When Choosing a Breeder
1. You need to go inspect the facility to make sure this isn't a puppy mill.
2. Get her name and search the Better Business Bureau for both her business and herself.
3. Check with the USDA to see if she's had any infractions.
4. Ask for references
5. Inquire as to how many dogs she has on site, how many litters is she having a year?
Things to Look For When Choosing a Breeder
When you arrive at the breeders home/kennel there are some things you should look for and expect:
Healthy adult dogs should be available for you to see.
Watch the interaction between the breeder and the adult dogs as well as the puppies. Do they come to greet you or hang back and act afraid.
Are the puppies in good shape. Watch for thin bodies, discharge from eyes/nose, diarrhea or stained fur around the rectum. Are they dirty, are they running through their own messes or does their "living" area provide a place for them to do their business away from their food, bedding and toys.
Are the puppies’ friendly and happy, tails wagging? Are there a variety of toys available to them?
Are the facilities clean and well maintained, lots of room inside and out for the dogs to play and have exercise for the adults and the puppies.
Fresh water and high quality food available.
Will you be provided with a bill of sale and written health guarantee?
The breeder should be asking you questions as well regarding your ability to care and provide for a puppy.
Ask to see references but you should also be able to be provided with a name/phone number/email of someone you can make personal contact with to ask questions of if you want. A reputable breeder will have no problem with this, neither will their customers as they are usually quite happy to talk about and show off their dogs!
Also very important – is the breeder available to you after you take your puppy home for general questions or training help? This can be done via phone, email, depending on the distance.
Things to Avoid When Choosing a Breeder
Stay away from breeders that are reluctant to answer questions directly or make you feel like you’re asking too many questions. A good breeder should be available for any and all questions no matter how much time it takes. They will want to help you decide if this is the puppy for you.
Walk away if they won’t allow you to view their facilities or see their adult dogs.
Walk away if the puppies are “brought out” to you and you can’t see where they spend their time or their living conditions.
Walk away if the facilities are unclean, overcrowded or the dogs are kept isolated. Does their outside area provide lots of room for play and running; is it clean?
Walk away if the adult dogs are unapproachable and slink away, they may act like they are not used to people or being handled.
And if you can’t be given references or a written health guarantee Walk Away.
Dogs and Chocolate: Get the Facts
Most of us have heard that chocolate can make dogs sick. But how serious is the risk?
Your Dog Ate Chocolate: Now What? ..After eating a potentially toxic dose of chocolate, dogs typically develop diarrhea and start vomiting.
If the dog isn't vomiting on its own, the vet may advise inducing vomiting immediately to keep as much theobromine as possible from entering the system.
One method is giving the dog a one-to-one solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. But DeHaven says that treatment is now discouraged because it can cause esophageal ulcers.
She recommends syrup of ipecac, which induces vomiting.
When a dog shows signs of hyperactivity and agitation or is having seizures, the faster you get it to the vet the better. But there is no specific antidote for chocolate poisoning.
Usually, after vomiting is induced, activated charcoal is given to help prevent the absorption of the remaining toxins. Fluids are typically given along with intravenous drugs to limit seizures and protect the heart.
Symptoms of theobromine poisoning generally occur within four to 24 hours after chocolate is consumed.
Pedigree Dog Food Recall Expanded
August 31, 2014 – Mars Petcare US has announced it is expanding last week’s voluntary recall of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material.
As reported here last week, the recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states.
However, it now is being expanded to include 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold inSam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Bags may contain small metal fragments which could have entered the packages during the production process. The foreign material is not embedded in the food itself yet may present a risk of injury if consumed.
Sold at Sam’s Club
Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food in 55-pound bags sold at Sam’s Club will have the lot code 432E1KKM03 printed on the back of the bag near the UPC and a Best Before date of 8/7/15.
The affected 55-pound bags were sold between August 14 and August 30 at Sam’s Club in the following locations:
for more info, go to http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/pedigree-dog-food-recall-expanded/
5 Natural Disaster Tips for Pet Owners
Be Prepared to Keep Pets Safe
Catastrophes come in many forms: fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, violent storms and even terrorism. In the event of extreme weather or a disaster, would you know what to do to protect your pet?
Unfortunately, most pet owners are unsure of what action they would take if ever faced with such a situation. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey reports that many pet owners have thought about a disaster situation, but are not sure what they would do to care for their pet.
The best thing a responsible pet owner can do is to be prepared ahead of time.
1. Prepare a "Grab & Go" Pet Disaster Travel KitThe American Red Cross, The Humane Society of the United States, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and FEMA (Department of Homeland Security) all recommend having a disaster travel kit readily available for your pet.
Keep a small duffle bag or something as simple as a recycled shopping bag filled with the items listed below in a readily-accessible area that you can quickly grab when evacuation is necessary.
Your disaster travel kit should contain essential pet supplies for at least five days.
If you have the time to locate your pet's bed or a blanket before evacuating your home, bring them. These items can help reduce your pet's stress and to keep him as comfortable as possible.
In addition, a pet carrier and/or portable kennel is also useful if you have to take shelter at a friend's home or at a public shelter that allows pets. A carrier or kennel will help shield your pet from strange noise, curious onlookers and other wandering pets. It will also prevent your pet from becoming skittish and fleeing, potentially separating you in the chaos.
Be sure to label your carrier or kennel with your pet's name, your phone number and your veterinarian's phone number.
3. Locate a Shelter That Accepts PetsShould you have to evacuate to a shelter, it is important to keep in mind that the American Red Cross and other shelters may not accept pets due to state health and safety regulations.
Researching shelters and boarding facilities for your pet now can help you avoid the difficulties of locating a place for your pet to stay during a disaster.
Keep a list of local shelters in your pet's grab & go travel kit for easy access.
4. Find a Pet-Friendly HotelMake inquiries ahead of time. Contact hotels outside of your immediate area and ask if they have pet-friendly policies and/or restrictions.
You might even ask if “no pet” policies can be waived in case of an emergency. Make sure to keep a list with phone numbers of pet-friendly places in your pet's grab & go travel kit.
5. Reach Out to FriendsDon't wait until disaster approaches; check to see if friends or relatives outside of your disaster zone would be willing to shelter your pet in the case of an emergency.
Preparing for an emergency now can benefit your family later, time is of essence.
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