I am writing this blog to share my ever-evolving love for my dogs and all the other aussies I meet. Australian Shepard’s are such cunning and beautiful creatures. I have done a lot of personal research into the breed, regarding breeding, training, showing, teaching them to be therapy dogs and caring for the health concerns that can come with aussies. I am interested in devoting a lot of time to my dogs and better understanding them for there benefit and mine. I would like to share my findings and discovery’s with others and myself, so read along!
The first question most prospective owner ask when they inquire about puppies is how much they cost. And they usually are wondering about the purchase price of the puppy.
A Quality Puppy …Your best bargain
But there is so much more to puppy costs than purchase price alone. Considering the quality of care at the breeding facility should be as big a question as the cost. If there is any question in your mind, it is worth making an appointment to view the breeding facilities. The importance of buying a very healthy puppy can not be over emphasized. A strong robust puppy will be much more able to withstand illness. You are unlikely to have unforeseen veterinary bills. Remember a sick puppy can easily eat up much more than the purchase price of the pup.
I hope that this blog will assist you in the peace of mind of my breeding practices. I keep our puppies quarters exceptionally clean. I feed my mommas the highest quality puppy food, as recommended by my veterinarian, and when the pups are ready to eat, they get the same all natural puppy food. Additionally I have their health confirmed by the veterinary multiple times before I send them home. Thus far the pups I have raised have had excellent health records, and I do everything I can to keep it that way. My hope is that the puppies have the optimum care possible so you will have the best puppy for your family.
There are certain standard care expenses that one must budget for with every puppy. You should research all of these items before you bring your puppy home so you can have the facilities and phone numbers on hand when you need them….
It is worth getting a veterinary recommendation from a friend and/or calling different veterinary clinics before you choose one. The prices of veterinary care vary tremendously from one place to another. It is very helpful when you find a veterinary who shares your philosophy of pet ownership and does not pressure you into unnecessary procedures or extra expenses.
Personally, I love my Banfield! Its located inside my local pet smart and most people don’t give it the time of day for that reason, but I love them. I will go on and on about how much money I have saved by getting their Wellness Plans for my dogs. The staff there is like part of my family and they take excellent care of me and my dogs.
Our puppies come with their first set of shots (at 8 weeks). But in order to be effective, these vaccines must be given as a series of injections. Ideally you should repeat these shots at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.(or as recommended by your vet) When you bring your puppy for his boosters, do not have him run around the office. Keeping him on your lap or in a crate will help protect him from possible viruses in the facility. For this reason, a low-cost clinic with the volume of animals from the shelter could be a risk for a puppy….However after your pups first year such clinics are less likely to pose a threat.
Although, your veterinary is probably the safest option for Spay and Neutering of your pet, many people have good results from our local Companion Pet Clinic. This is a very affordable option in Portland because you avoid the overnight hospital fee. The current cost of a Spay/Neuter for a small dog is $80. The clinic also offers vaccines, heartworm medication and Frontline medication.
Frontline Topspot Medication: $33 for 3 applications
I use Revolution for my dogs and puppies because it protect more than just Leas and Ticks, like heart worm. However, this can be rather expensive and I have used Frontline in the past.
Frontline is a flea and tick medication that you apply on the top of the dogs neck. It kills fleas for 3mths and kills and repels ticks for the first month. I use this every 3 months from the last frost until the first frost. It is very effective for keeping fleas off the dog and out of the house. Some veterinaries prefer to prescribe a pill, like Advantex, instead of a topical medication. The choice is yours, but you definitely need a medication to kill fleas in Oregon.
Heart worm Medication: approx cost $75/ 6mth supply
Heart worm medications need to be given to your dog every month throughout his life. This is why I recommend Revolution, it combines heartworm, flea and Tick prevention in one monthly application. This medication protects your puppy against heart worms which are transmitted by mosquitoes and can kill your dog. This medication is given by prescription only. Some veterinaries require a routine heart worm lab before they will prescribe the medication. Others are willing to prescribe the medication if you have been diligent in giving your dog his monthly pill.
Worming a Puppy:
Intestinal parasites are common in puppies. They can become infested with parasites before they are born or though their mothers milk. During the puppies first health exam with me, I ask the veterinary to administer a worming medication that is safe and effective against several of the common worms of the dog. A puppy that is wormed, needs to be wormed again in about 2 weeks since the first worming kills adult worms but not the worms in the larval stage. If you begin your pup on Heartworm medication, like Revolution, 3 weeks after you bring them home this will be effective in keeping your puppy worm free.
Food is a cost with a lot of variables, because there are so many varieties out there. I choose to get a 40lb bag of Royal Canin for about $43 and it lasts for several months…This is a high quality food that came highly recommended by my veterinarian.
You could certainly find less expensive varieties…some have more fillers and you have to feed the dog more. So read the label and don’t just look at the cost alone. At the very least, the veterinary recommends a NAME-BRAND FOOD made by a national dog company in a made for puppies formula.
I hope that this list will help you budget for the care of your puppy. If you have any questions feel to ask me!
The Potty Pad training does not replace outdoor potty training, but it gives the puppies a better alternative when they can’t get outside.
The advantage for the new owner is tremendous. If he or she has to go to work, and cannot be home to let the puppy out to the potty, the puppy is already in the habit of using the Potty Pad, instead of the corner behind the living room chair! For winter puppies, it is so much easier on the owners, then trudging their puppy out in the cold, ice and snow. Even in the summer, if your puppy needs to use the potty at night, this is a great alternative to a middle of the night routine.
Of course as time goes on and your puppy bladder matures, it is likely that most people will not need the Potty Pad in the house too much. So the regular potty training is still important.
If you are thinking of trying Potty Pad training with an older dog, I understand many people are not too successful. But for puppies given Potty Pads as an option at 5 wks old, the use of a Potty Pad is very natural.
I already use Potty Pads with my aussie litters since it will be so much easier then having little potty messes all over the house. I have heard of breeders using Newspaper like Potty Pads and the line their kennels. The problem with newspaper lining in pens, is it doesn’t absorb very quickly, so pups get pee all over their paws, and the ink on the newsprint also gets on the paws. I will still continue outdoor potty schedules with my litters, since most owners will prefer an outdoor potty spot. But having a Potty Pad alternative will save everyone involved a lot of house breaking frustration!