Caring for a new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy
When you first get your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy home your new puppy will miss its litter mates and familiar surroundings of my house the first few days. Your puppy may cry off and on which is very normal. We always try to NOT pick up the puppies when they are actually crying because it will teach them to cry in order to get picked up. Wait them out and go pick them up and comfort them the second the stop crying for a second.
Your new puppy should only cry the first night or two and then will begin to settle into your new surroundings.
Once you have taken your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy home you will need to schedule an appointment with your vet for a wellness check-up (per our contract) then for when their next puppy shot is due. Be sure and take the shot record with you so your vet can record the information on their chart.
GROOMING YOUR NEW CAVALIER
*There’s no way I could have explained the grooming process in depth this much. THANK YOU DOG PLACE!!!
TEETH TOYS AND TEE TEE
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels may need to have their teeth cleaned by a veterinarian. Especially if you choose to feed dry and/or wet kibble. Oral hygiene has been linked to health. When teeth are cleaned by a veterinarian they are put under anesthesia. WARNING: Make sure you always use toothpaste made for dogs only because people toothpaste is poisonous for dogs. A child’s soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrushes work great. Tarter can form on teeth after 24 – 48 hours just like human teeth so brushing your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s teeth each night before bedtime is going to give your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the best protection. If you cannot do it daily then try weekly. If you cannot do it weekly then you will need to keep a close watch on the back molars because over time they will turn brown and this can lead to health issues not to mention causing them pain when they eat. We give our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels baby carrots, celery, apples and of course RAW meaty bones every and have found they really help to control the tarter buildup naturally.
We recommend spaying or neutering a puppy after 12 months. Our Health Guarantee states specifically that our guarantee is for the first year through each puppy’s first birthday and they cannot be spayed or neutered prior to 12 months or the guarantee is null and void once spayed or neutered prior to 12 months. Puppies produce hormones and one of the hormones produced regulates the overall size your puppy will grow into. If altered early and the growth hormone is cut off and your puppy will most likely grow into a larger adult than if the growth hormone is still intact and is able to cut off the growth at the time the genes are scheduled to shut off the growth. Puppies need their hormones during the growth period for structural soundness and early altering could affect the structural outcome of your puppy as an adult. Growth plates do not close until closer to 12 months of age and as long as your puppy is still growing he needs to have his hormones intact in order to stay as structurally sound as possible. It is wise for all females to experience one heat cycle. Heat cycles can happen anywhere from around 7 months all the way up 12 months, so you will just need to keep an eye on your girl until she has completed her first cycle. Cycles last for 3 weeks, but the discharge is more around day 3 through day 15 and then the discharge begins to lighten up. Your girl is not fully safe until she has gone through the entire 3 or even 4 weeks so during this time you will need to keep her away from ANY intact dogs. They sell panties at Petco and PetsMart and you can put a panty liner inside to keep things clean during her cycle.
Choosing toys for our canine friends can be very tricky. Unlike children’s toys that come with choking hazards and age appropriate labels to help parents choose safe toys for their children, dog toys do not have warnings and should. I try to purchase toys with very little to no stuffing.
WARNING: Toys with stuffing…when destuffed…can cause a blockage in the intestines and could become fatal.
**WEATHER AND CAVALIERS**
Never let your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog) off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm — dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.
Thoroughly wipe off your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s (dog’s) legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow, or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemiclas while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter. A longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Consider getting short-haired breeds a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing an animal to freeze to death.
Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. You may opt to litter box train them inside until warmer weather is available. If your Cavalier KIng Charles Spaniel (dog) is sensitive to the cold due to age or illness, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.
Make sure your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
In the summertime, the living conditions outdoors isn’t always easy for our animal friends. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (dogs/pets) can suffer from the same problems that humans do, such as overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets happy and healthy. A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a wise start. If you do not keep your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) on a year-round heartworm preventive medicine have a heartworm test run to make sure your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) is negative. Ask your vet to recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program. Never leave your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) alone in a vehicle — hyperthermia can be fatal. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time. Parking in the shade offers little protection as the heat outside can still overheat a parked automobile in the shade also. Always carry a gallon thermos filed with cold, fresh water when traveling with your pet. The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is humid. When the temperature is very high, don’t let your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
Foods: Chocolate, which contains theobromine, can be potentially fatal to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (dogs). The darker the chocolate the more theobromine and baking chocolate is the worst. Coffee grounds/beans, anything with caffeine, alcohol, grapes (in large quantities, 1/2 pound to 2 pounds), raisins, onions, broccoli or garlic in large amounts, castor beans, apricots and apricot seeds, pear and peach pits, plum pits, apple seeds, nutmeg, sugarless gums and candies (containing xylitol), wild cherry, almonds, macadamia nuts, balsam pear, yeast dough, tomato and potato leaves and stems, avacados, onions and onion powder, mushrooms, rhubarb, spinach, and japanese plums.
Plants: Aloe vera, asparagus, fen, azalea, cactus, daffodil, deadly nightshade, dumbcane, elephant’s ear, ficus, foxglove, holly, honeysuckle, horse chestnut, ivy, japanese yew, jasmine, lilies, liy of the valley, marijuana, mistletoe, morning glory flower, mums, oak, oleander, philodendron, poinsettias, poppies, rhododendron, tulip bulbs, Virginia creeper, wild mushrooms.
*** Traveling With Pets ***
By Car: Use a crate or a harness that attaches to the seat belt. Be sure the crate is large enough to allow the dog to stand, turn and lie down and is secured to the vehicle. If it’s hot, open car windows to provide sufficient ventilation or make sure the air conditioner is at an appropriate setting to cool your dog. Small battery-operated fans attached to your dog’s crate can help. Do not let your dog stick its head out of the window; this may lead to eye or ear injuries. Also, do not let your dog travel in the back of an open pickup truck. Your dog could be injured in an accident. Never leave a dog alone in a hot car during warm weather. To help prevent motion sickness take several short trips in the car before your journey. Also, you may consider feeding your dog its normal amount of food several hours before travel or skip the meal entirely if travel is scheduled too close to feeding time.
By Plane: We ONLY fly with our dogs in the cabin with us and ONLY allow them to fly in the cabin with their new families. The following information is for anyone who is planning to fly to pick their new puppy up or wants to take their pet along with them. You could run into some of the following situations and hopefully having this information before hand will help you make proper arrangements for travel.
*** First Aid ***
Car Accidents: A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) that has been hit by a car needs to see a vet immediately. Internal bleeding is common, and outward signs of distress may not show for several hours. A puncture wound that closes rapidly can cause a life-threatening infection later on if left untreated. Slide a heavy towel underneath your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) to help move him. You may also need to cover his face with another towel to keep him from getting overwhelmed. If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) only seems dazed by the experience and you see no outward signs of injury still take him to a vet immediately for an examination.
Bleeding: Using direct pressure, apply a clean, dry cloth to the wound. If blood soaks through the first layer of fabric, add more without disturbing the first layer so you do not disrupt any clots that may be forming. Use a tourniquet only as a last resort, and make it just tight enough to significantly reduce the flow of blood. Loosen it every five minutes, and do not keep it on for longer that 20 minutes. Transport your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) to the vet as soon as possible.
Choking: When a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) is choking it may breathe loudly, drool, paw at their mouth, cough, gag, become anxious, or faint. If this happens, gently open your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s (dog’s/pet’s) mouth to locate and manually remove the object. If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) is not breathing and you cannot find what is obstructing its windpipe, perform a modified Heimlich maneuver. With your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) facing away from you, clasp your hands around its waist, just beneath the rib cage. Compress the abdomen three to five times with quick upward thrusts. Repeat as necessary. If that does not work, take your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) to the vet immediately.
Loss of Consciousness: If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) exhibits signs of cardiopulmonary arrest — unconsciousness, a weak or irregular pulse, no heartbeat, and no obvious signs of breathing — begin CPR. The techniquest used on humans can be modified easily to work on animals. If possible, enlist someone else’s help — it’s best to perform CPR on your way to the hospital, so that resuscitation can be continued there.
Poisoning: Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, excitability, difficulty breathing, disorientation, poor coordination, twitching, convulsions, and collapse. Common sources are medications, household cleaning products, rat poisons, antifreeze, insecticides, and plants. Not all poisons are treated alike, so if you think your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) may have ingested something dangerous, head to the vet immediately. Try to bring any plant material, vomit, or toxic substances with you.
As you transport your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) to the hospital, provide a cover for warmth and talk in a soothing voice. That way, your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dog/pet) will know it’s in good hands.
*** First Aid Kit ***