Before you buy a puppy: Demand a 'Puppy Fax'!
The only way you will know for certain how a puppy’s mother was cared for; before, during, and post litter is to know the Breeder. Alas, buying direct from a Breeder is no guarantee that your puppy will be healthy! Breeders are often as ignorant of how to properly feed and supplement, as are the majority of MDs and Veterinarians in this country. Vitality Science hopes to change that for everyone’s sake.
Pet Store and Rescue Facility puppies are a high risk to develop weak immune systems. The greater the risk, the greater the probability they will require advanced vet care throughout their lives. Why? Most of the animals sold in rescue facilities were either abandoned, or from feral (wild) mothers. Feral females are often impregnated before they are physically mature, and often become pregnant again, while puppies (or kittens) are still on the teat! Feral mothers survive by scavenging for food. Scavenged food is likely to harbor pathogenic bacteria. At best, this bacterium causes mild diarrhea, however, more likely it will cause chronic diarrhea, which leads to dehydration and fever, quickly followed by more advanced digestive and immune diseases, which compromises the milk.
Since the mid-1980s, families and empty nesters’ have been buying Pet Store Puppies at a pace that has turned breeding facilities (puppy mills) into ‘Big Business’. Even though you may spend a lot of money for your new puppy, price is no guarantee of health! Most of these puppies come from ‘Puppy Mills’, where the living conditions are highly stressful to the mothers. This stress is passed genetically onto the puppies; affecting their disposition, personality and health. Mothers are often over bred, with no regard to replacing the nutrients lost to the prior litter. Puppy Mills also cut corners when it comes to food costs. Manufactured dog foods, despite label claims, are sorely lacking in nutritional value, and especially in human-grade animal protein that should make up the majority of a dog’s diet.
The living conditions in the puppy mill are highly stressful, but that is not the end of their stress. Premature weaning compromises the puppy’s developing immune system. Puppies are transported like cargo, in all kinds of adverse weather conditions; often going days without light, food or water, while living in their own feces and urine. Arrival to the pet store is also stressful. If they acclimate at all, the stress starts all over again coming to your home.
Bringing Your Puppy Home.
No matter how healthy your puppy is, they will succumb to emotional stress; imagine the effect on puppies with weak immune system. New puppies experience stress on many levels; Meeting you, leaving the store, traveling and adjusting to your home, new people, new sounds, new smells, new food, other pets, and all the attention… Any one of these can cause your puppy to have diarrhea. First time puppy owners often panic, and run to the vet, where they will likely come home with antibiotics and steroids, and told to withhold food and water for 24-48 hours. That’s rough for a full grown dog, let alone a puppy. Stress related diarrhea can be quickly, and safely resolved by administering soil-based probiotic organisms (SBOs), clinically proven to restore bacterial balance.
Everyone wants to know What is The Best Food to Feed a Puppy? To answer that question, you need to understand a few things: 90% of your puppy’s total immune system is located in their digestive system. By providing the nutrients and supplements any puppy needs, you can supercharge their immune system and thus prevent most health crisis from developing later in life. Reinforcing the need to supplement the digestive system throughout your dog’s life; 80% of all chronic disease is caused by an unhealthy digestive system.
Manufactured dog food lacks the nutrition and supplements a dog needs to grow up healthy, and stay healthy. If your puppy is already weaned, the best food to help their young bodies and immune systems to develop properly is food that comes as close to their wild relatives diet as possible- high-quality animal protein. People who have switched to a raw diet report improvements in health, energy, and behavior: however, no matter what diet you choose, it needs to be supplemented with digestive enzymes, soil-based probiotic organisms (SBOs) and a complement of omega 3-6 oils; all are essential to develop and sustain a strong digestive/immune system.
Due to a lack of education as to the importance of diet to health, pet owners are paying a very high price in long-term care, and lowered life expectancy. Although this article seems to paint a dismal picture, by introducing an all-natural nursing and wean support formula as soon as you bring your puppy home, you can help kick-start their immune system, minimize their health risk, and optimize the enjoyment of your new companion !