From the moment our adorable pups enter the world, we're dedicated to ensuring their optimal well-being and development. Every step of our meticulous program is recorded in each puppy's canine health record, reflecting our commitment to transparency and excellence. We understand that raising healthy and happy puppies requires more than just genetics – it demands an approach that focuses on their physical, neurological, and emotional growth. Here's a comprehensive guide through our program that nurtures robust health and socialization to create a seamless transition to your home.
After the puppies are born, the fun begins. All of the following procedures are recorded in the puppy's canine health record.
- Weights of the puppies are taken everyday for the first 3 weeks of their life. We do this to make sure everyone is gaining weight properly and that no one gets left behind. From day 3-16, the puppies will undergo the Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) process. (See below for more information)
- From birth to 4 weeks of age, the whelping box is maintained by replacing mats, blankets, and towels daily and spot cleaning any messes. We try to avoid using too many disinfecting chemicals at this time as to not negatively impact the developing pups.
- Once the puppies hit the 4-week mark, the pups receive their first round of deworming medication (Safeguard/panacur). At this age, the pups become more active and begin to explore their environment. The pups have access to an artificial grass patch to begin the potty training process.
- At 6 weeks of age, the puppies are given one more round of deworming medication (Strongid/pyrantel) to ensure full effectiveness.
- During the 7th week, the puppies receive their first DAPP vaccination and be microchipped.
- At 8 weeks old, the puppies take their first visit to the vet for their individual veterinarian certificates of health. A sample of stool is also examined by the vet at this time to screen for any parasites or microorganisms.
This health protocol was developed with the focus of raising healthy puppies with as little medical intervention as possible. We want to avoid over-medicating and creating antibiotic resistance while also ensuring that our puppies are healthy and happy. Thank you to Monica Wagner, DVM. at Waukon Veterinary Services for her assistance in creating this protocol.