Care of Your New Catahoula Puppy

Recommendations for a long and healthy life

Care of Your New Catahoula Puppy
Care of Your New Catahoula Puppy
Care of Your New Catahoula Puppy

Rancho Santiago’s great Catahoula Genetics plus the best high protein high-fat food content builds bone, muscle, health, and long life.


We experience excellent results using “Ultra 24” Milk Replacer. We buy it at Gebos or a farm supply store. Flood high protein/fat dog food kibbles in the liquid milk replacer and feed the pup all it can eat in 24 hours with a little left over. LEARN TO READ AND COMPARE INGREDIENTS & % OF PROTEIN, FAT, etc. LISTED IN DIFFERENT PLACES ON THE SACK between brands. It is kept confusing on purpose! Proper feeding is super important for the pup’s growth & development. Give the pup an alternative of dry kibble food nest to the milk kibbles & switch to dry kibbles when the pup likes dry food best.

Buy the dog food where the #1 ingredient is a meat such as chicken, lamb, etc. We caution pup owners to NOT feed a dog food where the #1 listed ingredient is corn because the protein in corn is not readily digestible for dogs.”Exceed” dog food from Sams appears to be a good strong food.

Dr. Jim recently saw a new dog food brand on TV touting organic vegetables, avocado, and dried blueberries in their dog food … well heck! … dogs are carnivores, not blueberry eaters, what a scam. A lot of dog food is sold on the basis of appealing to the owner’s emotions and not for its nutritional value to dogs.

Water & Housing:

Keep fresh clean water available at all times for the pup. Pups need protection from the cold or overly hot weather. These are baby pups that need careful care as does any baby.

Veterinarian Care, Vaccinations, and Deworming

Always follow your local vet’s recommendations for your area!

Your pup has been dewormed using Panacur, 1/2 cc per 5# of weight for 3 consecutive days or Strongid with a follow-up after 3 weeks. Ask your vet. when it will need deworming again and use what dewormer they recommend. Usually deworm every 3 months carefully following directions.

Check with the veterinarian in your area for their recommended schedule of vaccinations. We vaccinate for “Parvo” at 2 and again at 4 to 5 weeks of age. Your pup will need revaccinating for both “Distemper & Parvo” at 8 – 9 weeks of age. However, it is common in many areas to vaccinate using a 5 or 7-way mix vaccination. Ask your experienced local vet. for their ideas for your location. Rabies vaccination in our area is usually given at 12 months of age.

A list of your pup’s injections, type, date, and deworming dates will come with your pup’s Veterinarian Health Certificate.

Waggin healthy tails,
Dr. Jim & The Maria
Rancho Santiago Catahoulas
East Afton, Texas