. If you choose to change your puppy's food you will need to do it gradually over 14 days, slowly mixing a little more new food in daily.
Merrick Classic Grain Free CANNED Puppy Food or ProPlan CANNED Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice - you should offer your puppy soft food twice a day so you can be sure they are consuming enough calories and you will also know if they are not eating. Canned food also helps prevent dehydration. Once your puppy is older 12-16 weeks, depending on their size you can choose to discontinue soft food if you prefer. Young puppies should have access to dry food and water all day. The link below is for a case of 24 cans and you will use one forth to half of a can twice daily.
NutraCal - Stress can cause a puppy to temperarly stop eating, small breed puppies must eat to maintain their sugar levels. When your puppy is not eating normally you should give your puppy NutriCal to keep their sugar levels balanced and it is also an appetite enhancer! Puppies can also be under tremendous stress after being given vaccinations, NutraCal can also be used for the next few days if they aren't feeling their best.
NuVet Plus - Puppies do not have full immunity until they are 6 months old, NuVet will boost your puppy's immune system. Puppies love the taste so it will help keep them eating when they are stressed. NuVet also reduces tear stains and helps balance sugar levels. These are just a few of the benefits; our NuVet Plus Page will let you see all of the other amazing benefits. We use the POWDER and sprinkle it on the puppies food. Due to our puppies small size a 90 day supply will last you 6 months! ORDER CODE 53357
Probotics - All puppies and dogs greatly benefit from probiotics. We will be sending your puppy home with a 15 day supply of probotic paste.
We recommend continuing with a powder supplement after those 15 days. All of our puppies and adults are on high quality probiotics, this greatly reduces upset stomaches cause by stress or illnesses. Two of our favorites are below. ProPlan Probiotics are in easy to use daily packs, but either of the products are two of the best probiotics on the market.
We have tried hundreds of products and these are our favorites! We have put together a list with links provided of products we use for our puppies. Most of our shopping is done through Amazon.com, they have amazing prices. You can conveniently shop from your own home and you reduce the risk of exposing your puppy to illnesses from pet stores.
We highly, highly, highly recommend using a PUPPY EXERCISE PEN for your new puppy. Small breed puppies must have access to food, water, and potty area if you will be gone more then two hours at a time. Puppy playpens make it very easy to provide everything your puppy needs while you are away!
The MidWest Exercise Pen is our favorite because you can adjust the size as your puppy becomes more comfortable in their new home and they are reliably using the potty area.
Puppy Pads, Litter Boxes, or Grass Patches can be added to your playpen. Once your puppy is about 6 months old you can eliminate the use of indoor potty areas.
Here are a few products we recommend, you can choose whichever method you prefer!
Kennels for traveling provide a safe place for your pet while in the car and durning trips to the vet. You can also add a kennel to your playpen to start a stress free introduction to kennel training. We recommend inclosed kennels for travel and wire kennels for at home.
Small breed puppies do not have a large fat reserve, therefore they may need help maintaining their temperature. If you home is kept under 74 degrees or if the area you keep them in is drafty you should consider a heated pet bed. They are safe for puppies and will prevent them from burning to many calories trying to stay warm, possibly causing hypoglycemia. We keep our home at 74 degrees, but they also have the added warmth of their litter mates. Also, this Snuggle Puppy makes your puppy's first nights at home so much easier; the warmth and heartbeat help your puppy feel more secure!
Acccidents happen.... Be prepared with the proper cleaning products. You should always keep a close eye on your puppy when they are out. The best way to to potty train is to stop accidents before they happen. If your puppy does have an accident you will need to properly clean that area, so they do not smell that spot and try to make that their new potty spot. Below are a few products that clean, but more importantly remove the smell!
Your puppy will need to be groomed! Here are a few brushes and combs you will need once your puppy's hair grows. Its best to start early so they are used to being brushed. Your puppy will also need baths, we recommend one bath every two weeks. Once a week at most, if needed to prevent their skin from becoming dried out. Finishing sprays can be used in-between baths to keep your puppy smelling fresh!
Making sure you puppy stays next to you is important, but it's even more important to make sure they are not hurt by a collar or harness. Collars and some harnesses are directly across your puppy's trachea, a small amount of force can cause permanent damage. Because puppies often run at things or people that they are interested in; once they run out of leash it will snatch your puppy, possibly causing damage. Once your puppy understands the limits of a leash you can switch to a collar if you prefer. Please do no let children run with a puppy on a leash. The harnesses below are safe for puppies!
Puppies teeth a lot... Be prepared with the proper teething tools! Below are products that help with teething and also keep your puppy busy. I have also included a chewing
deterrent that can be used on furniture, cords, fingers, and more!