Eine Kleine Kennel

Quality AKC poodles and cocker spaniels

REMEMBERING CARGO THE PIT BULL

Animal cruelty is not a subject we like to think about. If you would like to know more about Cargo, please visit my blog. However, it is an ever-present danger. Please do not surrender your Eine Kleine pet to the animal shelter. We all know and understand that circumstances can change and sometimes it is necessary to find another home for your pet. Please contact me and let me help. The peope who dedicate their lives to animal shelters are good and compassionate, great-souled human beings. but they have so many animals to care for and it is so hard to screen every potential adopter. A private adoption can help eliminate a lot of the uncertainty. No animal should have to suffer the torture that Cargo endured. 

Some helpful advice for your new family member

 

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. 

 

SOCIALIZATION:

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.

 

TO NEUTER OR NOT TO NEUTER YOUR DOG

Many times dog owners are not sure whether or not they should spay or neuter their pet. They fear that their pet's personality will change or there will be mysterious problems in years to come. Nothing could be further from the truth. To put it simply. if you do not neuter your pet, Nature will become the loudest voice in his/her head. They will love you with all their great and noble hearts, but they will be obliged to follow Nature's mandates. What does this mean? It means that your female will come into heat twice a year for nine or ten years. She will mark her location inside and out. She may become incontinent before the heat cycle begins, and you will find uninvited male dogs in your yard. For the intact male, there will be aggressive behavior when their testosterone levels rise, a need to mark their territory wherever they go, and the silent directive to seek females in heat. Your dog will roam and become a nuisance.

     The solution is so simple. A neutered dog will have nothing to do except adore you and build his world around you. A spayed female will be freed from the bi-yearly heats, there will be no messes to clean up, and she will devote her life to being your loving companion.

CARE OF YOUR DOG'S SKIN

Summner itch, hot spots, skin allergies, ringworm: these are some vexing problems that can affect your dog's skin. Their scratching can drive you to distraction and create lesions that can become infected with opportunistic yeast and bacterial infections. I will address ringworm in another entry, as that requires a veterinarian's diagnosis. However, there are simple remedies for the other afflictions.

SUMMER ITCH is a generic term for various itching agents your dog can pick up in the grass. A warm bath in peroxide/baking soda solution will cure this minor problem. There are shampoos available commercially or from your vet, or you can mix your own by mixing adding 1/2 cup peroxide and 1/4 cup baking soda to a pitcher of warm water. Apply as if shampooing your dog, then simply rinse.

HOT SPOTS are slightly more complex. They are active infections and should be treated with a combination of gentle iodine and hydrocortisone spray. Peroxide/baking soda baths will help relieve the itching.

FULL-BLOWN SKIN ALLERGIES are heartbreaking for you and your dog. In very severe cases the dog will actually try to rip his skin off because it feels like millions of biting bugs are running under his skin. A LIMITED INGREDIENT diet is mandatory. There are several very good diets on the market. PRECISE LAMB MEAL AND RICE is a good one that is still reasonably priced. Add 1/2 teaspoon of COCONUT OIL to your dog's food every day without fail and you will see a marked improvement almost immediately.

 

 

 

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    NOW IS THE TIME TO "WINTERIZE" YOUR CANINE FRIEND.

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  • All too soon............we know it's coming!
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    It sounds funny, I know, but now is the time to prepare your family pet for the oncoming winter months. A romp in the snow is fun for everyone, but stop to consider what happens to all those funny little snowballs clinging to your pet's fur when he comes inside. They melt and unless the fur iskept closely trimmed, it will remain damp for hours. This is not healthy for your pet. The feet should be closely trimmed, also, because long amounts of time spent with wet feet will do the same thing to your dog as it would to you: Athlete's Foot will begin to grow between his toes. Your dog's ears should be cleaned. If you have a Poodle, the ears MUST be plucked. The fur grows down into the ear canal unless it is pulled out by the groomer. This causes serious infections. Always ask your groomer to provide this service.

  • Precious is groomed and ready for the holidays!

  • Halloween Bella is ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at us.

  • You can always put a sweater on your dog if you worry that he might be cold.

     Here is a brief demonstration of how to protect your pet from preventable fungal infections that many times become complicated by opportunistic bacterial  infections:

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     Ruffles has graciously allowed her picture to be taken for this demonstration. Ruffles has been shaved down using a #10 blade.

     

  • Note how closely we have shaved Ruffles' paw, taking care to clean in between each toe as well as clearing the fur from the pads underneath. We do this so that her feet will dry quickly, a health essential in wet winter weather. We apply a spray of medicated Athlete's Foot powder, available at any pharmacy, to the webs between her toes to make sure that yeast or fungal infections can't take over.
  • This is a head shot of Ruffles after her winterizing clip. Notice that her ears are closely shaved, inside and outside. We have treated her ears with our Ear Cleaner featured in our webstore. We then applied Biogroom Ear Mite treatment and followed with a light spray of flea killer, which also eliminate the ear mites that travel from ear to ear across your dog's head or under the chin. A final dusting with Results Flea and Tick killer, also available in our webstore, and Ruffles is ready to frolic outside in the October weather. She can romp through the rustling leaves to her heart's content and chase her friends through the wet grass, protected from fleas, ticks, and fungal infections.

     

     

     

     

    SHOULD I CONSIDER PURCHASING A COCKER-POO?

    Cocker-poos are risong in popularity. These pups are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel mother and a Poodle father. 

    Many people think they are buying a non-shedding Cocker, but this is not necessarily the case. Whenever you cross two breeds you get 50% of each breed in the offspring. You may get a puppy that looks like a poodle but sheds! You might get a curly-haired non-shedding puppy that looks like a fat poodle! however, most of the time you will get a lovable pet tha combines traits of both breeds. They are less prone to health issues since they are hybrids.  They generally have the merry disposition of the Cocker and the trainability of a Poodle. They can be boisterous and chatty but mostly they are reflective and prudent. 

     They may shed.

    They may have heavier bones than purebred poodles and weigh more.

    They may or may not be prone to ear problems.

    They will give you many years of devotion and love. Many people consider Cocker-poos to be the perfect pets.