Puppy Worming and Potty Training
The TV ads for puppy worming, and unfortunately many veterinarians with $$ priorities, say that you must do heartworm prevention year round. That is scientifically untrue, heartworm is only transmitted via a bite from a mosquito, no mosquitos, no heartworm. I'm sure you can figure out when and if you have mosquitos. Additionally, intestinal parasites and fleas really don't like cold frozen weather, they are not terribly active in cold northern winter months. The ads are lying to pry as much money out of your wallet as possible.

The "heartworm pill" which costs from $20 to $30 per month from your vet has the acitive ingredient of Ivermectin. That is the medication that will kill heartworms. The "heartworm plus pill" adds a medication called Pyrantel Pamoate to kill intestinal worms. (Read the tiny print on the back of the blister pack.) Both of these medications are used on horses. They are in paste form and packaged in syringes. Buy the generic ivermection and pyrantel pamoate horse wormers for about $10 (including shipping). Dose your puppy once a month with the dosage shown below. As your puppy grows increase the dose a bit at a time until you are giving the adult dose (also shown below). Put the caps on the tubes and put them in the refrigerator, they'll last a year or 2 and save you literally hundreds of dollars.

Your vet will most likely tell you that it's risky, you can overdose. Again, not true. I've been using these at Stargate Kennels for years with excellent results. I get mine from http://www.kvvet.com Put ivermectin in their site search box, and on the page that comes up choose Generic Ivermectin Paste 1.87%. Then put pyrantel pamoate in the search box and choose Pyrantel Pamoate Paste 23.6 gm. That's it.

There is also an EXCELLENT book on veterinary care, written by a 3rd generation veterinarian who is not particularly happy about the way some vets do more to empty your wallet, running unnecessary procedures, doing many things to increase their cash flow, sometimes to the detriment of good vet care. Get this book, read it through and keep it handy. Get it here: http://www.oldcountryvet.com/
Equine (horse) Ivermectin, squeeze this amount from the syringe
and wipe the tip of the syringe off on your puppies tongue.

Put the cap back on and store in your frig good for up to 2 years.
This amount would be the dosage for an adult lab
Pyrantel Pamoate (for intestinal worms) dosage for a puppy.
Pyrantel Pamoate adult dosage.
Our puppies are accustomed to using wood shavings for their toilet.

We kept a girl from this litter. Set up her crate in a small space with a plastic pan and wood shavings. She immediately used her toilet, so this does work. Sorry about the graphic image :o) but a picture is worth a thousand words. The plastic pan is from WalMart, $8, I cut the sides low with a heavy scissors so she can get in and out easily. Shavings are also from WalMart, use pine NOT CEDAR.

When your puppy uses this toilet reliably, move it to just inside the door he/she will use to go outside. After a few days of successful use, move it outside the door, and watch for your puppy to go to the door looking for the toilet. Eventually, put shavings on the spot outside you want used, and you've trained your dog not to use the whole yard for his/her business. Makes cleanup easier.

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