Visiting your pup can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be a dangerous one. When I was just starting out, I went and talked to a lot of breeders. I wanted to visit and see for myself how and why they did things. While I was allowed to see their dogs and facilities, I was not allowed to touch anything, not even their dogs or pups. At first I was a little put off and offended by these gestures, as if they were hiding something. No one explained to me why I couldn't pet a puppy or scratch the belly of one of the adult dogs. However, after having my own kennel, I knew EXACTLY why they had their “off limits” policy. So I will explain it to you so no one will be offended.
I really appreciate a breeder that is careful with visitors around their kennel and their puppies. You will find that many breeders, ones that truly care, will have some kind of visitation policy.
All reputable breeders make it a priority to protect their dogs.
In the best interest of my puppies and adults, I am very careful about preventing the transmission of diseases to them. I take every precaution that I can to make sure that my puppies are not exposed to any kind of disease that you may carry on your shoes or even on your hands. These diseases can be picked up and carried on your shoes for DAYS, anywhere a dog has been, parks, pet stores, rest stops, parking lots, ANYWHERE. Pet stores that allow pets inside for shopping could mean disaster. Therefore precautions are taken during the most critical time of my pups lives to ensure they are not handled by anyone but me, my wife and my veterinarian....not even my friends or other family members are allowed to handle the pups during the first 4 weeks of their lives until their immune system can build up.
Veterinarians that come into my home will even wear shoe covers (booties) and use hand sanitizer as do the AKC inspectors.
I have no idea what anyone has stepped in along the way that you cant even see, such as saliva, urine, or feces from an infected dog OR off someone else’s shoes from an infected dog. I hope that all of my new puppy owners have the comfort of knowing that their puppies have the best possible care and protection that they can get. Also I NEVER allow any other dogs or animals around my dogs or pups. PLEASE leave your other animals at home or in your car, as they will not be allowed out of your vehicle. Just another precaution for my dogs and puppies.
Puppy visits are not allowed to those “just looking” as they have been “just looking” around other kennels also and the risk is too high to allow this.
I am more than happy for you (the new puppy owner) to visit at the *Open House/Meet & Greet* that I schedule AFTER the 4 week health check, I just ask that you respect my policies...It is in the best interest of your new pup and other pups in the litter.
Think of how you would feel for me to call you and tell you that your puppy is sick or has died. While things do happen from time to time, if I can prevent anything negative from happening, I will. Puppies are like newborn babies. Until they have a strong immune system built up, they are susceptible to many different diseases and illnesses.
I will give you information on one horrible puppy virus and one that can be carried in easily if one isn’t VERY careful…
Parvo- (parvovirus), A breeder’s worst fear.. I’ve never had this at my kennel and I pray I never do. Canine Parvovirus, commonly referred to as parvo, is a very serious viral disease in dogs. This illness first appeared in the late 70’s and there was a widespread epidemic in dogs of all ages. As no dogs had been exposed or vaccinated at that time, dogs of all ages died from this horrible virus. Parvo has adapted over time and new strains have appeared, and will, most likely continue to mutate and create new and worse strains.
The most common form of Parvo is intestinal and most commonly seen today. It causes extreme damage to the lining of the digestive tract. Parvo likes to grow in rapidly dividing cells and the intestinal lining has the biggest concentration of rapidly dividing cells in a puppy’s body. The virus attacks and destroys certain portions of the intestinal tract. . And, even with this form of Parvo, heart muscle damage may also occur.
Symptoms: Loss of appetite, Vomiting, Lethargy, High Fever, Diarrhea, often bloody, foul smelling, liquid yellow stool. Parvovirus causes severe life-threatening illness, through dehydration, acid-base imbalance, infection and shock. If you suspect your pet may be infected, it is an emergency and you should contact your veterinarian immediately. This is critical!!
How is it transmitted?
Parvo is carried by dogs. Adult dogs may be infected carriers and not show signs. Dogs with the typical symptoms and diarrhea, shed the virus perhaps for as long as 7 days after the symptoms have ended. Generally, it takes 3 to 10 days from the time of exposure for symptoms to appear and for your dog or pup to test positive. The onset of clinical signs is usually sudden, within 12 hours, or even less.
The Parvovirus is particularly long-lived in the environment, lasting anywhere from 1 to 7 months, or even a year. Due to the large amounts of virus particles shed in the feces of an infected dog and the ability of the virus to survive, complete eradication of the virus is often impossible…..even if cleansed with bleach.
Parvo may be brought home to your pup on shoes, hands, and even your vehicle tires. It is not an airborne illness. So, even if your dog or pup does not leave your yard, they may get this disease if precautions are not taken. Your puppy will be vaccinated prior to coming home to you. The parvo vaccine is a live vaccine that causes the puppy to build up immunity to the disease. One vaccination simply isn't enough for a puppy that is going to be stressed (thus lowering it's immune system). It is YOUR responsibility to continue with the scheduled vaccines as recommended by your vet .
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT PARVO CAN STAY IN THE STOOL OF ‘PARVO SURVIVORS’ FOR UP TO 1 YEAR, WITH THE PUPPY/DOG SHOWING NO SIGNS OF PARVO.
Taking precautions should NEVER stop here, you need and should do the same when your puppy is home and until all vaccines are completed.
**After the 4th week health check, if ALL pups in the litter are deemed as perfectly healthy, I will schedule an Open House/Meet & Greet so that all my new puppy owners (ONLY) may come and meet me, their pup and their pup’s parents.
To those coming to the Open House/Meet & Greet I ask:
That if you have other pets in your home that you wash your hands completely with soap and the hottest water you can stand before leaving your house to come to mine.
Do not let your other animals touch you or your clothing prior to leaving your home to come to mine.
Leave all other animals at home or in your vehicle.
If you are not committed to one of my pups via a deposit and contract, please do not ask me if you can come to my home for the Open House/Meet & Greet. As far as I am concerned, those families that have committed themselves to one of my pups are now a part of the Jekota Huskyn family as well and I only allow family to come to my home...no strangers!