Most people have never purchased, fostered, or owned Singing Dogs and may, therefore, be unaware of the importance of proper vaccination protocols for these animals.
Persons buying a puppy want a puppy who is healthy and free of disease and illness. They depend upon the person who sells or places it with them.
We recently visited with a couple who bought a Singing Dog puppy from a promoter.
They paid several hundred dollars for the puppy.
At a minimum, the puppy should have been given a Kennel Cough vaccination at 5 weeks of age and a Puppy Shot(DA2PPV+CVK) at 6 weeks of age.
The puppy should have been examined by a licensed veterinarian and that same vet should have issued a Health Certificate for the puppy.
A copy of the Health Certificate should accompany the puppy.
As a courtesy, the breeder or promoter/broker should have given the puppy a second puppy shot at 8 weeks of age, just prior to the transfer of ownership.
What they actually received was a puppy who had been given one single, solitary Duramune shot(Duramune is a brand name. Duramune makes lots of different kinds of medications, shots, immunizations. To say a puppy has been given a Duramune shot is vague and meaningless.)
The single "Duramune" was given just the day before the puppy was delivered.
There was no veterinary examination.
No Health Certificate.
No Kennel Cough vaccination.
No second puppy shot.
That pup received one shot stuck in it one day before it left the broker's home.
Do you know how much protection from parvo, distemper and other diseases were provided for that puppy?
Next to none.
In our estimation, it takes about 10 days for a Puppy Shot to take affect and the protection from one Puppy Shot is about 60%. Two Puppy Shots boost the protection level up to about 90%.
SOOOOO, WHEN YOU BUY A PUPPY OR ADULT OR CONSENT TO HAVING ONE PLACED IN YOUR HOME, ASK AHEAD OF TIME WHAT VACCINATIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN.
IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH WHAT THE BREEDER/PROMOTER/BROKER/SELLER TELLS YOU, VOID THE SALE.
BECAUSE..............NON-VACCINATED, NON-VET CHECKED, NON-HEALTH CERTIFIED, NON-MICROCHIPPED ANIMALS ARE TREMENDOUS HEARTACHES AND BIG EXPENSES JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
"Be proactive not remedial."
Permanent identification for your Singing Dog is extremely important and should always be a service provided by the breeder or broker/promoter, or rescue group.
In other words, if you buy a puppy or adult or have one placed in your care, that puppy or adult Singing Dog should come with a microchip already implanted when he/she arrives at your house.
A new owner should not need to microchip their new dog.
The new puppy or adult should come with a chip already implanted.
Additionally, the promoter/broker/breeder/rescue service should provide the new owner with information regarding the microchip, the number of the chip, information about how to "read" the chip, as well as how to register it with the national registry.
Proper ID can save an owner and his/her dog much grief in the case of theft or loss.
If the dog runs off and is picked up by animal control proper identification might just save its life.
We have tried several types of permanent identification and we feel very strongly that microchipping is by far and away the safest, most efficient, and most humane method available today.
Singing Dogs require nearly the same medications as most domestic breeds.
There is one exception.
If you need surgery performed on your Singer, ask your veterinarian to use the same anesthesia protocol that is used for Greyhounds.
OR, If you are ever in doubt about the proper anesthesia protocol to use, you are welcome to email us and we will email it to you.
If you ever have a sore or wound that won't heal because the Singer won't leave it alone, please give us a shout. We can help you.
Generally speaking we have have only minor health issues with our Singing dogs.
We don't know why we've been lucky, but we're not going to cause our Singers bad luck by questioning or bragging about it.
OK, how many years have Singing Dogs gone without being fed by humans? 5,000 years? 6,000 years, 9,000 years?
If God had intended for Singing Dogs to eat cooked or processed food, he'd have showed them how to make campfires!
With that thought in mind, let's not mess with their digestive systems.
Let's feed them what nature meant for them to eat: RAW.
Raw red meat.
Raw fruits and vegetables.
Judy has developed her own recipes for feeding raw. We'll be happy to share them with you. For a copy of Judy's raw diet recipe, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.........
Ehrlich NGSD Medical History
Our personal ownership Singing Dog medical records extend back to 1989 which was the first year of our Singer ownership.
Old Dingo---DOB: 5/17/1975 DOD: 6/18/1995 Medical issues during life: Inguinal Hernia, Rectal Abscess. Cause of Death: Euthanasia in order to end suffering.
Bel---DOB: 11/1/1997 DOD: 1/14/2013 Medical issues during life: In latter years Bel suffered from frequent mini-strokes and cataracts. Bel eventually went blind. Several major strokes were also recorded. There were no other health issues. Cause of Death: Massive Stroke.
Chase---DOB: 11/3/1997 DOD: 11/23/2011 Medical issues during life: None. Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest.