Vaccinations/Dewormings/Kennel Cough preventative:

Each puppy will arrive with two printed copies of the medical record. One of these is marked “Yours” and one is marked “For the new veterinarian”. Should you wish to know the medical records before arrival/pickup you can use the schedule on this link.

Click here for Our Litter Medical Record



Dog eyes water just as human eyes do. Dogs have hair beneath their eyes and when they naturally water the hair becomes damp. This creates a great breeding ground for a red yeast growth. By taking care of this yeast we can have a dog with “showring faces” quite easily.

 Click here for more information about Tear Staining


EAR CARE:  Click here for information about recommended ear care for your puppy.


DEW CLAWS:  Click here to learn what you need to know about your puppy’s Dew Claws.



Motion sickness is common among puppies and lessens with age. In the meantime, motion sickness can be prevented in most cases by pretreatment with an antihistamine. Give either of the following one hour before travel; Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, 25 mg orally) or meclizine (Bonine 25 mg orally for a 25-30 pound dog) Side effects of these medications could include mild sedation but they are in general very safe. As your puppy grows older, you can try decreasing the dos and/or discontinuing its use. If notion sickness is not prevented using either of the above, your veterinarian has stronger aniemetic medications that can be safely administered.

Remember that the closer your puppy rides to the front of the vehicle, the less likely he is to get motion sickness.


BITE LINES – referring to a scissor bite, a level bite, an overbite or an under bite.
Click here for our guide to Correct Bite Lines


COPROPHAGIA / POOP EATING – The behavior of eating feces is called coprophagia.
Click here for our guide to handling Coprophagia

– Hernias are a weakness or opening within a muscle mass that allows other tissues (fat) to pass through. Two types of hernias are common to canines: Umbilical and inguinal .

Umbilical hernia - canine- Heartland Classics

Umbilical hernia

Inguinal hernia -canine - Heartland Classics

Inguinal hernia













Click here for our guide for Hernias


PUPPY HEALTH INSURANCE VS. A WELLNESS PLAN – There are two types of plans. One is a wellness plan. This plan is the type offered by Banfield (the PetsMart veterinarians). For an example of this plan feel free to stop in at your local PetsMart and check it out or browse the following link.

Link to Banfield Wellness Plan

Puppy health insurance is offered through the following three respectable companies:

The AKC Pet Healthcare Plan

VIP Pet Insurance

Petplan Pet Insurance


FLEAS, TICKS, LICE AND MOSQUITOES – We highly recommend that you treat your puppy/dog with a product to kill fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes. We are sharing a comparison chart for you to view. We ALWAYS use one of the products that controls mosquitoes as mosquitoes carry heartworm and West Nile Virus. Canine Advantix II is an excellent product that we have found to be very gentle.
Click Here for our Dog Flea Tick Comparison Chart

POISONING – The ASPCA Poison Control Center can be reached at 1-800-548-2423
Vomiting is commonly caused by the ingestion of harmful substances. There are many items that are known poisonous to dogs. Just like with children, make sure these items are locked up so your puppy can’t get them. For more information on poisonous substances, or for an item that isn’t listed here, please consult ASPCA’s Animal poison control center (fee is charged for certain services)

Symptoms of a poisoning can include: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Difficulty breathing, abnormal urine (color, odor, frequency), salivation or weakness.

A Coton de Tulear that was born here at Heartland ate a few of the pet bird’s grapes in her new home. She vomited them right away, but the juice alone shut down her kidney system. After weeks of intensive therapy she is a survivor, but we want to warn all families about the dangers of dogs eating grapes and raisins. Little Indy, is now the spokes doggie for the ASPCA’s infomercial about grapes and raisins.
Click here for our list of Toxic Substances


I’M WORRIED ABOUT MY PUPPY’S FOOD/WATER INTAKE – If you ever have a concern that your puppy isn’t eating as much as you believe that he should~ and that he may be ill, do try cooking up a scrambled egg and offering that to him. If he eats well then we know he does have an appetite for food.

Also feel free to check the gums of your puppy’s mouth. Nice pink ones mean that you have a healthy puppy, pale white gums mean that the puppy is ill, dehydrated and needs immediate attention from a veterinarian.

If your puppy is pooing and peeing, he is eating and drinking.


CANINE CORONAVIRUS – Canine Coronavirus is widespread in the dog population worldwide. It invades the rapidly growing cells of the intestinal lining causing nausea, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. It is primarily a disease of puppies.
Click Here for information about Canine Coronavirus.


GIARDIASIS –  is an intestinal infection that is caused by the protozoan parasite giardia, which is the most common intestinal parasite that is found in humans. Dogs develop the infection by ingesting infectious offspring (cysts) that are shed in another animal’s feces or through a mama’s milk. It is VERY common in puppies and certainly not reason to panic.
Click Here to learn more about Giardiasis.