Past BFF- New Baby

Well when I got my dog it was a puppy. I loved it right when I saw it. When it came home my cats were confused - like what is that thing? But they got along well. One day when I was going to school I saw it bleeding from the mouth. I thought it was mud; but no. When I came home I got the news it had passed away. It was only 11 weeks old.

Now I'm getting a new puppy and I want to be able to give it a lot of stuff. You guys helped me a lot. Thank you!

Hello there! So sorry to hear about you losing your first puppy. Make sure your new puppy has been vaccinated against parvovirus (first given when the puppy is 6 to 8 weeks old) and get the booster shots - usually veterinarians will want to examine the dog first (and charge you for the exam) and then administer several shots. However, if money is an issue, you may be able to find low-cost services where you get the shots only.

Note that the mother's milk protects the puppy for the first few weeks but after that shots are highly recommended - parvovirus is often deadly in puppies and very contagious, so if that is what your first puppy died of, it could have picked it up from the environment. In any case, since it does not sound like you got a diagnosis, it is best to disinfect all the areas that first little dog inhabited before bringing in the new dog. (IMO, most of the other shots are not as necessary, except for rabies if your dog is ever loose outside. A lot of vets still give a round of yearly vaccinations but this has been found harmful - after all, people do not get vaccinated every year of their life - often you just get an injection once with an occasional booster shot many years later.)

Anyway, I hope that your new puppy does not have any problems and that you will write back and tell us about all the things you are making for him/her. We are glad that you have found this site useful!

Best wishes, Jo

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