last updated 9/3/18 - #13 update
Royal Standard Poodle Health and Welfare: by Tes Ingebritson. 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 737-932-5030.
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.
36. 2/11/19 DON'T let groomers tell you they won't clean your spoos ears! It is to be a part of their job (as well as the owner) if they call themselves a groomer! Even if it's looking at the above terrible infection picture that they pull out hydrogen peroxide and clean gently around the ear the best they can as I'm sure the customer has been going to the vet by the above point. Obviously all the customer is asking of the groomer is to help with some outside simple cleaning, or using peroxide on a tissue to dab the inside gently as possible. IT's Something!! This last month, Jan 2019, has brought me to write this article up on poodle ear cleaning and what is/has evolved in groomers "Get out of the job of ear cleaning". It may not be what all dogs need done, yet poodles MUST have their ears cleaned and the past 5 years I have consistently heard from customers telling me their groomers don't do ears because; a) they were told it can harm them more then help; or, b) they have an infection and they could do more harm then good. That groomer must not be prepared or think very little of their ability to do the slightest ability of helping clean. When it is dirty, as in the picture below, and needs that definite cleaning, it should be a part of their training...otherwise find a groomer who knows the importance of this in poodles!
DO INSIST the ears get cleaned: 1. if dirty as in the pictures below, use alcohol and a q-tip to clean into the ears...using until the q-tips become clear of dirt, 2. a hemostat can pull the hair out, keep pulling right down into the canal, you could find an ear plug has developed which could develop into infection and worse as you look further through the pictures below, at which now 3. lots of help is needed; A) chiropractic adjustment to the atlas could certainly help the nerves to the ears bringing healthier blood cells to healing. B) get laser treatment to help heal, C) Change dog foods, ROTATE to a variety of flavors (grain and grain free), D) your vet is helping you where needed...
I will be taking more pictures to help you see what needs to be done and what your spoos ears should look like after full cleaning...stay tuned by 2/18/19
Using q-tips and then using the 7. hemostat in picture below to pull as much hair out of the ears as much as possible...more pictures to come...
35. DON'T bring a pup home from a breeder and not base-line TWO main things in my viewpoint on 6/8/18. Base-line your pup for 1. WORMS, to include giardia and 2. LYMES disease. A Base-lining and annual check up on these two things is so vital to their health and longevity! Worms are and will always be the #1 pet problem but I have come to the conclusion Lymes/tick born disease is #2. Tick diseases can be handled if being annually checked for...a pet can pick it up easily from anywhere these days due to the modern travel culture...EVEN IF NOT FOUND IN YOUR AREA (CBS news reel). Nothing wrong with being careful!
DO use natural Cedar Oil products to deter ticks and fleas. I sell these natural healthier products, drop shipped directly to you from the cedar oil warehouse. IF one uses a chemical based product on their pup like spot ons, and now found in the heart worm monthly medicine (only buy heart worm no other inclusion), one must decide; develop seizures or pick up tick diseases...with vigilant spraying of cedar oil on your pet and annual lymes vaccination and testing you can be pro-active to prevent problems. Cedar Oil will handle other tick born diseases and fleas! As an oil, it does evaporate so depending on climate and region, use once or several times a week. Don't forget to spray it on yourself when walks or hiking.
I should have a story on the FAQ page as well by 6/18/18...stay tuned...
NOTE: In MN and now in TX, I live in an area where deer ticks are found...as there are in many regions of the USA. I annually vaccinate and check for Lymes disease in each of my spoos yet there are other tick born diseases no vaccine is made for as Anaplasmosis. These diseases can be handled with antibiotics if one is annually testing for the pets health. If not, it can become ...well here are some great sites for you to learn from > Tick born disease knowledge
34. DON'T let your pet over heat in the hotter states and months
DO provide constant water, place ice cubes in it, have a kiddie pool, don't fill all the way, just 3 inches that they can lay down and cool off in, they only sweat via their pads and mouth with panting, thus assure their pads are clipped down to allow air flow and cooling, long hairy paws don't allow cooling, their long hair becomes a blanket not allowing air circulation thus keep their hair shorter in hot weather to help them stay cool.
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 PLAYING! Health 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…
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.
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.
27. DO Check out the link to find out more for your Standard Poodle Health:
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.
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.
Our/your puppies are chiropractic adjusted before they leave to their new homes. Thank You Dr. Mark LaVallie!!
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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.
23. Other things I DO for Standard Poodle Health and healthy pups:
22. Do check out these sites for more information on Standard Poodle Health:
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:
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.
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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...
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)
3. Getting more solid.
4. Gradually firmer...
5. Firm stool.
6. Stool with fabric toy and stuffing fiber that does not dissolve and tears up their colon...Provide HARD Kongo balls and toys instead...these aggressive chewers do destroy them eventually but definitely not as easily as fabric toys. More often then not these fabrics do pass yet does tear up the colon for a bit.
*Provide HEAVY duty rope toys and Kongo type toys for spoos to play and chew on.*
Here is the cloth toy gotten and de-legged and de-tagged...for some reason they love to work and chew the tags off :o((
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:
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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.
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.
Notes from my research with Brown, Black/Blue, and Red/Apricot/Cream standard poodle eyes:
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))
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...
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)
Let me know if you have Don't s and Do's and I'll place them here for awareness!
Buying from us: If you’re interested in purchasing a Royal Standard Poodles puppy, contact Tes via the form below for further information or call me at 737-932-5030. It is important that new owners become informed of what will be ahead in owning one of these incredible pets.