Caring for a Teacup

Tips on Caring for a Teacup Puppy

Learning how to properly take care of your teacup puppy is critical.  We encourage you to do your research about this delicate size and learn as much as you can. By understanding how to take care of teacup puppies, you can reduces avoid creating unnecessary health issues, early death and major heartbreak. Here are just a few basic things every teacup owner should know.

 

TIP #1 - Diet and Nutrition

raw_dog_food_diet1[1] Diet and Nutrition is critical.Do NOT purchase low-end food because it's cheaper. Teacup puppies do NOT eat very much so what they do eat must be holistic and grain free. Low grade ingredients and "fillers" can easily create health issues, hypoglycemia, bad teeth, poor coat and even early death. .

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TIP #2 - Why Heated Beds are Important

83539[1]Make sure your home and environment is warm, cozy and comfortable for a teacup size puppy. You NEVER want to chill your teacup puppy. For example:  take your shoes and socks off and if your feet get cold then the temperature in the home is too cold and you are chilling your teacup puppy. Teacup puppies that get too cold start off with a runny nose or eyes, maybe a little sneezing which can quickly turn into an upper respiratory infection and/or pneumonia which can become deadly in a short amount of time. Have heated beds in the main rooms the puppy will be spending their time.  Do NOT put the teacup puppies crate, x-pen or play are where the air conditioner will blow on them.  If you put a heated bed in their "confined area" then you MUST make sure you buy the heated beds with the metal cords so they don't chew on the cords and electrocute themselves when your not there to watch them. Because puppies DO chew, especially on cords..

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TIP #3 - Setting Up a Warm Play Area

heaterIf you have a certain area that your going to place your teacup puppy in while your gone (like the laundry room, or a section of the kitchen etc...) then a lot of teacup owners will buy an electric heater to keep that area snugly warm. Remember, you do NOT want to put the heater where the teacup puppy can access the cord and chew it while your gone. Example: if you put up an x-pen for the puppy to play in and left him in there for a few hours you might have the electric heater nearby OUTSIDE of the x-pen so it keeps the puppies area warm but the puppy doesn't have actual access to it.

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TIP #4 - Bells and Harnesses 

il_570xN.435684175_mct4[1]Use a cat harness instead of a collar and put a bell on the harness so your entire family as well as guests that come over can hear where the puppy is at since puppies have gotten seriously injured by people accidentally tripping or stepping on them because they get under your feet and you can't see them.  You can just "google" kitten collars or kitten harness with bells and tons of cute ones for sale will come up.

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TIP #5  - Importance of Stairs or Ramps

pet stairsInvest in puppy stairs that go up and down the main pieces of furniture so the puppy can get safely on and off.

 

 

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TIP #6 - Do NOT Crate a Teacup Puppy

richelle exapndable playpenDo NOT "crate" a teacup puppy in a kennel that doesn't allow you to be able to visually see the puppy clearly at all angles.  Make sure their kennel is the wire kind you can see through or get an x-pen or play area. They love those. We recommended the "Rachelle Expandable Playpen" or something similar.

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