Puppy Boarding

Puppy Boarding:

This article in about my experience with puppy boarding and dog boarding over many years.
I grew up with dogs, but my mother took care of them. My spouse grew up on a farm so there were farm dogs around.

First Puppy:

After buying our first house we wanted a dog. So we got a cute three month old German shepherd.  Neither of us knew anything about how to train a puppy or all the work involved with having a puppy.  We took classes and most of the time things were not bad.
Then, we decided to take a holiday to see family when the now puppy was a two year old dog. We would be driving across the country,  so we had to find a place that did puppy boarding. This is very important and we learned the hard way. We picked the first place without doing research or looking for other puppy boarding or kennels. She was a dog, but still a puppy in lots of ways. So we should have looked for place that did puppy boarding. Then, two years later we went again across country and I still feel to this day that she was abused in the kennel as she was very thin, and acted strange when we brought her home.

Next Puppy:

After she died it was at least 12 years before getting another puppy. I told the family before we got this 4 month old puppy that she would not be going to puppy boarding or dog boarding as she grew older. This was a mistake as she only knew the family. It was fine until she was about 12 years old and my children had left home and we wanted to take a holiday.  She was too old for puppy boarding of course and we had no place to leave her , so we didn’t go on a holiday. She always had gone with us on holidays or stayed home with our daughters.

Puppy Mistake:

After she died I got a 3 month old puppy, another mistake after having a dog for 12 years. He was a good puppy with house training, walking and classes. So I thought we could take a holiday when he was 9 months. I had asked the breeder when I got him if puppy boarding was alright with her. Thinking he would be in the pens with the older Shelties and have fun. I found out when I went to pick him up that she had kept him away from the other dogs, saying that they could be mean to him as he wasn’t one of them. So I started to look for puppy boarding places and found one that was alright except he would be in a pen all day, except for 1 walk a day. He got hit by a car when he was three and so I only took him to that puppy boarding kennel once.

Research And More Research:

I did a lot of research before getting my next Sheltie. I got a 10 month old one, but he still was a puppy until he was about 3 years. I went to many places that had puppy boarding and dog boarding before I finally found one through the SPCA. The person who owed the kennel was different than all the rest. First, when I went with the puppy (as she insisted I bring him for the meet and greet part). I was a really impressed as she said hello to me and then continue to talk to the dog, not me (she said it was important to build a relationship with the dog as that who was going to stay with her not me, made sense to me.) Even though he was in a kennel there was a doggie door for him to go out and run in a fenced in area with the other dogs, completely supervised. I was very happy especially when I went to pick him up. He saw me, came over to say hello and then back to her, sat and waited until she gave him a cookie. This is one of the things over the years I found very important. When you go to pick up your puppy that he is happy to see you, but is still interested in the owner of the puppy boarding place. He went many times to this place even when he got cancer. She was very understanding and treated him very well.

Present Dog:

It was 4 months before I found my present companion on the Sheltie Rescue site. I had decided by then I wanted to give a rescue dog a forever home. He had been abused and so when I went to see him, he came right to me. He is now 11 and still a very needy dog. I made arrangements that when I went away he could stay with her. She had raised Sheltie for years and the other Shelties seemed to be ok with him. I had him for about 9 months and felt he was ready for a week away, when I returned she said in 25 + years of having Shelties she never had a jumper and her yard didn’t have that high of a fence.
So again I was looking for a place for him. A traditional kennel would not work as he needed a homelike environment. I found a place that was the perfect arrangement. On a ranch where she only took no more than 5 dogs, they either slept in their own crate or on one of the dog beds in the living room. It was perfect. The last 5 years he has been going there on a regular bases. When I pick him up he is happy to see me, but takes time to say goodbye to the owners.
What I hope you have learned from this article that puppy boarding needs research, time and lots of looking for that special away from home place for your companion when you want or need to get away.

 About This Author:

The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place do not under any circumstances, constitute veterinary advice.
Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


Raw Food Feeding For Puppies

Raw Food Feeding For Puppies

Raw food feeding for puppies should start while they are still in the womb.  It is important that their mother is being fed raw food while she is still pregnant with them.  It is true that you are not always in control of this. While you can ask about it, or just do it yourself if you own the mother. It is also possible that you have purchased a kibble fed puppy. Now you are looking for information about when the best time is to start feeding puppies raw food that have previously been fed with kibble.

Feeding Puppies Raw Food Right Away

It is important to start feeding puppies raw food as early in their lives as possible. So, when you bring home a kibble fed puppy, right away you will want to begin introducing raw food into its diet. You will obviously want to introduce it gradually. The reason for this is that when you are making any change in any dog’s diet, it is always best to make those changes gradually. The reason it is important to start working those raw foods into your dog’s diet early is that it needs those nutrients while its brain and body are still developing.

What About Bacteria When Feeding Puppies

Some people are concerned that when they are feeding puppies raw food they may be feeding them too much bacteria. This is actually not something you need to be worried about. Your puppy lives in a world full of bacteria anyway. What’s more, every time he or she goes outside, your puppy is exposed to even more bacteria. As a matter of fact, any puppy that has ever been outside at all has already consumed so much bacteria that it can already more than handle the amount which is found in its raw food. Besides, some of that bacteria will actually serve to strengthen your dog’s immune system anyway.

More About Bacteria

Those of you concerned about feeding puppies too much bacteria should keep in mind the fact that in one gram of dirt, there a billion microbes of bacteria and nearly half a million multi-cellular animals. Every time your puppy licks his or her paws, which you probably see them doing all the time, they are consuming more dirt. That just goes to show you that the extra bacteria you may be introducing by feeding them raw food is not really an issue. Besides, the benefits of that raw food are tremendous. To further illustrate that point, we will now turn our attention to those benefits.

The Benefits Of The Raw Food Diet

The benefits of feeding puppies raw food are quite substantial, and they transcend the fact that the bacteria will strengthen their immune system, as important as that is. Remember, there are lots of nutrients found in abundance in raw food that your puppy needs, especially while the body and brain are developing. So, by feeding your dog a raw diet during those developmental stages, you will be preventing certain health problems from potentially developing later on in your dog’s life. There is lots of protein in raw food, and its fats are balanced. Its mineral and antioxidant contents are also both very rich.

Get Started Today

If you have yet to start feeding puppies raw foods, you need to do so as soon as possible. By feeding puppies raw foods, not only will you be making them healthier now, but you will also be making them healthier later on in life. Both of you will reap the benefits of this decision for many years to come.

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The views and statements expressed in this article , and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


Barking Dogs Or Talkative Dogs


A barking dog or a more polite phrase is a talkative dog. Most dogs bark, but there are some that bark very seldom, others bark a lot. Puppies bark for a number of reasons. They may yelp in protest of being handled or another puppy playing too rough. Some puppies or adult dogs have harmonic play bark involving growls, and it is a noisy bark. German Shepherds and Alaskan Malamutes have what is called a Christmas “tree” bark. Poodles on the other hand have a noisy overlapping sound when they bark. The American Staffordshire Terriers and Bull Terriers have a noisy play bark that is harsh, low pitched with a sharp rise. Short, low –pitched barks are warning and can be threat bark in dogs.

Cute Barking:

Most people think puppies are cute and even their barking is cute, but as they grow into an adult dog this can become a problem. You as the owner need to train the puppy that some forms of barking are all right but others are not acceptable, just like housing training.


Start as soon as you bring your puppy home about barking. Playful barking is good but don’t let it get beyond your control.  Puppies need to know from the start  when you say No Barking or No Bark they will stop.  You might try removing the audience, when your puppy barks, if you come running every time you are rewarding the behavior.  Instead praise your puppy after he stops the number of barks you think are appropriate with Good bark, Good dog, now Hush and give him a treat.  It is hard for dogs to continue barking if they are chewing.  If your puppy continues to barks, turn your back and leave the room.  Most dogs want company and you are telling your puppy that they are doing something wrong. They will want your attention and so will stop barking.  It is important to remember that giving treats to puppies as a reward will become a habit and the puppy or adult dog will not obey unless you treat him.  One of their kibbles is good and will not interfere with their diet.  Better still is the commands with no treats so they will get used to obeying and if you happen to be outdoors and have no treats then there is not going to be a problem.

 While on A Lease:

When you start lease walking your puppy it is very important to not them do any barking at anything, people, other dogs, bikes, scooters, cars, in other words they should be quiet when walking on a lease. When they start to bark, use the sit stay command until they stop barking.
Yelling when your puppy is barking for no reason only confuses them and then both of you are flustered.


Nuisance barking dogs are one of the biggest complaints that people have. They need to be trained as a puppy not to bark when left alone. Either in a crate, room, or yard. Nuisance or excessive barking is a behavior problem that can be controlled when they are a puppy with some time and training, you can have an adult dog that hardly barks.

Control Barking Collars:

The market has electric collars that deliver a shock when a vibration sensor is detected like barking. A citronella collar releases a spray when the dog starts barking.  Training again is still the best method to stop barking when you bring your puppy home.  Head halters such as the Gentle Leader can work wonders on a puppy, as the lead gently presses the puppy’s mouth shut for a few seconds of pressure and tells them to stop barking, also you do not have to say a thing.   Some owners have found that a pop can with coins in it will stop barking if used when the puppy first barks with the command No Bark.  Other owners have found that a spray bottle filled with water works, but that can work against the owner if it is water dog as they will think you are playing a game.  The last resort for some owners is a surgical procedure called debarking.  This is a serious procedure and should be discussed with your veterinarian, but only after the owner has tried all other methods should this be even considered.

Most Barking Dog Breeds:

Vetstreet.com asked 218 Veterinary professionals which are the most talkative breeds. They answered the following have a lot to say, the Bloodhound, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Basset Hound, Miniature Schnauzer, American English Coonhound, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Miniature Pinscher, and the Beagle.  Some people prefer a quieter puppy while others like a puppy that talks a bit more.  It is important to note that all dogs can become a barker if allowed to.


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The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.
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Feeding Puppies Kibbles Or A Raw Food Diet

Risks Of Feeding Puppies Kibbles

Feeding puppies kibbles or a raw food diet. Dog owners are grappling with the choice between feeding puppies raw food or feeding puppies kibbles with the popularity of the raw food diet. We want to make that choice easier for you. We would like to say that it is far better to feed your puppies a raw food  diet than  feeding puppies kibbles. However, you are probably looking for some more information. In the interest of fairness, we will state both the pros and cons of each type of food. In then end, after your own analysis, we believe you will agree with our recommendation.

What Are The Risks Of Feeding Puppies Kibbles?

One of the risks of feeding puppies kibbles is that it is full of additives and other chemicals which can have an adverse impact on their health.  It is also true that dogs who eat kibbles are more likely to overeat. That’s because your dog instinctively feels like he or she needs to eat more in order to receive all the necessary nutrients. This additional weight can cause other health problems for your dog as well.  We have yet to even mention the fact that the proteins found in kibbles are often very low quality, which can really put a strain on the digestive system.

Are There Any Benefits Of Feeding Puppies Kibbles?

All of that said, there are also some benefits associated with feeding puppies kibbles. To be fair, we should mention them so that you will be assured of making a fully informed decision. It is certainly less expensive, and it is more convenient, too. One of the reasons it’s more convenient is that it doesn’t take as long to prepare. It also eliminates the need to perfectly balance your puppy’s diet manually. If you accidentally give your dogs too much protein, that could actually be detrimental to their health. Kibbles minimized that risk because the packaging will tell you exactly how much protein is included.

What Are The Benefits Of The Raw Food Diet?

In the final analysis, we believe that the benefits of the raw food diet far outweigh those of feeding puppies kibbles. One of those benefits is that the raw food contains a lot of nutrients your dogs need, especially during the puppy stages. Keep in mind, though, that the benefits your dog will enjoy by eating raw food last into the later stages of life as well. Some of those benefits are a shinier coat, increased energy levels, and stronger, healthier teeth. Your dog will also enjoy healthier skin and better digestion if you feed them a raw food diet.

Are There Any Risks Associated With The Raw Food Diet?

Just like it was fair to acknowledge that there are some benefits associated with feeding puppies kibbles. It is also fair to acknowledge that there are some risks associated with the raw food diet. One of those risks is that your puppies might choke on some bones. Obviously, making sure their food is thoroughly de-boned will greatly minimize this risk. As we mentioned before, there is also the risk of feeding your dog too much protein if you are feeding it raw foods. That risk can be eliminated by carefully measuring your dog’s food and familiarizing yourself with its protein content.

The Ultimate Decision

Ultimately, the decision is obviously yours, but by now, we think you will agree that feeding your puppies raw food is much better for them than feeding your puppies kibbles. Each of them has their pros and cons, but all things considered, we believe the raw diet is the way to go.

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The views and statements expressed in this article , and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


New Puppy, First Day Home Is A Special Day

 New puppy,  first day home is a special day for you and your family. Everyone is trying to find their new position in the household.  There are new responsibilities, new adventures, and new toys everywhere for your new puppy.

Bringing a new puppy home is exciting but it can also be quite expensive, exhausting, and scary.  A puppy’s needs are not unlike any new addition to the family. A new puppy needs lots of love, patience, and kindness. A new puppy also needs clear rules and expectations from day one.  He will need a place of his own and a safe environment all around him.


First Day Home After Picking Up Your New Puppy

Usually your new puppy  will bond most strongly to whoever brings him home from the breeder, shelter, airport or store. So if you want your new puppy to be attached to your children, have your kids go with you. If this is going to be your new puppy, then you need to be there.

Your first day home with your new puppy will bring challenges and rewards alike.  Whether you are adding a Mastiff new puppy to a household already teaming with children and pets. A Chihuahua new puppy who will be your sole companion. You will find that very special accommodations need to be made to insure the health, happiness, and well being of your new puppy friend and their new family.


Preparing For Your New Puppy’s First Day Home

Preparations for your first day home with your new puppy should begin well before she ever romps across your living room or leaves her footprints in the grass outside.

This day marks the beginning of your life together. This is the beginning of the bonding process that establishes your lifelong relationship with a new puppy. Your family should be made aware of the way having a new puppy can change the structure in your home.  Children need to understand that puppies are not toys and cannot be treated as such.  Everyone needs to know that anything left out will get chewed, messes will get made, and the new puppy will need to sleep as much as they will need to play.

Make sure children are taught to be careful when handling a new puppy, and small children should NEVER carry a puppy around.  An adult should monitor interactions with small children at all times.  Some puppies are very fragile and all puppies are wiggly, and rambunctious.  Children should be taught to treat a new puppy with respect.  Children should never be in charge of discipline or correction of behavior of a new puppy.

Leaving their mother and litter mates will probably bring about some anxiety. However, this can be greatly diminished if you plan your schedules so that you will be home with the new puppy the first 3 to 4 days. Some authors suggest leaving the puppy alone and give them time to themselves to adjust to the new surroundings. We disagree. In our homes, we plan for this introductory period by keeping the new puppy involved with plenty of attention from children and other family members. When we are not with the puppy, she is sleeping. You will be amazed how time spent in this manner will speed up the housebreaking process. If the children are young or are not familiar with how to handle new puppies, you should spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with a new puppy.

If you are introducing a new puppy to children in your home, make sure you lay down ground rules first.  The children should be clear on what the rules and expectations are before you start to teach them to the puppy.  If a small child would like to hold the new puppy she should first sit down so when the puppy wriggles away, they  won’t fall and get hurt.

Some basic rules should include:

1. Pick up your toys…or they may get ruined.
2. Don’t wake a sleeping puppy. She needs her rest.
3. Don’t interrupt a puppy who is eating. You might get bitten.
4. Don’t carry a puppy around. Puppies break when dropped.
5. Never hit a puppy.
6. Treat a puppy like a friend, not a toy.


Introducing Your New Puppy To Other Pets

If you expect other four-legged friends to welcome this new interloper you will have to allow them to make friends on their terms.  Any pets already part of your home may feel threatened or at least infringed upon.  Allow them to come and investigate at their own pace and to withdraw when they want to.  Remember, this is their turf and the new addition will have to learn her place.  Keep the new puppy safe.  They could become a target if your pets are not happy with a new puppy.   The same could be said of children who were not receptive to having a new puppy.  Just make sure puppy has a place to be if you can not be right with her.

The house belongs first to those who were already there. A new puppy may need to be excluded for a little while to allow other pets to investigate freely for the first little while, taking in all the new scents around. Make sure to reassure and lavish affection on any old friends who are feeling a bit misplaced.


Feeding Your New Puppy

Puppies need to eat often.  A very young puppy should eat at least four times a day, and a very small breed may need to eat more often than that.  Small breeds don’t have much fat or reserves and can experience attacks of hypoglycemia which can be life threatening.  It is a good idea, in fact, to keep Karo syrup around just in case.  If your new puppy hasn’t eaten for a while and seems weak or dizzy, rub some Karo syrup on her gums and see if she improves.  It should happen right away; within minutes.  If she does improve, feed her.  If she does not, get her to a vet immediately.

A general rule of thumb on feeding a new puppy is that she should have as much as she wants to eat in about 15 minutes time.  If she eats what you gave her right away and is looking for more, give her more inside that 15 minutes.  If she leaves a lot behind, pick it up and throw it away and offer her less next time.  Never leave her food down to get rancid, spoil, or attract bugs and stray animals.

Another reason to feed on a regular basis instead of ‘free-feeding’ is that her appetite or lack there of is often your first clue if she isn’t feeling well.  A full bowl might mean she isn’t hungry because she just ate, or it could mean she is getting sick.

Free Feeding is not advisable.  If your puppy will be home alone for long periods of time you may want to have someone come in and visit from time to time to make sure she gets a chance to go outside to relieve herself and eat regularly. You could also look for a doggy day care that handles puppies.  Puppies get very lonely and should have plenty of company and opportunity to play and grow.


Good Rules For Your New Puppy

Make sure you find a good vet and follow their recommendations closely.  Once she has completed her series of vaccines you can start taking her out in public.  You should plan to properly socialize your new puppy to allow her the experiences needed to help her discern what to be nervous about, and what not to.  An obedience class is a must for a new puppy to help them learn that they need to listen to you even when there are many distractions around.  That tidbit could save a lot of grief – it could save their life. If they get out and knows to listen, they may not decide to dart into the street in front of that Chevy.

A new puppy should be socialized to make them safer to be around.  A fearful dog can be dangerous to friends who may visit, or even to your own family.  They don’t have to be big to be dangerous, so socialization should be a priority.  Some breeds are more naturally social than others of course.  Having a new puppy should be a great deal of fun. Only if you understand what you are getting into before you bring a new puppy home. Then,your transition will be much more smooth and enjoyable for all.

Congratulations on your new friend!  May it be the beginning of many new wonderful memories for everyone.

About The Author

This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice..

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


Proper Ear Cropping After Care


Proper Ear Cropping After Care

Proper Ear Cropping After Care

Proper Ear cropping after care is important for your dog. Otherwise, an infection might develop that would require more veterinary care.   Some things to do before the ear cropping procedure is performed will  minimize that risk.  Ear cropping after care will still be necessary in any event. Taping and bandaging are part of that after care. Still that is not all there is to it. You will also want to make sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with your veterinarian. Even if you think everything seems to be going fine.

Making Proper Ear Cropping After Care Easier

Proper ear cropping after care made easier. There are things which you can do before your dog’s ear cropping procedure is performed. This will decrease the risk of any infection during the after care period .  Make sure that the procedure itself is being performed by a qualified professional. Veterinarians are not taught how to perform this procedure in veterinary schools. The ones that do offer the service have to learn how to do it on the job. Therefore, they can be hard to find.  It is still worth finding a professional that knows proper ear cropping.  Amateurs can legally perform the procedure in the United States.


Importance of Taping in Ear Cropping After Care

One major component of proper ear cropping after care is taping and bandaging your dog’s ears. The bandaging is necessary. Until the edges created during the cropping procedure (which have been stitched) have fully healed. The purpose of the taping is to make sure that once that healing process is complete your dog’s ears will maintain the desired position.  One of the major purposes  for having your dog’s ears cropped is to make sure that he or she adheres to breed standards for dog shows. It is very important that you follow your veterinarian’s instructions . Make sure you know very precisely with regard to how long your dog’s ears should remain taped.


Making Your Ear Cropping After Care Check Up Appointment

Your ear cropping after care check up appointment with your veterinarian is important.  Even if it wasn’t the veterinarian who performed the procedure, arguably more so. Even if everything looks to you as though it is healing just fine. Unless you are a trained veterinarian yourself, you may miss a complication or infection that could cause you (and more importantly, your pet) further problems.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So schedule a follow-up appointment.


If the Ear Cropping Didn’t Work

One of the complications that could occur following an ear cropping procedure is that it doesn’t work. That is, the desired look may not have been achieved. Proper taping and bandaging during the aftercare period will greatly minimize this risk. It is still true that from time to time the procedure fails to achieve the desired results even when the necessary precautions have been taken. If this happens to you, the procedure may be attempted a second time with the goal of making any further corrections which are necessary. A third attempt at the procedure is never recommended. By then, the dog will no longer be a puppy.


 Things to Remember About Ear Cropping After Care

Remember, after your dog’s ear cropping, it is important to keep your dog’s ears taped and bandaged for as long as your veterinarian recommends. It is also important to schedule a follow-up visit with your veterinarian during the ear cropping aftercare period in order to make sure everything is healing correctly.


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The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


Puppy Play Pens – Are They Safe For Your Puppy?

Puppy play pens for the glorious days of summer! The days are long and warm and you want to spend time outside. Perhaps tending your garden.entertaining on your new deck, or maybe just swinging away on a hammock.  All very idyllic, but your new puppy needs constant monitoring and protection from their own curiosity. You can keep your puppy safe , keep your furniture  from your teething puppy with a puppy play pen. Now you can have a few stress-free moments without watching him constantly.

When To Use Puppy Play Pens

Puppy play pens are an excellent way to keep your puppy safe throughout the day. You want to take a nap and are worried that puppy might get into something. A puppy play pen is often a better alternative than sticking him in a crate. Personally, I’m not fond of crate training. A well-made, safe puppy play pen is a fantastic alternative to them in many cases. Even if you do want to crate train your dog, you can still use the play pen as an alternative. There are puppy play pens for traveling, outdoor puppy play pens for use in the grass, and puppy play pens for use in the home. Just be sure that they are large enough for puppy to move around in, as they do come in various sizes. Play pens are good if you need a way to keep your puppy out of your way. Perhaps you want to do something like nip out into the garden.  You are expecting visitors.  Your puppy is uneasy about people. If this is the situation subsequently a puppy play pen can be a great place to put them.  They know that it is their space and they feel nice and secure without distressing. Also, now they know they can stay away from strangers if they want to.

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Canine Parvovirus – Symptoms and Prevention

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is the most common infectious disease affecting puppies.  The symptoms of Canine Parvovirus include hemorrhagic (bloody), foul-smelling liquid stool, severe lack of appetite, moribund disposition, and is usually accompanied by vomiting. A high fever often accompanies these symptoms as well.

Important Information About Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus, more commonly known as Parvo, affects puppies primarily and is often fatal. Almost always if left untreated. Canine Parvovirus is a virus which attacks the intestinal tract. Canine Parvovirus requires immediate medical attention for the best possible chance of survival.

The symptoms of Parvo present fairly quickly though the incubation period is 7-14 days.  The first noticeable sign will be decreased appetite and energy. We used to describe a “limp dishrag energy” too give perspective. This virus usually runs its course with 3 to 7 days. Many puppies die in the first 48-72 hours. This virus acts aggressively and quickly. There is no time to ‘wait and see’.

Diarrhea is never normal in puppies. It is common enough due to a variety of causes such as a change in diet, intestinal parasites, or eating something foreign.  It is often overlooked as unremarkable.  A bloody loose stool is always cause for alarm and requires immediate attention by a veterinarian.

Some Breeds Are More Susceptible To Canine Parvovirus

Certain breeds of dog, which include Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and Labradors seem to be much more susceptible to contracting the virus. These breeds are more radically affected by the symptoms. Puppies under six months of age seem to be most prone to contracting the virus.  The younger the puppy, the less natural resistance and physical resource they have.

How Dogs Get Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is shed through feces and is spread by contact. Symptoms may take a week or two to show up after initial contact with the virus. The virus is very resilient and can survive for more than 6 months in areas which are left untreated. The virus will not survive well in areas of the yard which are bright and sunny.  The virus will do nicely in cool, damp, shady areas. It can survive on inanimate objects for months if left untreated. Therefore toys, dishes, crates, bedding, and fabrics should be replaced or properly disinfected.

1:32 ratio of chlorine bleach to water is the most effective means to disinfect the environment and the things in it.  Mix ½ cup of bleach with a gallon of water to disinfect things appropriately.

Treatment Of Canine Parvovirus

Treatment for Parvo is replacement of fluids being lost through vomiting and diarrhea.  Fatalities occur due to severe dehydration. Also, electrolyte imbalance under which the body can not sustain itself.

Fluids almost always must be administered intravenously in order to be effective. Nothing can be given orally due to the inability of the puppy to hold anything in its stomach. Subcutaneous fluids can not be absorbed and used quickly enough by the body, especially in severe cases.

Antibiotics are often used as well to fight secondary bacterial infections. Stomach sedatives and anti-vomiting drugs may be added to the therapeutic regimen to give the best chance at recovery.

Even with the best treatment, the mortality rate is still very high. Recovering from Parvo used to be a 50/50 chance. The odds have improved along with better medications and therapy protocol. There is still a very guarded prognosis.

The best way to avoid Parvo is to have the puppy properly vaccinated. The response to the vaccine can be varied based on the antibodies the puppy still carries from its mother. It is often recommended that the puppy is given a separate Parvo vaccine at about 6 weeks old.  Not given in combination with other vaccines the first time. Parvo vaccine is usually given at least 3-4 times over the course of the first 5 months to make sure the virus resistance is as strong as it can be.

No vaccine works 100%.  There is always some risk of exposure. The better resistance the puppy can establish the better the chance they have of fighting off the virus if they should come in contact with it.

Canine Parvovirus (CPV-2) was first discovered in the late 1970s and is widely believed to have mutated from the feline distemper virus.  It is believed that the virus mutated through a host species. Such as raccoons or skunks which can contract both canine and feline viruses.

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This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


How To Build A Dog First Aid Kit

A dog first aid kit is one of the first things to have when you get a new puppy. You can never be too safe or too prepared.  You are the first line of care after an accident or injury.  Your puppy may have to wait before receiving medical care for an injury or poisoning.  A dog first aid kit to help him through the immediate danger and pain is a good idea.

Requirements for A Dog First Aid Kit

Purchasing a ready made dog first aid kit is one way. Another way is to have the following on hand. You could make all the difference in a life threatening situation, be prepared.

What your kit should include:

  • plastic tool or tackle box to store contents
  • saline solution (to wash cuts )
  • karo syrup or glucose(for hypoglycemia)
  • bandage scissors
  • sterile gauze pads
  • alcohol prep pads for instruments
  • cold pack (break and use)
  • heat pack (break and use)
  • vetwrap flexible non-adhesive bandage
  • provodine-iodine ointment
  • magnifying glass
  • gloves
  • opticlear eye wash
  • iodine prep (betadine) solution
  • emergency blanket (silver metallic)
  • 2″ brown gauze rolls
  • triple antibiotic ointment (Polysporin)
  • tweezers or hemostat
  • first aid booklet
  • splint (paint stir sticks or shims work well)
  • 2″ elasticon tape bandaging
  • 1″ standard porous tape bandaging
  • Peroxide (to induce vomiting)
  • Benedryl (1/2 -1 mg per pound of body weight for allergic
  • aloe vera gel (burns)
  • pack of gauze 4X4s
  • Ascriptin or other enteric coated aspirin

A Dog First Aid Kit Is The First Step

 A dog first aid kit for your dog is only the first step.  Another is to learn how to care for your dog in case of an emergency.  Many local organizations offer dog first aid and dog CPR courses.  Hopefully, you will never have to use what you learn.  If you do, you’ll be possibly saving the life of your pet.

Your dog may be carrying his tail a bit different . It is called limber tail. It is always a good idea to check with your vet  in case there is something else wrong.

About The Author

This article was written by Laura Anderson, a veterinary technician with more than 15 years experience in the veterinary field. The views and statements expressed in this article, and all other articles found on Puppy’s Place, do not under any circumstance, constitute veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.


Information You Need To Raise Your Puppy

 Information You Need To Raise Your Puppy

Just added a puppy to your household? Questions about feeding, vaccines, or house training?  You’ve come to the right place!  Here at Puppy’s Place we strive to collect the most important information you need to raise your puppy to a safe, healthy, and happy dog.  We provide resources on all topics related to puppy raising – nutrition, health,training, behavior, and product reviews. Below is a summary of socialization activities and the different periods a puppy will go through. If possible try to take your puppy to a puppy kindergarten and then follow that with a more formal obedience course. It is essential that you get your pup “out and about” over the next few weeks.

Information You Need To Raise Your Puppy To A Healthy Dog

At around eight to ten weeks the puppy goes through a fear period where it is extremely susceptible to physical and psychological trauma, the effects of which may be permanent and irreversible. This makes the ideal time to adopt a puppy at between seven and eight weeks of age. At this age, the pup is capable of forming strong relationships with both dogs and human beings, though most breeders will not allow a puppy to leave prior to 8 weeks of age unless it is to a trusted, experienced puppy home.It seems that whenever a parent hears those words, the reaction is always the same … a heavy sigh, maybe a little roll of the eyes. That innocent little question voiced by a child ranks among the most popular of childhood requests. As parents, most of us would like to give our kids the experience of growing up with a pet, but puppies are hard work, right? Absolutely! eep in mind that like us, the dogs learn by association. They associate the good and the bad with what was said when it happened or whether or not you were involved. Think of the example of teaching a puppy not to jump up on you. If you call a puppy to you and it jumps up on you and you hit it in the face with your ball cap, then the pup associates going to you with getting hit in the face. Sure you stopped it from jumping up on you but you also stopped it from coming to you. What I do is lightly step on one of its back feet, making sure I don’t make a sound when I do it. This is good information you need to raise your puppy to a healthy dog.

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The views and statements expressed in this article, and all the other articles found on Puppy’s Place , do not under any circumstance, constitute Veterinary advice.

Always seek professional veterinary care for your pet.