Adopting a puppy is a life long commitment. When you’re considering adopting a new puppy, above all the most important thing that the buyer should be concerned with is the health of your new pup. You are looking for a Poodle, and there are many for sale, the information contained below will help you , during this looking and exploring time. The decisions that you make before buying your puppy, will have a life long impact on your relationship with your new Poodle puppy.
Your breeder may have the very best intentions, however, they themselves do not, and cannot know if the puppy is healthy without the following items have been done.
In order to verify the health of any puppy you may be interested in giving a life long home obtain from your breeder the following information. There are any Good breeders and many bad. Do not be satisfied with the breeder’s opinion. Ask if the puppy is micro-chipped. The microchip is the only way people can identify this individual.
All breeds of dogs have disorders that are prevalent in their breed.
Blindness, heart disorders, luxating patellas, seizures, and leg perthes are common problems in Poodles
YOU CAN SAFEGUARD YOURSELF BY ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. If your breeder is committed to producing healthy puppies they will be happy to provide you with the following information. On the other hand if your breeder is reluctant to provide this information or is inexperienced and cannot provide it to you, it should serve as a red flag. You could then thank them kindly for their efforts and go to the next breeder.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR BREEDER:
- Ask your breeder for a copy of the Opti-Gen Certificate for the sire.
- Ask for the AKC registration certificate for the puppy you are interested in. Check to verify the name of the Sire is the same name that appears on the Opti-Gen Certificate.
- Ask what the puppy’s microchip number is.
- Ask for a Wellness Letter from a licensed Vet, typed on the Vet’s letterhead. In order to know if the Vet has checked the puppy you are interested in, the letter must have the microchip of the puppy printed on the letter, the date date of birth, and the name of the mother.
- The letter will note any abnormalities. Some common conditions that unhealthy puppies encounter could be one of the following a heart murmur, hernia, cleft palate, or patella luxation. If the puppy is healthy the letter would say “no abnormalities noted”.
- The vaccination types and dates on the health record folder. The microchip must be noted on the health records as well The types of vaccinations your puppy has received will be written. as well. These papers will look similar to if you were to go to a doctor yourself and receive detailed reports of your health. Same applies to puppies.
- Next step would be to ask your breeder if there is any history of genetic faults in the puppy’s lines. Seizures, leg perthes, temperaments that are not hyper or timid. In these areas there is no testing that can provide this information, the breeder should be able to tell you that there is no history of these genetic problems.
- Your breeder should provide you with a Health Guarantee, stating your money refunded in full if within a specified time your puppy should exhibit these untestable disorders. The time period of the Guarantee should be at least 1 year.
If you decide to adopt a pet with known health issues, be sure you are well educated on what special needs they will have. And determine whether or not you can provide for those special needs. The odds are very likely that your vet expenses will much more and the life span of the pet will be shortened.