Next, a new Boston Terrier puppy owner should educate themselves about health problems and parasites associated with the Boston Terrier breed. We reccommend reading Boston Terrier Dog Parasites and a book on Dog Health Care.
Care given immediately upon Receiving your Boston Terrier Puppy
As soon as possible after receiving your Boston Terrier Puppy you need to take your puppy to the Vet for a check up. We recommend taking your puppy to the Vet between 3-10 days after receiving your puppy. This gives the puppy time to adjust to his/her new surroundings. Stress is probably the single most contributing factor in Boston Terrier health problems, so keeping stress at a minimum is always best. If the puppy isnít eating or just doesnít look or act right then take him/her immediately to the Vet.
By taking your Boston Terrier to the Vet shortly after you receive the puppy benefits your Boston Terrier, you and the breeder. Your Boston Terrier benefits because if he/her is sick treatment can begin immediately and if he/her is healthy the Vet has a baseline to compare with any future visits. You the owner benefits because you now know that you have received a healthy puppy and if the puppy isnít healthy you have fulfilled your obligation for the health guarantee. The breeder benefits by having a satisfied customer knowing that he/she has a healthy puppy and if for some reason the Boston Terrier isnít healthy the breeder can immediately resolve the problem. There are times, that congenital defects that arenít obvious when they are puppies show up when they are as an example 6 months old. If the customer didnít take the puppy to the Vet when they first received the Boston Terrier, the customer might think the breeder knowingly sold them an unhealthy puppy. If the customer takes the Boston Terrier to the Vet when they first receive the puppy and the Vet gives the Boston Terrier a clean bill of health and 6 months later the puppy develops a congenital health defect hopefully the customer will realize that the breeder wasnít trying to pull a fast over them.
Everyday Boston Terrier Puppy Care
Feeding: It is best to feed your Boston Terrier puppy the food your breeder recommends for at least two weeks. If you want to feed your puppy a higher grade or natural grade of dog food start by mixing the new dog food with the present dog food at a 3 to 1 ratio for 5 days in their dog bowl. Then mix the dog foods at a 1 to 1 ratio for another 5 days. Next mix the dog foods at a 1 to 3 ratio and feed for 5 days. Now you can feed your Boston Terrier the new dog food without mixing in the old dog food.
Boston Terrier puppies should eat 3-4 times per day. If you have difficulty with your baby not eating add a bit of warm water. At 12-24 months change to an adult dog food for Boston Terriers. Keep treats and people food to a minimum, (one treat I use is honey nut cheerios) you will only have difficult eater if you over do anything.
Keep fresh food and water out at all times (at least until the Boston Terrier is 1 year old). If your Boston Terrier gets a bit stressed add a tsp. of honey to fresh drinking water.
Napping: Yes, taking a nap is just as important, if not more important for a Boston Terrier puppy as it is for children. The size the puppy is one of the factors that determine how often the puppy needs to rest. The naps help the yorkie build back its reserve. Bostons LOVE a soft comfortable dog bed.
Bathing: It is necessary to bathe your Boston Terrier puppy anywhere from once a week to once a month. The environment and quality of coat all affect how often your new puppy needs to take a bath. Any good shampoo and conditioner will do. You can use a blow dryer to dry their hair to keep them from getting chilled but BE SURE IT IS TURNED ON LOW!
Grooming: An occasional brushing is recommended to maintain the coat and stimulate the skin. Unlike long hair dog the Boston rarely needs a brushing due to it's extremely short coat but it help to stimulate the skin & get rid of dry skin.
Wash mucus from the corners of the dog's eyes with a cloth or wad of cotton soaked in warm water, daily if needed (which is usually the case with Bostons). Bostons tend to have alot of mucus in their eyes & need the help removing it. They may get "red eye" as my Vet calls it if it is not attended to. This is where the eyes get red & infected. Mucus will rot your pet's hair if it's not removed. Dry your Boston Terrier off carefully with a soft towel.
Clipping nails: Use a standard dog nail clipper and clip them at the hook no further. If you can see the vein inside be sure it is below that. Keep some styptic powder nearby in case you make a mistake & use it immediately if there is even a hint of blood.
Ears: Use a soft Q-tip to gently clean the wax from your puppy's ears about once a week. Get your dog's ears checked regularly for excessive wax and mites.
Teeth: Use a tooth brush and paste made for dogs available at all pet stores. Make sure you have the teeth checked by a vet @ 6-8 months. Sometimes baby teeth need to be removed. We recommend to wait until the Boston Terrier is at least 1 Ĺ years old before removing any baby teeth, unless the baby teeth are creating problems in which case we recommend the teeth be pulled upon your vets recommendation.
Care Prior to Receiving your Boston Terrier Puppy
Before you receive your new puppy there are two things that you should do.
First find a vet that you feel comfortable with and trust. You may want to talk to other dog owners in your area to see whom they recommend. Vets are just like your own doctor, you wouldnít go to just any doctor. You want a doctor that is knowledgeable and you trust. Your puppy deserves the same.
Secondly, you need to puppy proof your house. I guarantee that anything that is left out a Boston Terrier will find it.
Here is a list of ten household items that can kill your dog.
5. Watch Batteries
6. Moth Balls
7. Fabric Softeners & other Detergents
9. Peach Pits
10. Certain Household Plants
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So you bought your Boston Terrier Puppy and itís do to arrive in a few days, but how do I care for my new puppy dog? There are things you need to do prior to receiving your puppy, immediately after receiving your puppy, and then during the life of your dog. Look over these puppy care instructions for help with Boston Terrier Puppy Care
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