Puppy Warranty and FAQs
HealthyPups.com Care Instructions, Purchase Info, and Warranty!
This part of the web site is very important. Please take time to read!
Puppy prices are posted under each video, and are subject to change due to market prices. This website is updated after each individual sale. We don’t want anyone falling in love with a puppy that they cannot have. Please check our first page google competitors and you'll love our prices. Puppies will be posted to the web site when they are old and strong enough to not be bothered by this process. Buyers may see the pups and choose a puppy at that time. Those who have paid deposits will be called when pups they might like are posted. If you see puppies on this site with prices that say deposits pending, this means that those who have placed deposits are choosing their pups at this time. Puppies that are posted with prices are for sale to public. If you would like to see photos of past puppies or chat with others who have bought pets from us so that you can be confident that we are not a scam, please visit our facebook page, which can be entered through our references link. If you would like to be notified immediately when new puppies are posted and have an opportunity to buy before they are sold, you may send a deposit of $200.00 to be on the waiting list. This deposit goes toward the purchase price of your puppy, and is forfeited if you choose to not purchase the puppy. Do not place a deposit on a puppy if you are not sure of the one you want, or are not willing to wait. Many are interested in multiple types of pets, therefore it is impossible for me to know exactly when I can offer you a puppy because I do not know what puppy those on the list before your deposit may choose. After you reserve your puppy, we need to take it off the website so others will not be asking to buy it. We understand your excitement, SO please do a screen shot of your pup from the individual post, and record your video with your phone immediately when making a deposit so you are not without photo and video. Instructions for buying/reserving/viewing/picking up a puppy are posted in every puppy interface under each video. Please read! Thanks!
Q: Do you finance puppies?
A: We will gladly allow you to send payments in advance for a puppy. However, all pets must be paid in full before they go home. We do not offer in house financing for pets after sale, but we can refer you to a finance company to help you get a cash advance to buy your puppy. Go to discovercard.com and apply for their card. Call us when you are able to get your cash advance and we will be glad to sell you a puppy!
Q: Should I buy a male or a female puppy?
A: The pre-programmed ideology of people is easily the most difficult thing I deal with in pet public wanting puppies. Too many women and children think they want the tiniest little female puppy they can get. They never stop to consider if the dog is big enough to be healthy and function independently as an adult, or if the puppy will love them later. Unfortunately, many of their misconceptions are founded upon poor information. MALE puppies also make great pets. A male puppy neutered at the proper time is no more likely to raise his leg and urinate in the home than a female is to tinkle by accident when she gets nervous or excited. Males are often more confident than females and are therefore less likely to be a submissive urinator! With all other things being equal, male puppies seem to like women better, while female pups often prefer men! Over the years, many women who have bought female puppies have complained that SHE loves my dad, my husband, my boyfriend, my brother, but she doesn't like me! Although a high percentage of our puppies are likely to love most family members, there can sometimes be an advantage in choosing a pup opposite the sex of the pup's intended favorite person! So many women are in love with a look or with the idea of putting dresses on their pet or putting bows in its ears, that they improve the chances that the dog won't like them as their favorite person just because they bought a female puppy. The fact that so many of these female "girlie" pets are childish also contributes to this situation, because these are the pets that most often prefer men over female owners!
Over the past 40 years of business, I have witnessed the rise and fall of pet stores that bought pets from puppy mills and resold them for huge profits. Over time, public not willing to buy their pets caused them to go out of business. However, there is no law against co-ownership of pets in America. Now, most of the pet stores are online, pretending to breed while co-owning and still buying from puppy mills to resale pets. The pet stores now call themselves clubs, breeder networks, family breeder organizations, etc. Many of these brokers are liars and scammers who add endearing ambiguous descriptions like “teacup”and give them cute names, even though you should have the right to name your puppy! They promise extended warranties and pre training in order to scam you into paying thousands for a pup that they may have bought from an Amish farmer for a very small price, and will pee on your rug after being only pad trained. (You don't learn until you read the fine print later that you must pay 50% of regular retail to get a replacement puppy, buy $5000.00 in doggie vitamins over the next 10 years while they get kickbacks, or enroll in their health care plan and make monthly payments for basic care while major problems cost extra). Proper house training that actually works must be done by you in your home. An established outdoor potty spot by the breeder cannot go home with your puppy! Don't listen to their scams! Don't you deserve better? 40 years experience has taught me that canine diseases are caused by malnutrition and toxicity because dogs seem to be the only other creature that develops the same degenerative diseases as humans. I can often guess what kind of pet products were used in the last pet when pet owners tell me when and what type of disease occurred in their dog prematurely. My opinion is that only an unknowing or dishonest seller would promise a health warranty that is subject to proper choices on the part of the caregiver without being transparent of these facts, since care after the sale is something that no seller can control.
Healthy Pups is a family-owned nursery! We have been open to public on this property since 1982! Visit (Please LIKE) our facebook (open public forum) and references pages to read testimonies, Healthypups.com reviews, and contact others who have adopted pets from us! Over the past almost 40 years in business, we have had the privilege of making thousands of families happy with a puppy. Happy people are busy and seldom post reviews. 100% of the half dozen negative reviews concerning our business online were posted by those who failed to follow proper care instructions, communicate clearly, or by rescue terrorists pretending to have bought pets from us. Not one of them have actually visited our nursery, yet these reviews are one of the first things people see when searching for our business online. Healthy Pups is registered with and inspected by local government animal welfare officers without notification. Our goal is to provide USDA standard care standard in the facility. References are posted. If you want to know the truth about Healthy Pups, please communicate with references that are real that actually know about our business! READ our material to learn of the convenience and peace of mind in choosing our pets! Please visit "Our Facility" to learn why breeding dogs (pets not spayed and neutered) should not live in homes with people, plus the real truth about puppy mills, and how rescue terrorists are using media to falsely indoctrinate public and scam them out of 100,000,000.00+ per year in donations to save the animals, less than 1% of which may go to shelters. You will also learn about •hypoallergenic breeds, and how to manage allergies/asthma/shedding without groomer expenses, •proper house training, •scams by puppy sellers, •importance of proper care standard, and to consider breed specific ownership costs and issues! An explanation of our health warranty is posted at the bottom of this page. A written copy of the health warranty is provided for you with each pet we sell. Many of the talking points on this page are my personal guesstimates and statistics after having the privilege of working with a small group of dogs and pet public for many years.
- •It is my opinion that up to 1 of 3 puppies sold in the U.S each year by pet owners, and half of shelter pets (our competitors?) go home with their new owners and die during the first week, producing unexpected vet bills and broken hearts because they were raised by inexperienced care givers and without quarantine. Our buyers almost never experience pre-existing health issues with our puppies! The greatest contributing factor to baby puppy deaths is that people in love with holding tiny puppies in their laps, think they want the smallest dog they can possibly get. This also means that they often choose the youngest and tiniest puppy that may not yet be old enough to withstand the stress of leaving its mother, adapting to a new environment, and having its routine interrupted by pet owners and their children. This can cause puppy deaths after huge vet bills. Small breeds reach most of their adult frame size by only 20 weeks, so the idea of getting the tiniest and youngest puppy can not only be a bad idea; it is also overrated. It takes many years to learn how to care for puppies and prevent potential problems. I have been doing pets since 1982 and have come to appreciate the value of experience. Most puppy buyers who go home and have even minor problems with our puppies are limited to those who don't follow instructions properly. In earlier years, it was common for problems to occur with the imperfect pets we sold. It can take years of hands on experience to quickly identify and prevent potential problems with baby animals. An angry puppy buyer can encourage one to learn very quickly! This is one reason why so many pet owners selling puppies want to meet the buyer in public, or will only ship to the buyer. This way the buyer doesn't know where the seller lives, and often doesn't even know the seller’s true identity, so they can simply not answer the cell phone if there is a problem! Puppy buyers with no common sense, after being brainwashed by rescue terrorists and media, hold the breeder of their puppy 1000 times more responsible for the health of their puppy than the doctor for the health of their sick child. Google search reviews and you'll find people who will warn you not to go to THAT doctor, dentist, hair stylist, nail salon, garage, hospital, etc. Their opinions are formed by their personal experiences, and their experiences by their perceptions and mental health, which varies within people. Bad experiences are caused by bad decisions in many cases, and most importantly by inability to do things correctly. Even though tiny puppies are just as fragile as human children, a puppy raised by a professional breeder does not have the same right to be sick as a human child. It is my opinion that rescue organizations almost always suggest that everyone adopt, staging success stories of questionable adoptions which encourage more donations, even though it is common for shelter puppies to die from viruses alone, and most pets that can be adopted at public shelters seem to be large breed mixes that are too big for house pets. They also suggest that all puppies should be born in human homes, even though breeding dogs not spayed and neutered at the proper time mark their territory and discharge in the home and are often sent to the shelter. The problems created by deliberate rescue misinformation are the main reasons why so many breeders get discouraged and quit after only a few litters, and also one of the main reasons why so many pets (because they were not spayed/neutered at the proper time) eventually die in shelters because of irreversible behaviors common to the reproductive process, after being raided from a secure home in a kennel facility in which the dog was free to pee or discharge at will:) An average of 10 people call us per week who have already been scammed by sellers pretending to have puppies for sale. Do not get online and believe the rescue industry when they say that you should save a life- adopt NOT shop, and that the world is overpopulated with puppies. There is a shortage of the small breed puppies that most want as house pets, and many ads online are complete scams! NEWS FLASH- Grandma is NOT going to save the pitbull mix at your shelter and make him her lap dog even if these toy breeds are not bred!
•I have learned through the years that a care standard must NOT be limited to feeding and petting, but proper vaccines beginning at the proper time, AND constant fecal analysis with my microscope. It is also important for us to keep the pets in complete quarantine when they are tiny. This allows me to maintain the pets in good condition and deal with problems before the pet shows symptoms, reducing immediate vet bills for the puppy's next owner, and reducing the risk of heart broken children after learning that the pet has a serious problem and must be returned after they have fallen in love with it.
•Is it really worth risking that your puppy die after being "loved to death" from taking it home too soon when it will have in most cases accomplished most of its adult size in as little as 6 months after you buy it?
•Most also agree that a big and strong enough to be healthy and survive puppy is easier to house train and bonds equally well!
•We may be your ONLY choice for professional care standard pets direct to public, including vaccines and regular wellness exams with fecal analysis while owned by us in our nursery! Most of our google competitors are only brokers who know nothing about the pets they sell. They only pretend to breed them. Look at the hundreds of pets on their pages and you can know who they are! I would guesstimate that up to 50% of puppies adopted through public shelter adoption programs, and 30% of puppies world-wide from novice care givers, die from viruses after huge vet bills. Shouldn't your puppy be a Healthy Pup kept in quarantine, with proper vaccines and wellness exam ALREADY DONE?
These pups are subject to quarantine and Healthy Pups nursery care standard while owned by us. The age and size of the puppy you purchase determines how much of the veterinary care and puppy shot schedule has already been done prior to purchase. Many will buy the cheapest, cutest, closest puppies with no regard for care standard. This is why many spend more at the vet than they paid for their puppy, and 1 of 3 go home and die. This is also why public shelters are often closed, while entire populations of dogs are killed to stop spread of disease that should not have happened. Very few pets have been vaccinated properly, and almost none of them are kept in quarantine until their immune system begins to mature! History reveals that many puppies and even older adult dogs have died from parvo, distemper, and other mutated viruses in epidemic proportions, AFTER huge vet bills. Shouldn't YOUR puppy be a HealthyPup?
Q: Are they already house trained?
A: I recently visited a competitor’s web site and saw that they were selling pre-trained puppies for $7500.00😊. This in most cases means that they have thrown a puppy pad in the floor and allowed the puppy to potty on it, which most puppies will instinctively do. We strongly disagree with this approach because many pet owners do not want their dog to always potty in their floor and are not going to be happy with this later.
- •It is not a good idea to teach puppies to urinate on pads or paper unless you always want them to always do so, because it can cause some pets to become confused and potty on rugs or other objects in the floor by accident later!
•It is also not a good idea to buy a puppy that was raised in a pet owner home before it was old enough to begin proper house training, unless you think buying pads and cleaning them would be more convenient for you than your dog going outside! It is also problematic at best to train a puppy to go outside and potty before selling it to another owner because the potty spot cannot go to the new home with the puppy! The new owner must work to make sure the puppy establishes an outdoor potty spot in his new home. A puppy must be trained in his forever home by his owner. This is easy to do with a correct crate training regimen. If you need to learn about house training your puppy, search for videos on you tube- how to crate train a puppy! A good video is also posted at midwesthomesforpets.com.
- •Our puppies have begun their proper CRATE TRAINING (NOT confusing pad or paper training in the home of an inexperienced pet owner or broker scammer).
Come visit us, OR we can work with a shipper of your choice to get a puppy delivered to your home or nearby airport!
BEWARE of cute photoshopped pictures (one of the reasons why we show pets on video) too cute with prices too low to be true. The newspapers and internet are filled with scams of brokers and con artists who don't even have pets for sale. You should never agree to send money for shipping, reserving a puppy, etc., without doing lots of research. I constantly receive calls from folks who have lost money. You should also never buy a pet from someone who will only agree to ship to you or meet you, and does not want you visit their location to see pets in person. Most of these folks will tell you they are trying to protect their pets from the spread of disease or that you would get lost trying to find them as a ploy to keep you from seeing their animal care situation:)
Q: Which puppy has the best personality?
A: People sometimes spend hours trying to decide which puppy has the best personality. They watch the puppy videos and observe their behavior. It is important to note that most of the puppies have just had their baths before videos are made. Bathing makes them shiver and shake. This does not mean that they have a bad personality:) After feedback from several thousand past puppy buyers, I have learned that there doesn't seem to be a significant difference between the personalities of mentally healthy dogs once they are adapted and settled into their new homes. While some puppies may seem to be more shy or afraid when you take them home, remember that they have met you for the first time, and this should be interpreted as a show of intelligence because you can at least be sure that the puppy realizes that you are a total stranger that may be a threat to him. If you buy one of the girlie pets that has been subjected to 50+ years of breeding his cousins together just to make them pretty for the dog show, he may never quit wagging the tail and licking even total strangers in the face. You might think he's sweet, but you may always wonder if the dog can remember who you were from yesterday. Many visitors have commented over the years that some of these linebred pets could never remember anything about their house training:) Some purebred dogs have a good personality, while all mixes are great pets. Older pups, and purebred puppies are often slower to adapt when you take them home. It is best to buy a mix if you want the best opportunity for a consistently great kid friendly personality.
Q: I can't afford it now, or I need to wait until.....
A: Many things become a part of the decision to get a pet, such as waiting until after vacation or other special event. What about vacations in the future or special events in the future after you own the pet? What are you going to do for entertainment while you are waiting to "afford" the puppy? We all must be entertained in some way. Nothing is cheaper than a puppy, because a puppy is the entertainer that once home and trained, provides endless hours of repeated joy. Most people CAN afford to buy a puppy, because they WILL SPEND THAT MONEY in some way because they are bored and need to entertain themselves. As for when to buy, I have found that life is so busy for the average family, that there is never a time in life that is a perfectly convenient time to buy a puppy. My suggestion is to buy the puppy and let the puppy blend into your life events, instead of allowing the new pet to be a disruption and interfere with normal family function.
Q: How much do they shed?
A: Three basic coat choices are available in dogs of all breeds. Short-haired dogs do shed. Most of this is limited to shedding the winter coat in the springtime and indoor shedding can be reduced by brushing outdoors. New tools like the Furminator comb are available now that can reduce the shedding of short coat dogs by up to 90%. Some of the silky long-coated breeds are low or non-shedders. These types of pets have significant grooming and maintenance expenses over the life of your pet. The only other option to completely avoid both haircuts and shedding is to buy a hairless pet.
The idea that the pet does not shed is the single greatest factor that will complicate your pet ownership experience. Since most pure bred non-shedding pets are old favorites that have in many cases been subjected to years of line breeding just to make them look pretty for the dog show, some of the pets that don't shed are in my opinion more likely to be less healthy, less intelligent, and three times more expensive to own. We do have Beagle mixes that have the genetic potential to be healthier pets with hypoallergenic value. Consider the Bea Tzu and the Poogle, both of which are likely to be a healthier low/non shedding pet! We also have new tools now, such as the "Furminator" comb, that are quite effective in combing loose hair out of the coat of short haired dogs. These tools when used properly can almost eliminate hair loss indoors with your short haired dog. Choosing to deal with the shedding problem in this way can reduce ownership costs that are related to long coats also. It is also a good way to get a more intelligent and healthier pet. Have you ever noticed that most owners of long-haired dogs elect to keep them shaved short so they don't need to deal with mats and tangles? These are the folks who could have bought a short haired pet instead. If you are interested in a non-shedding dog because you have allergies, please also see our allergies link.
Q: Which are your best and most affordable pets for kids?
A: All of the pets that we raise here are excellent choices to befriend your children! Call me to discuss these issues in detail. Pet owners tend to think only of the pleasant part of pet ownership issues, like “I want the smallest one so I can carry him everywhere I go, and he’ll feel good in my lap.” Most never think of the inconveniences of having a dog that’s too small to get up and down, so you have to help him all the time, even when you’re busy. I sometimes talk to pet owners whose too small dog splintered his leg beyond repair in jumping down from the sofa or had liver/kidney failure at only 5 years old. I also get many calls from pet owners whose last dog was stolen by a chicken hawk or owl when outside to use the bathroom. My advice to every pet owner, is DON’T CHOOSE PETS THAT ARE TOO SMALL, if you want a long lived and healthy pet.
DON’T CHOOSE A LONG-COATED DOG IF YOU WANT A CHEAP-TO-OWN PET. Haircuts and health problems related to long coat issues can be expensive if not properly managed. Please call me for advice. Dogs with healthy size and anatomy can live into their 20’s if owners feed them dry food only, no doggie treats of any kind except tidbits of raw beef from the freezer, and not let them sleep under covers so they get cataracts and go blind.
Q: How big do they get?
A: Most of the pets we sell here are in the 5-25 lb size range. Most people who are attracted to indoor pets generally agree that the smallest one is the cutest. The childishness of people is easily the most difficult thing we deal with. So many people only think of holding and carrying the tiniest puppy, but they never think of the dog jumping from their lap and killing itself when it hits the floor, being stolen by a bird when it goes outside to potty, being stepped on, having seizures, vaccine reactions, or finding it dead from sugar drop. These things are considered normal in too tiny puppies. Most also never consider the inconvenience of having a handicapped pet that cannot interact independently. If you choose a dog that is too tiny then accept that these things are much more likely to occur than in pets that are slightly larger! A gallon of milk weighs almost 9 lbs. This should give you some perspective when thinking of what size you want your next pet to be!
Q: How long do they live?
A: Many factors can impact the life expectancy of a pet. Average life spans for a 3 lb pet are 4-7 years, while a 10-12 lb pet is likely to live 14-16 years. It is those 15-20 lb active breeds with healthy anatomy and no long hair to get in their eyes and make them go blind that seem to do the best. One visitor told me that his giant size 25 lb Rat Terrier lived 31 years; another that his Beagle lived to be 24. Most problems with adult dogs occur as a result of unhealthy diet over time. After almost 40 years of dealing with pet owners, I can often guess what type of poisonous doggie treats they fed that caused the onset of a prematurely present disease.
Q: Should I buy a purebred puppy or a mix?
A: We do many intentional mixes, and we intentionally use both poodles and poodle mixes as sires in many breedings. For example, we are able to get more colors in our Poogles by using Shihpoo sires instead of pure bred Poodles. Since both Poodles and Shih Tzus are both considered medically hypoallergenic pets, this does not affect the potential for shedding, but does produce many nice brown colors:). These mixes are typically mentally and physically healthier than most purebreds. I am sometimes dumbfounded by the questions people ask when calling about pets. Some ask, "are they registered", as if this makes them a greater prize. I would estimate that at least one-third of the registered dogs that I have seen in past years were not purebreds, AND I would also estimate that purebred line bred pedigreed show dogs are three times more likely to be mentally incompetent and have weird health problems and die young than mixes. I will never understand why some pet owners are dumb enough to think expensive registered show dogs are better. You would be surprised if you knew how many of these tiny show champions don't live more than 3 years before having liver disease, kidney failure, or "too small" health problems because their health has been compromised by line breeding for show purposes just to make them look pretty.
A growing number of pet owners are getting DNA tests for their pets, but registration papers and Kennel Clubs still determine the ancestry of pets in America, and a high percentage of even purebred registered dogs have conflicting DNA data with variation of report depending on the DNA company providing the service. There is no reason for us to intentionally misrepresent any puppy we sell, as we are overwhelmed with folks wanting puppies. I realize that many people do not share my skepticism of science and will not fact check the services that science provides while pumping us for money. While many accept scientific research and testing as irrefutable, I see the man-made objects unearthed from coal that supposedly took millions of years to form, and the leg bone that tested millions of years old that was found in an old cowboy boot. I have also learned that genetics is in part a scam- diseases run in families because we teach each other what to eat. I have also seen many purebred registered dogs that did not prove to be correct as determined by DNA testing, such as the registered yellow lab that tested 75% Toy Poodle, and a Chihuahua whose DNA was identified as HUMAN, American Indian, and then described the tribe that he was descended from. Some research with google searches will reveal these incidents. If I was confident that DNA testing was accurate and reliable, I would test every dog we own! Although DNA test providers who want our money claim amazing accuracy, the veterinary community remains divided in accepting DNA testing as reliable. My vet (with more than 40 years experience), and many other veterinary doctors in this area do not accept DNA testing as accurate ancestry results for dogs because so many tests have produced laughable results, and many medical professionals still question the accuracy of this when used even for human ancestral tracing. All purebred dogs were developed by mixing and remain combinations of mixes, and the accuracy of the original markers have been questioned by many. For example, and specific to this discussion, dogs have been, and continue to be registered in the USA with kennel clubs based upon their appearance- NOT BY DNA TESTING. Being of the same group, many Bichons and Maltese were registered together because they looked much the same. This is why DNA marker results for comparison purposes are inaccurate for many registered dogs. Even today, new bloodlines for any breed can be established in some kennel clubs by sending a photo of the dog and witness signature to get registration papers. It is not fair to question the DNA results of pets at this point in having a test marker serve as the standard for all because it is not always possible to be sure which markers are correct. Another good example of this is that Australian Shepherds and American Shepherds were once registered as the same breed with one of the parent clubs, now causing many registered Aussies to be considered a mix by some canine DNA test providers.
There was a time when your pedigreed show dog was once a mutt or mongrel. Line breeding for genetic refinement just to make them look pretty is likely the main thing that has in so many cases changed their mental and physical health while being bred to look as they do today. The linebred dogs with fancy pedigrees have many genetic defects because of refinements to improve their size and appearance. After having to give away many expensive dogs that we have bought for breeding purposes because they produced genetic defects, AND because many were mentally retarded due to breeding with cousins to make them look like their family bloodlines, I feel that common dogs not subject to line/show breeding are healthier. As a result of this, we breed many dogs without pedigrees and with hearsay genetics, and we represent them as they have been represented to us, meaning that we cannot guarantee ancestral content. This approach seems to have eliminated the genetic defects in our puppies. For those of you who accept science as always correct, we offer no warranty regarding DNA authentication, and I apologize in advance if your pet does not prove as represented in a DNA test or shows atypical physical characteristics. I have also talked to some who claimed that different DNA tests from competing companies did not agree as to the ancestry of the same dog. Veterinary Doctors remain divided regarding the accuracy of these tests results, and I have seen some improbable results which cause me to question the validity of the tests also. To buy a mix is one of the best ways to undo the damage that line breeding has done to so many of these pets. In short, the true value of a pet lies in the happiness it brings to our families, and not in its pedigree.
Q: How much are they?
A: Prices are posted under each video. You should also consider ownership costs if you really don't want to spend lots of money on a pet. It is important that you think an affordable dog is cute, so avoid less healthy genetics, pets that weigh less than 5 lbs. and pets with long hair! Many want our girlie pets and complain of purchase price. I always respond by saying that it's not my fault that you think this expensive pet is cute. We have many other more affordable and practical choices!
Q: Which breeds do people seem to like the best?
A: Mixes are the best loved pets we sell. The only people who don't like these are those buyers who would not do a good job with training and discipline.
Q: Which are most likely to be the best veterinary doctors?
A: My daughter's lab mix recently swallowed a hot dog on a fish hook hanging from a fisherman's pole at the campround. A series of vet visits and referrals produced estimates of up to $10,000.00 and the task of driving many hours to advanced veterinary care. The senior doctor at Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital was able to get the dog to vomit out the hook by feeding her loaf bread. You can guess which treatment was more affordable for the owner and better for the dog! The problem is that our good experienced vets are growing older and retiring. Unfortunately, their places are being filled with young liberals who have no common sense. Choose a vet who owns his own practice that has been in business for many years. Avoid chains and veterinary networks because this is not where you are likely to find the senior doctors with the most experience. A senior country vet who owns his own practice is most often the best choice; especially if you can find one that also does large animals. Avoid young, inexperienced vets with misinformed, ignorant, liberally prejudiced breeder perspectives. I say this because doctors who answer to farmers are often more affordable than those doctors who live beside the golf course, see only elite small pet owners, AND have better problem solving skills. Because so many of our clients have received questionable diagnoses at these providers, we do not honor warranty claims from Banfield Petsmart or Glade Valley Animal Hospital.
Q: When is a puppy old enough to go home?
A: Many people have the idea that they want the youngest puppy that they can take home because it is the cutest and it will fall in love with me more quickly, since younger puppies are likely less inhibited. A wise puppy buyer would seek out and be willing to pay MORE for a slightly older puppy because it is a more secure and less problematic investment. Most puppy buyers are deceived to believe that it is okay for any puppy to go home as soon as it is no longer nursing. This is true for many large breed puppies but can be a recipe for disaster for toy size puppies. The most common cause of puppies being taken to the emergency vet for thousands in emergency IV's, etc, is being taken home too soon or too small to endure the stress of travel, being handled excessively, and adapting to a new home. This happens most often when families try to make puppies fit into their vacation, work schedule, or special event gift giving plans. More and more parents try to give their children what the child wants with no regard for what works. A small child will often take home a puppy that would fit into their pocket if the breeder and their parents would let them; very often to watch it die after about 3 days from stress related issues or to have ongoing fail to thrive problems. The parents of the child, rather than accepting responsibility for their poor choices, parenting and puppy care skills, will get online to blame the breeder through attack blogs and leave negative reviews. Their vet will look for even an isolated trace of a bacterium or parasite and blame the breeder because he doesn’t know how much stress has already occurred. Most vets do not understand the relationship between microorganisms and dogs. Handling stress, being vaccinated to early or too small, going home when too small, etc, can weaken the immune systems of too tiny/too young puppies and can cause blooms of parasites, especially giardia lamblia, that can make puppies sick very quickly. Experiments of scientists have proven that ALL adult dogs are carriers of worms and protozoa. Puppies born to moms that have just dewormed and medicated are still born with parasites, even in sterile laboratory environments. Blooms of parsites do not mean that the breeder did not do a good job. It means that the puppy was not large or strong enough to handle the stress at home that it was subjected to, or that it was vaccinated too soon or too often. Anything that weakens the immune system of the puppy will allow parasites to grow stronger. Puppies must build their own immune responses, after which they become an asymptomatic carrier like the mother that they inherited them from. Puppies should not be vaccinated until they are at least 3 lbs, as severe reactions and giardia blooms may result. DO NOT allow your vet to vaccinate your puppy until 3 lbs! Although larger breeds can go home sooner, most smaller to tiny breeds should be at least 10-12 weeks old and at least 3 lbs before going home. Any age up to 6 months is an ideal time to take home a puppy. Every puppy needs to be old enough and strong enough to endure the stress of going to your home, playing with an existing pet, or with your child. Slightly older puppies at reduced prices are sometimes available in the Fall when a few puppies remain because they were not taken due to vacation season and October syndrome- when hundreds of families won't buy until Christmas, then they all land here to fight over them at the same time. Yes, we will work with you to reserve a pet to go home at a specific time. We will be glad to facetime with you to get a live look at a specific puppy before you place your deposit. Please call with any questions!
Q: Shouldn't your child's pet be raised by an experienced professional?
A: One of the most unethical lies ever told is that puppies should be lovingly raised in a human home with people. Adult dogs are more likely to be euthanized for undesirable marking, bleeding, and urinating indoors than any other reasons. House pets should NOT be bred. They must be spayed or neutered to prevent these behaviors. They should also not be kept in homes with people until they are old enough to house train. Tiny puppies that are allowed to potty in the homes of hobby breeders very often will always do this in YOUR home. Will you really believe this lie and buy a home raised puppy that may already be trained to pee on your rug? Our pups are born INDOORS in quarantine. Our puppies will touch the ground for the first time when you bring him home! BACKYARD BREEDERS OR HOME HOBBY BREEDERS don't have a USDA standard facility because they are not willing to spend the money. (Our kennel facility cost $500,000.00+). Instead, they choose to exploit the dogs in unsanitary environment and call those of us who care enough to maintain a nice facility "puppy mills". Those who raise puppies in the back yard or in the back room are the people who are truly guilty of animal exploitation because the pups often get sick and die. A nice kennel facility is how to tell the difference between an animal care professional and a back-room puppy miller! You should be thankful for any person who provides a good place from which to get a pet. It is my opinion that no one can make a huge amount of money raising and selling puppies if they care for them properly. I do this because I enjoy the animals and I also enjoy the happiness that they bring to people. If you question the need for our puppies, you should get out and try to find another USDA standard nursery from which to buy a healthy puppy or go to the shelter and try to find a small breed puppy exactly like you want! Just last week, I sold a puppy to a vet tech who works for the Humane Society. After watching the shelter every day for more than 2 years to try to find a small breed pup that she wanted as a house pet, she finally gave up on adoption because "all the rescue pets were large breed mixes, mostly with pit bull, and too big to keep in my apartment".
Q: How can I eliminate tear stains in my pet?
A: You cannot completely eliminate tear staining. You can manage the stains in a light colored dog, or you can buy a dark dog so they don't show. Pet products are available that many feel help to reduce stains. You can wash under the eyes, trim under the eyes, or choose a food that many feel doesn't cause as much staining. Ask your vet this question or google it. Opinions vary. My opinion is that the best way to not have tear stains is to buy a dark colored dog.
Q: Do you ship puppies?
A: We will work with any shipper of your choice if you want to have someone pick up your puppy here and drive it to your home. We can also provide courier service to the local area and to Charlotte. NC airport ($200.00 paid to Healthy Pups) if you want to get your puppy shipped to an airport near you with a pet nanny. For pet nanny air services, MJC Doggie Delivery Company at (770) 648-4942 for estimates; also flightnannyqtpettransport.com (330) 961-1198. All fees to pet nannies are paid directly to them; not to Healthy Pups.
Q: Can you send updated photos, videos, and do facetimes because we are soooo excited!
A: Yes, we can do this. I also love dogs and understand your excitement! However, it is also important that you realize that we must bathe the pets most of the time before making photos, etc. Please use restraint in requesting photos of your puppy after you have placed a deposit. Our goal is that the puppy is healthy and able to go home with you on time, and unnecessary bathing puts your puppy at risk of inhaling water during bathing and getting pneumonia!
Q: What do I need to do about the microchip after I buy my puppy?
A: Our pets have an ISO microchip that comes directly from a manufacturer in China, and has not yet been registered with a database. American made chips work in the USA, but are said to be incompatible with scanner systems of many companies. We use the ISO chip so that those who buy our pets and take them abroad will have a chip that works world wide. You need to get the puppy registered with the microchip database company of your choice. This improves the chances of you recovering your pet should it get lost or stolen! Your vet can probably help you with this. We have also been contacted by International Pet Registry, and they would like to provide this service to you. Their web address is www.internationalpetregistry.com. Their phone number is (844) 477-7387.
We are pleased to offer an honest one-year guarantee for our pets that covers terminal, non-correctable legitimate inarguable genetic defects. Unlike the warranties offered by some of our online competitors, our warranty has no hidden clauses, scams, and requirements. You don't have to sign up for our health care plan and make monthly payments. You don't have to buy $5000.00 in doggie vitamins over the next 10 years to not void your warranty. If you read some of these competitor warranties, you may find that there are so many exclusions they offer no warranty at all. If you buy a puppy from Healthy Pups that is at or beyond the recommended age to go home, and at least 3 lbs so as to endure stress, we also warranty the dog to be free of untreatable issues and terminal defects at inspection by your vet after purchase. A written detailed warranty is provided with each pet we sell. We advise choosing a country or small town vet who owns his own practice and has been in business for many years. Avoid veterinary networks. Many younger doctors do not seem to have good problem solving skills. We no longer accept warranty claims of any kind from Banfield Pet Hospitals for this reason. Please call with any questions.
Our puppies are eating Buddy Boy and Value Pak puppy foods. We suggest that they stay on an unlimited constant supply of that food at least for a few weeks, so it does not disrupt their bowel movements and create sickness in the puppy.
If you want to buy a pet from us with no risk of being scammed or financial obligation whatsoever, you may call to schedule a facetime, duo, or video chat with this puppy if you wish, and come to pick it up in our driveway BY APPOINTMENT ONLY without having sent a deposit. However, if you choose to not send a deposit, you risk that someone may buy the puppy before you get here.
We accept CASH, PAYPAL, PERSONAL CHECKS, and US POSTAL MONEY ORDERS as payment for deposits. You can use all major credit cards through paypal to place a deposit if you wish! Because we want only serious buyers and no uncertain deposits, I chose to NOT put a shopping cart on this site. Since we have experienced too many fraudulent chargebacks from electronic scammers buying our pets, we accept only CASH at point of sale as final payment for pets. Checks/money orders must be sent by mail in advance, and be deposited in our account before you pick up your puppy.
To protect our pets from human bourne infections, and to reduce unexpected veterinary expenses for puppy buyers, we raise the puppies in strict quarantine. Buyers must choose a pet by first viewing their puppy online and requesting additional facetime with it if needed. Due to the risks of Covid 19 exposure for humans, we began to show pets electronically with visitors picking them up curbside. The results of this have been wonderful for the puppies. Coronavirus quarantine has taught us that most of the puppy respiratory and other viruses we have experienced in past years have been brought mostly by kids with runny noses petting the puppies. Throughout the years, there have also been a few instances in which people have visited other puppies with intestinal viruses and then visited us and shared the virus with our pets. A puppy virus can send you to the emergency vet. Because viruses are highly contagious to other puppies, we have decided to continue to raise the puppies in strict quarantine, show them electronically, and not allow visitors to play with them until they come for curbside pickup. Personality is not an issue with a properly bred dog. Purebred dogs linebred for show purposes often have unbalanced personalities. ALL mixes have wonderful personalities and are very sweet after they have adapted to a new home. Love them and they will quickly return your affection! Because neither of us can afford to have sick puppies, we will continue to offer curbside pickup and possible deliveries only! Our normal business hours are 10am til 4pm six days per week with closed days posted in our plan a visit link, but we sometimes work beyond these hours when there is no conflict with family events. We call everyone on the waiting list who has sent deposits simultaneously when new pups are posted, and you will be allowed to view pets through website/facetime/video when they are old enough and choose your puppy. We offer curbside pickup with balance due at proper time. We can also arrange delivery by local courier at $1.00/round trip mile (150 mile limit), and refer you to an air pet nanny!
*Puppies sometimes get car sick (motion sickness) and may vomit on the way home. They can also inhale fluids from car sickness vomiting and cause respiratory issues. Tiny puppies can inhale fluids from motion sickness and have pneumonia in 24 hours. If you want to buy this Buddy Boy puppy food, you can get your first bag at Porter’s grocery. (This store is located straight across the road at the end of White Plains road. Stop and get a bag on your way home if within normal business hours.) If you are unable to find this food in your area, choose a small bite puppy food that’s soy free, and gradually mix the new food with the old as you change over. I recommend dry food only: no table scraps or doggie treats of any kind, since I have noted a relationship between problems often diagnosed “genetic” and use of these in many pets. A piece of his own puppy food makes a good training treat for a puppy. Tiny bites of raw meat may help your dog stay healthier over time. *Your puppy, especially if an older puppy, may be afraid for several days after going home to a new environment. For continued health and survival, you should leave your puppy alone in a private place with his food and water 70% of the time so he won’t be afraid to eat/drink while adapting to his new environment. Young puppies can slowly get sick and shut down or die if not allowed constant access to food and water. *A wire cage with a matching wire floor grid is very helpful in house training your pet. My own personal favorite cage for the money is the Midwest model 1636. It should be ordered with matching floor grid 06F. You can order the cage at www.chewey.com. A wire floor grid is important, because it allows waste to fall through to the catch tray and helps keep your pet cleaner since he doesn’t have to walk or lie in his own waste. Instructions for crate training are available on the Midwest Pet Homes website, www.midwesthomes4pets.com. *It is my opinion that many pets become confused and urinate on the rug later after being taught to urinate on newspaper or floor pads. It is also my opinion that CRATE TRAINING is the best way to house train your pet. *It is very important to choose safe toys for your pet. Fuzzy toys or rope toys that produce trash/lint/fiber can cause your dog to cough and produce unnecessary vet visits and improper diagnoses of “kennel cough” or “genetic defects of the esophagus” in short nosed breeds. A Nylabone is a safe choice. Human baby shampoo is less likely to irritate puppy skin and coat than many of the products made for use in pets. A 1-3 ml dosage of 50/50 honey/water is a good way to revive an over stressed pup that has passed out from sugar drop. *Your pet may need additional vaccines beginning at 2-3 weeks from the date last vaccine was given as indicated on the vaccine record sheet. Some veterinary doctors want to discredit vaccines given by breeders so they can profit from giving them all over again. If your vet refuses to honor vaccines we have already given the pet or is not pleased that we have sent the medications with you that the pet was being given prior to sale, you should question whether your vet cares more about your pet or more about your money. There can be several hundred dollars difference in cost for a specific procedure from one DVM to another. It is your responsibility to choose fair veterinary care. *I am not a licensed veterinary person, but I am an excellent problem solver. I have saved the lives of many pets after improper incurable diagnoses in the past. A frequently asked questions section and a video are posted on the web site. You are welcome to call me if I can offer suggestions regarding any pet problem. Irvin Blackburn, nursery manger, www.healthypups.com. 3707 White Plains Road, Roaring River, NC 28669 336 957-3609
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