I’ve said it before but I can’t help saying it again and again – I’m so lucky to work with the best people ever! We love working with you to provide an addition to your family.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have been a part of our life since 2007. Since then our love for the Bernese Mountain Dog has lead us to add Bernedoodles allowing the wonderful attributes of the Berner to be accessible to a larger segment – those with pet dander allergies and those wishing for a dog that is low to non-shedding.
We are located in the beautiful woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. I am a stay at home mom to our wonderful children. I have a BA in Mathematics and a MS in Statistics. My husband (and Love) is the Director of Chaplain Services at our local hospital. My grandparents owned a farm raising cattle and I spent lots of time at their place. I was raised on the principles of a good word and a handshake were all one needed. We carry that legacy on in all we do-integrity and honesty. I have a love for animals and breeding to strict standards.
Our love for the Berner breed has led us to raise happy, healthy puppies for other families to love and enjoy as much as we do. We are deeply committed to improving the Berner breed. We are part of the Berner Garde Foundation which is dedicated to research towards the betterment of the breed. We raise a few gorgeous Berner, Bernedoodle and Aussie Bernedoodle litters a year so they all get lots of love and attention. Our goal is to give you a pleasant buying experience and continue to be a support to you in the years to come. We enjoy hearing from the families who have adopted puppies from us. We especially enjoy receiving pictures as the puppies grow and turn into adults. We hope you will enjoy browsing our website. We take a lot of joy and pride in our dogs and puppies.
We proudly donate 20% of our profits to charitable organizations such as sponsoring children with food, clothing and education in third world countries, providing a cow or well with clean water for a village or donating puppies to be trained as diabetes alert dogs.
Please call or email us if there are any questions we can answer for you.
Explanation of terms used to describe Bernedoodle generations:
F1: Bernese Mountain Dog x Poodle (50:50)
F1b: F1 Bernedoodle x Poodle (25:75)
F1bb: F1b Bernedoodle x Poodle (12.5:87.5) Most hypoallergenic option
F2: F1 Bernedoodle x F1 Bernedoodle (50:50)
F2b: F1 Bernedoodle x F1b Bernedoodle (37.50 bernedoodle: 62.50 poodle)
F3 or Multigen: F1b x F1b (75:25)
There is no way to distinguish between the generations considering looks only. There isn’t a consistent significant difference in coats, either in curliness or shedding.
What is a Bernedoodle?
The Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a poodle.
What is an Aussie Bernedoodle?
The Aussie Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese mountain Dog and an Australian Shepherd or Australian Labradoodle. The Australian Labradoodle is a hybrid blend between a poodle (standard, miniature, or toy), Labrador retriever, English and American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Water Spaniels that originated in Australia. The Australian Shepherd originated in Pyrenees Mountains were the Bernese Mountain Dogs also have their origins. Thus many Australian Shepherds have similar coat coloration to the Bernese Mountain Dogs.
*What is the Bernedoodle’s Temperament?
The Bernedoodle tends to have the best attributes of the Bernese and the poodle. They are fun, friendly, playful, goofy, sociable dogs. In other words, the perfect family dog! They are very gentle around children and elderly people and seem to know what people can handle. In fact, they make excellent therapy dogs as they are easy to train, very intelligent and love to work.
Bernedoodles do need to be taught right from wrong. Because they are very intelligent and sociable, a lack of training or human interaction can lead to problems. Purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs can be strong-willed, and that trait may also show in the Bernedoodle. Training and exercise will make both owner and Bernedoodle happy.
Most Bernedoodles have a moderate activity level. While they love to play, swim, run and fetch, when it’s time to relax, they’ll enjoy a nice movie with you.
Are Bernedoodles hypoallergenic?
Every Bernedoodle has a different coat. The curlier the coat the less it will shed. Most Bernedoodles have the wavy type coat that is low- to non-shedding.
Straight Coat: Like the Bernese coat – it may have a slight wave to it. This coat will shed—less than a Bernese, but noticeably.
Wavy Coat: Most Bernedoodles have this coat type, which gives them the typical ’doodle look. Wavy coats are very low- to non-shedding. Most people with allergies to dog dander (i.e., experience sneezing, watery eyes) are fine with a wavy coated dog.
Curly Coat: Similar to the poodle coat and will not shed. While there are no guarantees, if you are fine with poodles, a curly-coated Bernedoodle should not bother your allergies.
If you are allergic to dog saliva, however, you will most like be allergic to Bernedoodles. You will know if you are allergic to salvia because your skin will break out in hives when a dog licks you. If you still want a dog, it would be best to go with a smaller dog (’doodle or otherwise) as they produce less saliva than larger dogs.
As for grooming, the curlier the dog’s coat, the harder it is to maintain. Since most Bernedoodles don’t shed, or shed very little, you will need to brush them regularly to prevent matting, and have them clipped every 3-4 months.
What colors do Bernedoodles come in?
Bernedoodles tend to be pure black, black-and-white, black-and-brown or tri-colour (black, white and brown). They can also come in other colors but the colors above are the common colours.
What is the height and weight of a Bernedoodle?
Bernedoodles come in different sizes, depending on the parents.
Standards (Standard Poodle crossed with a Bernese): 50lbs and up, and 21 inches and up at the shoulder. Females are usually smaller than males.
Mini Bernedoodles (Miniature poodle crossed with a Bernese): 25-49lbs and 15-20 inches at the shoulder. Females are usually smaller.
Tiny Bernedoodles (Toy Poodle crossed with a Mini Bernedoodle): 10-24lbs, and 10-14 inches at the shoulder.
What are the generations of Bernedoodles?
F1 Bernedoodles: This is currently the most common cross, in which a Bernese Mountain Dog is bred to a purebred poodle. The F1 cross is usually the healthiest, as it is the strongest type of hybrid. A hybrid is in most cases healthier than a purebred dog because you are mixing lines/breeds that are prone to different genetic problems.
Purebred dogs carry similar genes and in turn pass these genes onto their pups, which makes purebred dogs more prone to genetic diseases.
F1 hybrids such as the Bernedoodle are only likely to have a disease that both the poodle and Bernese are prone to—and they only share a few common diseases. As a result, Bernedoodles have fewer problems, and will likely be healthier and live longer than their purebred parents.
F2 Bernedoodles: F2 Bernedoodles are the result of breed two F1 Bernedoodles. This mix has more consistency in the lines. Where there can be variation in appearance in F1 Bernedoodles (although most are a nice mix between the two parents), when you start breeding F2, F3 or F4 Bernedoodles, you will get more consistency in terms of the dogs’ appearance. A breeder with “a look” in mind will start doing this. The disadvantage of about breeding generation after generation is that you are now doubling up on genetic traits and getting away from the hybrid vigor that makes a crossbreed special in the first place!
F1B Bernedoodles: This is a “back cross,” in which a Bernedoodle is bred back to a poodle. Most of these pups will have curlier coats and therefore suit people with allergies.
How long do Bernedoodles live?
Standard Bernedoodles: 12-15years
Mini Bernedoodles: 13 -17 years
Tiny Bernedoodles: 14-18 years
Usually, the smaller the dog the longer they live.
What are the health concerns for Bernedoodles?
As a hybrid, Bernedoodles tend to be healthier than their parent breeds, but they can still be prone to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia and certain eye problems.
Skin problems, such as hot spots and allergies, are also seen in this mix. Just like almost every other breed of dog, they can get cancer.
While Bernedoodles are less prone to genetic disease, testing is still required. A lot of people randomly breeding Bernedoodles aren’t doing the appropriate testing, or caring for the advancement of the breed as a whole. Far better to spend more money up front for a good pup from a reputable breeder than to support a careless breeder and end up with expensive vet bills down the road. You want this new member of your family to be healthy, and with you a long time.
Please do your research and make sure breeders are performing the necessary testing.
Are Bernedoodles registered?
This is a mixed breed dog and therefore cannot be registered with the American or Canadian kennel clubs.
How much exercise does my Bernedoodle need?
Bernedoodles just like the goldendoodles require a moderate amount of exercise. They should to be taken for at least three walks a day for 15-30 minutes. They love being with people and if you’re active they will participate. If you’re just chilling on the couch, they’ll join you. They are happiest being with people. You can take these dogs almost anywhere and they acclimatize well to new situations.
How do I groom my Bernedoodle?
The curlier the Bernedoodles’s coat, the harder it is to care for. If your Bernedoodle is very low to non-shedding, you will need to brush it every day to prevent matting, and it will need professional grooming every 6-8 weeks. Make sure to be very specific with the groomer as to how you want your dog groomed because some owners have been horrified when their Bernedoodle comes out looking like a poodle. Be specific and show the groomer a picture of how you want your dog to look.
You should take your pup to the groomer only after its full set of three vaccines (at around 14-16 weeks). To get them used to the process, ask the groomer only to give them a bath, clean the ears and cut the nails. The full clip might scare your pup. The next time you visit the groomer, you can have the pup clipped.
You should only bath your Bernedoodle every 3-4 months as bathing strips all the essential oils out of the fur.
What is the difference in temperament between males and females?
There isn’t a huge difference between males and females. Males tend to be bigger, more affectionate, goofy, but also a little more stubborn. Females tend to be smaller, more independent but easier to train and less stubborn. These differences are minor, and both males and females make amazing pets.
*Above information from book Bernedoodles: A Head to Tail Guide written by Sherry Rupke. Used with permission.
Hair Removal From Ears
For us Bernedoodle lovers, one of the best qualities of our beautiful dogs is their glorious thick and curly coats! Like they say beauty comes with a price… and as you probably already know along with that wonderful curly coat comes lots of curly hair in their ears which can cause discomfort and infections and absolutely must be plucked on a regular basis!
The weight of the hair in combination with the size of the ear flap itself, may prevent proper air flow inside the ear canal that can cause a number of health problems, which can be avoided by checking your dogs ears often and regular consistent grooming starting when they’re puppies.
The most important step is plucking ear hair. Plucking the hair out of the ears is something that MUST be done regularly, and is usually done by your groomer (included in most groomers bath and groom services, but do ask!). This is somewhat painful for the dog if not done right, and goes easier and faster with ear powder. Ear powder permits gripping power for easier hair removal. Plucking hair out of the ears can be somewhat uncomfortable for your dog, but they will grow accustomed to it. I liken it to plucking eyebrows. Here is a link to where we purchase our ear powder.
The cleaning of ears should be routinely done when your pup is bathed, but won’t hurt to check in between baths either. Simply take a cotton pad or ball, drizzle a bit of witch hazel, your clear facial cleaner or if you have none – a bit of rubbing alcohol onto the cotton pad. Wipe out the inside of the ear, dip into the ear canal and clean out the folds. Depending on if it is simply dirt from playing outside or natural occurring ear grease or more – that is it for basic ear cleaning. Not too hard, right?!
Really filthy ears need to be washed with water and shampoo while being bathed. There is that myth that water in the ear causes ear infections or deafness – not so unless we are already dealing with a dog that is heavily susceptible to ear infections in the first place. When you shampoo the pup or dog, simply put a dab of shampoo onto your finger tip and use it to clean the inside of the ear, not forcing the finger deeper than it will naturally go – which is not far for a pup, and depending on the size of the adult poodle to about the first digit. When you rinse, do the same with clean fingers and then use the towel during drying to wick up extra moisture. A good head shake will usually take care of the rest.
Here is a homeopathic recipe for the solution we use here at Cedar Creek to care for our dogs’ ears. Its economical and easy to make.
Blue Powder Ear Formula
16 Oz. bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol (standard 70%)
4 Tablespoons of Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%
You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.
*** PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT A VET. CONFIRM ALL INFORMATION AND DIRECT QUESTIONS TO YOUR VET***
As a dog breeder myself, I personally use Pyrantel Pamoate (NEMEX-2) starting at 6 wks old and then I switch them to the Safe-guard dewormer (Fenbendazole) administered every 2 weeks until they’re 8 weeks old or every 2 weeks until they go home. Fenbendazole can not be started until puppies are 6wks old. I use fenbendazole as a Giardia preventative/treatment and also because it covers a wider range of parasites. I also treat my Dams at the same time. This worming protocol covers all our bases and helps us to send home parasite free puppies.
But again, I am not a Vet so please discuss your worming protocol as a dog owner with your vet.
Safeguard can easily be purchased from your local feed store or purchased on Amazon or Revival Animal.
Safeguard: 1 ml per every 5 lbs each day for 3 days
APPLICATION PUPPIES: For best results, treat puppies at 6, 8 & 10 weeks of age. Dose for three (3) consecutive days
GIARDIA TREATMENT: 3 days Safeguard® removes and controls a broad spectrum of stomach and intestinal worms. Safeguard Goat Dewormer Suspension 10% (100 mg/mL) has Fenbendazole as its active ingredient and can also be used to worm dogs. It is useful against the most common canine intestinal worms including whipworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms.
THE SAFEGUARD FOR GOAT IS THE SAME MEDICINE USED FOR DOGS… just at a much lower price and a different dosage then the one made for dogs.
Fenbendazole and Giardia
Safeguard (Fenbendazole) is even effective at fighting giardia.
I use it regularly when worming my own dogs and I know many multiple dog households, rescues and shelters that use it as well because it is much more economical than Fenbendazole wormers marketed for dogs such as Panacur.
Treatment of Giardia infections in dogs and cats: Fenbendazole Safe-Guard or Panacur*** 22.5 to 25 mg/lb once daily 3 days
Fenbendazole (e.g., Panacur® or Drontal-Plus®) now appears to be the drug of choice. Used in dogs and cats at 50 mg/kg for 3 days, SOME BREEDERS SAY 5 DAYS BUT VET MEDICAL JOURNALS SAY 3 DAYS. Fenbendazole has been shown to be completely effective in eliminating experimental Giardia infections, and with only mild vomiting/diarrhea as potential side effects.
DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR DOGS:
Shake bottle well and then measuring with an oral medication syringe give 1 mL (equal to 1 cc or ¼ teaspoon) per each 5 lbs. of your dog’s weight mixed with a small amount of moist dog food (to make sure the dog consumes it all). Repeat this dose for three days in a row. For giardia, repeat dose for 5-10 days in a row.
Dogs over six months of age should be dewormed, if not monthly, at least twice each year.
Each deworming requires 3 days; once a day OR 5 days for Giardia, once a day.
Note: The dosage for goats is only 2.3 mg per pound as opposed to 20 mg per pound for dogs. This is because goats and dogs are different species, have different physiologies, digestive tracts and metabolisms and also because different worms are being targeted in each (you can call Safeguard customer service and they will confirm this as will any veterinarian).
You can give a 40 lb. dog 5 monthly three day treatments with one $20 bottle of Safeguard Goat Dewormer Suspension 10% (100mg/mL) -125 mL (4.2 fl oz). Each monthly 3 day treatment would cost you about $4 as opposed to $12 per monthly 3 day treatment with Panacur C. If you have a multiple dog home or you’re a breeder like me then this is a huge savings without risking quality. Same medication.
Selecting the right veterinarian for you and your puppy is an important decision.
Cedar Creek uses a wonderful veterinarian practice, Erickson Veterinary Hospital in Chico, California.
Here are some things to evaluate when making your decision.
-Ask for recommendations from your family, friends, and trusted neighbors who have a keen interest in their dog’s health and well-being and have a similar philosophy to dog ownership as you.
-Call a couple practices to obtain information on hours, number of vets on staff, after hour emergencies, and friendliness of staff answering phone.
-Ask average cost of routine care, such as wellness exams, titers, and teeth cleaning. Also ask how many dogs of the same breed as yours are seen by the practice.
-What diagnostic equipment is available? Are they set up to do x-rays, ultrasounds, EKGs, blood work? Or do they refer these services to specialists in other locations?
-Schedule an appointment prior to receiving your puppy with one or two of the vets you are most interested in. Some vets will do a preliminary visit at no charge.
-Write down a list of questions to take with you to the preliminary visit.
-Evaluate communication skills, your personal comfort talking with the vet and staff, cleanliness of facility, and other pet owners interactions with staff.
-Discuss your philosophy of dog ownership, i.e. allopathic, integrative or holistic. Discuss your position on vaccinations as well as the vets position on vaccinations.
-What is your overall impression? Do you feel confident in the vet’s knowledge, professionalism and care in general for animals? What about the staff? Any qualms about leaving your puppy overnight should it ever be necessary?
-Don’t be shy about asking questions. Your puppy can’t speak up, so you need to be brave to be the advocate your puppy needs.
-Don’t feel locked in to your vet once you have made your choice. Hear of another vet that is $100 cheaper for teeth cleaning from a trusted friend? Take your dog there for that service while maintaining your wellness exams at your regular vet. I promise your dog won’t tell his regular vet on you.
The worst time to choose a vet is when you are
in dire need of one.
The term “Furnishings” refers to the long hair on the extremities of dogs including head and tail (ie, mustache, long eye brows, etc). A mutation responsible for “furnishings” or “satin” coat in dogs has recently been identified in the RSPO2 gene. Bernese Mountain Dogs are an unfurnished breed (IC) while the poodle is a furnished (F) breed. Incomplete Coat, or IC is another term for unfurnished. IC in no way negatively impacts the health of the dog. Furnishings (F) are a dominant trait, meaning that a dog only needs to have one copy of the Furnishings gene to show that physical trait. When a Bernese Mountain Dog (IC) is crossed with a poodle(F) the resulting dog is a F1 bernedoodle, 50% Bernese Mountain Dog and 50% poodle. All F1 bernedoodles are furnished as we can see from the chart below Bernese Mountain Dog (-/-) X Poodle (+/+) results in 100% of offspring with furnishings.
However, when crossing multi generational bernedoodles, or back crossing with a poodle the genetics becomes more complicated. Dogs that are heterozygous (+/-) for the Furnishings gene can pass on either the Furnishings gene, or the Non-Furnishings gene to any offspring. If two dogs that are both heterozygous for Furnishings breed, there is a 25% chance that each offspring could get the non-Furnishings allele from each parent, and not display that trait.
The Bernedoodles included in our breeding program are genetically tested for the IC gene. We will inform you if there is a chance of a litter having some unfurnished pups prior to your puppy selection.
Wish for more detailed information? Enjoy this read from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
Ready?!? In alphabetical order,
here’s our pick of the best rated
dog food brands on the market. We use and recommend Fromm.
-Acana Dog Food
-Addiction Dog Food
-Artemis Dog Food
-Back to Basics Dog Food
-BLUE Dog Food
-Dog Whisperer – Cesar Milan Dog Food
-Eagle Pack Dog Food
-Evangers Dog Food
-Fromm Dog Food
-GO Natural Dog Food
-Honest Kitchen Dog Food
-Horizon Legacy Dog Food
-Nature’s Variety Instinct Dog Food
-Merrick Dog Food
-Dick Van Patten – Natural Balance Dog Food
-ORGANIX (Castor and Pollux)
-Orijen Dog Food
-Party Animal (Canned Only)
-Nature’s Variety Prairie
Solid Gold Dog Food
-Taste of the Wild Dog Food
-Timberwolf Dog Food
-Wellness Dog Food
-Weruva Dog Food (Canned Dog Food Only)
-Wysong Dog Food
-ZiwiPeak Dog Food
Calculate your own score on your favorite kibble using this scoring rubric.
Start with 100:
1) For every listing of “by-product”, subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source (“meat” or “poultry”, meat,
meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain “mill run” or non-specific grain source,subtract
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first
five ingredients (i.e. “ground brown rice”, “brewer’s rice”, “rice
flour” are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than
2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil,
subtract 2 points
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is
allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn’t
allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn’t
allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist,
add 5 points
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than
the first one; count chicken” and “chicken meal” as only one protein
source but “chicken” and “” as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are
pesticide-free add 1 point
94-100+ = A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
69 = F
Click here for an informative article on how to select the best commercial dog food at a glance.
Unfortunately, dog food recalls are frequent. Animals can be sickened due to salmonella and listeria monocytogenes as well as other problems. Just in the last month there have been two recalls of very popular brands of dog food. Use this link to access the FDA list of animal product recalls.
Puppies are very susceptible to contracting diseases that older dogs’ immune systems can fight off. Giardiasis and coccidiosis are both parasitic infections that are common among young dogs. Up to half of young puppies will contract giardiasis in their life. Both conditions are easily treatable. Both are common in parks, kennels, doggy day care and other areas dogs frequently visit. Your puppy can get giardia many ways such as chewing on a stick, eating grass, or drinking from a puddle. Refrain from taking your puppy to these places until he is at least 12 months old.
It’s important to understand that coccidia can be found in the stools of normal dogs. All dogs have some level of Coccidia in their gut. They just flare up at times of stress (i.e when pups are weaned, shipped , changing to new environments, changing food, ect…). The stress can cause the Coccidia to bloom and flair up causing diarrhea.
Once a dog is diagnosed with coccidiosis there are a couple of options for treatment. Dogs can be treated with coccidiostats. Albon (Sulfadimethoxine), Trimethoprim-sulfa (TMP-SMZ), or Corid . Your vet may recommend 5 + days of treatment or a cycle of treatment.The important thing to keep in mind about these drugs is that they do not kill the coccidia that your dog already has, they just stop coccidia from reproducing. The dogs must rely on their immune system to clear the parasite after treatment.
People ask what coccidia is and how their dogs become infected. Coccidiosis is an infection of the intestinal tract by one-celled protozoa. Coccidia spend a portion of their life living in the intestines of the infected dogs. The parasite is transmitted to other dogs in any number of ways such as eating stool, licking feet after walking on parasite, flyies, cats, or people tracking it mechanically are just a couple of ways.
Picking up stools is part of a preventive program. Preventing this parasite can be difficult with litters that live in small areas and places people or other animals frequent often. It can be picked up every easily at a dog park, pet store, shelter, and public dog places. Coccidia eggs can live in the environment for two years – so disinfecting to keep levels down is important.
Steam cleaning is by far the best way to disinfect. The ONLY OTHER WAY to kill coccidia is to use a 10% ammonia solution (Bleach will NOT kill it) – but ammonia can not be used when the dogs are present – this is important you must move the pup elsewhere while cleaning.
Coccidia is not transmittable between species, each species has there own form of coccidia.
Giardia is another common single-celled parasite that lives in your dog’s intestine causing diarrhea. It sometimes infects older dogs but more frequently infects puppies. Dogs become infected when they swallow Giardia that may be present in water or other substances that have been soiled with feces (i.e. puppy toy that was on the gound where parasite was, stagnant water where insects may transmit it to, water that has been walked through or played in by other dogs, mud puddle at a park or anywhere, often just from walking in areas dogs frequent after rain!). The parasite is aquatic and loves any water source it can get in.
Many dogs infected with Giardia do not get any disease. Periods of stress may cause these organisms to multiply resulting in symptoms of a dog that was previously symptom free. Giardiasis, the illness caused by Giardia infection, usually results in diarrhea. Having giardiasis for an extended period of time can cause weight loss; generally poor condition; and even death in very serious cases.
Once a dog is diagnosed with Giardia the vet will prescribe one of several options. Many will use Fenbendazole for 3+ days (ie panacur or Safeguard). Other options are Metronidazole (flagyl) for 5+ days or Albenazole 2+ days.
The best way to prevent Giardia infection is to make sure that your dog has safe, clean drinking water, and wipe paws after visits to vet, dog park, etc. It is important not to allow dogs to drink water from areas where other animals have left their feces (ie off the ground like a puddle). Baths to get parasites off of the fur especially if puppy has been through muddy areas also helps as dogs groom themselves and then lick the parasite into them. Picking up the feces left by your dog immediately and placing it in the trash.
Cleaning is important to preventing the spread of this parasite also and you will need to use bleach at 1:10 or even 1:5 water ratio, lysol brand II or III, or quaternary ammonium disinfectants to kill. Giardia can live up to 10 years in the ground.
Giardia is a common cause of diarrhea in people, but dog Giardia is not generally considered to spread from animals to humans. While human Giardia may infect dogs and then be passed on to humans, the majority of human cases are of human origin.
We talk with many families who have lost a canine family member. Some are ready to adopt a new puppy days after losing their dog, while others, it takes years later until they are ready to think about adopting a new dog. For example, one lady I spoke with had lost her golden retriever 13 years previous and was just now ready to start thinking about adopting a puppy. Another family had lost their dog a few days earlier and were eager to adopt a puppy as soon as possible. We each are unique individuals, coping with grief in different ways. This page addresses coping with the loss of a canine family member in hopes of giving you ideas on what to expect during the grieving process. How you feel is normal and experienced by many others.
A Pet is a Family Member, Too
A pet is often a member of the family. In fact, surveys show some interesting facts about pet owners: 84 percent consider their animals family members; 99 percent talk to their pets, and 54 percent celebrate their pet’s birthdays.
The term “man’s best friend’ brings to mind unconditional love, constant companionship and acceptance. And why not? Your dog can take you for a walk, listen when you need someone to talk to or even guard your house. A dog can also lower your blood pressure, change your heart rate or alleviate feelings of chronic loneliness.
With your capacity to love your dog comes the necessity to grieve when that “best friend” dies. The death of a pet is, without a doubt, a traumatic experience. We hope to help you and your family acknowledge the need to grieve at this time and to do so in a healthy way.
A Pet’s Death is Significant
No, it’s not “just a dog”. A dog is a family member. With the death of a dog, the family experiences a significant loss. A difficult problem, however, is that society often denies you the need to grieve for your dog. You may even be chastised for openly and honestly expressing your feelings. As a result, your grief may be hidden, buried, or ignored.
Though perhaps denied understanding and support, your family needs to grieve the death of your dog. Grieving means to express your feelings, no matter how painful, outside of yourselves.
Cliches Don’t Help You Heal
Your family will probably be greeted with many cliche`s when your dog dies. Cliche`s are trite comments intended to diminish the loss by providing simple solutions to difficult realities. Comments like, “It was just a dog,” or “You can always get another one,” or “Be glad you don’t have to take care of him any more” are not constructive. Instead they hurt and make your family’s journey through grief more difficult.
Memories Are the Best Legacies
Memories are one of the best legacies after the death of a dog. Talk about and embrace these memories. Your dog entertained, comforted, frustrated but always loved you. Remember those times. If your memories bring laughter, smile. If they bring sadness, cry. Remember, though, memories made in love can never be taken away.
Your Emotions Will Vary
When your dog dies, you will probably experience a variety of emotions: confusion, disorganization, sadness, explosive emotions or guilt. Don’t repress these feelings and ignore anyone who tells you that you should. Don’t over-analyze your response. Just allow your feelings to find expression. As strange as some of these feelings may seem, they are normal and healthy.
Each family member probably had a unique relationship with your dog. Allow for different emotional responses within the family, and be careful to respect each person’s need to grieve in his or her own way.
Should You Choose Euthanasia?
When you love your dog, no question is more difficult than whether or not to euthanize. Yet this difficult choice is often the right one, particularly if your dog is in agonizing pain or the quality of life has deteriorated. Sometimes the cost of treatment for a particular disease has also become prohibitive.
Talk to your veterinarian about euthanasia. Fortunately, humane procedures can end needless suffering for both you and your dog. The intravenous drug used for euthanasia does not cause pain. After visiting with your vet, make your decision based on your own good judgment. If you have always treated your dog with gentleness and love, you will probably make a wise choice based upon the reality of the situation.
Some owners want to be present when their dog is euthanized. Some do not. Do what you feel is right for you and your family. Whichever choice you make, you may still want to spend some special time saying “goodbye” to your pet.
Rituals Can Be Helpful
Allowing and encouraging your family to have a funeral for the dog that has died can be helpful. It provides a time to acknowledge the loss, share memories of the dog and create a focus for the family to openly express emotions. While some friends or even family members may think having a funeral for your dog is foolish, don’t let them take this special time away. Design a ritual that best meets your needs as you gather to pay tribute to a dog that was and will always be loved.
Children Need to be Involved
The death of a dog is often the first opportunity parents have to help children during times of grief. Unfortunately, parents often don’t want to talk about the death, assuming that by doing so the children will be spared some of the pain and sadness.
Children, however, are entitled to grieve for their dog. Any child old enough to love is old enough to grieve. And many children love their dogs with all their hearts. As an adult, if you are open, honest and loving, experiencing the death of a dog can be a chance for children to learn about both the joy-and the pain- that comes from caring deeply for a dog and people.
You may not experience the same depth of loss as your children when a family dog dies. You must still respect their grief and allow them to express it without feeling abandoned. Your response during this time can make the difference whether a child’s first exposure to death will be a positive or a negative part of their personal growth and development.
Some Closing Thoughts About the Death of a Pet
Hopefully reading this web page has helped you understand why your family grieves so deeply when a beloved dog dies. Dogs don’t criticize or judge you. They just love and accept you unconditionally.
When a dog dies, you and your family must accept the need to grieve. Even though others around you may attempt to minimize your grief, the hurt must be embraced to be lessened. Be patient and tolerant as you slowly move toward healing.
Joint care is a complex and controversial subject. New research conclusively suggests that environment plays a significant role in joint health in addition to heredity. To what degree the causality is hereditary and what proportion is environmental is where the controversy lies. We at Cedar Creek believe joint quality is complex and is a combination of both of these variables. We take the hereditary variable into account by screening the hips and elbows of each of our dogs before they are entered into our breeding program. In addition, we research the joint quality of dogs in the pedigree. This greatly reduces the likelihood of joint issues in our puppies. The remainder of this page is dedicated to the environmental variable. You will find pragmatic suggestions for what you can do as a dog owner to provide the best opportunity for healthy joints.
Growing Healthy Joints
Growing puppies require intentional attention to growing healthy joints.
-Feed a premium large breed puppy kibble formulated specifically for large breed puppies. A premium large breed puppy kibble should be formulated to avoid excessive calcium.
-Rapid growth can cause skeletal disorders (like hip dysplasia). Feed your puppy the daily recommended amounts suggested by your vet or provided by the manufacturer of the puppy kibble. The calories your puppy consumes between 3-10 months of age has been shown to have a significant impact on joint health.
-Switch to a premium adult dog food kibble at 6 months of age.
-Keep your puppy at the optimal weight. Obesity can accelerate the degeneration of joints. Ideal Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is 5/9. Click here for an explanation of BCS. Finding and maintaining your dog’s ideal weight can significantly extend your dog’s life too. A recent 14 year study found that dogs fed to ideal body condition lived on average 1.8 years longer than their overweight litter mates. That’s an extra 2 years of life and love, just for keeping your dog close to his or her ideal body weight!!!
-Help your puppy maintain good muscle mass through exercise.
-Avoid activities where your puppy is on slippery surfaces. Avoid activities where your puppy jumps, stops or changes directions abruptly. Avoid rough housing with other dogs.
-Don’t take your puppy jogging (or any other repetitive motion) until he is at least 18 months of age.
Maintaining Healthy Joints
-Feed your dog the daily recommended amounts suggested by your vet or provided by the manufacturer of the dog kibble. Do not free feed your dog.
-Avoid activities that require your dog to jump, such as unloading from a vehicle.
-Feed a premium adult dog kibble.
-Maintain a healthy weight.
-Maintain good muscle mass through exercise.