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Ally found her new home!

Ally found her new home in Pennsylvania! Hooray for her! She will be going home this Friday. Congratulations to your new family, Ally! :)

Legg-Calve-Perthes Syndrome

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCP) is a disorder of hip joint conformation. It is most often seen in the miniature and toy breeds between the ages of 4 months to a year. LCP results when the blood supply to the femoral head is interrupted resulting in the death of the bone cells. As the body tries to bring the blood supply back to the bone, the femoral head may become irregular or collapse. This does not allow the joint to function properly and causes stiffness and pain. LCP is believed to be an inherited disease, although the mode of inheritance is not known. Treatment and recovery varies on the severity of the disease. Treatment options may include strict rest, splinting or surgery. www.offa

Liver Shunt

Liver Shunt Liver shunt or portosystemic shunt is a congenital malformation of the liver that causes blood to bypass the liver while traveling fromthe GI tract to general circulation. One of the liver’s many functions is to maintain the body’s blood sugar level. Because blood is not circulating through the liver properly, hypoglycemia or low blood sugar may follow. This condition can sometimes be cured with surgery. A liver function blood test such as bile acid testing is needed to diagnosis this condition. www.veterinarypartner.com, “Toy Breed Hypoglycemia”

How to Avoid Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia simply means low blood sugar. This can even occur in otherwise healthy puppies due to a lack of nutrition. Because yorkies have such little reserve, they must never miss a meal. If they do not eat, their blood sugar will drop to a dangerous level and this could cause death. Signs of Hypoglycemia: Lethargy/Refusal to eat Vomiting/Diarrhea Shock or coma-like state If your puppy is acting lethargic, give 1/2 dropperful of Super Stress Drops. If the puppy is not returning to normal activity within 15-30 minutes or its condition worsens you must seek medical attention immediately.Your veterinarian may need to give IV fluids with sugar to the puppy depending on its condition and how l

Dogs have teeth too!

All toy breeds are prone to dental disease. Proper home care and regular dental cleaning at your veterinarian will help prevent severe dental disease. The health of gums and teeth can affect other major body organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver. It is very important to keep their mouths clean! We recommend beginning teeth brushing when puppies are very young. This will get them used to the idea of someone working with them in their mouths. There are many “doggie” toothpastes available in several flavors. It would be good to find one your puppy likes. This will make teeth brushing a more positive experience. A slow and gradual approach will be the most successful. Start with allowing t

Register Your Puppy's Microchip!

A microchip is a means of permanent identification for your puppy. It contains a unique number that is linked to your contact information in a database. If your puppy is ever lost and turned into a shelter or veterinary office, this number can be scanned and your puppy identified as belonging to you.The shelter or veterinary office can then contact you and help youbring your puppy home. We microchip all of our puppies and highly recommend you register the microchip in your name when you take your puppy home. A good place to do this is: www.petkey.org

Feeding Your Puppy

We feed Royal Canin Mini Starter® and provide you with some to take home with your new puppy. If you choose to switch your puppy to a different type of food (we recommend Royal Canine X-Small Puppy®), make the change gradually over a period of 7-10 days. Start with just the food we sent for a few days. On about Day 3 or 4 you may begin lessening the amount of the old food and increasing the amount of the new food. Continue the switch gradually until only the new food is being fed. We will provide specific feeding instructions when you get a puppy from us. Remember to provide your puppy with fresh water at all times. Typically, puppies need to stay on puppy food for about one year of

Crate Training

Many people associate kennel crates with imprisonment or punishment. It is actually a personal den or safe haven for the puppy. Crates minimize the stress and activity that comes with being left alone and having to deal with a large area. A crated puppy cannot pace back and forth or dart from window to window. He cannot work himself into a frenzy that also may include chewing and ransacking. These activities also lead to indoor accidents. Dogs are much more contented when they feel secure. Having his own personal “house” for when you are away will give your puppy the security he needs. It also assures you that he is behaving and you will be happy to see each other when you arrive home. Puppi

House Training 101

Beginning Housebreaking Now that you have obtained a puppy, you have a very important job ahead of you. Housebreaking is a challenging but rewarding experience when done successfully. The following information will help you to understand the habits of your puppy, and assist you in teaching him where to urinate and defecate. A routine, constant supervision when you are at home, and confinement when you are not, will have most dogs housebroken within 12 weeks. A puppy that is new to your home will need time to adjust. This can take up to three months, depending on the puppy’s age and level of confidence. Each puppy is an individual and will respond differently to having new caretakers, living

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