About Shihtzus – Vaccinations

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About Shihtzus – Vaccinations

Puppies need a series of shots to protect them against the terrible and widespread canine diseases that could kill them otherwise. Do not set your puppy on the ground in an area where unvaccinated dogs might have walked or defecated until all puppy shots are complete. This may seem extreme, but it is a serious warning! The precaution may save your puppy’s life! Many puppy socialization classes will not even accept a puppy until after the fourth shot for fear of these common and dreaded diseases. Meanwhile you can invite lots of people to your house or carry him to the park and keep him on your lap for socialization.

Puppy Shots (Veterinarians may have slightly varying approaches to the series of puppy shots… due to living in different states or climates etc)

  • Six to ten weeks – DM (Distemper/Measles) Ten weeks – DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Provirus/Para) 13 weeks – DHPP again 16 weeks – DHLPP (Leptospirosis added)/Rabies Vaccine 20 weeks – DHLPP/Bordatella (kennel cough)
  • Heartworm protection should start at 16wks. There are pills available for this. Ask your vet.

Worming Your Puppy
Young puppies almost always need at least one worming, and this probably was given to puppy by the breeder you received your puppy from. The veterinarian can tell whether your puppy has worms by examining a fecal (stool) sample under a microscope. Adult worms may be passed in the stool. Tapeworm segments are large and can be seen with the naked eye. They look like small grains of rice and may turn up in feces or crawling around your dog’s anus. Worms seriously compromise the health of your puppy and should be taken care of as soon as possible! Your vet will give you everything you need to de-worm your puppy! Signs of worms could be–Dry coat, swollen belly, and of course worms in his stool.

Follow-ups and Prevention
After your puppy’s first shots and worming you will have follow up visits for the rest of the series of puppy shots, and then you will need to be sure your dog is given the following:

Rabies
At twelve months old, he will receive a 1 year rabies shot, and at 24 months he will receive a 3 year rabies shot. Your puppy must have a rabies shot in order to get a dog license, which is required by law. Your vet will give you papers stating that your puppy/dog has had this shot.

DMHLPP
An annual booster is standard and critical.

Bordatella
If your dog will be boarded or going to dog shows, a yearly bordatella booster is highly recommended.

Lyme Disease
Though the efficacy of this vaccine has not yet been thoroughly proven, many people choose to vaccinate their dog against Lyme Disease, especially if the dog will be exposed to tick-infested areas. Lyme vaccine is given annually.

Heartworm
Heartworm is endemic to most regions of the U.S.A. the adult worms take up residence in the dog’s heart and can clog and weaken it. Prevention is easy. Give your dog a monthly pill. Ask your vet for more details. Preventative health care works!!!

Protect your dog from the major canine killers by taking him in for his shots regularly and on time, and have your vet give him a physical exam once a year!

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Top Ten Unusual Dog + Cat Names of 2010

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Top Ten Unusual Dog + Cat Names of 2010

11/09/2010

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Buddy, Max and Bella’s Need Not Apply

In an effort to pay homage to those that take pride in their pets’ unconventional names, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) set out for the third year in a row to find the 50 most unusual dog and cat names in the United States.

The resulting list turned out to be a mix of puns, pop culture, and a little bit of poop. They began by selecting 50 of the most “out-there” dog and cat names from the company’s database of more than 485,000 insured pets and then slowly narrowed them down to their top 10 favorites. Here are their picks for the 10 most unique dog and cat names for 2010! Visit Veterinary Pet Insurance to see the whole list!

My favorites are Badonkadonk and Purr Diem! What are your favorites?

Dogs

  1. Pickle Von Corndog
  2. Lord Chubby Pruneface
  3. Badonkadonk
  4. Ninjastar Dangerrock
  5. Molly Mcboozehound
  6. Dog Vadar
  7. Flospy Squeakerton
  8. Bettie Poops
  9. Geez Louise
  10. Barnaby Bones

Cats

  1. Purr Diem
  2. Bing Clawsby
  3. Cleocatra
  4. Admiral Pancake
  5. Optimus Pants
  6. Chairman Meow
  7. Boo Manchu
  8. Watts in a Name
  9. Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff
  10. Senor Nachos
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Uncle Milton Pet”s Eye View Camera [Toy]

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Uncle Milton Pet”s Eye View Camera [Toy]

Ever wonder what life is like for your pet? Uncle Milton”s Pet”s-Eye-View Camera gives you a view of their world with this lightweight and weather resistant digital camera that attaches easily to the collar of your dog or cat.

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WHAT Exactly Does Home Raised Mean To So Many Who ‘CLAIM’ Home Raised Puppies?

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What Does “IN” Home Raised Mean?

WHAT Exactly Does Home Raised Mean To So Many Who ‘CLAIM’ Home Raised Puppies?

  • Some breeders claim their puppies are “Home Raised” BUT…. when you look at their homes WHERE do you find the dogs and puppies? In the backyard in concrete floored cages or Kennel runs. Just because they are on their home property does NOT mean you are getting a truly IN home raised puppy.
  • if a breeder claims home raised, ASK specfic questions about WHERE the adult dogs spend their time and WHERE the puppies are born and raised.
  • Kennels out around their property is NOT home raised!
  • We STRONGLY disagree with that being called home raised!!!

What Does Home Raised Mean To Us? (And should mean to you)

True “IN Home Raised Puppies” are certainly a lot more work than kennel raised puppies but they are also much more fun. Home raised puppies should mean the adults are INSIDE your home being loved and treated as family members! PERIOD!!! Anything less is NOT home raised, not truly home raised!!!

  • It means that the adult dogs and the puppies are INSIDE our homes WITH us, ALWAYS!!!
  • You find our adult dogs IN our homes, (homes that are clean, but sometimes messy, but always clean)
  • Under our feet,
  • Sleeping on the back of their sofa
  • Sleeping on a chair in their room
  • Having free run to go inside the house or out in the back yard
  • Sharing our own back yard, (yes, that means a lot of poopy scooping and flower bed repairing)
  • Being treated as family members
  • AND linoleum and tile floors (lots & lots of mopping) – (NOT concrete kennels being hosed out)
  • Adult dogs who KNOW they are part of the family (hmmm… they think they are people)
  • It also means keeping retired breeders or spaying/nuetering them, allowing them a life long home of leaisure!! They are family members, NOT just puppy machines to make money with.
  • Home raised is a love driven hobby not big bucks driven!! In other words, the dogs are more important than the income!! Income is a suppliment income not a living.

If You Are Buying A Puppy, Why Does “IN” Home Raised Matter?

  • IN home raised puppies just have a better and healthier start in life
  • Solid and clean bloodlines
  • A truly well socialized and truly happy puppy
  • A puppy who has never known anything but love and attention
  • Puppies who love toys and who love being held
  • You should feel good knowing its parents are in life long loving homes being truly family members
  • Confidence in knowing you are not supporting a puppy mill
  • A breeder who cares what kind of homes puppies go to
  • A breeder who will take your dog in and find it a new home for free if your life changes and you can no longer care for it (no matter how many years later)

Food For Thought: Most puppy mill owners do not consider themselves a puppy mill, even when they are. Therefore, it is YOUR responsibility, as a buyer, to know who and where you are buying your puppy. It is YOUR responsibility to know how the parents of your puppy live thier daily lives. It really should matter.

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Weird Facts

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