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Sick Hav threads - What should new owners expect?

Hello - I'm new to the forum and waiting to get our new Havanese puppy. I'm reading all the books, and loving all the info here on the forum. Maybe it's just unusual, but there seem to have been a lot of sick havanese here lately (I hope they're all feeling much better!) Anyway, I don't know how often dogs get sick and now I'm getting a little nervous about all the possibilities. Some threads here mentioned stings or insect bites (I live in the South -- there are tons of bugs around here!) Also mentions illness they may have picked up groomers, etc. Anyway, I've always been a really cautious mom with my human kids, so now I'm just trying to figure out what to expect with our new pup -- and trying to figure out how to keep him safe and healthy! Would love to hear from you experienced Hav owners. Thank you!
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Didn' t I just meet you in the other room .LOL Not to worry, your vet will give you some options for pest control. Since you like reading , I always recommend these two free e-books. Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.siriuspup.com/pdfs/before_puppy_sirius.pdf

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AF...ur%20Puppy.pdf My Molly has never been sick in seven years. The healthy ones , don't make the news. LOL

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...I'm just trying to figure out what to expect with our new pup -- and trying to figure out how to keep him safe and healthy! Would love to hear from you experienced Hav owners. Thank you!
Hi and Welcome to the Forum.

Most dogs don't get sick that often, don't get too nervous.
And like with your kids, just follow your gut feeling. If something doesn't feel right, then most likely it isn't. Puppies, like babies, are more sensitive to illnesses, so you just have to be careful with what you leave around and where you take him/her.

My two dogs, have gone out with me since I got them, but when they were younger, they only went out and stayed on my lap, never touched anything, until they are done with their last shots (I think around 20 wks or so). The black one in my Avatar is still 17 wks so the Lap rule still applies to him!

And again, like kids, they do grow very fast, so enjoy their puppyhood!

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Welcome! You are among friends here. I did tons of research for my next dog, after having English Bulldogs for 30 years. Havs have nowhere near the health issues, trust me! You might notice that because folks turn to this forum when there are health issues. My Hav is very sturdy and healthy. I believe it's because the breeders take care with their lines. They are a level above many others. Only get a pup from a breeder that you have investigated thoroughly, and then before you commit, seek the council of others here, through private messaging. I trust them implicitly. Good luck and post pictures. We love pictures!

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That's generally true, there are people that do only post when there is a problem (not just here, but all over internet forums, in general) and plenty of happy, healthy havs out there that we never hear about. I think any dog can get sick, dog flu, HGE, pancreatitis, those aren't exclusive to any breed.

I can see how you'd draw that conclusion, though..but not to worry!

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One of the reasons I pick Havs is that they are generally a healthy breed. All breeds have their issues, as do mixed breed dogs. You can greatly lessen your chance of health problems by buying your dog from a reputable breeder who does all the proper health testing on the parents (not just a "vet check"!!!!) and who has been breeding for long enough to have an established track record for producing healthy dogs.


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I don't think Havanese who come from reputable breeders are prone to sickness in general. Like human children, occasionally they pick up a bug. I got my first Hav over 8 years ago ( and like many here have MHs) and mine have not had anything but an infrequent tummy upset. Just use common sense when taking your puppy out places

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My Vet jokingly exaggerates that she never worries about Havs...because all they have to do is sniff and their owners bring them in. I think our Havs are so engaging, and we owners are so engaged in them that this is partly true. We may find things in our babies that may lingered for years in another dog with different owners.

These are my first pets ever, it is an awesome responsibility at first, but it becomes 2nd nature. And Havanese are a very healthy breed. Choose a good and reputable breeder and that is the best health insurance for your pet you can get.




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I agree with Missy. Kodi had "puppy Pyoderma", a skin infection when he wasa a puppy. It turns out that it's not uncommon, because they just pick it up from dirt in the environment. But the vet said he'd never had anyone catch it so early... it was just tiny bumps on his legs and belly. As a result, the treatment was easy and he recovered very quickly.


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Other than routine stuff like vaccinations and getting neutered, Brody hasn't been sick even once, other than the occasional loose stool. He'll be a year next week.

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