All puppies should have dew-claws removed, sometimes, one may be missed or at times, some will grow back. Dew-claws are not life threatening and are not covered in the warranty.  It is up to you, the buyer to check for dew-claws and only buy the puppy accepting it with or without dew-claws. *Dew-claws are not the toe nails, not to be confused with De-clawing a cat.  This is not the same.

Umbilical Dog Hernia
An umbilical hernia is an opening in the muscle wall where the umbilicus (belly button) is located. The hernia allows the abdominal contents to pass through the opening.

Symptoms and Types: Umbilical hernias may be complicated or uncomplicated. A complicated hernia is one in which contents of the abdominal cavity, such as a loop of intestine, have passed through the opening and become entrapped.

An uncomplicated umbilical hernia is associated with a soft swelling in the umbilical area. This swelling may be variable in size and may come and go. Otherwise, the dog will appear health.

Symptoms seen with a complicated umbilical hernia may include:
  • Pain and warmth, especially at the site of the umbilical swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
Most umbilical hernias in dogs are probably inherited although trauma can also be a cause. Some breeds of dogs, including Airedales, Pekingese, and Basenji are predisposed to umbilical hernias.

Inguinal Hernia
Much like humans, dogs can suffer from hernias. An inguinal hernia is a condition in which the abdominal contents protrude through the inguinal canal or inguinal ring, an opening which occurs in the muscle wall in the groin area.

Symptoms and Types Inguinal hernias may be uncomplicated or complicated. A complicated hernia is one in which contents of the abdominal cavity have passed through the opening and become entrapped.

Symptoms seen with an uncomplicated inguinal hernia are:
  • A soft swelling in the groin area, which may occur on one or both sides of the body
Symptoms seen with a complicated inguinal hernia may include:
  • Swelling in the groin area, which may become painful and warm to the touch
  • Vomiting
  • Pain
  • Frequent attempts to urinate
  • Bloody urine
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
In dogs, inguinal hernias may be acquired (not present at birth but developing later in life) or congenital (present at birth). Factors which predispose a dog to develop an inguinal hernia include trauma, obesity, and pregnancy.

Most inguinal hernias are uncomplicated and cause no symptoms other than a swelling in the groin area. However, if contents from the abdominal cavity (such as the bladder, a loop of intestines or the uterus) pass through the opening and become entrapped there, the situation can become life-threatening.

Normal: A normal scissors bite is where the incisor teeth in the upper jaw are in contact with but slightly overlap those in bottom jaw. This also produces a 'scissor' appearance in the way the pre-molars and molars meet down the side of the mouth.

Underbite: Malocclusion in which the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth. An underbite is generally a hereditary condition that results in the dogs lower jaw protruding out beyond the upper jaw. It is a common feature in brachycephalic dogs such as bulldogs and pugs. An underbite is caused by genetic factors and in some breeds is regarded as an acceptable feature in a dog. 

Overbite: The upper jaw is longer than the lower one. When the mouth is closed, a gap between the upper and lower incisors occurs. Puppies born with an overbite will sometimes have the problem correct itself if the gap is not too large. 
What are dew-claws: Take a look at your dog’s feet. How many toenails do you see? Most dogs have four nails on each rear foot and five on their front feet. That extra nail on the upper, inner part of a dog’s foot is the dewclaw. They are not the toenails.

When are dew-claws removed? The argument for removal states that dewclaws are a weak digit, barely attached to the leg, and thus they can rip partway off or easily catch on something and break, which can be painful and prone to infection. Dewclaw removal is most easily performed when the dog is young, around 25 days of age.

The risk of dewclaw injury also may prompt dewclaw removalDewclaws are unnecessary toes on the backs of dogs' legs. If you purchased a puppy from a reputable breeder, dewclaw removal may have been done when the dog was three to five days old. At this age, the dog doesn't even need to be anesthetized.

We normally remove the dew-claws on most of the breeds we raise, to prevent them being ripped off later in life. 
If the dew claws on your dog's front or rear paws seem to easily get caught on things, then they could easily rip off — which would be very painful for the dog. In this case, you should talk with your vet about whether or not to have the dewclaw(s) removed .
Your new puppy will come up to date on Vaccinations and regular de-worming routine.  We vaccinate with Neo-Par and Neo-Vac and deworm with Safeguard Fenbendazole.

Take your new puppy to your Veterinarian within the first 48 hours for a new puppy check up. Remember to take the vaccination records with you.
NOTE* We do not pay for Veterinarian charges, this is for you to determine if you want to keep the puppy. If you Veterinarian finds the puppy to be in poor health, return the puppy at once, within 12 hours.  We do not want you to keep the puppy if it is ill, return it to us so we can get it to our Veterinarian. 

Please read the sections on care for Hypoglycemia if you are looking at a small breed puppy. 

Don't forget to make your Veterinarian appointment for your new puppy check up within 48 hours of purchase. Please use a private practice Veterinarian not Banfield Animal Hospital. (If you can't get an appointment within 48 hours, just let us know you need an extension). Please email us with the results of your First Well Puppy Check up. (This is Not a Vaccination Appointment)

Do not give your new puppy any type of vaccinations the first 14 days, allow the puppy time to settle in, the added stress is not good for the puppy. over vaccination can cause major health issues.
In 2017, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) released their updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines … but do these guidelines prevent the dangerous over-vaccination of dogs?
The answer is yes and no …
Why Over-Vaccination Can Harm Your DogEvery dog owner fears infectious disease. Parvovirus and distemper can be debilitating and even deadly for our pets. You want to protect your dog from harm so you give him vaccinations ….
But you might not know this protection comes at a cost.
Dog vaccinations can often be just as harmful as the disease they’re meant to protect against. Vaccination can cause a wide range of health problems that range from minor fever to anaphylactic shock and cancer. So it’s vital that we vaccinate our pets only when necessary.
Here are some of the common reactions you might see in your dog, either days or months after vaccination … Do NOT re-vaccinate your new puppy until 14 days after the date of the last vaccine given.  Do not allow your Veterinarian to inject vaccines at your First Well Puppy Visit, this is NOT a vaccination appointment.