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puppies by Anatomy; Loyal Companions
and Protection by Nature; Health and Longevity by good
genetics; and proven by Health
Testing Certifications. Brought to you by a
thoughtful knowledgeable trusted
breeder of over 45 years.
Breeders of the finest quality Schutzhund/IPO
titled & Breed Surveyed German Shepherds in the United
States. Our breeding
the integrity of the
German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the ideal human-canine bond.
"BREEDING HEALTHY DOGS BY DESIGN"
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are NOT to replace a veterinarian visit; please take your dog to a vet
immediately at any sign of odd behavior or any symptoms of illness or
injury. Call your vet and describe your dog's symptoms with any of your
concerns about the dog's well-being. Your veterinarian may discover
changes in your dog's health that you have overlooked. It is always
better to err on the side of caution
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My beloved mother
(Dorothy Conner Merkel
Love, kindness & laughter was her gift to all.
Always on my mind forever in my heart!
THIS IS WHAT WE FEED & RECOMMEND
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Calorie Content (calculated):
ME 3894 kcal/kg;429 kcal/cup
Formula for Active Dog &
Puppies contains high levels
of Proteins and Energy with only 30%
carbohydrates! This super premium food is
naturally formulated with added vitamins,
minerals and other additives that work
together to support a strong and healthy
immune and digestive system. As with all
Victor dog foods, this formula is free
from Corn, Wheat, Soy or Glutens and is also
made using GMO Free. Dogs love the
all natural flavor of this super premium
HOW TO GREET A DOG
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BEST INFORMATION YOU CAN EVER HAVE ON MEETING OTHER PEOPLES
DOGS-Children really need to learn this.
READING A DOGS BODY LANGUAGE
attribution (C) DFDK9
Canine body language
THIS is why you do not walk your dogs on asphalt or concrete
in the summer. If you see someone walking their dogs on
asphalt or concrete, PLEASE educated them and get the pet to
cooler ground. Original post was from Pet Ambulance Victoria
This should be sent to all the veterinarians including the specialists!
DOG PARK ALERT
We have received two notices.
(1) Nails wrapped in cheese at dog parks in Chicago and
Massachusetts (see pic). (2) from some friends that in
Augusta Maine dog park, antifreeze is being found in doggie
water bowls. Please beware and be careful and PLEASE SHARE
and spread the word
Ever wonder where puppy mill dogs come from? Here's an
example. Many get cooked alive in the sun and freeze to
death in the winter. If you purchase your dog from a pet
store, I can guarantee your "AKC" certified dog came from a
place like this. This one is even better than the ones
I saw in Iowa and Missouri!
Do you recognize she is a Yorkie?
Please do not purchase your pet from a Pet shop, Backyard
breeder or Commercial Puppy Mill.
ALL PETS RESCUES
needs your help!
"The man who rears a
dog must complete what the breeder began..." Max v. Stephanitz; Father of
the German Shepherd Dog
"Fun at the Beach"
just hanging out"
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This is a real
combination of symptoms that spells out EMERGENCY. These are the classic
symptoms of a condition referred to as "bloat" - a dog that is pacing,
restless and has unproductive attempts to vomit.
This is a common problem in large breed
deep-chested dogs but can also occur in smaller dogs.
Basically what happens is this - the
stomach twists causing the blood supply to the stomach to be compromised
then leads to tissue death. As tissues are damaged, toxins are released
and a sequence of events occurs that if left untreated, leads to death.
If you ever notice these symptoms in
your dog, call your local veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as
This is a condition that is fairly
common and often occurs in the evening or nighttime hours. It is also a
very expensive condition to treat.
Dealing with Excessive Barking
The first step to stopping barking is to understand why it is
happening. Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons, including
anxiety, boredom and/or loneliness. Sometimes they bark just
because it feels good. Luckily, most dogs will respond to
one or other intervention to curtail their barking. Whether you
simply bring an outdoor dog inside or take the time to apply
behavior-modification techniques, you can cause a dog to be less
of a nuisance and to be more socially acceptable.
Removing Skunk Odor
No need for the tomato juice. Use a mixture of 10 parts hydrogen
peroxide to 1 part baking soda. Add a dash of degreasing
dishwashing soap and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally
over dry coat and allow to air dry. Avoid eyes. Works on other
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FDA DOG FOOD RECALLS
Strategic Deworming Guidelines
Intestinal parasites have
been around forever and are not going away – which means you
need to manage them out of your pet. Parasites don't want to
kill your kitten or puppy, they just want to use their resources
for their next meal. However, they don't mind dragging pets
down, causing rough hair coats or anemia in the process!
We want to feed our pets - not the parasites - the best
nutrition. That is why we deworm. Don't wait until you are sure
your pet has parasites – they have already caused damage at this
point. Strategic deworming means getting your pet dewormed
before they have tissue damage and start showing signs.
Also, when you get your puppy from a breeder look at
the deworming record. If your puppy was recently wormed
then you will come up with a negative reading. However,
you could redo a sample in less than a week and find everything
there. Remember, there are certain stages in a parasites
life span that makes them hard to get. Several wormings
after the puppies are weaned may not be enough particulary from
first time mothers.
These recommendations are from the American Association of
Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC).
Puppies: The goal is to clear the parasites during the growth
phase of their life, when they are most susceptible.
Deworm at 2-4-6-8 weeks of
age, then again at 12-16 weeks of age.
- You can then move to 6 months and 1 year, then
deworming as an adult.
Adult Dogs: We are recommending the standard here. If your pet
is a big hunter they will need more frequent deworming - you
must assess the risk for your pet.
- The general rule:
twice a year for life - we recommend Drontal Plus dewormer.
Drontal Plus can be purchased from your vet.
- Dogs put everything
in their mouth and need twice a year deworming to eliminate
the parasites they will pick up. Do not overlook Giardia in
your puppy from eating dirt in your yard, running in the run
of water after the rains or if they go swiming in lakes or
ponds. Puppies can also have Coccidia as they do not build
immunity to is until around 12 weeks of age. Giardia -
recommend Metronidazole; Coccidea - recommend Albon. You
will have to get these from your veterinarian.
Breeding Females: Parasites get active in late pregnancy when
the females are heavily pregnant and stressed - the time when
the mom has the least resistance to parasites. Bitches will
transfer roundworms, hook worms, whipworms, Coccidia in the
milk, so the effort is to try and stop the transfer to the next
generation. Bitches can bring Giardia to the puppies when she
goes out to the bathroom particarly if it after a rain and she
gets into run off water in Texas. If the mother happens to have
fleas then the puppies could also pickup Tapeworms by ingesting
a flea - Drontal Plus is an excellent all purpose wormer.
Fenbendazole is labeled for
pregnant dogs and is safe for moms during gestation.
- After 50 days
gestation, deworm for 3 days with
Safeguard/Panacur to remove
as many parasites as possible from the mom before birth.
Newly Acquired Animals: No matter what the history or age,
assume they have parasites!
- Deworm immediately and repeat in 2 weeks.
- Put on the above adult program.
The materials, information and answers provided through
this website are not intended to replace the medical
advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other
pet health care professional. Consult your own
veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions,
including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical
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