Raising a Pup | Caesar’s First Month & Health Issues – Blog Series (Part-3)

Raising a Pup, Caesar’s First Month

Hello friends, I want to thank each of you who visited the blog last week & left their comments on our posts. In today’s post, I will be writing about Caesar’s first month with us & his health issues. We brought him home on 15 April 2015; his owner had told us that he was 2 months old. But that poor little thing didn’t look like even a day older than a month. Raising a pup is just like raising a human baby. But with Caesar, it was like raising a premature baby.

You may read Part 1 of the series here – In memory of our fur baby, Caesar!

You may read Part 2 of the series here – How we met our fur baby, Caesar?

After paying the owner, we took the pup to a nearby Animal Hospital to ensure that the baby was doing fine. The doctor just looked at him & declared the puppy was healthy. We were relieved & happy, but not for long.

When we reached home, we realized something was not right with him. He was not able to stand & walk properly; even the way he was sitting seemed weird. We had no idea what was happening with him. At first, we thought maybe it was because of the change of place, but then he started gagging.

For a moment, it felt like we were going to lose him!

Raising a pup is just like raising a human baby & with Caesar it felt like we had a premature baby. I am writing about Caesar's first year with us.


We didn’t waste time & immediately took him to a private vet clinic, where the doctor told us how bad his condition was. He explained how the next 15 days would be crucial & if his health didn’t improve, no one could save him.

He gave some medicines & instructed us on how to take care of him. Like, keeping him warm & hydrated, not to take him outside. He was not to be given a bath & he should not be left alone. Also, how to introduce semi-solid food & how to give him medicines. We noted down everything!

Caesar’s first 15 days, raising a pup.

The first few days were challenging. It was a struggle to put medicines in his mouth; I had to push the pills deep into his throat & every time, it seemed like he would choke. Feeding him was another struggle. I used to feed him every 2 hours using a syringe for semi-solids & a milk bottle for liquids. But he would vomit out everything after some time.

Caesar's first month

Caesar sleeping on my pillow
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He used to sleep the whole day, and sometimes I had to feed him in his half-dead state. Those were the terrifying days; I would check up on him every few minutes to see if he was breathing or not. Also, he used to cry at night, so we shifted our bed to the floor to give him company. And, every morning, I would find him snuggling near my pillow.

I knew he wanted to be with me; he wanted me to be his mommy.

In my heart, I could feel the love growing more and more each day for that little pup. I have never felt those feelings before, but I soon realized that I was experiencing the emotions of a mother.

“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Cheryl Lacey Donovan

After a week, his health started improving; his appetite was back & he was gaining weight. He was now recognizing my voice and would follow me everywhere, even to the bathroom. It was nothing short of a miracle to see him grow.

Caesar’s doctor was quite surprised to see the improvement in his health. He told us that our baby is now out of danger. We had to continue the treatment for another 15 days to get him ready for his first vaccination.

Caesar after 15 days of treatment

Caesar after 15 days
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We had not yet decided a name for our fur baby, so we used to call him ‘Baby.’

Many people want to bring a puppy home just because they are cute & fun. But what they don’t realize is that raising a pup needs love, care, attention, patience & energy just like raising a human baby. And when this realization struck, in most cases, that poor dog ends up being abused or abandoned.

I am doing a blog series this month in memory of our fur baby, #My_Son_Caesar.

Part 1 – In Memory of our fur baby, our dog Caesar!

Part 2 – How We Met Our Fur Baby? Did we Adopt or Buy?

Since this is the month of #MyFriendAlexa by Blogchatter, I will be linking all my posts to their website. Do check out the new reloaded Blogchatter website to discover some amazing blogs, bloggers, and campaigns.

Click on the below link to read the next part

Caesar’s First from the First Year | Why We Left him? – Blog Series (Part-4)

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    Jyoti Jha October 19, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Awww, this is adorable. It must be such fun and excitement! It is very helpful that you have mentioned the health issues to take note of when bringing home a new pup. Pets are adorably cute but they come with their set of responsibilities. I completely agree being a pet parent myself.

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    Anahita Irani October 19, 2020 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Raising a puppy is as good as raising a baby. It requires love, care and attention. Sweet read and loved the emotions and sentiments you expressed.

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    Tomichan Matheikal October 19, 2020 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Pets add a unique charm to life. Your pet looks a darling.

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    Pooja Priyamvada October 19, 2020 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    A truly heartwarming post from a pawrent

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    Mayura Amarkant October 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Having a pet is like having a companion who would love you unconditionally, no matter what. All the best for your life with Caeser.

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    Sinjana October 19, 2020 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I love the quote” mother is a verb”. Truly moved by your love for the cute little one.

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    PraGun October 19, 2020 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Glad to know your nurture and care gave caesar a new life.
    Pets are cute but yes we need to understand our responsibilities in handling them too.

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    Rashi Roy October 19, 2020 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Such an adorable post and I liked that you mentioned the responsibilities also. Loved the pics.

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      Afreen Ansari October 21, 2020 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Pet is indeed a family member and so much like raising a baby. They need love care and support dor sure. Hope you’ll had a good life ahead with Ceaser

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    Swati Mathur October 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I agree Behavior raising a puppy is not easy I feel it is more difficult than raising a kids as you have no idea how animals feel and react unless you spend some good time with them. I can feel what you must be feeling.. Stay strong and cherish his beautiful memories.

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    Madhu October 19, 2020 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Rasing a pup is not different from raising a child, only that they grow faster. We had a dog when my kids were very young and your post reminded me of her. She was a bundle of energy.

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    Harjeet Kaur October 19, 2020 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I am no pet lover but my daughter just adopted a puppy and what all you have written about she is ging through.Treats her like a baby and her name is Vodka..she is the nautiest brat i have ever seen. Your love for Baby is so palpable from your post Neha. Hope nemit is dong great <3

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    Ninu Nair October 19, 2020 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    This is so adorable. Yes, many people do not realise the love and patience required to raise a pup…they just want the cute and fun part and forget about their role. I really hope that people who want to have pets, first read posts like yours and understand their role with clarity before jumping in to get pets at home.

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    Modern Gypsy October 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful account of your first month with Ceasar. Deciding to get a pet is almost like having a child. They require so much care, especially if they aren’t too well. Your post reminded me of the health struggles one of my cats when he was about 3 months old.

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    Sivaranjini. A October 19, 2020 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Felt do well reading that your care and concern made your pet feel better.

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    Sonia Dogra October 19, 2020 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    This seems like such a helpful series..I’ve never been fond of pets but I’ve seen some real struggles of friends as also their love and attachment. Nice of you to put it all in one place.

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    Manisha Garg October 19, 2020 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Good to read your journey with Ceaser. We have a lab although I am scared of him but the love is inevitable.

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    Mandavi Jaiswal October 21, 2020 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    So very informative. I didnt know about the health checkups at all .

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    Shalini October 21, 2020 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Having raised a puppy, I understand how those initial days are crucial. I was so scared but thankfully he grew into a healthy doggo. Much love to ‘baby’.

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    Harshita Nanda October 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Your first few days would have been really nerve-racking. Pets bring such joys in our lives

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    Lavanya October 23, 2020 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    This was such a heart warming story. Most people wouldnt take the trouble on a new pup.

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    Shweta Suresh October 23, 2020 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Our Rocky need a lot of care and attention too. Reading this reminded me of our initial days with him. I’m glad that you were able to save Caesar.

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      Seema Bardeskar October 24, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Raising and taking care of pets is not easy. Your blog shows how involved you were and raised him back to health.

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