Four-day pet store puppy acceptance program
Animal care guidelines set the minimum standard for each puppy coming to you. Accepting only healthy puppies protect the other babies in your care and assure the breeder they can trust your care. Dog breeders will fill your requirements and understand everything you do after arrival ensures their babies stay healthy.
The store owner or manager should require documentation for the following vaccination and deworming schedules one week prior to the puppy arriving at the store.
- 4 weeks old with Pyrantel
- 6 weeks old with Safeguard or Panacur (5 days in a row, this is prevention from intestinal worms and Giardia)
Get housing organized:
- Have cages set up for puppies before arrival. Day one success is all about getting the puppy to eat in new facility! Love them up and keep them eating.
- House all small/medium breeds two to a kennel. Puppies have had siblings around all their life to this point and single housing is stressful.
- Match up personality -- You don’t want a Jack Russell to use a Maltese for a dog toy! You can tell in a few minutes if the match is a good one.
- When housed alone: Puppies push nose through bars and do not romp around; all signs of stress.
Immediately flush nose with Saline/Lincomycin drops (10 cc Saline
with 1cc Lincomycin
) a few drops in each nostril is all that is needed.
Note: if any sign of snot nose, send them back home for one week to be treated.
- Re-hydrates membranes of nose from travel to help resist infection.
- Detect any snot noses that are developing.
- Gets them to eat better as they can smell better when put in kennel.
Day 1: Puppies are accepted into the store with no signs of snot nose
TIP – For puppies that appear to be hypoglycemic, we like Pet Nutri-Drops® for giving them a quick boost of energy.
- Intra Trac 3 on the way into the kennel. These intra-nasal (IN) vaccines are good. We want them to get the vaccine before they breathe the air in the kennel. It also calls the immune system to the respiratory tract so it helps with all respiratory pathogens they may be exposed to.
- Deworm with Fenbendazole ( Panacur or Safeguard) 1cc per 4 lb. daily for 3 days. Reason: Gets rid of Round, Hook, Whip, Tape and Giardia in one product.
- Give puppies a high calorie treat twice a day. We prefer FORTI CAL™ but all work. Not just to keep their sugar levels up but it does give them energy. FORTI CAL™ provides vitamins to maintain appetite!
- Use electrolytes in drinking water – “Puppy Gatorade”. Re-Sorb is a great and an inexpensive way to put electrolytes into the puppies. This product is labeled for cattle; but works great for new puppies and kittens. This product is easily cleaned out of the water bottles.
- Re-Sorb comes in packets that tear open. Use one packet per one gallon of water. Puppies don't like things too sweet so we use it at one-half the strength for what is needed for calves.
- If we are fighting respiratory, use Tylan Powder in the water. Tylan solves the stress diarrhea which helps cleaning. Use ¼ teaspoon Tylan per one gallon of water (Plumb).
- Tylan is okay to use with Re-Sorb.
Day 2: Keep on water treatment
- Vaccinate Parvo or DPv vaccines. Distemper and Parvo are the important ones here. Don’t vaccinate if stressed – wait 24 hours.
- Flush nose first thing AM and nebulize once (if you have one and if you don’t it would be a great investment). All puppies that came on the same shipment can be nebulized together but don't crowd. They have already been exposed to each other in shipping. We normally just put them in a small kennel with openings covered in plexiglass and turn on the nebulizer 15 minutes. (Use a mixture of 10 cc Sterile Saline and 1cc Lincomycin). Do not nebulize old and new puppies together! Puppies should go in one end of your pet shop and out the other and not mix until next shipment is in.
- Deworm again with Fenbendazole (Safeguard or Panacur) on day 2.
- Start giving a High Calorie Treat and canned food if you have not already.
- If your "tiny dog program" is working, don’t change it just tweak it. We want to work backwards, getting the issues solved to manage away from them in the next group.
- If respiratory problem treat with Doxycycline as it gets Mycoplasma which is the number one cause of kennel cough in your business. Use doxycycline twice a day if treating a respiratory condition.
Day 3: Keep on water treatment
- Flush nose and decide if puppy is healthy. Move to pet shop sale next day.
- Deworm again with Fenbendazole (Safeguard or Panacur) on day 3.
- Treat with Marquis® 0.1 cc per lb. oral. Repeat in one week if you still have them. Marquis is a Rx product which kills coccidia with just one dose.
- Document the eating tendency to move with puppy (i.e. does not eat dry well. Likes treats, etc.)
Day 4: Move to available for sale
After you have held them for three days, move status to available for sale. The 3-day hold period is to ensure there will be no health issues for their new owner. If you are not familiar with this 3-day hold, call and we will talk about it.
Getting them to new home healthy and as soon as possible -- that is the goal.
If you need help call us at 1-800-786-4751
- Dr. B
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
Return to Articles