I take great pride in offering a healthy well adjusted puppy from health tested lines.I continue to educate and practice ways to keep all of my dogs healthy and strive for longevity.
Many things can and do greatly improve the chances of your dog living into it's twilight years.Not only do the genetic lines dictate how long and how healthy your dog is , WE all have stories of a dog that lived until it was 17 and ate nothing but no name dog food.However that doesn't seem to be the norm these days.
Veterinarian care is expensive and is a life long experience for your pet-You are your dogs voice for their care. You need to have a good relationship with your vet-you should look for advice from your vet- He should be open to your opinions .there are many avenues for pet care before any kind of treatment get a second opinion- I recommend naturalistic vets when possible - I use both
Appropriate Vaccination are an extremely useful tool in stopping epidemics and keeping our animals safe-That is why I hold puppies back an extra week As in most cases the mother's immunity has waned for distemper However the parvo immunity from the mom doesn't normally leave the puppy until it is between 14-18 weeks of age- there for I recommend the second vaccine over 14 weeks and then- A titer test(vet says it's expensive I say money well spent-@ around 150.00) .It will tell you if your dog needs a another vaccine- most vaccine are good for 5-7 years if not life- you should be seeing your vet for a yearly check-ups a yearly blood test will help determine.
Only vaccinate for what the dog needs- some vaccines have 3,5,7 different viruses- what types of viruses are present where you live??
Things like exposure to pesticides. What are you applying or feeding to your dog regularly- there are many extremely effective ways to deter fleas and worm your naturally-I only use worming medication as per my stool sample so a stool check 2xs a year is also important for puppies- If you are having trouble with fleas then you need to address them-Regular grooming and bathing keeping the bedding clean and the places your dog sleeps clean will do much to keep your dog comfortable and flea free. If you have trouble with fleas then you will need to address this-
I don't sell breeding rights unless discusses- my health guarantee would be void-transfer of ownership is contingent on this clause. I do not do the pediatric spade- I feel that the reproductive system does more that just make babies. The dog needs to mature before this is carried out. Once removed so are the hormones. Some vet clinic will sterilize your dog with out removing their hormones-
Water is vital to your dogs health- whether for your pet or for yourself, you should be examining your food labels and be aware of what exactly you, your family or your pet are ingesting.
I don't feed kibble at all and do not recommend as a diet appropriate for your puppy/dog . It is a completely dry product- Dogs are 90% water- they cannot consume enough water to compensate for the lack of moisture in their food. there for they can be chronically dehydrated
All of my puppies /dogs eat raw- My preference is that this puppy stays on this diet for it's lifetime as it is a species appropriate diet that includes whole food. Puppies are sent home with instruction on how to feed your puppy .You need to keep this puppy on a raw food diet until it has been established into your home- If you change this diet/like any diet too rapidly it will develop diarrhea. This is unpleasant at best but it can also become very serious if the puppy get dehydrated- -more about this topic can be found on bringing puppy home page