The Best Possible Start In Life - Q&A With Digby's Mum and Dad

The Best Possible Start In Life - Q&A With Digby's Mum and Dad

 

Having taken the advice from vets with Freddie and Sam regarding vaccines, worming and feeding etc. and then seeing the effect it all had on their little bodies over the years, I am determined that things are done differently this time.

We met the first of our puppies on Saturday, he is going to be called Digby!

We will be collecting him on 10th April and he will be eight weeks and one day old. She has said that he will be vaccinated and microchipped a couple of days before he is collected. She is not keen on us leaving his vaccination as this will delay his socialisation and he will require the second vaccination four weeks later. I am in a quandary – I want to do the best for our new pup but also don’t want to create a situation with the breeder. Any advice would be welcome!!

I am making my shopping list for your products but just have a few queries:

 

Injection Visit

Question:

If the breeder is vaccinating, am I ok to start the 14 day course when he comes home to us, please? (10th April till 24th April)

Answer:

Yes, as soon as Digby is home with you, start the Injection Visit.

Give 2-3 drops 3 times daily by gently dabbing on the outside of the lips with a clean finger. Alternatively, add to a morsel of food. A few drops can also be added to drinking water daily.

Continue for 14 days after any injection.

Question:

Your website says repeat again after a 3 week interval – but he will be having his second vaccine 4 weeks after the first one (approximately 5th/6th May). Do I start giving the Injection Visit a couple of days before the second injection or wait until the 3 weeks are up (approximately on 15th May), please?

Answer:

Yes, I would start 48 hours before the second injection and continue for 14 days. Then repeat again for a final time, after an interval of another 3 weeks.

Question:

Is the dosage the same for both puppies and adult dogs, please?

Answer:

Yes, 2-3 drops 3 times daily.

Question:

I have no intention of having any further yearly boosters unless a titer test suggests it is required.

Your advice on whether he should have the Kennel Cough vaccine before going into public places would also be appreciated.

Answer:

It is difficult to recommend the Kennel Cough vaccine.

In our experience the protection it gives (if any) is short-lived because bacterial antigens (in this case Bordetella bronchiseptica) do not stimulate the strong immune response that viral antigens do.

Also, although canine parainfluenza virus is included in the vaccine, other microorganisms such as Canine adenovirus 2, mycoplasma species and coronavirus (not the human one!) which can be involved in 'kennel cough' are not, and so it is a very narrow spectrum vaccine. 

 

Worm Control & Detoxification Support

Intestinal Cleanse:

Question:

Am I correct in thinking this is used instead of worming tablets, please?

Answer:

Yes, the remedies in the Natural Worm Control and Detoxification Support Combination Pack are designed for natural worm control, in conjunction with regular screening to make sure none of these internal parasites are present.

Question:

I haven’t asked the breeder about worming but after discussing vaccinations, I am guessing she will be of the same view on worming!  If he is wormed prior to coming to us, am I ok to start this course at the beginning of May, please?

Answer:

If possible, ask the breeder not to worm Digby, saying that you will screen him for worms instead, as soon as he is home with you (details in the feeding plan attached).

If he tests clear, there will be no need for a chemical wormer (most of which are nerve poisons of one kind or another). This avoids any risk of an adverse reaction in sensitive pets, which can be severe and occasionally fatal. It is best to screen a puppy's stools twice at an interval of 3 weeks initially.  

Question:

Am I correct that thereafter, for the rest of his life, he will be given this 3 x daily for the first 7 days of each month instead of any worming medication?

Answer:

Yes, the Intestinal Cleanse is given for the first 7 days every month, and Organ Cleanse for the first 7 days every 2 months. They can be given together when both are due. 

Question:

Is the monthly treatment suitable for puppies – from my recollection with Freddie and Sam, when they were puppies we were told to worm them more frequently in their first few months of age.

Answer:

Yes it is - unless one of the stool screens is positive, in which case we will advise a slightly different protocol.

 

Organ Cleanse:

Question:

Should I start him on this as soon as we get him or wait until May, please? 

I understand that it is given 3 x daily for 7 days alternate months. 

Again is the dosage for these two Remedies the same for puppies as adult dogs, please?

Answer:

Dosage is the same.

First step is to screen the stools twice at an interval of 3 weeks.

If these are clear, wait until the final course of Injection Visit remedy has been given, and then start Intestinal Cleanse and Organ Cleanse 3 weeks later.  

Question:

Whilst Intestinal Cleanse and Organ Cleanse can be given at the same time/together, if Injection visit is also required how long before or after should it be given?

Answer:

Please see answers above.

Question:

When should I start submitting his stool to you for your worm testing and should the lungworm be done too, please? Should this be done more frequently that 3-4 months for a puppy please?

Answer:

Send the first combined screen (Worm count and Lungworm) as soon as you can after Digby arrives. Second one 3 weeks later.

Question:

I do not intend using flea/tick products and will try your recommended solution of organic essential oils in water. Just one question, for a puppy should it be diluted more, please? I actually trained in Aromatherapy many years ago and I know a weaker dilution was always used on children/babies. Is there also any specific lavender that should be used too, please?

Answer:

Yes, it is best to dilute it half as much again. If you prefer to use a commercially available product rather than a home made preparation, an organic Neem shampoo is a good choice.  

 

Diet

I completed your “Individually Tailored Raw Diet” questionnaire last night (as best as I am able at this time!).

As I said in the questionnaire, the breeder has him on Royal Canin Mother & Baby and she has recommended Royal Canin Puppy or Wafcol Salmon & Potato. He also apparently likes goats milk!

Question:

We are looking at a raw diet rather than a processed one and would like to keep everything as natural as possible. Not having fed raw before (except briefly when Sam decided it took his fancy for a couple of days!) I am concerned about the size of bone pieces in it for such a tiny puppy! Is it best to vary different meats, if so how often, or just stick with one single protein?

Answer:

We advise checking each meal of raw before serving and removing any pieces of bone larger than 10mm (there shouldn't be many, if any) for the first 6 weeks. After that this is no longer necessary. 

One single protein raw is best to begin with, until all the supplements have been added to ensure a complete, balanced diet is fed which promotes optimum health.

The raw fed to a puppy at this stage of life, is similar to laying down the foundation of a house - which in this case is a diet that sets a young dog up for the best possible health and quality of life. And just as this foundation is left to do it's job while the rest of a house is erected, keeping the core raw food the same makes it easier to create the diet that best suits an individual pet, and is healthy and nutritious to feed long term. A little more variety can be introduced later, but if the diet is already complete, this is not necessary.   

Question:

So far as the weaning off his current food onto raw goes, how should this be done please? I am sure I have read somewhere (!!!!)  that raw food should not be combined with kibble, is this correct, please?

Answer:

The transitioning instructions are in the feeding plan attached. 

Question:

Should he also be given any of your superfood supplements, please?

Answer:

Yes, as described in the feeding plans.

Supplementation is essential for modern day pets, to help their bodies cope with stress, environmental pollution and exposure to many other substances which can adversely impact health.     

Question:

I am also looking at natural training treats – it amazes me that companies advertise natural products which then contain many ingredients on your list to avoid!! Please could you give your advice on the following or recommend something suitable?

Answer:

To begin with, cubes of oven baked pieces of meat (same meat as in the single raw being fed) can be used as high value training treats. 

Later on, 100% single animal source meat treats with no additives can be used.

 

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