Category: Health

The “New” Canine Respiratory Virus

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You’ve probably heard that there is a canine respiratory virus going around in various parts of the country.  The subject can certainly be unsettling.  Some media reports seem to suggest a dramatic worldwide epidemic (time will tell if they are correct or not) with words like “killer virus” or simply “mysterious.”  But catchy titles and… Read more »

The Benefits and Purposes of Outcross Breeding

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We should probably begin by stating that the purebred dog today is stuck in a genetic bottleneck (that’s not to say that mixed breeds are healthier; they may be but may not be).  In laymen’s’ terms, this bottleneck results in poor health, bad temperament, and genetic diseases.  It stems from too much Inbreeding and Linebreeding… Read more »

Caring for Your Dog During the Summer

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There’s no more denying it, summer is officially upon us! It’s time to get outside, soak up some sun, and enjoy the summer weather. Just like you take care of yourself during hot summer months with extra water and sunscreen, it’s important to look after your dog too. Here are some tips for caring for… Read more »

Dog Shedding Tips

Shedding can be a cause of frustration for many dog owners.  Dogs shed for a number of reasons.  A common reason is simply the change of seasons.  The amount of daylight and the temperature affect shedding.  Indoor dogs will usually shed more regularly with less seasonal shedding. Stress is another factor to shedding.  Many dogs… Read more »

How to Choose a Dog Food

We often get asked, “What is a good dog food?”  Or, “how do I choose a dog food?” We’ll try to help with this very brief article. First, you have to realize that the dog food industry is a huge marketing endeavor.  Millions of dollars are poured into TV and magazine ads that pull at… Read more »

Housetraining Headaches

One of the major concerns of pet people is house-training their dog/s.  Some dogs naturally make it an easier experience.  Some breeds are more prone to house-training problems than others.  Smaller dogs tend to be harder to house-train (as a general rule) than larger ones. Puppies who have been raised on puppy pads, newspapers, or… Read more »

Tips on Preventing Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a concern in all breeds, but especially large breed dogs.  We have assembled a short list with some tips on preventing hip dysplasia.  Implement this article to reduce the risk and also to reduce the pain of a dog who has the disease. A good breeder will do their homework to greatly… Read more »

Spay or Neuter

Should you spay or neuter your dog?  This is a common concern we hear from our clients. That’s usually a good sign of responsible dog ownership so we’ve constructed this article to help. First off, spaying and neutering is a surgical procedure that removes (or least restricts) the dog’s reproductive organs and therefore prohibits the… Read more »