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Puppy Vaccines:

We do our own shots so we can control the brand of vaccine that our puppies get.  In the early 1990’s our veterinarian was doing our puppy shots.  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 haven’t 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 don’t receive timely medical treatment (I.V. fluids & antibiotics), the puppy dies. 

 

What is OFA certified hips?

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).

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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 owners
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 mother’s 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.


Stool Samples:
Until puppies are separated from their litter mates and the kennel area where they have all lived as a group, it’s 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. Have your vet test a stool sample as soon as possible after taking your puppy home and have your puppy checked for worms and Cocidia. The elimination of these parasites is quick and simple. Signs of a problem would be soft or runny stools. Stools should be firm and tubular (tootsie rolls like). Parasites (worms) and Cocidia can rob from your puppy’s nutrition and in worst cases they can be fatal to your puppy.

Shots: It’s important to get your puppy’s shots on time. Puppies should receive their shots within the week before the due date. We think it’s very important to restrict your puppy’s 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 puppy’s 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 puppy’s ears aren’t 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.   The longer the ears take to stand up in a male puppy, is a good thing to me.   Meaning the larger the dog is going to be (most people like a large male).


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