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    Hi ya, ive been searching but have not found many specifics on Chihuahua pups at 6 weeks.
    I'm picking little female pokie up next week and would just like some pointers on looking after her, and vaccinations ect...
    And what exactly to feed her at such a young age?

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    teapotzombie

    It is recommended to leave a puppy with its mother and littermates until it is at least 8 weeks old - so that it develops the beginnings of proper doggy social skills. Puppies taken too young can be hard to train to be gentle and nice with other dogs and children. There is also some info to say the longer they stay on their mother's milk - the better their immune system will be and this should save you money at the vet.

    How old should a puppy be before they are adopted/purchased? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Your puppy's breeder should be the best person to provide you with specific info on the care and feeding of your new puppy. I got a puppy care pack from my vet when I took my puppy to puppy pre-school and I also got a puppy guide book from AWL when I adopted - that had hints on how to manage puppy and any problems that might come up.
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
    6. Provide ongoing support and information to the new owner - the breeder will give their full contact details and encourage you to call them if you have any questions of concerns.
    Most brands of dog food make puppy specific food - the dry stuff you can soak in water to soften it up for the puppy's teeth and it has instructions on how much to feed based on the puppy's expected adult weight.

    This website has loads of info about what to do, training wise, with your new puppy.
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    And if you google puppy care pack - some of the major pet food brands offer free packs. Though these are not as good as what you'd get from a responsible breeder.

    This website has links to loads of useful articles on dog care.
    I AM YOUR PUPPY
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    The RSPCA also has loads of info on how to look after your new puppy.
    RSPCA Australia knowledgebase / Puppies

    If person supplying you with your puppy is not able to give you the info you need to look after your puppy, please consult with a good vet to get the info you need. Personally - I would only buy from somewhere able to support me with care information for my new puppy.

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    Thank you, i will have a look at all those sites!
    This puppy is off a friend who's dog was unsuspectingly pregnant, so not a breeder.. id rather take one and another friend is taking another as the owner doesn't want them and i don't want to see them dumped or not looked after ect..
    So i just wanted to know what i need to do with the vaccinations and care properly! Thanks!

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    If the owner doesn't want them, she can take the ones that you and your friends don't adopt to the AWL or RSPCA and they will find good homes for them.

    AWL may also offer to desex the mum for free in exchange for the puppies.

    Animal Welfare League Australia
    http://www.ndn.org.au/

    In some states the owner of the puppies is supposed to get all the puppies microchipped before rehoming them. But I suspect the owner in this case might not be all that interested.

    You might want to try googling for the Chihuahua breed assocaion / club in your state - and see if they can help you with some basic advice on puppy care for Chi. They probably won't be too thrilled about the accidental litter, but it's not the puppies' fault.
    http://www.chihuahuaclubqld.org/
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    Quote Originally Posted by teapotzombie View Post
    Thank you, i will have a look at all those sites!
    This puppy is off a friend who's dog was unsuspectingly pregnant, so not a breeder.. id rather take one and another friend is taking another as the owner doesn't want them and i don't want to see them dumped or not looked after ect..
    So i just wanted to know what i need to do with the vaccinations and care properly! Thanks!
    Can I just ask, if the owner doesnt want them (are they crazy, who doesnt love puppies LOL) how come they didnt get the bitch speyed either before, or right at the start of the pregnancy?

    No judgements, just curious.

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    The first thing I would do is book into a good vet. They will be able to help you on everything from what to feed, vaccinations, worming, desexing etc.

    I would feed good quality puppy kibble with puppy milk mixed in... when Harley was a bubba I did it three times a day (only lived around the corner from work so I could pop home at lunch time) I think I was probably being a bit full on though and Bella did fine on two feeds a day plus a kong when I left.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Don't lose the little fella in the dirty washing lol....he will be sooo tiny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Don't lose the little fella in the dirty washing lol....he will be sooo tiny
    LOL i KNOW, I'm really excited, she will be soo cute! The main thing is that the puppies are going to good homes!

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    the first port of call is a veterinarian. Frankly it's bad luck if the owner doesnt want them, they let the bitch have them they should look after them properly. But that's another rant entirely...

    I would be buying the Royal Canin mini junior and soaking it down or advance rehydratable. Tiny puppies like this need more attention and care because of their size, most breeders dont let them go for another 4-6 weeks after you are getting yours to ensure they're eating properly and carrying enough body mass to cope with the stress of a new home. Keep it quarantined from other dogs if you take it out carry it, it will be sensistive to catching diseases such as Parvo, Corona and Distemper. Make sure it's warm, look up Leerburg Dog Training | 16,000 pages of dog training information, 300 free dog training streaming videos, free eBooks, podcasts, by Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis on raising and socialisisng puppies which is incredibly important since the pup will miss out on critical period learning from it's parents and other littermates.

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    the first port of call is a veterinarian. Frankly it's bad luck if the owner doesnt want them, they let the bitch have them they should look after them properly. But that's another rant entirely...

    I would be buying the Royal Canin mini junior and soaking it down or advance rehydratable. Tiny puppies like this need more attention and care because of their size, most breeders dont let them go for another 4-6 weeks after you are getting yours to ensure they're eating properly and carrying enough body mass to cope with the stress of a new home. Keep it quarantined from other dogs if you take it out carry it, it will be sensistive to catching diseases such as Parvo, Corona and Distemper. Make sure it's warm, look up Leerburg Dog Training | 16,000 pages of dog training information, 300 free dog training streaming videos, free eBooks, podcasts, by Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis on raising and socialisisng puppies which is incredibly important since the pup will miss out on critical period learning from it's parents and other littermates.

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