Cocker ear: Cocker Ear is a chronic inflammation of the ear caused by the nature of your Cocker's floppy ear. If left untreated, it can create many problems and become seriously infected. However, it can be avoided by applying a mixture of boric acid, pure alcohol, coloidal silver and gentian violet. This product is available from me. Please check my Web Store link.
Fleas: Fleas are quite a nuisance. But they can also carry various illnesses as well as tapeworms. Most products that eliminate fleas and ticks are based on chemicals that attack the nervous system. Remember: If it kills insects, it also kills us! The safest and most effective prevention is a combination of diatomaceous earth and marigold extract, a natural pyrethin. Another new product is CAPSTAR, which is taken orally and rises to the skin, killing the fleas within a half hour. Amazon sells various sizes, as well as generic labels which are just as effective for a fraction of the price. These pills should be administered once a week until all fleas are eradicated.
Nothing is more important than socialization! Imagine all the joy of your new pet disintegrating because the puppy screams if you try to hug him or hides under the bed and won't come out! Please keep in mind that if you don't like the breeder you won't like your puppy. The puppy forms her view of the human race from the primary caregiver, who is the breeder. A word about our puppies: Our puppies are born and raised in the house. They are hugged, sung to, and the Disney channel or CNN runs all day for them. At 5 weeks, weather permitting, we begin to take them outside to learn how to housebreak. We talk to our puppies and we keep them scrupulously clean. It's a lot of work, certainly, but why raise puppies if you are not dedicated to producing the very best puppy possible????
Breeder Support: What a terrible experience to run into a problem of any kind with your puppy, whether it be excessive crying, difficulty in housebreaking, puppy biting, or other unruly behavior that we associate with puppies, calling the breeder for help, and being told you're on your own, deal with it. We stand behind out puppies and are always a phone call away, no matter how long you have your pet. You can buy with confidence, knowing that you will never be left alone with a puppy you don't understand. We keep current on the latest research in canine behavior and can always offer helpful suggestions for any normal behavior that is confounding you!
Genetic Testing: At the risk of making a lot of dedicated breeders furious, I must say that all the testing in the world will NOT GUARANTEE a healthy puppy. While it is a helpful tool in selecting parents for your puppy, it is not a solid guarantee that your puppy will never have any problems. Nothing can replace sound breeding practices, in which the breeder closely monitors the health of the parents and keeps in touch with the puppies' new owners. Any breeding between any two dogs can potentially produce a puppy with genetic defects, seen or unseen. That is why it is so important to find a breeder who will stand behind their dogs. We at Eine Kleine Kennel and Monivea Cockers try diligently to select only the best parents for our puppies. We are always a phone call away if you need us.
ADOPTING AN OLDER DOG
Ever wonder if an older dog is right for you? Perhaps you don't want to deal with the "puppy-messy" and constant care a young puppy requires. Maybe an older dog, carefully matched to you, is the right choice to make. We have several young adult and older females being offered for adoption. If you take them without their AKC registration, there is only a minimal $150.00 adoption fee. If you want their AKC registration, we need to discuss your plans. Why do breeders sometimes offer their older dogs for adoption? Sometimes the dog isn't happy in a kennel situation. While many dogs thrive in a well-kept environment with other dogs, some of them yearn for a home of their own. Sometimes a female doesn't want to be a mother. Having puppies is not a happy experience for her. And sometimes people grow tired of their pet, or their life situation changes, and they bring the dog back to me. An older dog still has many years of love and companionship to offer, and treasures every moment of the "second chance" you offer her. If you are considering adoption, please inquire. I have several females available now, all healthy, up to date on their shots, and ready to meet you. Ask for pictures, a biography, and a personality profile.
CARE OF YOUR COCKER SPANIEL'S EYES
Cocker Spaniels are prone to eye irritations caused by exposure to air conditioning, open car windows, windy days, dust, allergies, etc. The list can go on and on! What is important to know is that these irritations can cause the tear glands to swell and pop out, resulting in an extremely distressing condition called "cherry eye." While it is not life-threatening or even dangerous to your Cocker's sight, it is downright ugly. What can you do about it? I recommend that you have a sterile saline solution ( under $2.00 at Wal-Mart) for rinsing contact lenses. If your puppy shows eye irritation, redness, or excessive tearing, add 1/8 teaspoon of boric acid to a 1/4 cup of saline solution and drop it into your puppy's eyes. A few drops will be plenty. Continue the treatment until the redness goes away. You can keep the solution at room temperature in a sealed dropper container which you can easily get at your local pharmacy. I recommend that you warm it in the microwave for a few seconds and test it before dropping it into the eyes. If the redness persists and slight swelling appears in the lower eyelid, place ONE drop of colloidal silver in each eye. Many times this will solve the problem. This product is available from me. Please chekc out my web store.