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02-18-2014 09:17 PM
selzer I worm mine, but I take them to the vet at 7 weeks for an exam. They listen to hearts, check for testicles, overall condition and provide the first set of shots.

I want to be able to monitor them after the first set of shots for a couple of days before they go to their new home.
02-18-2014 07:12 PM
lhczth I do my own vaccinating and do fecals and worm if necessary (don't like running poisons through my dogs/puppies if not needed). I could do my own microchips, but just haven't on the last couple of litters. I do feel that having a vet go over the puppy, listening for murmurs, etc, is the right thing to do before sending them off to their new home. My vet is also better at feeling for testicles than I am. Some of the boys are very obvious, but I have had a couple where I just wasn't sure. If shipping one has no choice but to get a vet check.
02-18-2014 04:39 PM
Lauri & The Gang My Crested puppies get their first vet visit around 2-3 weeks of age. I take in stool samples and bring mom and pups to visit. The techs and the vets LOVE to play with and handle them and the pups learn that vet visits can be FUN!

After that I try to get them to the vet every week - again, just to visit. My puppies are not vaccinated (personal choice) so they only go for socializing (unless someone got sick).
02-18-2014 03:49 PM
Liesje I guess my question was more along the lines puppies HAVE to be checked by a vet before they go home? I've met some breeders that do, others that don't. The latter are very experienced, do the worming, vaccines, and microchips themselves (don't remove front dew claws) and would take any problematic puppy to the vet, but feel an animal hospital is probably the last place they want to take a puppy that age unless there is a concern. I was just thinking about it today....and I couldn't decide whether I care that they are seen by a vet as long as all the important stuff is done and their health and development has been monitored. Two puppies I've had I was asked to take to my vet within 72 hours anyway so that I was satisfied with the purchase (so the buyer can't insist that a sick puppy at 10 weeks old was all the breeder's fault or something like that). I almost prefer to take them myself, since I can vouch for the cleanliness of my vet and me carrying the puppy in and out.
02-18-2014 02:16 PM
RubyTuesday Ok. I was somewhat surprised my friend does hers b/c she's ordinarily so soft with her dogs. Djibouti & Phoenix have their front dewclaws but I wasn't sure if breeders routinely leave those or not. I *think* my friend removes the front ones (I'm assuming the IWs don't ordinarily have rear dewclaws) but I'm not sure. I know she's had some spirited discussions with other breeders & afficianadoes as to which is preferable. Some opt for natural. She's afraid they'll rip. I'm (blush) largely indifferent. Most of mine have had front dewclaws & never had a problem. At least one didn't & no problems there either.
02-18-2014 01:28 PM
Galathiel By the by, dewclaws are left on the front. Occasionally, some GSDs will be born with dewclaws on the back and these are the ones that are normally removed. My pup was one of those.
02-18-2014 01:15 PM
lhczth I know how. Like Lee, couldn't do it.
02-18-2014 12:52 PM
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love your answer
02-18-2014 11:56 AM
wolfstraum Squeamish

02-18-2014 11:13 AM
RubyTuesday Just curious, why don't you do your own dew claws? Or is it just the rear that you don't do? (I just realized I haven't seen a newborn pup since I was ~5 yrs old!)
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