Thanks Diane for your warm welcome and feeding advice.
Just to let you all know, since Wally 'n' Leto's advice about feeding, I've been back to feeding her 3 smaller meals a day. I started out by giving her 1/4 cup 3 times a day, but I think she wasn't used to eating this amount with her previous owner of whom it was obvious fed her just the right amounts. So, right now I'm experimenting with 1/4 cup in the morning, 2 tbsp for lunch, and 1/4 cup in the evening totaling 2/3 cup for the day. We'll see how she does with this, but I think I'm on the right track for now.
On another note, boy is she a feisty little thing! It appears she is happily making our home hers and with four of us, one of whom is always present, she doesn't lack for attention. Our 12 year old cat is having a hard time with this newcomer, but I'm hoping in time they will become the best of friends.
Has she been to the vet? She's about due for her first shot. Check her weight! Go by that. If the vet thinks she's thin...up her food. Just remember she's growing and needs the amount upped as she does.
Diane: It's been a long while since I've had a puppy, but the first time I've ever had a pug. Maya is not starved for love, attention, or care in our home as there is always someone around! When she first came home with us, I think not only did I have the "new mom" jitters, but little Maya had many new things to adjust to around here. She still does. That I think and a different, more frequent feeding schedule took her a little time to get used to. I admit I panicked when I saw her little distended belly, but at the time, I don't think she was comfortable enough to poop very often. Now, this little girl is as regular as she should be and not bloated. However, she is not thin either. I cut down to 2/3 cup daily, took the advice of others including you and spread out her meals more frequently during the day. I weighed her yesterday and she is now 43.5 oz, a little over 2 lbs! She'll be 8 weeks this Friday. I intend to increase her meals as she grows and her weight increases.
Her previous owner gave Maya her first shots and she's due for more soon. My husband will probably administer the shots as he's experienced in that area with our other past and present pets. I do intend to get her to the vet soon just for an all around check up and to see about getting her dew claws removed, as well as getting some advice on whether it would be better to pay to have her nails clipped by a professional or do it ourselves. From everything I've read, it seems most pug owners opt to have a groomer do it. But, I think we'll look into some safe clippers and try it ourselves first. As young as Maya is, she might eventually get used to having her nails done without much or any fuss. Time will tell which may be the better choice for us.
If you're administering your own shots.....please do it early in the day when the vet is open!
I had to rush one to the ER on his second shot....no lepto.....and he spent the night!
I haven't given a shot since!
I asked about the vet as I have in my contract that a pup should be seen by the new owners vet within 72 hrs of purchase... Just to make sure all is well. I know you trust your breeder...and I feel that I am a good breeder with a good vet....but I think that's important! If nothing more than a quick check and have your pup on record so that if something does come up....you're already a patient!
Diane: I totally agree with you on the importance of getting Maya to the vet soon. I need to find a good vet, but I'm not sure I trust our local one since he's had a couple bad reviews. Since we live in the country outside of a small town, I may need to travel to the bigger city closest to us. Do you have any opinion on Banfield? They want us to sign up for their yearly wellness program and I'm mulling it over.
I'll also convey to my husband about administering her shots early in the day. That is actually a great idea, although I don't foresee any problems as my husband is an old pro at it. However, better to be safe than sorry!