I consider the terms Teacups
and Tiny Toys to include all dogs with a projected adult weight of less
than four (4) pounds.
These tiny little friends
are so delicate that unless you are prepared properly, you will not be
a successful puppy parent.
One of our Veterinarians
once said "As far as Teacups are concerned, I cannot decide if they have
medical problems because they are so small, or if they are small because
they have medical problems."
Because some of these
little dogs can have health concerns, I have had to establish some firm
1......ship a teacup or
tiny toy regardless of the circumstances......they must be picked up in
person or delivered.
2......give full registration
for a teacup or tiny toy because they really are not intended to be good
3......provide any guarantee
for these little ones as described in the General Information section above
because they have proved themselves as an extremely high maintenance pet.
4......place a teacup
in a home with small children, nor will we place one of these little dogs
in a home where a human is not available , 24/7 or day and night.
Hopefully, by this point
you must be gaining the understanding that Teacups and Tiny Toys require
additional care and maintenance.
To enable you to provide
only the finest medical care for your teacup, we recommend that you obtain
Pet Medical Insurance. We have a link for one of the more reputable
insurance providers on our links page or click here.
Because their stomachs
are unable to ingest enough food to maintain growth and normal activity
their dietary needs require scrupulous attention. Therefore, they
require frequent small meals.
They have a predisposition
to attacks of hypoglycemia during their growth period and up to 8
months of age and an attack of hypoglycemia will manifest itself as a lethargy
and weakness. Proof positive is a test of placing them on all four
legs, if they are unable to stand, they are having an attack.
Prevention is always the
first and best cure, so if you are in doubt, treat even the mild symptoms
as a full-blown attack and a first aid regimen at this point is to place
a pea sized drop of honey on the puppy's tongue (or Karo syrup).
This should be repeated
at 20 minute intervals until normal activity and behaviors resume and once
the puppy is stabilized, a meal should follow.
In order to prevent the
onset of symptoms, a drop of honey first thing in the morning, and the
last thing at night is required. During each day, a sweetened cereal,
(Captain Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios and the like) should be included with
the puppy’s free choice dry puppy food.
Moist meals should be
given as often as is necessary to keep the puppy stable (we can provide
a recipe for a moist meal mix). You may substitute, IAM’S Canned
Lamb and Rice Dog Food.
A good emergency ration
is baby food meat, any flavor (excellent for traveling); another option
is finely chopped well cooked, skinned, uncoated chicken.
If you have any questions,
or if you need advice on symptom recognition, please call us at (909)
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