Mini Aussie Puppies
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****We currently don't have any puppies available, please feel free to enjoy the puppy pictures of our last litter below**** :)
How our process works for purchasing a puppy:
First send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire on available puppies or upcoming litters.
Next, if there is an available puppy you are interested in, we require a Puppy Application and Deposit Contract to be filled out which is on our website.
A Deposit in the amount of $300 made to Lindsay Odell (owner/operator of HLMA) will reserve the puppy of your choice until the puppy is ready for his/her new homes at 8 weeks of age. The Deposit amount does go towards the purchase price of the puppy. We accept personal check, money order or cashiers check for the deposit or final payment at puppy's 6 week old birthday, we also accept Paypal for deposits only, not for final payment. Final payment also can be made in cash only at 8 week pick up, if you plan to board your puppy past 8 weeks old, final payment and board will need to be paid IN FULL by puppy's 6 week birthday.
All puppies are sold as *Pets Only* with Limited Registration. Breeding Rights are available ONLY to approved homes with an additional fee added to the purchase price of the puppy. If you are interested in Full Registration and the rights that come along with it, you will need to contact me and let me know before the sale of the pup.
We reserve the right to deny sales to any person or organization that we do not feel is the right fit for one of our puppies at any point within the adoption process. This decision will be based on the application review, email correspondences, and general interactions with the interested party.
Adoptions are not final until your remaining balance is paid in full. However, if at the time of pick-up, you are not the person you have portrayed yourself to be, we reserve the right to refund your money and refuse to release the puppy. Our first concern is the well-being of our puppies.
Our Puppy Prices are as follows:
Tri males $600-$800
Tri females $800-$1000
Merle males $1000-$1200
Merle females $1200-$1500
Prices vary depending on color, gender and quality
We Safely take credit cards
through Paypal. 3% fee will be added to the amount.
Our puppies are Registered with American Stock Dog Registry (ASDR) and sold with limited registration (as a Pet), unless otherwise stated and Breeding Rights paid in full. Our puppies come with their first shots at 6 weeks of age with Parvo Vaccine and then again at 8 weeks with DA2PP, they are de-wormed with Nemex (Strongid T) at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks of age along with their Mother. Our puppies are raised in our home and handled daily.
We feed our puppies Iams puppy food "Smart Puppy", and also Puppy Nutro Ultra Holistic Superfood which gives them an excellent beginning to a long and healthy life.
Our recommendation for leash training is starting the puppy in a "Mesh Harness" such as the one in the picture, this saves the puppy's esophagus from being damaged while learning.
We recommend that you have your puppy examined by your veterinarian. We will give you some guidelines for health care that is established for us by our veterinarian but realize that medicine is constantly changing and your veterinarian may suggest some variation from our protocols depending on where you live and what you intend to do with your dog in the future.
All of the puppies have been de-wormed for roundworms and hookworms every two weeks beginning at 14 days of age. Their mother is de-wormed at the same time.
We vaccinate for Distemper, Parvo virus, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza at approximately 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age and the first vaccine is administered at 6 weeks of age for the Parvo virus. It is best to also vaccinate for Bordatella, a contagious upper respiratory infection, during puppy-hood. In California, Rabies vaccine is required at 16 weeks of age. Additional vaccines, such as Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Rattlesnake, etc., should be discussed with your veterinarian. Their use should be based on exposure and multiple types of vaccines should not be given together, especially in puppies. Vaccines cause a strong immune system stimulation and need to be evaluated carefully for each individual animal based on their life style and exposure risk.
Please understand puppies are allot of work, and we aren’t just caring for your puppy, we are taking care of the whole litter, plus momma dog, plus the kennel. We work usually from 7am to 5pm 7 DAYS a week, we don’t get weekends or holidays. We make less then $5 dollars an hour and sometimes we just cover our costs, please remember we’ve spent thousands on your puppy before you have, so though we love what we do most of the time, we do get tired, I take pictures once a week once puppies are born, I don’t have time to do individual pictures for each and every person, nor do I want to put up with a high maintenance buyer, so please understand if we don’t get along, there will be “No Puppy For You!” …;-)
GRAIN-FREE DIET MYTH OR FACT?
MYTH OR FACT?
Pet foods should be grain-free?
IT’S A MYTH
Many pet owners believe that grain-free foods are
easier to digest
and provide pets with better nutrition than pet foods containing grain.
The carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients provided by grains add to both the nutritional value and structure of pet food.
Grains supply energy.
- Most cells in the body use carbohydrates as a primary source of energy.
- The nervous system (i.e., brain and nerves) requires the carbohydrate glucose to support normal functions.
Grains spare protein.
- If carbohydrates, such as those from grains, aren’t available, dietary protein is diverted away from its most important function--proteins synthesis—to make glucose.
- If carbohydrates are available, dietary protein is used to build and maintain muscle and tissue.
- Reproducing females, growing puppies and kittens, and active dogs especially benefit from diets containing carbohydrates.
Grains provide fiber and other nutrients.
- Grains provide fiber, which contributes to gastrointestinal health.
- Grains also contain essential fatty acids and other nutrients that contribute to a healthy skin and coat.
Properly processed grains provide needed nutrients as part of a nutritionally complete and balanced diet.
This information has been provided by the Veterinary Journal issued to us by our Veterinarian at HLMA.
Vet Nutritionists Weigh In On Pet Food Allergies, Grains
Four board-certified veterinary nutritionists on pet food allergies and the role grains play were interviewed by Veterinary Practice News magazine.
BY LOU ANNE EPPERLEY, DVM
Published: 2012.08.30 03:18 PM
Veterinary Practice News magazine interviewed four board-certified veterinary nutritionists on pet food allergies and the role grains play. They agreed on the following:
• Corn, wheat and soy are usually innocent when accused of causing food allergies.
• Clients, not veterinarians, often diagnose food allergies.
• There's a big difference between a true food allergy, which is rare, and a food intolerance.
Moreover, vilification of food grains as pet food ingredients may be myths started by small pet food companies as a way to compete with larger, established companies, according to four diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
“I honestly don’t know where that got started. It’s not based on any data, and there are excellent diets that contain one or more of those items,” said Cailin Heinze, MS, VMD, and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).
“It may have been started by companies that wanted to distinguish themselves, to sell diets in a crowded marketplace,” added Heinze, assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “To say that these ingredients are ‘common causes of food allergies,’ as I’ve seen reported, is not very accurate.”
“You just have to follow the money trail,” said Rebecca L. Remillard, DVM, Dipl. ACVN, of the North Carolina State University Nutrition Service. “If a company puts ‘no soy’ on the front of the bag, it invokes in people’s basic brain stem the question, ‘What’s wrong with soy?’
“Then, they go home and look at their dog food bag, and soy is one of the ingredients,” Remillard continued. “So they change foods without any real knowledge or thought put into why they are changing. Marketing is powerful.”
“Companies or salespeople often warn against corn, wheat or soy because of pet food marketing and propaganda, and then they develop a mythology about why all these might be harmful,” said Jennifer Larsen, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVN.
“There is no science to back up many claims. Americans love conspiracy theories, but they aren’t equally skeptical of all sources,” added Larsen, of the nutrition support service at the Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis.
“Corn is not an inherently good or bad food for dogs and cats, and there have been very few corn allergies in dogs and cats in this country,” said Lisa Weeth, DVM, Dipl. ACVN, a clinical nutritionist for Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, N.J. “But corn is used frequently as an ingredient in lower-cost pet foods, so in my opinion the boutique pet food companies are looking for ways to distinguish themselves from the bigger, more established competition.”
Food allergy is an abnormal immune response only to a protein, not to a fat or carbohydrate, Remillard said.
Larsen added that an animal is more likely to have an allergy to something it is repeatedly exposed to. Corn is 8 percent protein and 80 percent starch, and rice has less than 10 percent protein, Remillard said.
“But if an animal is allergic to protein, it’s like a bee sting; any amount will trigger a reaction. The problem for vets is, you can have a food intolerance case in front of you, and the vomiting and diarrhea look the same,” she said.
“True incidents of food allergy are about 10 percent of the animal population,” she continued. “Most ‘people’ cases of food allergic reaction are thought to be actually food intolerance.”
Weeth agreed, saying that a food allergy is an antigen-antibody reaction to a protein component in a diet.
“It could be the protein in beef and corn, just as well as the protein in venison and quinoa,” she said. “It depends on what the animal has been exposed to in the past, and what their immune system reacts to. A food intolerance doesn’t have an antigenic component, and can occur in dogs and cats with poor digestibility of an ingredient or combination of ingredients, or how the food is prepared.”
The Association of American Feed Control Officials is an advisory body that publishes guidelines for each state to adopt in full or in part their own feed control laws, Larsen said. The association doesn’t endorse or approve foods. Each year, AAFCO publishes a model bill and regulations, uniform interpretation and guidelines, and feed terms and ingredient definitions. Feed control laws are written by state legislatures and enforced by individual state feed control officials. If a number of animals get sick, then the federal Food and Drug Administration gets involved.
Depending on the extent to which a manufacturer adheres to AAFCO nutrition guidelines, there are specifically worded statements which may be printed on a pet food label:
• "Pet food" is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (dog or cat) Food Nutrient Profiles for (maintenance; or growth; or gestation/lactation; or all life stages).
• Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that "Pet Food" provides complete and balanced nutrition for (life stage).
• This food is intended for intermittent and supplemental feeding only.
"Pet food" provides complete and balanced nutrition for (life stage) and is comparable in nutritional adequacy to a product (state which one) which has been substantiated using AAFCO feeding tests.
According to Heinze, the “intermittent and supplemental feeding” statement means the food item doesn’t meet profiles, hasn’t passed feeding trials, and should be considered a treat rather than a complete diet.
“There are numerous products on the market that look like complete and balanced diets, but then say this on the back in very small font,” she said.
To comply with the regulation, AAFCO requires that “a signed affidavit attesting that the product meets the requirements of (the bulleted statement printed on the package) shall be submitted upon request,” Heinze said.
“I think a lot of the public has no idea what an AAFCO statement is,” she said. “Some believe that AAFCO ‘approves’ foods, and that’s not the case at all.”
Some smaller and boutique pet food companies claim that AAFCO trials are “not enough,” yet instead of doing additional research on their own, do nothing and sell the product as “formulated to meet” AAFCO standards, Heinze continued.
“Some of the bigger companies are certainly doing a lot more trials than AAFCO requires,” she said.
AAFCO guidelines set forth ingredient definitions to be used, she said.
“I commonly see companies write illegal ingredient definitions on their websites and marketing materials to bash other competing companies,” Heinze said. They avoid putting illegal stuff on the label, because labeling laws tend to be enforced, whereas advertisements and marketing come under much less scrutiny.”