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.
Fleas and ticks are the enemy of any pet owner. Not only are they annoying but also can carry some pretty nasty diseases. When most people think of flea and tick prevention, they think of a chemically infused collar, toxic topicals, or poison filled chewables. I know that's a pretty harsh way of putting it, but that is exactly what they are and I want you to be completely aware before making a decision on how you will prevent these pests. There are lots of natural things you can use to prevent these pests but they will require a little extra work. Something is simple as grooming your dog after a hike in the woods or spritzing them down with some essential oil maybe all it takes. On the other hand, if you live in an area with lots of pest pressure, especially ticks, you may not have a choice but to go the chemical route. If you do decide to use a traditional method of pest control, I would highly recommend pairing it with a detox and spreading the dosing out as far as you can. For example, if you're giving a monthly chewable, see how many weeks it actually works. I have used NexGard in the past and found that it works for up to 7 weeks. I also recommend giving the smallest dose possible and if you have a season where pest pressure isn't as bad, take a break from the chemicals.
If you are able to get away with natural methods, this is the best!
Did you know heartworms are passed to dogs by mosquitoes? So if we can prevent the mosquito from biting our pets, we can prevent heartworms without any chemical heartworm prevention. Doing things to prevent mosquitoes such as avoiding mosquito heavy areas, especially in the evening or early morning, as well as using essential oil bug spray can help.
Because I like too hike and go camping with my dogs, this isn't always enough. I use a all-natural herbal blend called para-clens from heaven sent healthy pets (linked below) through spring, summer and fall. I also do a yearly heartworm test on all my dogs, that way if any of them did contract heartworms I would find it fairly quickly.
When it comes to other types of internal worms, I find it's best to have your veterinarian run a fecal exam to determine if your dog has any parasites and if so, what kind. Most of the time fecal exams come back negative, but occasionally your vet might find something. In these cases your vet will know the best type of dewormer to use for that specific parasite. I would definitely do a detox while deworming to try to flush any harmful chemicals in the dewormer out of your dog. I have heard pumpkin seed can be a natural dewormer however I have no experience using it at this time.
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