We provide our new puppy owners with quite a few Information Sheets.
The Information Sheets cover topics which I consider extremely important for all our puppy owners to know. The information is touched upon in the website - but gone into much more detail in the emails themselves.
The Anatomy Sheets which provide Illustrations should be printed off and taken with you to the vet, so he can explain problems to you quite clearly by marking and making notes on the pertinent sheet.
I am constantly creating new Sheets and adding to the ones which already exist. So much so that I'm going to start putting revision dates on all of them, so our puppy owners will be able to tell if they have the most current sheets, or need the newest ones resent.
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The list of Information Sheets are:
Administering Vaccines Yourself (2/03/2013)
Step-by-Step instructions for purchasing, storing and administering the proper vaccines for puppy boosters and adult yearly vaccinations. Also in-depth description of exact type of syringes to purchase, plus safeguarding against reactions, and what to do in case they happen.
Anal Glands (1/11/2012)
What anal glands are, where they are located, how to tell when they need expressing and how to express them yourself, things that can go wrong with the glands; and how to keep the glands in good shape so that they express themselves naturally.
Anatomy 1 - Body (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 2 - Head & Ear (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 3 - Dentition (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 4 - The Eye (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 5 - Skeleton - 1 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 6 - Skeleton - 2 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 7 - Internal Organs - 1 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 8 - Internal Organs - 2 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 9 - Digestive System (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 10 - Cross Section of Heart (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 11 - Respiratory System (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 12 - Endocrine System (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 13 - Muscular System - 1 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 14 - Muscular System - 2 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 15 - Veins (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 16 - Arteries (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Anatomy 17 - Nerves (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Antlers, Horns, and Bones (9/19/2012)
Difference between antlers and horns, danger of prion disease, danger of ham bones and femur bones, dangers of any treat which contains bone.
Back Problems (6/4/2013)
Beware of Hollywood Glitz (9/19/2012)
The erroneous beliefs of Temple Grandin and Cesar Millan - and the common error of mistaking "submission" for "emotional shutdown."
Body Language - 1 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Illustrations of Greeting, Soliciting, Alarm, Fright, Dominance Display, Defensive Threat.
Body Language - 2 (illustration) (9/19/2012)
Illustrations of Play Invitation, Passive Submission, Calmness, Aggression, Fear.
Canine Family Relationships (1/11/2012)
Getting together with other sibling puppies; Familial Recognition; Are Moms sad when puppies leave?
Checklist for Puppy Coming Home (8/30/2013)
Preparing the House; Items for Feeding; Items for Puppy's Comfort and Safety; Items for Medicating; Items for Grooming; Items for Puppy's Enjoyment.
Causes, Effects, Preventing
Dachshunds - German, American, & Registries (9/19/2012)
German Dachshund Standards, American Dachshund Standards, Registries - what the letters stand for, how the registries started and how they work - AKC, CKC, ACA, AFDSB, APR, APRI, ARU, CRCS, DRA, IABCA, NAPDR, NKC, PCI, UABR, UKCI, WKC, WWKC, USDA.
Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Mosquitoes and Flies (9/19/2012)
Non-toxic methods of dealing with External parasites: Flea-combing, Shampoo, Powdering, Misting, Dipping, Spraying the Yard, Bombing the House. Flea allergy. Dealing with Ticks. Description of Mites - Otodectic, Sarcoptic, Demodectic. Dealing with Mosquitoes, Horseflies, Deerflies.
Genetically Engineered Vaccines (12/10/2012)
Describes how the vaccines are created, and the unanswered questions and risks they pose.
Greenies, Dental Chews, Bully Sticks, Barkworthies (8/2/2013)
Dangers of Greenies and Dental Chews, and dangers of treats and chews sold by importers - like "Best Bully Sticks" and "Barkworthies."
Group Playtime with Strange Dogs (1/11/2012)
Dangers of Group Playtime; Pack Behavior.
Heartworm Prevention and Flea Protection (9/5/2013)
Description of various products on the market, their active ingredients, how they work and toxicity level - Ace Flea & Tick Killer, Advantage/Advantix, Advocate, Advantage II/Advantix II, Basis Flea & Tick Spray, Biospot, Break-Thru Stripe On, CAI Spray, Capstar, Comfortis, Cyflee, Defend Exspot, Diatomaceous Earth, Eagle-7, Ectogard, Enforcer, Frontline, Frontline Plus, Frontline Tritak,Hartz One Spot, Hartz Ultraguard, Hartz Ultraguard Plus, Hartz Ultraguard Pro, Heartgard, Heartgard Plus, Interceptor, Iverhart Max, K9 Advantix, "Natural" Heartworm Prevention, Neem Oil, Proban, Program, Promeris, Revolution, Sentinel, Trifexis, Unicorn Dust, Vectra 3D.and more.......
Housetraining with a Bell (9/19/2012)
Training Methods, Reinforcement Training.
Hydrogen Peroxide (4/19/2012)
Instructions on how to use Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting in case of poisoning or accidental swallowing of foreign objects.
Interactive Toys (9/24/2012)
Sources of some of the best Interactive Toys on the market.
Background and description of the active ingredient "ivermectin." Instructions for how to purchase (OTC) Ivomec and use for Heartworm Prevention and for taking care of Ear Mites.
Explanation of exactly what Leptospirosis is and what causes it. Problems with the Lepto vaccine. Is it safe not to give the vaccine? Why are the vaccines pushed so much by vets? Is the "new" vaccine really safer?
Let's Play! (9/19/2012)
Description of various forms of play - Self Play, Inanimate Object Play and Social Play. Signals of intention to play. Games that you can play with your puppy/dog.
Medical Emergencies (9/29/2012)
Descriptions of Medical Emergencies. Experiences of puppy owners. The New Pet Vet Guide.
Pain Control Medications for Dogs and Cats (7/5/2013)
Importance of Pain Control. Description of various types of pain control medications: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory agents (Rimadyl, Novox, Carprofen, Zubrin, Deramaxx, Metacam, EtoGesic, Previcox, Banamine, Feldene, Aspirin. Analgesics other than NSAIDs: Tramadol, Ultram, Gabapentin/Neurontin, Methocarbamol. Dissasociative Anesthetic Agents: Ketamine. Alpha-2 Agonists or Blockers: Xylazine/Rompun, Domitor, Amantadine/Symmetrel, Elevil/Amitripyline. Corticosteroids, Controlled Medications (narcotics): Fentany, Recuvrya, Morphine, Demerol/Meperidine, Buspar/Buspirone, Butorphanol/Torbugesic/Torbutrol, Buprenorphine. And dose variances.
PawGanics, Dermoscent and Furminator (9/19/2012)
Researching Pet Products such as PawGanics, Dermoscent and Furminator.
Pesticides and Pets (9/5/2013)
New discoveries as to the dangers of the common pesticides that we use in the house and in the yards; and in particular - ON our dogs; which are now known to increase the dangers of allergies, neurological conditions (including seizures) and cancer. SMALL breed dogs are especially susceptible to the poisonous effects of topical flea and tick medications - and Dachshunds are among the MOST LIKELY breeds to be poisoned by flea and tick products. Included articles explain why.
Preventing Aggression Among Family Dogs (1/11/2012)
The importance of having no aggression in your home. How to be in control. Begin when the dogs are young. Learn how to "read" your dog. Love, honor and obey. How to praise your dog. Understanding triggers. Aggression and older dogs. Aggression and "single"/"only child" dogs. Discipline and Correction. Degrees of Discipline. Dangerous situations. Extra Training and Reinforcement. Importance of Eye Contact.
Preventing Back Problems, Using Steps & Ramps (2/21/2012)
Weight and Exercise. Using Steps/Ramps. BiovaPlex. Back Braces for Dogs.
Previcox, Anti-Inflammatories, Big Pharma (8/4/2012)
Previcox warning. Anti-inflammatories - how they work, how to administer, watching for signs of side effects. OTC aids for arthritis in dogs. Influence of the Drug Companies on Veterinarians, beginning first day of vet school.
Researching Puppy Kibble (1/10/2013)
Why is a good kibble important? Step by step instructions for how to research kibble - and not be taken in by the "warm & fuzzies" on websites. How to research the businesses, calling them and what questions to ask - and what answers to watch out for. Describes the difference between types of meat, meal, by-products, and by-product meal. How companies are using misdirection to make you think the kibble is good.
Rewarding and Punishing Puppies (9/19/2012)
Exactly how to reward and punish puppies - depending upon the degree needed.
Selecting a Vet (7/17/2013)
How to investigate vet clinics. How to visit, what questions to ask - and what answers to watch out for. Personal experiences of puppy owners describing how they investigated vet clinics.
Skunk Encounter (8/30/2013)
Step by step instructions on exactly what to do if your dog has been sprayed by a skunk. How to avoid skunk encounters. What to do if you know you have skunks in the area. How to make a "Skunk Emergency Kit" for home or traveling. I know, it sounds silly - but I'll bet you'll think it's silly ONLY up until the time you really need it....in a hurry.
Spaying or Neutering (medical information) (depending if the new owners take a boy or a girl) (7/17/2013)
When to spay/neuter. Vaccinations needed prior to surgery. Is a blood test really needed? Laser surgery. Flank incisions. Staying overnight. Pain medications - which ones to watch out for, which ones to demand. Descriptions of medications: Acepromazine, Ketaprofen, Carprofen, Cortisone, Prednisone, Dexamethasone, Ketamine, Torbutrol, Torbugesic, Tramadol. Type of sutures - staples, stainless steel wire, removable, absorbable, surgical glue. Type of suture patterns - continuous vs interrupted. Warmth after surgery. Activity after surgery. E-collars, foam collars, towel collars. Feeding and watering after surgery. Step-by-Step instructions for: when making the appointment, the night before surgery, dropping the puppy off, picking puppy up, after puppy comes home, first week, after 10-14 days.
Dachshunds and stubbornness.
The Developmental Periods (from birth to 3 months) (1/11/2012)
Describing the exact physical, mental and emotional changes puppies go through during the different developmental periods. The Neonatal Period: day 1 - 14. The Transitional Period: day 15 - 21. The Socialization Period. The Period of Becoming Aware. The Period of Curiosity. The Period of Behavioral Refinement. The Period of Environmental Awareness. Summary of Puppy Behavior - what you can expect, weekly from week 1 through week 12. Curriculum for a Pet Puppy. Vocabulary for a Pet Dog.
The Perfect Dog Bed (8/29/2013)
I've tried just about every dog bed on the market, including some homemade ones, and was tired of zipping/unzipping covers, washing heavy material which takes ages to dry; and worse - having the dog chew up the bed into a gazillion pieces within a week of purchase. I wanted something that was:
1) super comfortable for a Dachshund
2) easy for a Dachshund to get into without having to jump
3) easy and cheap to make, takes 5 minutes and a few cents.4) simple to replace, ie disposable5) easy to fold up for storage, moving or disposalAfter experimenting with different materials and designs, here's what I came up with. It's absolutely perfect.
Tranquilizing Dogs (7/5/2013)
When tranquilizing might be necessary. Description of different tranquilizing medications: Diphenhyramine/Benedryl, Valium, Acepromazine, Phenobarbital, Dilantin, Torbutrol/Torbugesic, Tramadol. Interaction with other dogs.
Traveling with Dachshunds (8/30/2013)
On airplanes, boats or to foreign countries. Public transportation. Start travel training in puppyhood. Sedatives, tranquilizers and car sickness. Planning your vacation spot. Hiking. Camping. Medical records (vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea protection, medications). Health certificates and permits. List of supplies. First Aid kit. Grooming kit. Ramps, steps, exercise pens, crates, strollers. Water, Food and Feeding during trip. Preparing for a trip. Rest room facilities. Keep your dog safe - on a leash, identification, riding in the vehicle, stopped and parked cars, fitness level, swimming, During the drive. Medical emergencies. Meeting strangers. Hotels and Motels. Restaurants. Your dog's comfort level. Snakebites. Personal experiences from puppy owners.
Using Dremel for Nails (9/22/2012)
Introducing dogs to Dremel, and guide to using.
Veterinarians and Vet Care (7/5/2013)
Running into problems with vets. Vaccinations - a common problem with vets. Inexperienced vets & vet techs. Veterinary Relief Services. The Vet moneymakers. Teeth Cleaning. Emergency Clinics. Vets & knowledge of Dachshunds. Vets and scare tactics. Demanding hard copies of test results. Pain relief.
Viruses and Vaccines (7/16/2013)
Immunity, Viruses and Vaccinations. Maternal Immunity. Distemper. Hepatitis. Kennel Cough. Parainfluenza. Parvo. Rabies. Corona. Giardia. Intra-Nasal Bordatella. Lyme. Vaccinations - which and when. Reactions to vaccinations. Scheduling a vet visit. Discussing things with a vet. More vaccinations is not necessarily better. Is Titre testing necessary?
Vocabulary for a Pet Owner (9/19/2012)
How to "talk" to your dog using his own body language - it's fun!
Worms and Wormers (9/19/2012)
Description of: Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms, Giardia, Coccidia, Heartworms - and the best wormers/medications to use for them. Preventing Infection and Reinfection. Wormings - which and when. More wormings are not necessarily better.
Special Instruction Sheets for the specific family and their puppy (9/6/2013)
Puppyproofing. Be Prepared. Feeding. Water. If you have cats. Yogurt. Mirra-Coat. Food and Water Bowls. Teeth. Cleaning ear tips. Bathing. Clipping Nails. Groomers. Heartworm prevention. Vaccinations. Sleeping with the puppy. Monitoring the puppy - water intake, food intake, urine output, bowel movements, activity level. Vomiting or Diarrhea. Coccidia. Giardia. Demodec. UTIs. Vaginitis. Vulvitis. Losing a Toenail. Reverse Sneezing. Coughing/Hacking. Teaching puppy new name. Housetraining. Pee Pads. Consider a Dog Door or Alternative. Playing with puppy. Mobbing. Nose-Bopping. Darting & chasing. Toys and treats. Sandbox. Teaching puppy to come. Taking puppy out. Safeguarding puppy. Harnesses/Vests versus collars. Clipping nails. Time Alone. Kenneling. Babygates and Puppy Pens. Interaction with other pets. Avoiding conflicts. Bonding.
If ANY of our current puppy owners do not have any of the above, or would like them resent to make sure they have the most updated version - please let me know.
These sheets are only for our puppy owners, I am sorry, but I cannot send them out to other folks. IF a family has a question about their puppy/dog - the FIRST person they should contact is the dog's own breeder. EVERY breeder should be able to supply the above information to their puppy owners.
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I ask our puppy owners to print out information from the website and the Information Sheets and keep absolutely everything handy in one place - so they can research things quickly. A FANTASTIC new puppy owner (Dobby & Toki's Mom, Amber) just emailed me this:
"I wanted to let you know that I copy/pasted most of the website into a word document and then had staples print it out (along with the special instructions sheets) so that I have information available 24/7. If any other puppy owners are interested in doing something similar, it came out to around 505 pages (about $55.00 with it 3-hole punched in black&white ink). A 3" 3-ring binder works perfectly. I also bought a folder to keep all of their medical records so everything is all in one place."
Is that great or what?
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