Get rid of dog fleas by vacuuming regularly, treating the outside environment and treating the dog with topical and oral medications. Consult a veterinarian about how to use dog flea treatments and to see if there are underlying skin conditions with advice from a veterinarian in this free video on dog care. Expert: Dr. James Talbott Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn. Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
Making the decision to let your bitch have a litter of puppies is quite complex and requires a huge amount of effort on your part to find the perfect stud dog as this is one of the most important aspects of dog breeding.
Once you have considered the expense involved and upheaval associated with dog breeding and have come to the decision that it is the right choice for you, you can then begin your search for the stud dog that will be the perfect sire for your litter of pups. With the advent of the Internet, finding a stud dog is much easier now than it used to be as many people advertise the services of their stud dogs online.
Many owners may look at show dogs to sire a litter of puppies; they may seek stud dogs with a champion lineage and a long line of awards. However, this can prove to be extremely expensive and for many owners is just not affordable. Making use of a stud dog directory is a good way to find a selection of stud dogs that would be perfect for your bitch, although you must still carry out certain checks to ensure suitability.
Unfortunately, some dog owners are only interested in breeding to make a huge profit and these owners should be avoided. This type of owner could take little interest in the health and welfare of their dog, which can have an adverse effect on the litter of puppies.
Some breeds have a disposition to certain hereditary weaknesses and care should be taken that the stud dog and indeed the bitch have been thoroughly health checked to avoid these conditions being passed to the puppies. For instance, Golden Retrievers are known to be genetically prone to heart disease, hip dysplasia, cataracts and eye abnormalities plus skin conditions and epilepsy. This doesn’t mean that your Golden Retriever will have these conditions but health screening of dogs will help to avoid the chance of developing these conditions. Many dog breeds have genetic conditions that they should be health screened for, as responsible breeding is the only way to have a litter of healthy, desirable pups.
Arranging to meet
When you contact the owner of a stud dog through a directory it is advisable to arrange a meeting so the dogs become familiar with each other and so that you can ascertain whether the owner of the stud dog has had health checks carried out. Stud dogs that conform to the breed standard may be preferable as any deviation from the breed can be classed as ‘undesirable’ by many breeders of show dogs.
When you visit the stud dog’s owner make sure that the dog is kept in good condition and appears healthy with a happy, laid back nature. If there are other dogs present check that they are well cared for too as this will give an indication of whether the owner has a genuine interest in the welfare of their dogs, and not just looking to make money.
A stud dog directory will make the search for a perfect sire much easier but you should take care that the dog is a suitable candidate for breeding. Viewing a selection of stud dogs will help you make the right choice.
Treating dog mange requires visiting a veterinarian in order to get a variety of ointments or injectable anti-parasitics. Find out how different types of mange can cause a variety of skin conditions and infections with information from a veterinarian in this free video on dog care. Expert: Dr. James Talbott Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn. Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
The AP Press and the Houston Chronicle reported that the Humane Society and the Montague County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants at Maggic Pets/Heddins Kennel at which time they confiscated nearly 500 dogs. They served the search warrant after receiving complaints that the dogs were not being cared for properly.
Authorities found dogs in crates double-stacked in outbuildings, as well as in outdoor kennels and pens. Some had skin conditions and open wounds. The dogs in the worst condition were discovered at the back of the property which was off limits to the customers where they also found several dead animals.
The kennel is owned by Carol Heddins, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance due to a heart condition when the officers had arrived. Her husband, Cloyce, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the dogs have received proper care and authorities were given bad information. The kennel offers on it’s Web Site breeds that include Pugs, Schnauzers, toy Beagles, Akitas, and Shi Tzus.
Cloyce Heddings told the newspaper “We’ve been in this business a long time. If you raise dogs, you’ve got to get them veterinary care, especially if you’re trying to make a living of it.”
The dogs were taken to a Fort Worth warehouse donated to temporarily house them. The Montague County Justice of the Peace will make a ruling whether to return the animals to the kennel or grant custody to the humane society.
The full story can be read at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/6518661.html
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