New Puppy Information
Congratulations on the new adorable addition to your family! Thank you
for letting us help you take care of your puppy, we are here for all of
your needs. Please utilize the following links and resources to help you
decide what is best for you and your puppy and please let us know if
you have any questions or concerns.
To help you with this transition, here is some essential information to assist in welcoming your new pet home.
For information on vaccinations for your puppy, please visit the following link.
For information concerning Rabies, please visit the following link.
Leptospirosis, also known as “lepto”, is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects most species of mammals, including dogs. Leptospirosis is zoonotic (which means it can be passed along to humans), so protecting your dog helps protect you. For more information, please visit the following link.
For more information about canine influenza, please visit the following link.
For more information about bordetella (canine infectious respiratory disease, also known as “kennel” cough) please visit the following link
The Rattlesnake Vaccine is intended to help create an immunity that will protect your dog against rattlesnake venom. For more information, please visit the following link.
For flea and tick prevention we recommend Bravecto. A single treatments last up to twelve weeks. Bravecto can be given at six months of age. For more information, please visit the following link.
For flea, tick and mosquitoes we recommend Effitix. Effitix is proven safe in puppies. A single treatment lasts for thirty days. For more information, please visit the following link.
We highly recommend microchipping all of your pets. For more information visit the following link.
We have a surgical laser which can be used during your kitten's spay or neuter procedure. The surgical laser can minimize bleeding, reduce pain, reduce risk of infection, and ultimately lead to a faster recovery time. For more information visit the following link.
Did you know grapes, avocados, onions and coffee are toxic to our furry friends? For more information about potentially dangerous items for your pet, please visit the following link.
For emergency veterinary medicine we recommend taking your pet to West Vet. They are located off of Chinden and 50th street. Their phone number is 208-375-1600. For more information visit the following link.
Teach Your Dog to Ring a Bell
by Valerie V Tynes, DVM, DACVB
Published by Veterinary Medicine Magazine April 2007
Housetraining some dogs can be especially challenging because they do not learn to clearly signal when they need to eliminate. Teaching a dog to ring a bell when it needs to go outside can be a huge help when housetraining. It takes time, but is relatively simple if you follow the following steps:
1. Purchase a small bell, and set it near the door through which you usually take your dog out for elimination. Ring the bell immediately before opening the door to go outside with the dog. Your dog should already be leashed so that you can step outside with her as soon as you ring the bell. Do this every time you take your dog outside for several days. Allow your dog to only explore the designated elimination area, otherwise your dog may associate ringing the bell with play time instead.
2. Next, suspend the bell at the height of your dog's nose right next to the door. Gently touch the bell to your dog's nose, causing it to ring, every time you take her outside. Repeat this step for several days.
3. At this point, depending on how quickly your dog makes associations, she may begin approaching the bell on her own when she needs to eliminate. If she doesn't smear a little bit of cheese or peanut butter on the bell each time you prepare to go outside, and use this to lure your dog toward the bell. Allow your dog to lick the bell, causing it to ring, and then praise your dog as soon as you take her outside
Once your dog begins ringing the bell on her own, you must take her outside every time so that she learns tha making the bell ring reliably predicts being let outside.