Royal Standard Poodle
Health and Welfare

Royal Standard Poodle Health and Welfare: What is "A Perfect World" in buying your next pet "to your viewpoint?" What can you accept, or not, in health for your Royal Standard Poodles? I do my best to raise and breed a healthy lineage to the knowledge and research I have at the time. It is my goal to help you have a positive outlook on your next pet, not to be "looking" for problems, only know that the information and sites here are for reference to help provide awareness--you decide from there. And remember, a good breeder does their best to test the parents for the future offspring, yet Mother Nature always has the last say.

NOTE: Please have your dictionary at hand (or online dictionary) to help with definitions to words you may not understand. Or, give me a call to simplify if you'd like help; Tes 218-414-0023.

Thank You to those who have contributed to the research and input of this page!

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Don'ts come first because of their danger/possible dangers.

Do's are Last but not Least :0)

New information is added to the top as it comes in.

Last updated 7/19/17 (TI)


33. DON'T think your state/region is immune to disease or problems...

DO become alert to health situations to your region by asking your vet what they have learned in your area:

Here's one I just learned of 7/17/17

32. DON'T allow OVER exercise of your young puppy to cause bowing of the legs. This is being repeated on this page due (also on the FAQ pg) to the extreme importance of this message!

picture below of Dino, Kara, and Nico

31. DO be vigilantly watchful of too much OVER PLAYINGHealth Alert! Here I write about "Bowing legs in puppies" in large breed dogs that I have observed over the years starting around 5 wks old. It can be an "occasional issue" with fast-growing, large breed or heavy breed dogs:

My research is beginning November 2015 with starting the powder NUVET supplements at this age into their dog food.

Getting your Nuvet supplements in place will certainly help as they grow – VERY FAST, ACCELERATED fast!

Be ready to purchase the following helpful products…

http://www.revivalanimal.com/Breeders-Edge-Oral-Cal-Plus.html

http://www.revivalanimal.com/Doc-Roys-Healthy-Bones-Tabs.html

Here's what Dino's customer writes:

In early February 2016, we noticed one day as Dino played in the yard,  that his front right and left legs appeared to be “toeing in” as he walked, ran, played and jumped. At this time he would have been just over 5 months old, and had grown into a healthy and dense weight of 42#’s.

Bells went off in my head, as I recalled reading on your page of "Royal Poodle "FAQ" tab, that this was something Important to deal with right away.   

This section, #6 I recall, speaks to an owner noticing that the new puppy has legs that appear bowed and asks what to do.  The information that you’ve noted in this section is spot on in being the best resource to this issue.   

After speaking with you through email and phone and agreeing that the 2 products on your site could be the solution, I called Revival Animal Health and spoke with them about their Breeders Edge Oral Cal Plus product and Doc Roy’s Health Bones supplements.  

Given Dino’s weight and activity level, we decided on administering a course of (2) 30ml syringes of Oral Cal Plus - at an accelerated level and once this was completed, we continued with the Healthy Bones supplement until he reached 11 months.  Revival Health also recommend limiting Dino’s activity level to give the Oral Cal time to support the long bones.  We did reduce his free play with the other poodles but continued to allow him to explore as a puppy should during those development months, but under careful watch of either my husband or I.  Jumping off of something was his favorite new thing, which we really took to reducing as best as possible. As well we limited his walking on hard pavements and such and restricted his time out on leash with the pack for morning and evenings walks.  The long bones really can take a beating in a simple morning stroll if it’s all hard road pavement or concrete, so we avoided those routes and found plenty of grass strolling.

Today Dino flies like the wind, keeps up with is super lean 3 year old brother Nico and has the tolerance to play with his 7 yr old sister, Kara, who can spin faster than most spinner tops in either direction!  He’s out with us twice a day for our mile walks and never misses a beat.

Seriously though…….this leg bowing could have been devastating for Dino’s development and confidence as he matured.  Had I not been thorough in reading your site on a regular basis, word for word and page for page….I would have never known where to start to find a solution.

More importantly - had the information NOT BEEN THERE….I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to read it and remember it…now that would have been catastrophic. Your website is a wealth of vetted, current, important, realistic, and life saving information.  A MUST READ for every poodle puppy owner. 

We thank you for not only breeding an incredible lineage of Royal Standard Poodles, but for also being a resource to us Owners from the moment we choose our new puppy and through our exciting new journey.

Thank You Tes….Warm Woofs from Nico, Dino and Kara. BML

30. DON'T! purchase Cocoa Mulch if you have a pet that goes in and out of the home - this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats and CAN kill them. They love the chocolate smell and eat it, which...the results you don't want! Click here for information on Cocoa dangers

29. DO! register your Micro-chip information with your vet, AKC, Re-Unite, Home Again, Avid or other brand your breeder/vet supplies information on.

  • AKC Re-Unite website and registration Tes pays for it - YOU register it!
  • Home Again website and registration
  • 24petwatch.com FREE registration
  • 28. DON'T! dump your dry dog food into a generic plastic container for storage! Use a metal container. It'll protect your Standard Poodle Health.

  • Oils in the food go into the porous plastic (it really is porous, I was a plastics project engineer) as it stores in the pores causing the food to go rancid causing toxicity in your pet.
  • One will start to smell an odor over time which is the food going rancid.
  • Pets eating the food over time will build up toxicity and cause poor standard poodle health issues.I went to a breeders workshop and brought up the question as my husband a week before had started emptying the food out of the original bag into the plastic container it was stored in and I started to smell the rancidity build. I was using generic plastic garbage cans. Whew, exactly as I thought, the instructor warned everyone never to dump your food into a plastic container. You may place the dry food bag it comes in, into the container, she said. Plastic containers should come with warnings! So many things we have to be alert to.
  • 27. DO Check out the link to find out more for your Standard Poodle Health:

  • Food FAQs, fats and oils going rancid
  • Good and Bad plastics
  • If using plastic, assure it is meant to hold foods for your Standard Poodle Health. Remember, plastic is porous and over time bacteria will build up or chemicals release. Please replace the container after so many years. (should one look into their own cupboards? I have and now use ceramic and glass.)
  • Keep the food within the original bag and place it in whatever container one decides. I've purchased a metal garbage can. DO Share this information with other pet friends
    • Keep the food within the original bag and place it in whatever container one decides....if one does decide to dump the food inside you'll need to assure you wash the container once a month to take care of any rancidity that may build up in corners of the bottom...
    • I also want to recommend for the humans to watch the DVD "King Korn" and read the book "Seeds of Deception," the toxicity in our bodies have been deceptively building due to certain industry giants deceptive practices...and we think other countries are bad :-( Sorry if my age is looking at what might be considered political to some. I am dumb-founded to what has been slipped by the US people as safe. It's your health, not just our standard poodle health I'm considering.
    • Is galvanized steel safe for foods? See the following links:

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    http://www.galvanizeit.org/knowledgebase/article/is-it-safe-for-food-to-be-in-contact-with-galvanized-steel

    2.
    http://www.galvanizeit.org/hot-dip-galvanizing/how-long-does-hdg-last/contact-with-food

    3. http://www.finishing.com/376/01.shtml

    My conclusion "at this point in time" from reading the bit that I have, the
    galvanized garbage cans are made for many purposes, farmers hold grains in them, and many other products...how they came up with the nickname garbage can is much to wonder on ;o) Using them for what they were meant to be used for (as noted in many of the internet sites on this) is safe. The can being large enough, I drop the actual bag into it and open the bag, scooping from it. The smaller can #27 I would place a smaller bag or dump in the dog food, washing the can every
    several weeks. So, key is to use the bag they came in as much as
    possible...if pouring into a smaller can, and after washing for years, one
    sees rust, time to get a new one!

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    26. DON'T over exercise your pet with jogging or too long of walks up until a year of age when their hips have had time to finish their growth. This will help stabilize your Standard Poodle Health.

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    25. DO Chiropractic care for Royal & Standard Poodle health. Max above melts into Dr. Mark's arms after his adjustment...

    In 2009, MN passed the law for small animal services to perform chiropractic work on small animals. The chiropractors who wanted to do this had to take their training.

    I found a chiropractor from Minneapolis, MN who travels to the upper MN area to work with our pets. It is my viewpoint all our pets should be adjusted and then maintained accordingly throughout their lifetime. This will handle allergies, muscle strains, and much more helping them live a longer happier life.

  • Dr. Mark LaVallie, D.C. CVSMT, Newsletter call 651-332-1633 for your pet's appointment. He has pet schedules in the following MN locations:
  • Shoreview, MN
  • Elk River, MN
  • Pine City, MN
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Our/your puppies are chiropractic adjusted before they leave to their new homes. Thank You Dr. Mark LaVallie!!

    It is vital for my breeding spoos to get adjusted monthly to be in top peek health to bring you your future puppies.

  • Find a vet that you can take your pet to for chiropractic adjustments - you'll be glad you did!
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    24. DO swim your pet if possible, it is healthy exercise for their joints.

    NOTE: As a breeder, I have done my best to research and determine what is the best information I can provide my customers/potential buyers with having a healthy hip program for my adult breeders. The side FAQ tab > under "About Health & Grooming" section > question 2. will provide you understanding on this as well.

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    23. Other things I DO for Standard Poodle Health and healthy pups:

  • Hips: The OFFA hip x-ray above shows good Standard Poodle Health, which are registered at 2 years of age for each of our breeding kids. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFFA) This has been the standard in the past for breeders to check their canine hips in providing healthy offspring...
  • Now...PennHip has come of age and what I can check out at 6 months of age ->PennHip This is my choice of evaluating what is best in keeping a breeding spoo for future programs. Check the site out to see my research :-)
  • DNA tests and others I do at OFFA are: a) Cardiac; b) Sebacious Adenitis; c) Thyroid
  • VWD (blood disorder): Von Willebrand's Disease is done on each of our breeding pets to assure you receive pups from a healthy line.
  • Why I test for Neonatal Encephalopathy to assure healthy pups for my customers.
  • Why I test for Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Why I test for >Sebaceous Adenitis in our poodles > none found
  • 22. Do check out these sites for more information on Standard Poodle Health:


  • Veterinarian data: Vetinfo--a veterinary information service Always find a vet you can work closely with. Yet, I do not believe in taking my Royal Standard Poodles to the vet at every little thing. That is why my gift to you of the FREE used book "Your Dog His Health and Happiness," by Louis Vine.
  • Umbilical Hernias: Breeder Vet on Umbilical Hernias
  • On occasion a pup or two may develop an umbilical hernia due to one reason or another: a) mom's chewing and tugging chord at birth; b) a pre-mature birth from a weather barometer drop before due date has not allowed closure development of the natal area, this may leave undeveloped naval closures; c) as puppies grow and develop so rapidly, closure may not keep up with growth; d) the umbilical hernia usually is small enough that they could eventually close on their own yet when spay/neutering can be repaired at the same time.

    21. Do Register your Royal Standard Poodles FREE for one year at www.24petwatch.com

    20. DON'T buy your Royal Standard Poodles a cheap dog food.

    NOTE: The most important tip I feel I can give is this; Royal & Standard Poodles do have sensitive stomachs, passing gas, flatulence. Pet chiropractic adjustments may help with this yet over the years of business, customers have shared their beloved pet died of bloat. We raised cattle and I can tell you about bloat. Visit with me on this for more information.

    19. DO feed a researched healthy diet:

    With permission, the site where I began my research to find the best dog food for Royal & Standard Poodles. I purchased this book and went from there... "Poodle dog food data". And if you're interested in finding out more of what he writes, google "W.D. Cusick" to see what you can find.

    Switching to a healthy dog food:

    • www.dogfoodadvisor.com and their 5 star foods I rotate the spoos food between Vets Choice Health Extension and Blue Buffalo Grain Free, all dry dog foods. These help eliminate the smelly flatulence problem 80% - GONE! - and the research continues > . Dog Food Contamination Research is scientific research done by Agilent Technologies scientist Sue D'Antonio and team for you - FREE!

    So, in agreeing to get a pet from us, it is in our contract that we will guarantee a healthy pet for two years as long as a 5 star Grain Free food is provided your pet...Remember, Mother Nature has the last say in things beyond our control.

  • Omega 3s for healthy skin and more: Omega Oils or Salmon Oil for your pet can be found here(TM)
  • Squirting on top a liquid Omega Dog oil or Salmon oil. This helps alleviate calloused elbows that may develop from your pet laying on hard surfaces as well as helping the pets skin stay soft and moist. (us humans can benefit from additional fish oils too :-)
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    18. DON'T feed your spoos chicken or pork bones.

    17. DO give them beef bones...that's why "A Perfect World Club" where I send you bone money at Christmas time...take a look at the picture...our 3 year old Bruno who has been chewing on beef bones his life with us...notice the nice clear very little tartar buildup...which I clean once a year with a dental pick...

    16. DO put aside a savings account for your Standard Poodle Health, a cracked tooth from chewing bones may occur - pull it, let them chew! It's that or major gum and teeth health bills later in their life.

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    15. DON'T worry too much if in the spring/summer your pet comes up with diarrhea -- read on...

    14. June Bug Season + 18. The Scoop on Poop!

    17. Does your state have June bugs? What I've observed and validated by the vet is the fact during the months of May - July these flying protein bugs love to be eaten by the Poodles and puppies.

    Look at them go in the pictures, trying to find every bit of protein bug they can! So, if you have these bugs and your pet's (cats or dogs) have loose stools, or you get a pup from us during this time - look to see if they're eating high protein bugs. After the bugs are gone their stools WILL harden up again...see pictures below...  

  • Don't feed them canned dog food at this time
  • Don't feed them anything other than their normal dry dog food to assure it doesn't get worse
  • DO

  • Use a vaccuum, sweep, or disintegration techniques on your lawn when the season comes around -- it might work :-)
  • Check their stool for bug residue and you'll know for sure! They don't digest it all.
  • Monitor their eating habits to assure their not eating anything other than dry dog food until they balance out.
  • DO check with a vet if their might be a parasite if you don't see them eating bugs!
  • 13. The Scoop on Poop with a scale of 1-5, 5 being good...

    1. Diarhea - like water :-(((

    (no picture - imagination)

    2. Not water but not solid (picture below)

  • during June bug season one would see their stools on the scale of 2-3, and their is June bug dark shells in the stool.
  • if pups are stressed out from traveling to their new home their stools may be from 1-3 on the scale. Give them time...up to several months even...
  • the bacterial enteritis coccidiosis could be the culprit, sometimes blood in the stool, may show as negative in the vet stool checkup. My vet has given them Albon to resolve this. May take a week or more.

  • 3. Getting more solid.

    4. Gradually firmer...

    5. Firm stool.

    12. DON'T feed grapes, onions, chocolate or milk products, they are poisonous to their Standard Poodle Health! Google to find more toxic foods to canines.

    11. DO give natural treats as:

  • Popcorn; unsalted, unbuttered--purchase a dry popcorn maker
  • Organic Carrots; not other baby carrots as these are washed with certain agents we should be cautious of...unless they're organic ones :0) Use a big carrot, washing and dicing them as treats.
  • And, raw apple cubes and raw cubes of squash are great for both of us!
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    Why you 10. DON'T kiss your puppies nose ;-)

    9. DO check on things that might be in your breeder's state that might reflect in your pups health down the road. If you didn't, and something comes up with your pet, call the breeder and share any symptoms. This way you can inform your vet to look out for "_____" that may be from the state you received your pet from.

  • Like some states have mosquitoes which can carry heart-worm. Make sure they have been (if an older pup)/will be (by you) treated for this.
  • Make note if there are/were any bugs they may tend to eat creating diarrhea for a time frame.
  • Do they have wood-ticks that could carry Lymes disease or Antiplasmosis, another tick carrying disease. Once symptoms of aching movement show up, call ASAP to get your pet in as this is treatable with drugs and shows a turn around within a week! Sure wish us humans could turn around from Lymes disease like that!
  • Spiders or bugs that could bite and cause other infections...so you see there is always risk involved. Be watchful, ask your breeder, but PLEASE don't create anxiety for yourself...live and love while you can :-)))
  • 8. Don't purchase from a breeder who does not do CERF eye testing on their lines. You could get bad hereditary eye issues (not all are bad) if the breeder is not being open and honest with you.

    • CERF > Canine Eye Registration Foundation website

    Notes from my research with Brown, Black/Blue, and Red/Apricot/Cream standard poodle eyes:

  • Brown: I have had excellent CERF test results since 2004 in breeding this color.
  • Black/Blue: I have had excellent CERF test results since 2008 in breeding this color.
  • Red/Apricot: CERF results on Red Daniel 2012 showed PPM > remnants on iris, no strands, no significance other then cosmetic per eye specialist Dr. which then gets no designated health issue "category" as it is not anything but cosmetic. A red puppy from his first litter 2012, at 9 wks old, was checked by a specialist to have this as well. No significance other then cosmetic and being so young could finish dissolving by adulthood. The Doctors, when asked if hereditary, said no, "Happens in dogs as well as humans. These are NO health issues."
  • It should be done annually by a breeder. As I live 3 hrs from the nearest clinic, sometimes I am only able to do it every other year...try packing 8 spoos in a mini van and head out to the Twin Cities - Ooftah!! It's great when we have dog shows in the area as they will have CERF eye clinics I can take them all to and get done - YEAY!!!

    Do have your pets eyes checked out by a specialist if you find their eyes giving them issues.

    Ciwa at the eye Doctor being tested for CERF - which her eyes are good :0) Ciwa now lives in Australia :0))

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    7. Don't - over vaccinate yet at the same time assure you are aware of what to do! A GREAT Audio book I give my new customers, and have for sale > "Pukka's Promise" by Ted Kerasota. Truly would be the book I could have wrote - EXCELLENT ;o)

    The following web page, given permission to link to by Bijou Poodles in Canada, has one of the better informative pages out there. In the end it is your decision along with state laws...Information on Vaccinations

    6. Do - feel and observe your pet's skin; lumps, bumps and Mother Nature can bring us to much-a-do when sometimes it is not to be worried about...and sometimes TO be concerned about...here is what Lincoln's owner found:

    A few weeks ago my sister noticed a red spot about the size of a quarter on his chest. I thought he had been bitten by a bug. I called the vet because it had been a few weeks and it had not decreased in size. We went in and he took a tissue sample and sent it to a pathologist. The result was a histiocytoma, a benign skin growth that usually goes away by itself. A histiocytoma is common in Labrador retrievers , Stafford terriers, Boxers and Dachshunds. It usually occurs in dogs under two years old...(can remove or regress on its own after several months....non-malignant)...3 months later gone away...no medication or surgery...

    Information on histiocytoma

    Do google for Sebaceous Cysts on dogs. Some great data and youtube info by vets out there. It is totally different from the Sebaceous Adenitis skin disease. Many breeds have sebaceous cysts (non-benign fatty oil build up), little bumps that contain a cheesy like fill if squeezed out correctly, otherwise they get large over time and may need surgical removal...a phone call can help understand. In the spring I shave all my spoos down in order to check for these and to watch for wood ticks. Helping them to eat raw foods with more oils, squirting omega oils on their foods all help to provide more oils to their skin as it is the constant dry dog food that does not help the skin with its needed oils.

    Now, Sebacious Adenitis is something you really want to check to see if a breeder is testing for! TI tests all her breeding spoos for this and has none in her line

    I shave the spoos all down with a #10 blade in the spring that I can check for lumps and bumps, handling what needs to be handled because their long coats hide so much.

    5. Don't - leave poisonous plants around for your puppy/pet to eat! Here's a great website (many out there) that a looker emailed me to share with those interested > Pet Safe House Plants

    4. Do - Research your dog food to know what you're feeding your pet. Dogfoodadvisor.com is a great place to start. In this day and age we want our pets to live as long, and longer, then they have in the past. With contaminated earth, foods, all making their way into our (and their) products, we need to be educating ourselves. More to be reported in our research under #1. Must Read section 3. Dog Food...

    3. Don't - Allow your adult spoos to tear apart a plastic toy. As puppies some toys will be great, yet as they get older they become more aggressive chewers and will destroy them quickly and eat the plastic that they break free from the toy.  When choosing a toy for your pet consider their age, look at Kong Products as they are more sturdily built and last longer!  See pictures below of adult destruction of toys that worked fine while they were a pup.

    1. Don't - Let your pet (or kids and you!) swim in lake (or standing) waters that have grown blue green algae!! Type in google 2015 blue green algae dog deaths. It will initiate vomiting, diarrhea, leading to poisoning of their bodies and death... :o(((((

    2. Do - wash yourself and your pet thoroughly - immediately after #29 above!

    Thank You to those who send what is important to you and others that they would like to see here :0)

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