A single shot can provide a lifetime of immunity for your dog.
The same size shot given to a 150lb Mastiff is also given to a 2lb Yorkie puppy.
A Titer test can tell how much immunity your dog has to specific diseases. This means you can test your best friend instead of over dosing them with shots.
Over the years we have heard some horrible stories about dogs having reactions to vaccines. Some may seem mild, such as slightly puffy skin around the shot location, while others can be as severe as chronic skin allergies, seizures, and even cancers. Most of these stories are of loving owners doing what they thought was best for their puppy, because it is what their veterinarian recommended.
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Puppies have a natural immunity given to them through their mothers milk. This immunity wears off sometime between the age of 4-18 weeks of age. Most vets recommend giving the same distemper/parvo vaccine (puppy shot) 3 times over this span to ensure the puppy is protected when his/her natural immunity wears down.
We do a Nomograph (its like a titer test) to give us a better idea when our puppies will lose their natural immunity that they receive from their mother's maternal antibodies and when their bodies will be most responsive to their distemper and /or parvo vaccine.
As a puppy grow to adulthood we continue to do Tier Tests as needed, to determent if they need any further shots.
We love to use essential oils to deter pest such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
They are a great alternative to the harsh chemicals and poisons in some of the parasite control products on the market today.
There are three ways we use essential oils.
#1 Spray: We mix 1 cup water to 1 cup apple cider vinegar (ACV) into a spray bottle, then add approximately 10 drops each of 5-7 different kinds of oils.
We spray this over our dogs before going outside where they may be exposed to parasites.
#2 Color: We will put 2 drops each of 3-4 different kinds of oils on the outside of a leather color for our dogs to where when we go to the vet, hiking, camping or just hanging out outside.
#3 Defuse: We do not use candles or air fresheners in our home. Instead we use a defuser with essential oils in it.
Here is a list of dog safe essential oils that we like to use.
Cedar-wood, Atlas): Improves circulation, helps deter fleas. Skin care.
Clary sage: Different from common garden sage. Gentle, sedating, calming.
Eucalyptus radiata: The gentlest, best tolerated, most versatile eucalyptus (there are many). Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, expectorant. Diffuse as room air cleaner, deodorizer, flea repellent.
Lavender: Used by the makers of pet aromatherapy products more than any other essential oil. Gentle, antibacterial, antipruritic (anti-itch), stimulates rapid healing, acts as a central nervous system sedative, very relaxing, deodorizing.
Orange, Sweet: Popular, uplifting, pleasant. Calms, deodorizes, repels fleas, treats skin conditions. Use organic sweet orange oil to avoid pesticide residues. Pressed, not distilled.
Peppermint: Digestive aid; stimulates circulation for injuries, sprains, strains, arthritis, dysplasia. Insect repellent. Relieves pain and itching. To prevent nausea and motion sickness, mix one tablespoon vegetable oil, seven drops ginger, and eight drops peppermint; give three drops orally
Frankincense: Has helped some cases of cancer. Works on the immune system. Has reduced tumors and external ulcers. Increases blood supply to the brain (although it can worsen hypertension so use caution)
Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder
Rose Geranium: helps repel ticks
Here are a few others we keep on hand: Lemongrass, Citronella, Lemon, Tea Tree and Ylang ylang.
Heart worms are spread by mosquitoes, so if we can prevent the mosquitoes from biting we can prevent the heart worms. We choose not to give our dogs heart worm preventive instead we use our essential oil spray as a mosquitoes preventive and just to be safe we test our dogs twice a year for heart worms.
There are several different kinds of internal worms that can effect dogs.
Rather than constantly worming them we let there natural immune system fight off the worms.
We take a stool sample to our vet twice a year to insure our dogs are worm free. If there stool shows worms we do help them fight off the worms by giving them a wormer.
All puppies pick up worms before there bodies are able to fight them off so we worm our puppies with a gentle wormer before they leave.
Please note we are not veterinarians.
The information we provide is based on our experience and knowledge, and is intended to help our puppy owners provide the best possible life for their Goldens .
Em's Goldens shall not be held liable for any damages or loss incurred due to the information we provide.
Please consult with your veterinarian before practicing our information.