Puppy Pet Care in Cape Canaveral, FL

Having a newborn puppy at home can be hard at first because you need to take great care of them and ensure that they’re getting the necessary aid to be able to sustain a normal body temperature, plus getting all the nutrients they need while they are developing. It should be common sense that animal babies, just like human babies, need immunization when they are very young.

A newborn puppy will only need feeding, keeping warm, and developing social skills during the first weeks of life, while the mother dog provides all necessary care for her puppies, but if the puppy in your care has been separated from his mother, or if the mother dog has rejected her newborn or cannot produce enough milk, caring for the pup is up to you and your vet, so you will need to make some arrangements to keep your puppy health good. 

From 0-4 weeks of age, puppies are considered "newborn puppies", during this time they will develop motor skills and coordination while learning how to regulate body temperature. They are also susceptible to diseases, infections, fleas, and parasites, keeping a close eye on them is very important. they will receive antibodies from nursing that help protect them from illness in the early weeks but these antibodies wear off around 6 to 8 weeks, which is why they need to receive their first round of vaccinations. 


At six weeks, is recommended that your puppy will receive his first round of "core" vaccinations. Deworming and a physical examination can begin at an early age, but you can consult with your veterinarian at Ocean Animal Hospital to schedule your puppies’ preventative health plan. It’s also important to remember not to take your puppy to another place frequented by other dogs if there haven’t been vaccinated yet. 


If you notice that your puppy is exhibiting one of the next symptoms, they might have something going on and in need of a check-up as soon as possible to discard any illness or in case they are already sick found a treatment.  

  • Lack of appetite
  • Poor weight gain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficult breathing
  •  Coughing/wheezing
  • Constant crying
  • Pale gums
  • Swollen eyes or eye discharge
  • Nasal discharge
  • Inability to pass urine or stool

You should contact a veterinarian immediately if a puppy exhibits any of these symptoms to help them and find treatment quickly.

While caring for a puppy can certainly be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you can have as a pet owner, it’s extremely important that you are well informed about the needs of your pet during this time in order for them to have a healthy and happy life. Contact Ocean Animal Hospital to make an appointment for your puppy! Call us today (321) 406-1618.