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We had +20
years of healthy puppies!!! No sick puppies here or after they leave here since the
early 1990's !!!
Here's why -
We do our own shots so we can control the brand of vaccine that our puppies get. In the early 1990s our veterinarian was
doing our puppy shots and like most Vets they change the vaccines that they use. We like most all breeders from time to time would have a
litter that got the dreaded Parvo virus. We found
out that all vaccines do not offer the same protection. After some research I found
that Nobivac vaccines offered the best protection. Since we started using
"Nobivac" in the early 1990s (over 20 years ago), we havent had a puppy
get sick here or after they leave here.
Parvo is basically Gastroenteritis for puppies
and is the #1 puppy killer. The symptoms are
loss of appetite, vomiting, high fever, and severe diarrhea. In just a day or two they get dehydrated and if
they dont receive timely medical treatment (I.V. fluids & antibiotics), the
A puppy's stools should
be firm and tubular (tootsie rolls like). Pay close attention to your puppy's stools.
Your puppys stools can get a little loose from change of food and change of
environment but this should be a temporary thing. If your puppys stools continues to
be loose after a few days or worsens, he or she should be seen by a veterinarian.
For loose, runny have your vet do a stool sample to check for worms and Cocidia.
The elimination of these parasites is quick and simple. Parasites (worms) and
Cocidia can rob from your puppys nutrition and in worst cases they can be fatal to
Treatment for Cocidia
is Albon for 10 days. There is a new product on the market that's some veterinarians
are using and it's a one time treatment.
Until puppies are
separated from their litter mates and the kennel area where they have all lived as a
group, its almost impossible to keep their digestive track clear of all parasites.
After they relocate to their new home, they receive more attention and individual care and
it becomes very manageable.
What is OFA
The OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (web site www.offa.org). The
procedure: After a dog reaches the age of 24 months, their hips are x-rayed by a
veterinary. If the x-rays of the hips joints are good, the x-rays are sent to the
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for their examination. If the depth of the hip sockets
and the head of the leg bones are fitted to their standards, the breeder will receive an
OFA certification number for that dog. If their hips are good the OFA grades their hips
Excellent,Good, or Fair. The OFA certification numbers
can be verified on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals web site. For reference, take a
look at HeartStar's Harry Potter's OFA information (click here).
Above is the x-rays of one of our Stud dogs. He certified with a rating of OFA
"Good". This is what OFA Good hip x-rays looks like.
Below is a list of 22 of our Shepherds
that we OFA certified over our 30+ years:
G.J'S ADRENILIN RUSH (D.O.B. 3/10/1992)
HEARTSTAR'S REBA, OFA (D.O.B. 4/20/1995)
FLO-LO SAGITTARUS BATH-SHEBA, OFA (D.O.B. 11/23/1996)
HEARTSTAR'S CISCO, OFA (D.O.B. 10/1/1998)
HEARTSTAR'S RUBY TUESDAY, OFA (D.O.B. 2/7/1997)
FLO-LO'S ARINEQUE HARD TIMES, OFA (D.O.B. 2/8/2001)
GUARDIAN'S ESTER, OFA (D.O.B. 2/28/2001)
HEARTSTAR'S LIBERTY, OFA (D.O.B. 11/21/2001)
HEARTSTAR'S HARRY POTTER, OFA (D.O.B. 1/6/2003)
HEARTSTAR'S KAYA, OFA (D.O.B. 3/24/2003)
HEARTSTAR'S ROCK-IT V BARICK, OFA (D.O.B. 9/19/2003)
HEARTSTAR'S MELISSA, OFA (D.O.B. 12/1/2003)
HEARTSTAR'S CISCO KID, OFA (D.O.B. 12/3/2004)
HEARTSTAR'S KT OF CRAN-JO, OFA (D.O.B. 11/22/2004)
HEARTSTAR'S LUCY, OFA (D.O.B. 5/15/2005)
HICKORY HILL'S JACK SPARROW, OFA (D.O.B. 6/16/2006)
JARICK'S STAR OF MEMPHIS, OFA (D.O.B. 2/13/2008)
HEARTSTAR'S MADISON, OFA (D.O.B. 2/16/2010)
KOA VOM RIVERBEND, OFA (D.O.B. 12/18/2011)
GUARDIAN ANGEL KATIE, OFA (D.O.B. 5/7/2014)
GUARDIAN ANGEL KELLI, OFA (D.O.B. 5/7/2014)
GUARDIAN ANGEL KAYLA, OFA (D.O.B. 5/7/2014)
Below is a list of the known HeartStar Shepherds OFA'ed by their new
CEASAR (D.O.B. 1/26/1997)
MADAME CHESNE (D.O.B. 12/3/2004)
RYANWOODS MADELYN OF HEARTSTAR (D.O.B. 2/16/2006)
REDROCKS TROUBLE WITH SAVANNAH (D.O.B. 2/10/2006)
RETTER (D.O.B. 2/14/2007)
HEARTSTARS ALICE IN WONDERLAND (D.O.B. 3/14/2010)
What is DM or
Degenerative Myelopathy?: is a progressive disease
of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically
between 8 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind
limbs. The affected dog will wobble when walking, knuckle over or drag the
feet. A simple DNA test can prevent a breeder from producting puppies with this grim
future. As you can image there is no cure for this problem. The owner is left
with one of two options, let them drag themselves around or have their shepherd put to
sleep. Both options are heartbreaking.
Belly Button Hernia:
A belly button hernia is a small opening in the Puppy's
abdominal wall where the umbilical cord was attached and the puppy to the mothers
uterus. For some reason the hole doesn't close up and fat polks through the hole and
makes it look much larger than the actual size or the hole. A breeder can't prevent
this from happening. Belly Button Hernias unless unusually large are a non issue on
male puppies and female not going to be used for breeding. If the hernia is a concern to
you, you could have you vet fix the hernia when your puppy is spayed or neutered. It
maybe a concern on a female puppy if she was purchased for breeding. The "fear"
is when she's pregnant, the hernia could enlarge or split during their pregnancy from the
pressure of the puppies. I have never seen this happen but that is the fear of a
Belly Button Hernia on a breeding female. Small umbilical hernias have been known to
close spontaneously by the age of 6 months. For this reason, many vets will recommend
waiting until the puppy is 6 months of age before repairing surgically.
Shots: Its important to get your puppys shots on time. Puppies should
receive their shots within the week before the due date. We think its very important
to restrict your puppys activities to your home until after the 16 weeks
vaccination. Avoid public places like parks or anywhere unknown number of dogs may have
been until your puppy has received the full round of shots at 16 weeks.
Heartworms, Fleas & Ticks: Continue
protecting your puppy from heartworms with a monthly tablet of Heart Guard. Fleas &
Ticks can be virtually eliminated with a monthly application of Bio-Spot, Front Line or
Advantage. They are no long headache they once were.
Ears UP: Some German Shepherds
puppys ears start standing up early in life and others take a little time. To help
your puppy ears stand up give your puppy a Pet-Tabs Calcium calcium tablet
twice a day (morning and night) for a 2 week period around the age of 12 weeks (or older).
If your puppys ears arent standing up by the age of 6 months, the ears may
need to be taped in addition to calcium tablets. These tablets also seem to help low
pasterns. DO NOT give your puppy or dog calcium tablets made for human use. In
general the larger the puppy will grow into, the larger the ear leather, and the longer
they take to stand up. Warning!!! Under no circumstances give your shepherd
calcium tablets for humans.
In the event Pet-Tabs
Calcium Tabblets don't do the trick, go to YouTube.com and seach on "Taping German
Shepherd Ears" (click
here). There are several videos on the subject. Along with taping
their ears, continue giving them the Calcium tablets.