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      Thank You for visiting Awesomecollies.com. We devoted this section for our new pet owners and others who could use this information to help with their purchase and training of the new family member. There is a great deal of information with a new puppy, so we wanted to offer this information as a reference only.

   If you’re one of our new owners and need further help, then either call us or e-mail us at awesomecollie2011@gmail.com anytime and leave your name and the puppy’s name. If you’re just visiting us and want to ask a question, we’ll answer the best as we’re able by e-mail. Please do not leave a reply on this site. We get an overwhelming amount of spam and it is hard to distinguish what messages are actually genuine.

      This section has to deal with Preventive measures, Food considerations, and Visual Health signs. We wish to state that this is only our opinion and we want to inform potential new owners of precautions to consider whether you purchase from us or not.

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We recommend using heartworm and flea prevention. This will greatly reduce any health problems and again, keep you out of the Vet’s office. There are different websites that offer excellent values on these medicines that are better than having to purchase from Big-box stores or the Vet.

In addition to killing heartworms, heartworm prevention will also kill many but not all types of intestinal parasites as well.

We have found that not all heartworm medications kill all types of intestinal parasites. Ask for specific details.

Vaccinate with a booster once a year against the Parvo-virus.

The Parvo-virus will remain active in any type of soil for up to 7 years. If your pet is not properly vaccinated and walks through contaminated soil caused by another dog, infection is highly probable.

The AAHA, American Animal Hospital Assoc., recommends that vaccines should start at 6-8 weeks of age and continue every three weeks until 16 weeks. This is to be followed with a booster once a year.

Be cautious when taking your dog to a dog park. If your dog is fully protected then you have no worries. Dog diseases and parasites are mainly transmitted through contaminated soil, groundwater, licking, feces, flies, fleas, and mosquitoes.

Rottweilers are especially susceptible to the Parvo-virus and death is most probably imminent if not properly vaccinated.

Do not give Ivermectin to Border Collies. It is known to cause seizures in this particular breed of dog. Extremely low doses of Ivermectin in Heartworm medicine is safe but people who own Horses, Cattle, and other Livestock have been known to administer full doses of Ivermectin to all of  their dogs as well, to save on costs. Do not use on Border Collies.

Minimize any fly problems that may occur. These pesky insects can cause health issues for your pet. In kennels, Fly traps work well.

A healthy dog will usually have only one or two Vet check-ups a year.

 Food Precautions:

We don’t recommend a dog food with corn listed in the first two ingredients (corn is a filler). Feed stores that sell livestock feed usually have a good quality dog food selection at reasonable prices. Look for a protein/fat percentage and compare.

We have found that the Pride Pro Series 26/20% dog food is well balanced and keeps our Border Collies well maintained. This is because our dogs run from sunup to sundown. Inactive dogs may require a lower protein/fat content.

We have learned through experience that a dog food that is grain free is best for the Rottweiler if skin irritations and loss of hair in circular spots is common. This condition is sometimes apparent with this breed when given a dog food that has too much grain in its ingredients.

The fat content is as important as the protein content. Check with your Vet for the recommended amount because of breed, age, and level of activity.

A good quality dog food will last twice as long as a cheap quality one and keep you out of the Vet’s office (because they’re not filling up on corn).

Just because the dog food is expensive doesn’t make it a quality food. Educate yourselves and compare. Always read the ingredients.

Avoid dog food with BHA and BHT ingredients. Look for the Tocopherols or Ascorbic acids as natural alternatives to preservatives.

Don’t quickly change your dog food from one brand to the next. Diarrhea will most probably occur. Mix the food 50/50 for several days first, then delete the first brand.

Sometimes when dogs won’t eat the hard dog food, we take bones (beef, chicken, pork, or fish) from yet unprepared or prepared meals and cook them down into a stock or a fumet for several hours at a simmer. We then use only the liquid to pour over the dry food and the dogs will then eagerly consume the food. Unused Stock can be refrigerated for up to two weeks or frozen for later use.

Skin irritations and loss of hair might be a food allergy. Change your dog food and consult a Vet.

Even a good quality dog food might give your dog a food allergy. Most improvements or problems will show up after 3-4 weeks. Always read the ingredients.

Table food or fast food has too much salt and can harm your dog. Kidney or liver failure is possible over time. Dogs cannot handle a high salt content in their diet.

Sign-up for the free dog food recall e-mail alerts with the dogfoodadvisor.com. Some distributors don’t pull or catch recalled dog food or treats in time.

Don’t feed your dog chocolate. Cheese is their version of a chocolate treat.

We don’t recommend feeding chicken bones, raw chicken, or raw pork to dogs.

For a comprehensive list of food not suitable for your pet and other potential dangers; visit: http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/pet-safety-guide

Always have fresh water available at all times.


 Visual Health Conditions:

Although it is an unpleasant subject, the condition of the dog’s feces is a good indication of a Dog’s overall health and diet. Good looking feces symbolizes good health.

Hair loss is mainly the result of a food allergy regardless of how long you’ve maintained a particular brand but a Vet should be consulted to be sure. Changing dog food will take about two weeks or more for noticeable symptoms to improve.

A shiny full coat is a good marker that your dog food is working. Be mindful of excessive scratching.

White gums along the teeth line can be indicative of intestinal worms. They should be a medium to dark pink.

A hard pushing into the hand when rubbing the ears could be a sign of a problem. Consult your Vet for a check-up for possible infection or mites.


     We hope these points of interest help you in your future. Some are fact and some are our opinion but if you’re in doubt we recommend consulting your Veterinarian. Periodically, we update this list as people ask questions, so feel free to check with us occasionally.

Thank You again for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

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