I have a few things I would recommend to keep your new puppy happy and healthy.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A GOOD PLAYPEN TO KEEP YOUR NEW PUPPY IN. THEY CAN BE BOUGHT AT AMAZON, WALMART, PETSMART, ETC...IT IS A BABY OUTDOOR PLAYPEN. NOTE: I use washable puppy padS now instead of newspaper.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS:
If a puppy becomes lethargic or listless and is not eating well, Hypoglycemia could become a problem. That is when the sugar levels have dropped and a puppy could in a worse case scenario, die. One way to prevent this is to use Nutri-Cal which gives the puppy extra nutrients and keeps their sugar level up when they are not eating well. Honey can also keep the sugar levels up when a puppy is not eating well. Just make sure that you don't overdo it or it can alter the puppy's appetite. It is perfectly normal for a puppy to loose their appetite when they first get to their new home since they have just left mom and siblings. Just make sure that you do not let them go too long without eating.
The three most important things to watch for with a new puppy is his/her energy level, appetite, and if the puppy has a firm stool or loose stool. If the puppy experiences a loss of energy, loss of appetite or a loose stool you should contact your vet and seek his/her advice as soon as possible.
SPECIAL NOTE: These little babies are just like real human babies. They can get into things on the floor and elsewhere that might harm them. It is VERY important to make sure you have your home puppy proofed before turning your puppy loose in the house. Some of the things they can get into, inside and outside, can be deadly.
I ALSO RECOMMEND YOU USE ONLY VET RECOMMENDED SHAMPOOS AND FLEA CONTROL ON YOUR PETS. SOME OF THE PRODUCTS OUT THERE CAN ACTUALLY HARM YOU PETS. OUR VET RECOMMENDS BABY SHAMPOO.
WHERE TO KEEP YOUR PUPPY :
I highly recommend using a baby yard play pen that has an open bottom because newspaper or puppy pads can be placed at one end of it and a bed, food and water can be placed at the other end. All of our puppies are puppy pad trained by the time they go to their new forever homes. A regular baby play pen can also be used, especially if you have carpet you don't want soiled. These can both be purchased through the Walmart or Amazon website at a reasonable price, usually about $65.00. The number one reason I recommend the playpen is for the puppy's safety. As tiny as these babies are it would be very easy to step on him/her. It also makes them feel safe when they have their own little area. You might also want to put a bell on your puppy's collar so you can hear the puppy.
FOODS AND SNACKS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR PUPPY:
A lot of the raw-hides and snacks that you can purchase for your puppy are not necessarily good for your puppy. I recommend the following as good healthy foods. I do recommend you check where the snacks are made and if made in CHINA, please do not purchase. There have been quite a few reports of dogs and puppies dying after eating snacks made in China.
Baby Carrots are a great snack and the puppies love to chew on them. The are very healthy and nutritious. All of my dogs eat them as treats and absolutely love them.
Boiled Chicken or baby food chicken
Cottage Cheese or Scrambled Eggs are great if your having a hard time getting puppy to eat. (Please remember though they can get very spoiled on this). Yogurt is also healthy.
One thing to really watch out for with you new puppy are the eyes. Please make sure that you keep the hair trimmed around and under the eyes. If hair grows toward the eye, and comes in contact with the eye, it can cause a little ulcer. If left untreated, it can lead to your puppy loosing his/her eye. This is completely preventable with just a little trimming around the eye. This also makes it easier for your puppy to see clearly.
If you ever have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.