Teacup Puppy Care
Updated: Feb 8
Teacup puppies are NOT for everyone. If you have a busy lifestyle and cannot be with your puppy most of the time then a puppy may not be a good fit for you. The require delicate handling, time, and constant watch over their diet and intake of food. They cannot be left alone for 8 hours a day as young puppies. They require companionship and a watchful eye.
Due to teacup puppies small tummies and high metabolisms, tiny and teacup puppies need to eat more than once or twice a day. They need to eat every 4-5 hours AT LEAST and for the extra TINY puppies. They need to eat every 3-4 hours. FOOD=ENERGY and without the proper nutrition the puppy is susceptible to having hypoglycemia which we already informed you about in our contract.
My recommendation – and the least complicated feeding schedule to implement - is to have dry food available free choice! This means there is always dry food in the bowl which is in the playpen or readily accessible in its living area, and the puppy can get to it 24/7. That also means, that if you are carrying the puppy around with you a lot, you need to take it back into its' playpen at least on
ce every few hours or more often, for it to snack a bit and grab a few mouthfuls!!!
Puppies have a very short attention span and not remembering to eat is easy to do for these little pups so having food available to them at all times is the best practice to keep them healthy, happy and FULL!
The most important RULE to owning a teacup is your puppy MUST EAT! You cannot just say, “Well he didn’t eat this meal maybe I will try again later.” If the puppy will not eat the dry food or turns up its nose then you must try other foods. We suggest boiled chicken or brown rice or chicken baby food/beef baby food. You may also try canned dog food and usually Cesar brand works for best us in the purple or pink package. If your puppy has missed a meal and is not wanting to eat then the next step is NUTRICAL, DYNE or KARO syrup.
Put a dime size amount Nutrical, Dyne, or Karo Syrup on your finger and most of the time the pups will lick it off your hand but, if not you must physically open their lil mouths and place it on their tongue or roof of the mount for them to get the nutrition they need to eliminate the possibility of hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar and ALL toy breeds are susceptible to it. It is caused by your puppy not receiving the proper nutrition for them to sustain. Its one of the most common ailments when owning a tiny puppy. We do NOT cover any hypoglycemia related issues in our contract. Its important for you to do proper research on the care requirements prior to purchase to make sure you have what it takes to properly feed and care for your teacup puppy.
We do suggest buying a puppy playpen so your puppy has a safe place to be when not being supervised.
Set it up away from air vents or drafty areas.
Teacup Puppies Sleep a lot and need their rest. Its important to let them take their naps during the day and not too much playtime.
They like to take cat naps during the day and sometimes may only last 30 mins or so but, it’s an important part of their well being and health.
Do not take your puppy out immediately after bringing him home. Let him adjust to you his new environment and keep them away from other dogs other than your own until they have finished all their vaccinations. That means not taking the puppy to public parks or places.
At your vet trips keep your puppy in your arms and don’t let him run around on the floor, as you don’t know what was there before you came in and what viruses they can be exposed to at the vet clinic.
Teacup Puppies need to be kept away from your other pets for at least 7-10 days after arrival til they are settled and comfortable in their environment. There is always time for your new teacup puppy to adjust and get to know all the furry family members.