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HI, I'm a Newbie on the forum.
We recently purchased a 6 wk old maltese. Poor baby needed some attention. The family we purchased from was having trouble and so we basically rescued our puppy. My children named her Lily. We love her to bits.
 

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Hi and welcome! Glad you found this forum.

Congrats on your new puppy! I know you know that she is very young, so you're going to be extra careful with her. Glad she is with you now! Sounds like her original home wasn't the best.

One of the most important things to know (not sure how experienced of a dog owner you are, so forgive me if I seem patronizing!) is to NOT put her outside in the grass at all until she has had all of her vaccinations. If you do put her down, you run a great risk of her coming down with parvo which can kill her very quickly. She'll need her first vaccination at 8-10 weeks, and her last one at 16 weeks. Has she seen a vet yet?

How old are your kids?

Looking forward to pictures and welcome to SM!!
 

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Also, please go and buy some Nutrical ASAP. You can get it at Petco or most any pet store. If you see her trembling or shaky, give her a small amount on the tip of your finger. Hypoglycemia is common especially in such a young pup away form the Mom so soon. It can be devastating for a young dog.
 

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Welcome and congrats! I got my Noel when she was 7 weeks old. Everything went well and she is now 8 months old. I would agree with "Frank and Lola's Mom" and get some nutri-cal. It comes in a tube that looks like toothpaste but its a super concentrated amount of calories and vitamins. I made sure to feed Noel 3 times a day and inbetween feedings, I gave her some nutrical. Especially if she'd been rough-housing or in a stressful situation.

Can't wait to see pics!
 

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Mazel Tov on your puppy.

You are very brave to take on such a responsibility.

It would scare me to death to have children and a Maltese puppy. Perhaps that is because I am old and cranky, and not so much "go-with-the-flow" kinda gal anymore. I worry just about everything that could possibly go wrong. Prognostication is a curse, I guess.

You have been given some very sound advice on keeping your puppy healthy, and I am sure that you will heed to that advice accordingly, because it truly does come down to life or death for these very fragile pups. I only wish that I had found this site a month ago.

When we rescued our Lucy she was fifthly and covered with urine stains - she was weak and it was a very dubious situation - luckily she was a trooper; she has faired the storm and now she is a happy, healthy, and a very loved little girl.

Best of luck,

Allie
 

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We are dog lovers and spend a fortune on all our children both human and k-9. Lily does go out to potty but has had her first set of shots and outdoors has been approved by her vet.
My children are younger and that was a large concern with such a fragile breed. They however are amazing with Lily. The older two, whom are 7 and 9, puchased the puppy. They were told 2 years ago if they wanted one they had to save the money to purchase one. As parents we felt this would make them MUCH more responsible for Lily. Our youngest is 15 months and while she loves Lily, she is not allowed to "play" with her. She feeds her and is allowed to pet her with help from my Hubby or myself.
We have not had a problem with shakes as of yet. When her bood work was ran her counts were all good. I am taking her in more often than a regular pup just as a precaution.
I have actually been following the forum for some time just never actually registered!:thumbsup: There is some very good advise on here and I love all the pictures. As far as diet goes, all of our dogs eat blue wilderness. It is a high protien grain free food and is by far the best thing we have found for our dogs. Lily has responded so well to it. Her coat is soft and smooth now. Her eyes are so much clearer than when we picked her up. She is also getting "treat" as an ongoing suppliment between meals.
Thanks for all the advice!!!!
 

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Please, please don't take her outside or expose her to other dogs until she has had her full round of shots plus two weeks for full immunity, around 18 weeks or so. Puppies get antibodies from nursing which stay in their system for awhile after weaning. Those antibodies will block the effectiveness of early vaccines, leaving a puppy completely unprotected from dangerous puppy diseases like parvo.

In one study of a cross section of different puppies the age at which they were able to respond to a vaccine and develop protection covered a wide period of time. At six weeks of age, 25% of the puppies could be immunized. At 9 weeks of age, 40% of the puppies were able to respond to the vaccine. The number increased to 60% by 16 weeks, and by 18 weeks of age, 95% of the puppies could be immunized.

Parvovirus: Serious Diarrhea in Puppies & Dogs
 

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Oh my goodness she is a doll!!!!!

I have 4 young kids too! My oldest daughter is 9 too! and I have a 7 year old daughter, a 5 year old son, and a 3 year old daughter.
 

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she is beautiful! welcome to SM. it's a great place for lots of good information.
 

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What a beauty Lily is. She's six weeks old and weighs 35 oz....so she's over two pounds already? She looks healthy, I guess she'll be a bigger girl and that's good. Good luck with her.
 

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What a beauty Lily is. She's six weeks old and weighs 35 oz....so she's over two pounds already? She looks healthy, I guess she'll be a bigger girl and that's good. Good luck with her.
Yes, according to the vet she should be 7-8 pounds. We will see. She looks so much better than when we picked her up. i really didnt want a tiny tiny thing with three young children in the house.
 

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Yes, according to the vet she should be 7-8 pounds. We will see. She looks so much better than when we picked her up. i really didnt want a tiny tiny thing with three young children in the house.
Are you sure she is 2 lbs already? I guess all dogs are different, my Archie was just 2 lbs at 12 weeks and now he's 10 lbs. Whatever, you're right, it'll be better for the kids if she's sturdier. She sure is beautiful.
 

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we picked her up on the 1st of July. Vet says she is 35 oz. She has another appointment the next week. He parents were both 7 pounds and her grandparents were around 7 as well. It doesnt really matter what her final weight is. She is a little rollie pollie through. Maybe she is just fat.:HistericalSmiley:
 
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