When we send puppies home, each pup comes with a Puppy Package.
This ALWAYS includes a jar/container of the food they are currently feeding.
We are now includingRoyal Canin Puppy Kits with your puppies, as I've been thrilled with how puppies have been taking to Royal Canin these past few litters I've sent home.
Believe me, I've tried it all throughout the years. I just want our puppies to thrive on a food and this one seems to be such a hit!
Those of you that have already reserved a puppy have already gotten an e-mail recommendation from me from Royal Canin with the food your puppy is currently eating. It comes with a 20% coupon on your first order.
Some key pointers:
Shipping through Royal Canin is always FREE! Unlike Chewy, you don't have to spend such and such amount to qualify for Free Shipping. You can get a smaller size and it's still Free Shipping!
If you sign up for their Autoship, you save 5%.
Friday will be 3 weeks since Wednesday has been gone.
I've been doing a lot of thinking and reading these past few weeks. Then it finally dawned on me...
As innocent as it may seem, she was on the floor playing at the Vet's office at the time of her Vet Check and vaccination at 7 weeks of age. When I went back looking through her breeder's page I just stopped when I seen that video. But had she not posted the video, I would still be left wondering. Was it this? Was it that?
Now me on the other hand, I'm so overly protective about everything, this isn't something I would do, but not everyone knows that. I'm kind of an anal control freak by nature... Unfortunately, it's truly a gift and a curse.
Not everyone knows about the NeoPar vaccine either. Wednesday did not get her dose of NeoPar at 5 weeks.
I will never know for sure as I did not have her tested, but a lot think she probably had Parvo. The signs and symptoms really do match up. First there was the incubation period. She was absolutely wonderful the first 9-10 days I had her. Then there was the going off food. The lethargy, vomiting/diarrhea, fever, dehydration, the unwillingness to eat no matter what I tried. I really gave it my best shot those 3 days of her going downhill, along with multiple vet trips. They don't really pass from the Parvo, they pass from everything else.
Let my loss be something you take to heart.
Just like people, the very young and the very old are the most vulnerable. Puppies have such an immature immune system UNTIL they are FULLY Vaccinated. Going home, you still have to finish their Puppy Vaccination Series. They still need 2 more puppy shots. Don't skip out on those!!!
I know, they are so dang cute and adorable, you want to show them off to everyone when you go home. PLEASE don't do that. Just wait until you can complete the entire Vaccination series to give them immunity to fight this awful disease.
Stay away from dog parks and pet stores, places dogs frequent.
My first thought was her color pattern and I still believe there is some correlation to it. Perhaps the genes of the tri pattern just make for an overall weaker immune system which in turn means more vaccinations need to be on board to protect them.
In all my years of breeding I've never had an experience with Parvo. But in the last few weeks, I've heard of families having an experience with it. I had just never heard of it around South Dakota and the surrounding states.
Obviously there's quite a strain of it going around now.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be cautious with your puppies folks!
I really do believe Parvo has knocked on my door first hand.
Do I blame Wednesday's breeder? Absolutely not. We ALL have something to learn from this.
Going forward we will be implementing a change here at Matthew Zane's Boston Terriers and Phoenix's Frenchtons and Valley View Farm Toy Aussies
This has been our Vaccination protocol for many years now:
NeoPar (single way-parvo) at 5 Weeks
1st Puppy Shot (5 way) at our Vet at 7 weeks
While this is has worked really well in the past, I feel we need to do an extra step after losing Wednesday I will never know if she passed away from Parvo or if it had something to do with her color pattern. She only had her first puppy vaccination on board when I brought her home... no NeoPar. It's unfortunate she passed, but as a breeder who's grown up in this lifestyle, it's realistic and I'm better able to handle the heartache more so than a first time pet owner.
Going forward starting with Phoenix's Frenchtons and Valley View Farm Toy Aussies current litters...
We will be adding an additional NeoPar into our routine
Puppies will be vaccinated at 4 & 6 weeks for NeoPar
At 8 weeks they will see our Vet for their first Puppy Vaccine of the 3 Vaccine series.
Keep in mind, you need to continue to do Puppy Shot #2 & #3 every 3-4 weeks after you take your puppy home to complete the series, along with rabies. I never like to do rabies and the 3rd puppy shot at the same visit as it seems that's when an allergic reaction typically occurs.
Unfortunately we can't go home with you when you take your puppy home. I know I'd drive you crazy with, don't do this, don't do that. I'm so overly protective of our puppies.
It is up to you to be diligent about completely the vaccination series on time and keeping your puppy safe until they are completely vaccinated. That means, no dog parks, no setting them down in pet stores and other places where they could pick up something.