Vaccinations / Parasite Protocol,
& Health Testing
Vaccine & Parasite Protocol
Puppies are sold:
8 weeks of age...
Primo vaccinated - CHPPiL + Kennel Cough
( CHPPiL includes Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenzavirus, and Leptospirosis )
1-year Kennel Cough (nasal application)
Dewormed every 2 weeks since birth via:
Dronstop at weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8, and Procox against Giardia at 10 weeks of age followed by 3 days of Panacur C against Coccidiosis
Passport, Veterinary Health Certificate, Sales Contract
Guaranteed against congenital & genetic defects.
FCI Export Pedigree (French LOF) issued & ISO Microchip registered in the name of the new owner.
At 12 weeks of age...
Primo vaccination recall - CHPPiL4 + Rabies
( CHPPiL4 includes prevention for the four types of Leptospirosis )
1-year Rabies Vaccination
Final complete deworming using Veloxa or Milbemax (solid form)
All of the above applied to the Passport with the Clinical Exam completed.
Second updated Health Certificate
Int./Ex. Parasite Protocol:
Our puppies are dewormed every two weeks from birth until eight weeks of age with broad spectrum liquid puppy treatment, Drontal by Bayer. At 10 weeks of age, we use one dose of Procox against Giardia followed by a 3 day treatment of PanacurC against Coccidiosis before departure. After that, we use Milbemax or Veloxa every month to six months to treat against 13 species of internal parasites. We then vary between brands every six months to maintain effectiveness. There are natural ways to "help prevent" parasites, but we live in the countryside and it is important to take more serious steps to keep our dogs and puppies in top health and condition. Parasites are the enemy. They can cause pain, bloating, weight loss, essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies leading to anemia, lethargy, and stunted growth (amongst other things). We begin external parasite prevention at 3 months of age using the Seresto Collar.
Note: If a puppy is properly immunized when young, then we begin using titer testing for immunization levels at 2 years of age after the one-year vaccination recalls. Over-vaccination is a serious issue in veterinary medicine, and we closely monitor the immunity levels in our dogs. Rabies is always kept current with the 3-year vaccine for dogs who are engaged in protection sports.
Alternative Medicine & Natural Therapy
We take a holistic approach to natural wellness in our dogs. This involves the integration of the following practices into the lives of our dogs as young as 8 weeks of age...
Hydrotherapy / Balneotherapy
Homeopathic / Botanical Medicine
Naturopathy & Essential Oils
Genetic Health Testing
Depending on their genetic background and parental clearances, our dogs are health tested before breeding. Below are what we test for (all results must be clear of any issues either through official laboratory testing or by parental clearances ):
Official DNA Blueprinting
This is sent directly to the national purebred registry (Societé Centrale Canine) to be recorded and allows puppy owners to prove the parentage of their dogs.
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
(Also called Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy)
Degenerative myelopathy (DM), also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy (CDRM), is a disease affecting the spinal cord, resulting in slowly progressive hind limb weakness and paralysis. The symptoms result from degeneration of the white matter of the spinal cord. DM is similar to some of the forms of human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A genetic mutation, SOD-1, has been identified as a major risk factor for DM. The condition is most common in middle-aged to older dogs, with a range from 4-14 years. It has been reported in young dogs on rare occasions.
Multi-Drug Resistance Gene (MDR-1)
Multi-Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1) is a gene that is meant for helping to protect the brain. This gene specifically codes for P-glycoprotein, which is responsible for transporting certain drugs out of the brain. If this gene is mutated, it will create a defective protein, and consequently, drugs will remain and build up in the brain to toxic levels. This dominant gene is inherited from the parents, whether the parent has two copies of the gene or only one copy. If neither parent has a copy of the mutated MDR1 gene, then neither will the offspring.
The dog with a mutated MDR gene will have increased sensitivity to certain drug molecules, including macrocyclic lactones (such as Ivermectin).
Von Willebrand Type1 (VWD1)
Spongy Degeneration w/ Cerebellar Ataxia (SDCA 1&2)
Hip & Elbow Dysplasia / Spinal Spondylosis / Shoulder OCD
We regularly perform X-rays on our dogs (after 24 months of age) to ensure they are healthy and apt to train and compete in sports.
Hip and elbow dysplasia is a condition that occurs during the growth stage in dogs. It results in the loosening of the joint, which causes dysfunction and pain. As the dog grows, the cartilage and bone of the hip or elbow begin to wear down. Over time, this causes arthritis, muscle atrophy, and limited mobility.
Spondylosis Deformans is a degenerative condition of the vertebral bones, and it commonly develops in dogs as part of the natural aging process. It can also be caused by trauma (both small and major injury) or in those that have a genetic predisposition to bone spurs (resembling parakeet beaks).
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD or OD) is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the diseased cartilage separates from the underlying bone. It most commonly affects the shoulder joint but the elbow, hip, knee (stifle), or hock (tarsus) may also be affected.
A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound, usually heard by listening to the heart with a stethoscope. A heart murmur is caused by turbulent blood flow within the heart. Since it is impossible to know if a puppy's heart murmur is congenital or genetic, we take every precaution to prevent the latter from being the cause of such an affliction by ensuring that we do NOT reproduce from any animal who has ever been diagnosed with any type (systolic, diastolic, continuous) or degree of heart murmur (they are graded by severity up to 6). Puppies are all sold with health veterinary certificates.
Esthetics tests for conformation and breed type...
Long Hair Gene (LH)
Dilution Gene (DIL)