Keep your dog safe from Canine Influenza.
It’s a good idea to neuter/spay your dog, if you are not planning on breeding them. It is also a humane thing to do, as neutering reduces aggression. In today’s society, we already have an abundance of homeless, unloved and unwanted dogs. Most of them get euthanized. Wouldn’t it be better to prevent all of that by neutering your pooch?
City of Toronto, charges less of an annual dog tag free for registering your dog, when it’s neutered. So when is it a good time to neuter your fur-baby?
The best time is always before the dog reaches sexual maturity. However, different dogs mature at different times. So as a general rule, most puppies get neutered/spayed at 5 – 9 month of age.
Here is the list of some of my favorite veterinary clinics, in Toronto and Area:
- Ajax North Pet Hospital – located in Ajax
- Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic – located in Scarborough
- Leslie Street Animal Hospital – located in Richmond Hill
- Dr. Brodetsky – Mobile Veterinarian for home visits
These are the signs to look out for when getting a new puppy from a breeder. If you come across the following, do not purchase the dog:
- Breeder doesn’t encourage you to visit puppies before selection one of two.
- The dogs don’t appear to be cared for or look sick
- The parents or mother in particular is aggressive, shy or anxious
- Puppies are kept in dirty environment, scared to ply and shy away from touch.
- Breeder doesn’t ask you about your living conditions and doesn’t have knowledge of dogs. Seems eager to sell.
- Breeder refuses to show you parent dog i.e. a mother, and refuses to show you their environment.
- Breeder doesn’t provide any medical records or history of a puppy.
- You are not given a certificate of vaccinations, deworming or micro chipping.
- Breeder raises a few different breeds of dogs and doesn’t seem competent.
- The price is extremely low, compared to other breeders.
- The dogs have lived without intensive human contact, and are scared when held.
When it comes to purebred, you can look up dog’s size, personality, temperament and appearance ahead of time. The description usually matches purebreds. If you love surprises, than mixed breed is for you. Sizes and appearance are harder to predict. The same litter of puppies can be quite different in color, size and in the inheritance of their parents’ traits. Mixed puppies are usually unique as no 2 dogs are alike.
There are many debates, weather mixed breeds are healthier/better. This is not so. The puppy may inherit some genetic imperfections from its parent, regardless of purebred or mixed. Some breeds have genetic illnesses. Mixing breeds is used as a tool to repair the genetic deficiencies. For example: Bichon poodles are prone to seizures. Mixing Bichon and Maltese, produces a higher chance of a seizure-free dog. Since mixed breeds come from at least 2 breeds, there is a chance they will not develop breed-specific disease. Doing some research before choosing a breed, will help you understand the complexity of each breed.
Once again, all dogs are amazing. I am yet to meet a dog I didn’t like. So this preference is entirely up to you. When you treat your dog like family, they will grow up to be gentle, playful and affectionate.
The general rule is getting a puppy at 8 weeks old or later. It is essential for puppies to spend its first 8 weeks with its mother and siblings. In this short time frame, the puppy learns basic social behavior from its mother. It develops its personality and learns how to get along with other dogs. If a puppy, is taken too early away from its mother, than it might miss out on learning basic social behavior. We all want our puppy to be happy and social.
Signs of a Healthy Puppy
- Clear eyes and an alert gaze
- The fur should be shiny, healthy and well kept
- No discharge from eyes or nose
- Has a nice “puppy tummy” and is well nourished
- The anal region is clean
- Puppy is curious and full of life, no trouble of running around, jumping and exploring everything around it
- Expect dog’s droppings. There must not be white “rice” marks (tapeworm segments) nor diarrhea
- Check fur for fleas, by running your fingers against the lay of the hair
- Check for blindness by moving an interesting object in front of them and check their reaction time