Bringing a new puppy home

From Amy with dog Bentley
Breed: Shih tzu

Pet Symptoms:

He has not eaten or drank anything all day. He is very lethargic and is just sleeping. We have only had him 4 days and he was fine up until today. He goes for his first injections tomorrow. I’m just very worried about him.


Tempting him with food and treats and tried playing with him.

Our Advice:

Thank you for your email. Moving into a new home can be very stressful for young puppies and can result in behavioral changes such as being quieter than usual. However if he’s not eating or drinking I would suggest you make an appointment for Bentley to see your vet – small puppies can become dehydrated and their blood sugar can drop dangerously low very quickly as they don’t have the same fat stores as adult dogs. If your vet feels Bentley may be unwell they may want to delay his vaccinations until he’s better.