Friday, March 11, 2011

Alaskan Malamute Puppies Care Breeders and Health

So you’ve determined that you can give a  Alaskan Malamute puppies a good home and lots of love. Where do you find the right puppy? Let’s start by examining where not to go. You’ve likely heard of puppy mills places where dogs are neglected, possibly abused, and where bitches are bred repeatedly with no concern for their or their pups’ welfare. Alaskan Malamute Puppy mills are not defined by the numbers and variety of breeds kept, but rather by the breeder’s attitudes: a Alaskan Malamute puppies mill can have over 100 dogs of a huge variety of breeds, or only one or two dogs representing one breed. If you arrive at a kennel and find it to be a Alaskan Malamute puppy mill, leave immediately. There are many stories of people who bought a puppy because they couldn’t bear to leave it in such an inhospitable place, only to lose a sickly Alaskan Malamute dog after massive vet bills and a lot of grief. Does your money keep them in business? Answer: Yes!

Consider, also, the issue of whether or not the public should support such a breeder the more pups these puppy mills sell, the more they will continue to produce. Only informed consumers, who refuse to buy from these people, have the power to put them out of business. Many puppy mills sell their Alaskan Malamute puppies, through brokers, to pet stores. The only time you should consider purchasing a puppy from a pet store is when the store is affiliated exclusively with a recognized animal shelter for adoption of homeless pets. Many pet stores will turn a blind eye you don’t have to!

Alaskan Malamute Puppies

Alaskan Malamute puppies are advertised by individuals or families who have bred their family pet. While these people may love their pet very much, they are unlikely to have considered the long-term health of your prospective Alaskan Malamute puppy in their decision. Health and temperament problems can afflict any dog, but are more often found in dogs purchased from the above sources.

An ethical breeder should be able to produce verifiable documents about the soundness and health of their dogs, and written guarantees for the offspring. They should also be happy to show you sound and healthy “parent” dogs (at least mom; dad may live elsewhere and be introduced via pictures and/or video). A good breeder will answer all your questions and be as concerned about your pet’s welfare as you are.

Worming: Alaskan Malamute puppies are routinely treated for roundworms. Ask to see a record of the worming agent and the dates it was administered, along with a negative result from a stool test done following worming.
Alaskan Malamute Puppies
Vaccinations: At purchase, your pup’s vaccinations should be up-to-date for his age. There are a few different vaccination schedules, all of which are acceptable. The most common one sees pups getting their first vaccination at seven or eight weeks (and pups should never leave mom prior to seven weeks). Boosters are given at 12 and 16 weeks, along with a rabies shot at 16 weeks. As well, most vets recommend a booster against parvovirus at 20 weeks.

Except for the rabies shot, which must be administered by a vet, some breeders administer their own vaccines. Ask to see the receipt, and write down the name and lot number of the vaccine. Make sure that vaccines are properly refrigerated incorrectly stored vaccine becomes ineffective. If your pup was vaccinated by a veterinarian, you will receive a signed certificate. New vaccine protocols for adult dogs are always being developed, and you should consult with your vet to choose the best protocol for your pet.

Heartworm: Pups born during heartworm season (mosquito season) can be started on preventive medication prior to leaving the kennel. Find out what your pup was given, and when the next dose is due.

Alaskan Malamute Puppies

Veterinarians’ Health Certificates: A good Alaskan Malamute Puppies breeder will not ask you to take his word that his pups are healthy. He will prove it with a signed statement from his vet that the pups were examined (ideally, just a few days prior to sale) and found to be in good health.

Alaskan Malamute Dog Weight Standards: m - 85 lbs., f - 75 lbs.
Height Standards: m - 25 inches, f - 23 inches
Coat: dense in texture, straight with a long top coat
Common Ailments: dwarfism, dysplasia, pigmentation


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