TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW Shorkie
The first few days are incredibly important to the well being of your new Shorkie puppy. Please read these instructions carefully and keep them for future reference.
STRESS: No matter how much you love your new shorkie, it is going to experience stress. Leaving everything that is secure and familiar to him/her is going to cause some fear and confusion. It is so vital to recognize the signs of stress and help your Shorkie through this tough time. Signs are timidity, failure to eat, lethargy, diarrhea or vomiting, and crying. Please be patient with the baby. He's looking to you to comfort, protect and lead him. You should pick up your new Shorkie when you have at least a day or two to spend with him before leaving him alone. If you are off of work on weekends, pick up your Shorkie on Friday or Saturday and make plans to spend the weekend making him a priority or take a day off of work if you have to. It's cruel to bring a Shorkie into a completely unfamiliar environment and then leave him alone for 8-10 hours while you go off to work. Please have some empathy for how frightening that must be and plan ahead to avoid such stress. If possible, come home for lunch if you work, or ask a friend to check in on him.
FAILURE TO EAT:
FEEDING YOUR PUPPY:
Shorkie can be nibblers. Make food and water available to him/her AT ALL TIMES-24/7. Shorkie puppies eat very small quantities at a time so you cannot put them on a once or twice daily feeding schedule like some dogs. This may be difficult if you have other breeds in the home, but it is vital that you heed this warning.
IF YOUR PUPPY IS SICK:
Seek professional help. CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN. You have chosen to have a tiny breed as your new family member. With tiny breeds such as Shorkie, you must act quickly if your puppy becomes ill. Their size prohibits waiting to get help. At least call your vet. Many will give you tips over the phone as to what you can do before taking them to the vet's office. Of course, you can call us, the breeder, anytime you have a problem or concern about your Shorkie puppy. The first thing to do is to make sure your puppy is eating and drinking. If not, give NutriCal. If there is not immediate improvement, take your puppy to the vet. If it is after hours, don't wait until morning. At least call your veterinarian and they will tell you if the puppy should be seen. If you cannot afford to go to the vet, you should not be purchasing a puppy. If you already have the puppy, take responsibility for his/her health and life. Make payments if you have to. Your puppy cannot help himself. You have to take care of him.
ALLOW YOUR PUPPY TIME TO REST:
A good rule of thumb for tiny puppies is 15 minutes of play requires 45 minutes of rest. Of course, as they get used to you and their new home, those times will change. But is important at a young age not to wear them out. This is especially an issue around children. Puppies typically love kids and will play until they literally fall over. Like children, they don't know when to quit sometimes. Make sure never to leave a Shorkie unattended with small children. Teach children to allow the puppy time to rest. If the puppy has been playing very hard, give a little NutriCal to boost his energy and blood sugar reserves and let him sleep.
Shorkie require regular brushing to maintain their beautiful hair coats and to avoid painful matting of the hair. It is also necessary to keep the hair trimmed around their eyes to allow good vision and comfort. Hair sticking in their eyes is obviously painful and irritating and can cause damage as it scratches the eye. For cleanliness, trim hair around buttocks and genital areas. Bathe your Shorkie puppy as needed or every couple of weeks. Bathing too often can cause dry skin and hair.
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We love these Shorkie puppies and hope you will too. We want your puppy to live a long happy life. If your puppy should have any problems, please let us know. We may be able to help answer any questions or deal with problems