Hello! Thank you for reading my post. I had been looking for a Great Dane puppy for 6 months..I did my homework and researched breeders...I found one that was very reputable and had been doing it awhile. Last week we purchased our first Great Dane puppy. She was 9 weeks when she came to me. I had Great danes growing up, but thjis is my first with my own family. I was a vet tech for while when I was younger, but it has been awhile and I admit I am outdated with all of the new information. This is the issue. We got her home last thursday. She was obviously scared from the fliht(she had to ride an airplane to get to me). However, she seemed very happy once we got her home. I purchased the high-qulaity ginat breed(not puppy) food the breeder was using. She eats okay, but not as much as I would expect her to according to package and weight. She also has been sleeping A LOT. She does wake up and play a little, but she sleeps more then anything. She drinks okay, and is going out to relive herself. She is sooooo well behaved for a puppy it scares me. She doesnt try to jump up on people or anything that normal pupies do. We gpot ehr on thursday and took her to vet on Friday. Vet said all is well...he is a great evt by the way..one of the best. She had been wormed wuite a bit, so he didnt think she needed anymore reatment for that. I strated her on frontline plus that day(friday), and gavce her interceptor yesterday.It does seem like she has been more sleepy since I gave her the interceptor, but I could be wrong. I am starting a journal today to monitor her habbits. It also seems like she has a little trouble getting up after laying down.I know she is busy "growing into her body"....she doesnt act like it hurts, she gets up slowly. Every other puppy I have had, has been wild and rambuctious....she is not. I know Great Danes can be couch potatoes, but I didnt think puppies were liek that as well. I am so worried about her. We are due to go back to vet tomorow for second set of shots, but I called him this am, and he agreed ot squueze her in today. Other then the sleeping a lot, and not playing as activel as I expected, I do not notice anythign else wrong. She doesnt have an abnormal temp(she registered at 100.9), and she has no discharge from eyes or noise..no coughing, and no ear mites....no parasites seen by the eye. I will request that he do a fecal just to rule it out, even though she ahs been wormed like 6 times since birth. I am worried too becasue we have raccons living in a tree by our house. My husband is cutting the tree down and trapping them. I know they are probably diseased and can have distemper and that sort of thing. Since we discovered the racoons last week, we do not let her out by that area. I take her to potty and relieve herself on walks. I should also tell you I am horrible...I have been letting her sleep with me. I know this is bad, but I am so worried about her. She has a GIANT crate that I will put up when she is well. I will section it off for her as she grows. I am home all day with her. She is not left alone for any long periods of time and strictly lives inside the home with our family. We have 4 cats that she likes...She does try to chase them, but also licks them and loves on them. All of my animals are well cared for and had all recomended shots and preventatives. I am just so worried becasue I do rember this a window until age 4 months, while they are waiting for and recieving their vaccs that they can get sick from all the horrible stuff that unresponsible breeders and dopg owners let run rampid.When I had her at vet, I didn;t let anyone touch her, and I held her in my arms...but I know a lot of this stuff is airborne. Please help me!!!!I should tell you also that I tend to over-worry about things, but she does seem way to sleepy.
Hi! Proud new Great Dane owner hee...Will be entering the show ring as a new comer this summer:o). Former Vet tech &
Personally I am not a big fan of using all the flea/heartworm treatments on a young puppy. You might want to make sure she is not have a reaction to both of them being applied at the same time.
In reality, keep and eye on you baby. make sure she/he is eating, drinking, pooping, etc. well. Young babies do sleep a bit more then you would expect. As they get older, you baby should be a bit more energetic. When and doubt, consult your vet of your fears.
I have large breed dogs Dogue De Bordeaux aka french mastiffs. They are very lazy even as a pup. They play hard for 5 min then sleep for a hour or two. I have never had a great dane but I see them all the time at shows because they are in the same class as my dogs. From what I have seen they seem a lot like my breed not in any big hurry to do anything unless they want too. I think it has a lot to do with how big they get they need a lot of sleep. I would keep a eye on her but you will probably not see her playing a lot till after about 12-14 weeks old. Then watch out you will be wishing that she would go to sleep LOL. Good luck with your new baby!
Congrat's on your new puppy! I hope that your puppy is doing better now. :) If he isn't and you have that gut feeling that all is not well please see another vet familiar with giant breeds. Also, familiarize yourself with the surgery guidelines,(found with GOOGLE), for giant breeds. Surgery procedures are much different than with regular size dogs. (Inc.the type of gas used when neutering and spaying) Again, congrat's on your new baby and take lot's of pictures!! B.B. :)