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Before You Purchase a Puppy from a Breeder, ask these questions

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    Before You Purchase a Puppy from a Breeder, ask these questions

    Prior to purchasing a puppy from a breeder, consider taking my 18-point Assessment to determine how healthy of a pup youíll be purchasing. By investigating the health and environment of your new addition you can greatly reduce health roadblocks in the future.
    By interviewing the breeder you can discern how committed he or she is to the health and wellbeing of the animals. Many times by asking the breeder the right questions you can discover enough about the background of the animals that you may choose to spend your money with someone else.
    If the breeder can't or won't answer the questions below about the parents, you should probably not buy a pup from him or her.
    Dr. Becker's 18-Point Assessment

    Please assign the most appropriate number to each question pertaining to the parents of the litter you are interested in.
    Questions for the breeder:

    1. ___ I have fed a raw, balanced, living (fresh) food diet.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    2. ___ I have fed a store brand dry food.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - most of their life
      • 2 - 75% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 25% of their life
      • 5 - almost none of their life

    3. ___ I intentionally selected my companion/breeding stock based on excellent genetics/diversified gene pool and the breederís commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - I didnít consider/think about it or I purchased my pet from a puppy mill/pet store
      • 2 - my breeder gave me information about the dam and sireís lineage
      • 3 - my breeder gave me information about my puppyís lineage, the parentsí nutritional status
      • 4 - my breeder gave me information about my puppyís lineage, the parentsí nutritional status, OFA (hip dysplasia ranking) and thyroid status, as well as cause of deaths of last 3 generations
      • 5 - my breeder gave me information about my puppyís lineage, the parentsí nutritional status, OFA (hip dysplasia ranking) and thyroid status, as well as cause of deaths of last 3 generations. I independently researched the lineage to assure no inbreeding and asked the breeder to modify the pupís vaccine protocol, if needed

    4. ___ I have modified my pets' vaccine protocol to eliminate unnecessary vaccines that could negatively affect their immune system.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    5. ___ I have supplied antioxidants and other nutritional supplements throughout my pets' lives, as their bodies dictated.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 Ė 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    6. ___ I have reduced my pets' chemical exposure by reducing topical insecticide application (flea and tick products), the frequency of heartworm prevention and the application of chemicals to my lawn and their immediate environment.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 Ė 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    7. ___ I have supplied a means of detoxification from toxic environmental substances (milk thistle after heartworm prevention, etc.) throughout my petís life
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 Ė 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    8. ___ I have given my pet filtered water of some kind.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 Ė 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    9. ___ My pets have had healthy, smoke-free air to breathe.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 Ė 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    10. ___ My pet has had physical trauma that has brought us to the ER (hit by car, broken bones, dog fight, poisonings, etc.).
      • 5 - no trauma
      • 4 - minor trauma that did not require veterinary care
      • 3 - moderate trauma that did not result in recurrent medical issues
      • 2 - significant trauma that temporarily affected my petís life
      • 1 - significant trauma that has chronically affected my petís life
      • 0 - donít know

    11. ___ My pet exhibits behaviors that could cause body damage over time; fence running, pulling on the leash every walk, falls or goes ďspread eagleĒ on the tile regularly, ďT-boningĒ or being the ďT-bonerĒ with another dog (body-bashing), as examples.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    12. ___ I have had regular chiropractic adjustments performed on my dog.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    13. ___ I have supplied joint supportive supplements (Glucosamine, MSM, etc.) throughout my dogs' lives as their bodies have required.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    14. ___ How true is this statement? "I have been blessed with a pet that is physically resilient and free from disease."
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - I wish, my vet is my best friend (youíve known them since your petís first year of life with one issue after another) because my pet is always having problems
      • 2 - my pet used to be healthy, until that one inciting incident... nothingís been the same after that (allergic response, vaccine reaction, ACL rupture, tumor removal, etc.)
      • 3 - my pet has ďthe usual stuffĒ... I donít expect perfection: I have visited the vet more and more for ďstuffĒ thatís going on
      • 4 - my pet has had a few weird things happen, but all in all, has been incredibly healthy
      • 5 - my pet is thriving, above the level of disease: we visit our vet for wellness visits only

    15. ____My pet is predisposed to wacky behaviors, such as eating toxic house plants, foreign bodies (Q-tips, mulch, pins, clothing, etc.), licking unclean surfaces (garage floors, lead paint, etc.), slipping his/her collar, attacking other dogs or people (these are only examples, we are trying to assess the environmental risks your pet takes with this question).
      • 0 -donít know
      • 1 - my pet eats everything I donít want him/her to, regularly acts in ways that could be harmful to him/her
      • 2 - my pet sometimes ďgets into stuff,Ē and does things that could cause harm to him/her
      • 3 - my pet is well behaved, but on occasion exhibits some behaviors that could lead to physical harm
      • 4 - my pet has never intentionally done anything inappropriate, but has had bad luck with occasional ďaccidentsĒ
      • 5 - thank goodness, my pet is a saint with good luck

    16. ___My pet has had daily aerobic activity (intentional exercise) throughout his/her life. I make it a goal to exercise my pet on a daily basis.
      • 0 - donít know or I consider "playing" exercise
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    17. ___ I have engaged in formal training (agility, obedience, tracking, etc.) and have continued this throughout my petís life.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    18. ___ I engage in some form of body work with my pet on a regular basis: body work, massage, T-Touch, acupressure, stretching, etc.
      • 0 - donít know
      • 1 - almost none of their life
      • 2 - 25% of their life
      • 3 - 50% of their life
      • 4 - 75% of their life
      • 5 - most of their life

    Results

    Add up your score:
    81-90
    Exceptional guardianship... you are an empowered owner, proactive by nature, and have done all you can to allow your pet to thrive. You are to be commended and are a light to those around you.
    Continue to set your benchmark high; you will accept nothing less than excellence for those in your care and your companion is tremendously blessed from the fruits of your labor.
    Offspring from these animals have the best chances of living life with few to no metabolic roadblocks, combined with a proactive lifestyle these animals will thrive.


    71-80
    Good job! You have made wise choices to remove lifestyle obstacles in your petís path. You have the desire to create abundant health and allow your companion to thrive. Putting all the pieces together takes education, commitment and persistence. You are well on your way. The journey only gets more rewarding.
    Offspring from these parents have a good chance of being healthy throughout their life by continuing a proactive lifestyle.
    56-70
    Well done. You have the desire to make all the right choices for your companion, but need encouragement, knowledge and commitment. You are learning lots at this point... applying it is another story! Recognize all of your efforts will translate into healthier, more vibrant relationships with your companions... and thatís why you started this journey in the first place.
    Be encouraged; your pet is by your side through it all and reaping the benefits of your evolution on the journey. Offspring from these parents will need all aspects of wellness addressed consistently to achieve homeostasis and balance.
    36-55
    Congratulations, you have recognized that your companionís health takes work! Health is on a spectrum and your pet is moving one way or the other. You want him/her to move towards health, you just need guidance, support and time. There is much to learn, but donít stress!
    Youíre right where you need to be to apply one health principle at a time, building one healthy habit upon another. Before you know it you will see the benefits expressed in your pets, fueling your desire to learn more, apply more, and again, see your efforts pay off in terms of vibrant health and improved quality of life in that creature you so dearly love. Offspring from these parents may exhibit metabolic, skeletal and nutritional roadblocks that will take time, money and effort to correct and maintain.
    25-35
    Donít panic! Now is your time to become empowered! You have accepted the responsibility to care for your pet(s) to the best of your ability... thatís why youíre here, learning. You have much to learn, but stop and celebrate the fact that youíre on your way. Initially youíll feel overwhelmed, wondering if itís all worth it. It is... youíre just not far enough along to see it. And besides, youíve come to recognize your companion deserves nothing less.
    Itís up to you to be persistent in putting the pieces together. These animals are surviving, but not thriving. With pointed, consistent effort these animals can feel better in their bodies, but should not be bred. Offspring from parents that are not thriving will rarely thrive themselves.
    Less than 25
    You have either rescued a pet with an unknown background, have recently recognized that health must be created (it doesnít just happen), or have a companion that rules the house and has poor vitality/increased risk for disease. In any situation your companion, although happy, may not be healthy. There are lifestyle obstacles you must commit to addressing.
    Rescued animals may have little degeneration prior to you adopting them; or there may be lots. Your only choice is to assume little has been done to improve health before you were in their life and best case scenario, youíve provided proactive care that goes above and beyond whatís needed... your pet will benefit from these healthy choices.
    If you have just started thinking about creating abundant living for your companion, recognize degeneration may already be present, but you have committed to providing the best quality of life to your pet from this point forward. You have consciously chosen health, the first step in creating it for your companion. You have lots to learn and do, time is of the essence.
    The more proactive lifestyle changes you make at this point, the better, you canít do too much now.
    Donít worry, and take the pressure off of you and your petÖ every change means your companion is at a better place than before. These animals are surviving, but not thriving. With pointed, consistent effort these animals can feel better in their bodies, but should not be bred. Offspring from parents that are not thriving will rarely thrive themselves.



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    Or you could go to a shelter and rescue a puppy or a full grown dog and give them a second chance . There are thousands of dogs and cats being killed each year .

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    Excellent point Nightowl! I only adopt from shelters which are so overcrowded. I found this article on dosomething.org and it gives sad statistics:
    https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11...l-homelessness

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