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Welcome to Cochise Labradors, breeders of the finest Field Trial and Hunt Test chocolate labrador retriever puppies out of FC AFC Cuda's Blue Ryder MH. Ryder's sire is FC AFC CFC CAFC Barracuda Blue MH "Cuda". Ryder's dam is a littermate to NFC AFC Storm's Riptide Star "Rascal".

FEEDING:

GENERAL:

We feed our labradors Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed. Large breed is considered a dog that will reach over 50 pounds at maturity. I always buy 40# bags. I don't buy any food that contains any chicken by-products. Chicken by-products can contain heads, feet, and instestines which can be harder for your pet to digest. I also stay away from corn. Corn is less digestible than rice. Nutro contains high levels of linoleic acid, combined with other key vitamins and minerals which will give your pet a healthy skin and shiny coat. This food usually retails at about $37 - $40 per bag. Please do not feed your pet a low grade, inexpensive dog food. Also be sure to follow the Feeding Guidelines in the back of the bag. Make sure not to overfeed nor underfeed your pet. Click on the link below for more information on Nutro Products.

Nutro Natural Choice

PUPPIES:

My preference for puppy food is called Nutro Natural Choice Small Bites Puppy Chicken Meal, Rice & Oatmeal Formula (Large Breed Puppy). This food has a small kibble. This food contains 26% Crude Protein. Check with your vet to see how long he recommends keeping them on a high protien meal. After a few months your vet will want you to switch your puppy over to Adult Dog Food which usually contains around 21% Crude Protein. You see, you don't want your puppy to grow too much too fast either. Feed puppies three times a day until six months old, then twice daily until fourteen months. When the puppy is ready to go home at eight weeks old, we are feeding the puppy about 1 1/2 cups per day. When you are ready to increase the daily intake, I recommend increasing by 1/4 cup increments and not by more.

ADULTS:

My two preferences for adult dog foods are called Nutro Natural Choice Lamb Meal & Rice Formula (Large Breed Adult) and Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Meal, Rice & Oatmeal Formula (Large Breed Adult). These foods contain 21% Crude Protein. Feed them two times a day.

VACCINATIONS:

FIVE WAY:

Vaccinations are very important for your pet because it helps buid your puppy's defenses which will aid in fighting off deadly viruses. Five way vaccinations for your puppy are normally given at 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks. After that, the five way vaccination is given yearly. We give the puppy the first shot at 6 weeks. You are responsible for giving them the second, third, and fourth shots at 9, 12, and 15 weeks. After that, on a yearly basis. The vaccine I administer is what is referred to as a five way vaccine. Your vet will explain to you what vaccinations and schedule that they recommend for your area. Here are some links you will find useful.

Vaccination Schedule

Vaccine Comparison Chart

RABIES:

In addition to the five way vaccine, your vet will give your puppy the rabies vaccine. The first rabies vaccine is no earlier than 16 weeks. The second vaccine is one year after the first one.
After that, every three years.

DEWORMING (INTESTINAL):

Strategic deworming is a practice recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here at Cochise Labradors, we treat for intestinal worms before the puppy goes home. Deworming treatments are given orally. The product we use is Panacur granules. I prefer this product because it treats the four worms which are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. In addition, Panacur seems to be the most reliable treatment for Giardia. Another good product out there is Drontal Plus tablets. While there are many products that only treat for one or some of the worms, I would rather be on the safe side and treat for all four. Your vet determines if worms are present by examining the puppy's fecal sample that you have to collect and take in. Just ask him for a fecal kit. Your vet can explain how to take the sample and when you need to bring it in. It is a good idea to take a fecal sample to your vet a few weeks after your pet has gone home. If no worms are present at that time, I would at least like for you to take a fecal sample on a yearly basis. Click on the link below to view a comparison chart of the products that are currently on the market. Note that this is the same comparison chart that I will use when discussing heartworm medication.

Comparison Chart

Here are some other links which you will find useful.

Intestinal Worms: Signs and Symptoms

Roundworms

Hookworms

Tapeworms

Whipworms

Giardia

COCCIDIA:

Coccidia are single celled organisms that infect the intestine. They are microscopic parasites detectable on routine fecal tests in the same way that worms are but coccidia are not worms and they are not visible to the naked eye. Coccidia infection causes a watery diarrhea which is sometimes bloody and can even be a life-threatening problem to an especially young or small pet. Click on the link below for more information.

Coccidia

HEARTWORM PREVENTIVE MEDICATION (HEART):

Heartworm medication is very important to me. If you do not treat for heartworms, your pet will run the risk of developing heartworms in the heart which can in time prove fatal. Your puppy can usually be put on this medication at six months of age. Prior to going on this medication, your vet will take some blood from your puppy and have it analyzed for the presence of heartworms. If the test is negative, then your puppy can go on this monthly medication. Once on this medication, you need to make sure that you do not fall behind or skip a month. Some recommendations on a heartworm medication would be Heartgard Plus, Interceptor, and Tri-Heart Plus. When selecting a heartworm preventive medication, select one that is also effective against roundworms and hookworms (intestinal worms). My personal preference is Interceptor because it is effective against roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Click on the link below to view a comparison chart of the products that are currently on the market. Note that this is the same comparison chart that I used when discussing deworming.

Comparison Chart

Here is another link which you will find useful.

Heartworms

FLEA AND TICK CONTROL:

It is highly recommended to keep your pet on flea and tick control. I prefer topical treatments instead of shampoos and collars. Topical treatments are applied to your pet's skin in a bead on the back. Biospot Spot On and K9 Advantix are some good ones out there. Biospot Spot On is more economical than K9 Advantix. K9 Advantix is perfect for dogs that swim unlike Biospot Spot On. You will find the links below very helpful.

Flea & Tick Control Overview

Dog Flea & Tick Control Comparison Chart

MICROCHIP:

I strongly feel that microchipping your pet is necessary. If your pet ever becomes lost or stolen and later turns up at a shelter, your pet will be scanned and can be identified by a microchip which is implanted in your pet's body. If you elect to have your puppy microchipped before he goes home, your fee will be $40. Just select Yes under the Microchip option in the Purchase page.

Microchip