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What's New This June?

June 1, 2006

 

 

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In This Issue:

     1.  Sprinkles and Cordy Have New Pups!

       2.  Home From Scotland!

       3.  Are We Over Vaccinating Our Dogs?

       4.  Westie Dental Care!

       5.  Chloe and Gigi Expecting New Pups!

       6.  No Pet Store Pups!


1.  Sprinkles and Cordy Have New Pups!

Sprinkles, Cordy, and the pups are all doing just great.  They continue to grow and become aware of their environment.  Their eyes are open, they are beginning to hear, and are "wobbly walking".  They are already booked by those on our wait list.

See Cordy's litter! (click here)

See Sprinkles' Litter! (click here)


2.  Home From Scotland!

Our trip to Scotland was quite an experience.  We enjoyed 10 days of relaxation, shopping, and site seeing.  It was fun!  We got our fill of Scottish history, tartan, sheep, driving on the left side of the road, and my first and only taste of Black Pudding and Haggis!  Pass the mashed potatoes and gravy, instead, please!   We did not see as many Westies as we had thought.  We did get to visit Francie and Gigi's home near Dundee.  Sharon was a gracious host and we got to visit with her beautiful dogs.  It was a delightful visit.  Thanks, Sharon!


3.  Are We Over Vaccinating Our Dogs?

NOTE:  I must warn you, but it will be obvious, that I do not like the way many vets are over-vaccinating our dogs!

The following information comes from: CritterAdvocacy.org 

l "Booster vaccines" or annual re-administration of modified live virus vaccines like distemper and parvo virus do not provide added protection. In previously vaccinated adult animals the antibodies from previous vaccinations block the new vaccine. Antibody levels are not increased, memory cells are not increased.

l The duration of immunity for modified live virus vaccines like K9 Distemper and Parvovirus
have been proven to be 7 years by challenge and 15 and 7 years respectively by serology. Memory cells persist for life.

l Titers of antibody levels do not accurately predict immunity or lack of immunity.

l There is no Scientific Data to support manufacturer label directions to re-administer MLV vaccines annually.

l Modified live vaccines for diseases like Parvovirus and Distemper provide lifetime immunity when administered to adult (6 mo) dogs and cats.

l There is no justification for vaccination of dogs for corona virus.

l Vaccines should not be marketed in areas of the country where the diseases are very rare.
 ( ie. Leptospirosis and Lyme disease.)

Read these quotes in an article written by Dr. Bob Rogers, DVM about finding the courage to embrace and manage change.

"Veterinary Medicine has one of the best public images of any profession. Now for the first in our lifetime we face a difficult ethical challenge, that of revising our vaccination recommendations. We say light-heartedly that half of everything we learned in Vet School was wrong; we just don’t know which half. Although most Veterinarians enjoy a challenge, it is always difficult to make a transition from what we thought we knew and were comfortable with, to new and less familiar ways of doing things. Most organizations like most people tend to resist change.

Managing change and transition is not easy, even if the change is positive. Even if it means we benefit financially. But what if it means we don’t benefit financially?

I am the first to admit when faced with changing my vaccination recommendations I experienced the same reservations, and yes, even fear and anger, just as many of you. “The experts must have overlooked something,” I said. We all experience the same fazes when faced with change. Then I got a grip on my anger and disbelief and did some research.  I found out the studies have been done, and although nothing is ever completely without a little pocket of unknowns, enough is known to warrant change. I was shocked to find that there are no studies that show antibody titers wane with time for certain diseases. I was shocked to find that no studies have been done to show that re-administration of MLV vaccines like distemper and parvo actually  “boost” the immune system. In fact, studies show they have no effect"...Read More!


4.  Westie Dental Care!

You can ensure your westie has a healthy oral cavity and good dental health through routine dental care.  Evidence has shown that consistent brushing can extend the lifespan of your Westie by two to six years.  Chronic oral infection can spread bacteria to other parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys. Fortunately, most dental disease is preventable through a program of oral hygiene.  Dental care should be a part of every Westie's preventive medical program.  It doesn't take long for your Westie to enjoy or tolerate teeth brushing.  Be persistent.  Healthy Westie gums are firm and pink.  The gums are close to the teeth with no space for debris to collect.  Brush those teeth!


5.  Chloe and Gigi Expecting New Pups!

Chloe and Gigi are due to have pups the end of June.  They will not be bred again for another year.  Keep checking the site for updates.


6.  No Pet Store Pups!

This week past, Linda and our granddaughter, Brandi, were at the mall.  They walked past a pet store and saw a Westie pup for sale.  They went inside to see him and were shocked at what they saw!  This cute little puppy was nasty, obviously un-kept, and living in a dirty, tiny cage.  To the store employees this pup was just another "item" to be sold.  They did not know where he came from. 

Puppies sold in pet stores come from brokers who get their pups from puppy mills.  They are brokered on the website and sold in pet stores all over the country.  I just looked at one site and bids range from $150-$250.  Many times these pups are diseased, the result of poor breeding practices, and no social skills.  We always discourage anyone from buying a pet store puppy because of the conditions and practices used by puppy millers.  Follow these links for more info on puppy mills: 

Rescue Angels
Ever wonder where your dog really came from?  Read this heart-warming story of love and compassion.
NoPuppyMills.com
If you have never read about the horrors of Puppy Mills, this is an educational site that will break your heart!  Learn how some Pet Stores are involved in buying from brokers and breeders who are only interested in a buck and not the welfare of a pup. 
 

NOTE:  When you access an on-line store by clicking on a banner from our site, the cost is the same for you, but we get credit for the sale.  Thanks in advance if you shop from any banner on our site.  

    

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