CHB VISITATION POLICY
Families often ask to visit our puppies; we have been advised by our vets that the general public should not be allowed inside our home and that puppies should not be picked up by new owners until they are 8 weeks of age at which time they have had their first puppy vaccination and some immunity has built up against infectious diseases and illnesses. There is a real danger that diseases can migrate into our home and puppies that are not yet vaccinated will be susceptible to these viruses and bacteria. Below is an example of why I do not allow visitation.
SCARBOROUGH, MAINE - FEBRUARY 8, 2013 - PLEASE VISIT LINK BELOW:
I realize why good, caring breeders do no allow visitation and have a similar policy in place. I truly appreciate a breeder that is careful with visitors around their homes and their puppies. All reputable breeders make it a priority to protect their dogs and puppies.
In the best interest of our puppies and adult Boxers, we are very careful about preventing the transmission of diseases to them. We take every precaution that we can to make sure that our puppies are not exposed to any kinds of disease that you may carry on your shoes or even on your hands. These diseases can be picked up and carried on your shoes for days, anywhere a dog has been, parks, pet stores, rest stops, parking lots, anywhere. Therefore as a precaution, no one is allowed to touch or handle or visit while unvaccinated puppies are on the premises.
We love meeting new people, however; we do not allow visitors, no exceptions. Our home is where current litters and future litters will be housed and we do not want anything carried into the puppies or premises. If you are interested in one of our puppies, we will provide photos on our website and email you photos and information on puppies. When you reserve a puppy with us and the litter is born, we send out photos and information by email each week so families can watch their puppies grow! At 8 weeks of age, you may take them home with you.
Also, we do not allow any other dogs or animals around our dogs/puppies. PLEASE leave your other animals at home, as they will not be allowed out of your vehicle, another precaution for our dogs and puppies.
Think of how you would feel for me to call you and tell you that your puppy is sick or has died. I’ve never had to make a call like that and hope I never will. Puppies are like newborn babies until all shots are complete; they are susceptible to many different diseases and illnesses.
Below is information on one devastating puppy virus; one that can be carried in easily if one isn’t very careful.
Parvo- (parvovirus), I’ve never had this at my home and I hope I never do. Canine Parvovirus, commonly referred to as parvo, is a very serious viral disease in dogs. The most common form of Parvo is intestinal and most commonly seen today. It causes extreme damage to the lining of the digestive tract. Parvo likes to grow in rapidly dividing cells and the intestinal lining has the biggest concentration of rapidly dividing cells in a puppy’s body. The virus attacks and destroys certain portions of the intestinal tract. Even with this form of Parvo, heart muscle damage may also occur.
Symptoms: Loss of appetite, Vomiting, Lethargy, High Fever, Diarrhea, often bloody, Foul smelling, liquid yellow stool.
Parvovirus causes severe life-threatening illness, through dehydration, acid-base imbalance, infection and shock. If you suspect your pet may be infected, it is an emergency and you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Parvo is carried by dogs. Adult dogs may be infected carriers and not show signs. Dogs with the typical symptoms and diarrhea shed the virus perhaps for as long as 7 days after the symptoms have ended. Generally, it takes 3 to 10 days from the time of exposure for symptoms to appear and for your dog or pup to test positive. The onset of clinical signs is usually sudden, within 12 hours, or even less. The Parvovirus is particularly long-lived in the environment, lasting anywhere from 1 to 7 months, or even a year. Due to the large amounts of virus particles shed in the feces of an infected dog and the ability of the virus to survive, complete eradication of the virus is often impossible.
Parvo may be brought home to your pup on shoes, hands, and even your vehicle tires. Even if your dog or pup does not leave your yard, they may get this disease if precautions aren’t taken.
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT PARVO CAN STAY IN THE STOOL OF ‘PARVO SURVIVORS’ FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS, WITH THE PUPPY/DOG SHOWING NO SIGNS OF PARVO.
****Taking precautions should never stop here; you need and should do the same when your puppy is home and until all vaccines are completed.
When you come to pick up your puppy please make sure that you do not bring any unwanted germs or viruses with you. We ask that you come directly from home with no stops. We rely on your honesty to protect our Boxers and their babies.
In order to protect your (reserved) puppy and our own dogs, we must enforce this visitor's policy.
Thank you for understanding our protective policy.
Codman Hill Boxers
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COPY ANY INFORMATIVE INFORMATION FROM MY WEBSITE, HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT COPY PERSONAL INFORMATION ON MY DOGS AND PUPPIES OR ANY PHOTOS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. THANK YOU.