Health Concerns For Your New Toy and Mini Aussie Puppy
Congratulations! You have your new puppy home and you really want to show him or her off. Before you do that, we would like to provide you with some helpful information.
It is in the best interest for both your new puppy and you to take the puppy to your veterinarian within 3 to 5 days of your taking possession of the puppy. This is considered a "Well Puppy Check." It will give your veterinarian a chance to examine the puppy, giving you some peace of mind and the opportunity to discuss needed vaccinations and a care regimen. Puppies often experience stress related issues when going to a new home. The Well Puppy Check is an expedient way to address these possible issues. This check-up is also a great opportunity to review your puppies health and vaccination records with your veterinarian.
The Parvovirus (Parvo) is everywhere! Puppies do not have full immunity against Parvo and other diseases until they have had at least 3 shots and are 16 to 20 weeks old. Do not take your puppy to the dog park, road side rest areas, the pet supply store, or anywhere else they could or will come in contact with dog diseases until they have:
- Seen your veterinarian
- Had a full set of 3 puppy shots
Are old enough for their immune system to handle it (ask your veterinarian when they think your
puppy is ready).
It is not uncommon for our dogs to be exposed to canine diseases. While the adults are protected through vaccinations, they can still bring home things we do not want our puppies to be exposed to. Breeders quarantine the dogs that are out and about so that they do not come into contact with the puppies. That is not always possible for the new puppy owner. Please be cautious of where you take your adult dogs as well until your puppy is fully protected.
Even with the very best of care and caution, it is still possible for your puppy to become exposed to many diseases. In the Midwest, micro parasites (such as Giardia and Coccidia) live in the soil. There is no realistic way to get rid of it and, like children, everything goes in your puppies mouth. Every region has it's own unique problems - please ask your breeder and your veterinarian about anything you may need to watch for.
Because of the stress of transport and a new environment, your puppy’s immune system may not immediately be able to ward off these types of issues. If you will call your breeder, they can talk you through treating your puppy or help you to decide if you need to see your veterinarian instead.
If your puppy should act like he/she does not feel good or has loose stools, please call your breeder immediately.