Puppy Health and Longevity

Longevity depends on the lifelong quality of care. Dogs with the shortest lifespan are Great Danes (far from Micros)  The better vet care, the better food, the better and longer life your puppy will have.

We are 100% behind natural diets for all animals (research the BARF or RAW diet) If you feed your puppy 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 and  clean treats like ice cubes, pieces of raw carrots (helps clean their teeth as well ) Chicken hearts, livers are excellent. Your puppy is 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 feed BOTH Kibble and RAW to our the puppies here. Royal Canine tiny puppy food is the kibble we use.. That is because not every home is going to feed raw and natural diets and so the puppies need to get used to Kibble. There are plenty high-quality dog Kibble for sale now that use limited wheat, soy and corn and they are much better than typical commercial dog food. 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. You can give your furbaby chicken necks, feet, carcasses, liver, kidney and more. The whole thing; uncooked 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. 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. RAW feeding is a commitment and you will need to buy some books, have a supportive vet, and do lots of research to be successful at it. Plenty more than I can teach you or write about here.

Your puppy will only be spayed or neutered if your puppy is over 2.5 pounds otherwise they are too tiny to go under anesthesia. We are not concerned about you breeding because most of our dogs will be too small to be able to reproduce. 

We recommend limited vaccines unless you are a frequent traveler.

 

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.