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Avoid Taking Home A Sick Puppy

June 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Getting your Boston Terrier pup is an exciting time, but it is crucial that you do not get carried away and taking home a puppy that could have, or develop health problems.

It is important to ensure that the puppy is healthy, otherwise you could end up not only forking out a fortune on vet bills but you could also end up with a puppy that develops behavioral problems or whose life is cut short by illness.

First off you need to check the puppy over thoroughly to ensure that there are no bumps, lumps, and marks that should not be there.

You need to ensure that the puppy has been checked by a veterinary surgeon and has been given a clear bill of health - what’s more, this is something that the owner should do before you purchase the pup; you should never purchase a puppy and then get him checked over, as it will be too late in the event that there are any problems.

If you do pick up on any possible problems you may find that the owner offers some form of explanation - you should not take any chances, however, and should insist that the puppy is checked over by a vet before you make any commitment. If the owner refuses to get the puppy checked over, or tries to persuade you to get this done after you have purchased the dog then you should be suspicious!

However cute the puppy looks you will have to get past those melting brown eyes, and remember that you could end up with a puppy that has not been properly bred and could therefore end up being sickly or develop behavioral issues.

You must also be careful not to take your puppy home too early, as they need to be with their mothers until at least twelve weeks of age - again, if the breeder tries to get you to take home your four legged friend any earlier, then you should question why he or she is so desperate to get rid him so quickly!

In short, any puppy that you purchase should be already vet checked and clear before you make the purchase, and should not be taken home until he is at least three months old.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ruth // Jun 17, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I was rather surprised that a puppy needs to be with the mother for 12 weeks.
    I have started weening the puppy from the mother at six weeks, and sold them at 8 weeks, is this the wrong thing to do?

  • 2 Admin // Jun 18, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    the 12 week period is what I would call “ideal”. But if you’ve been weening the pup from her mother at six weeks, it’s not a “wrong” thing to do.

    6 weeks can be just fine, as long as the initial behavior and health is in good condition. It does come down to one’s judgement.

    It’s not set in stone. As long as you keep the pup’s well being in the front of your mind, you’ll automatically do the right thing.

  • 3 cort // Nov 11, 2009 at 1:12 am

    when u are picking a boston terrier out is ir important to look at there eyes ? does it matter how there eyes set as puppy ?like i noticed some boston terriers eys go diffrent derections is that bad thing and will it change when there older ?

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