Puppy Health and Longevity

Longevity depends on the quality of care not size. The better vet care, the better food, the better and longer life your puppy will have.

 We are 100% behind puppy natural diets. If you feed processed foods – as in Kibble for pets  (aka pet McDonalds)  they might get a little overweight and have subsequent weight related complications.  So healthy eating, clean treats like ice cubes, pieces of raw carrots (helps clean their teeth as well ) Chicken hearts, livers and excellent a puppy’s digestive system is much more robust and different than ours. You are going to have the best quality coat and optimal long-term health with natural diets. You can buy raw food in most pet stores, many have a refrigerated section with items which you can just store in your fridge at home. We also feed Kibble to our the puppies here. It is Royal Canine tiny puppy food. That is because not every home is going to feed raw and natural diets and so the puppies need to get used to Kibble, so If you choose to feed your puppy Kibble, that’s ok too. 

Your puppy will only be spayed or neutered if your puppy is over 2.5 pounds when it leaves here. That would either be an adult dog or a French bulldog. Other than that,because they are too young to go under anesthesia and they cannot handle the surgery, we do not spay or neuter. However, if you choose not to it is completely fine. I am not concerned about you breeding because most dogs will not be able to reproduce. We have to give them a full set of vaccines before they can come to you. They are good for a year so you don’t have to worry about them for a year.  But if you aren’t a huge traveler and you stay local I would avoid getting them vaccinated every year. This is something you can discuss with your vet. 

Feeding your dog Kibble is no doubt very convenient, just like eating at a fast-food restaurant. Sure we can all survive on a Big Mac now and then but imagine eating fast-food every day of your life, all of your life. What kind of health would you have? What kind of health can you expect your dog to have when feeding them doggy fast-food Kibble? There are high-quality dog Kibble out there now that don’t use all that wheat, soy and corn and they are much better than typical commercial dog food. But they are still over-processed. Nothing can substitute for a raw-meat diet for your dog. You will not get the complete amino acids, enzymes and vitamins that your dog needs for his digestion, immune system and clean teeth from cooked over-processed commercial dog food. 

 

That being said, I will give you my experience and what has worked best for me. Always do your own little homework before you take anyone’s word for it – including mine. To be honest, I have seen dogs who don’t do well on raw-food diets. Probably only because he was introduced to it as an adult and all the reasons that I can’t explain and I don’t understand. But for the most part, those are a small, small minority. Raw food is said to be the best for your dog’s teeth, gums, coat, health, skin, you name it! Some vets recommend it, some don’t. Usually they are ones who haven’t witnessed the effects personally but cannot say anything bad either. Sometimes, because of politics or because of promoting food companies, our vets approach things for rewards instead and that includes selling their food. So just stick with your gut, and again, common sense can be used here too.

You can give your furbaby chicken necks, feet, carcasses, liver, kidney and more. The whole thing; bones included. That’s right, I said bones included! They’re great for your dog; fiber, calcium and much more. They do not splinter like most people think – only if they are cooked. If they are raw, nope, they’re good. You can give it to ‘em. Never give cooked chicken bones to a dog. Never! I also feed beef – ground up heart, liver, tripe, hamburger, tongue, bones, pork venison, rabbit, goat-meat, sheep-meat – it is all great stuff! They are different beliefs in raw feeders and makers of raw food. Some believe that is all they need. Others mix in vegetables and fruits.