When to Call the Veterinarian in Addition to Regular Checkups

When to call the Veterinarian ChecklistWhen to Call the Veterinarian in Addition to Regular Checkups

Our dogs have regular Veterinary appointments throughout their life and the schedule varies depending on age and the Vet’s recommendation. In addition to these routine check-ups and procedures (vaccinations for example) we are observant of each of our dogs to identify signs we need to make additional checkup appointments. This article will explore some of the signs and symptoms however it is important to ask your pet’s veterinarian to review this list and recommend any additional guidance as needed.

When to Call the Veterinarian Checklist

  1. Changes in weight (gain or loss): When you notice a weight change, which is not ordinary for the dog’s age , these may be signs of a potential problem.
  2. Changes in appetite. It is important to limit any changes in a dog’s meal plan, however at some times, such as changing to Life’s Abundance or changing life cycle food for example, changes are important, yet they should be made gradually to not upset the dog’s digestive system. When no change has been made in diet but the dog’s appetite changes (eating less or showing signs of being hungrier than usual) a call to the Vet may help clarify the reason for the change.
  3. Increased Thirst or Urination
  4. Increase or decrease in energy levels.
    1. It is common to have a relative shift in energy level at the beginning or end of daily routines, but, if your dog appears sluggish during a time when he/she is regularly active or seems hyperactive when she is commonly relaxing with the family for movie night, this could be a sign the veterinarian can be helpful exploring with you.
  5. Increase in Hair Loss. Remember our dogs will shed when it gets warmer, but, this is usually not to the extent of depleting the coat. Natural shedding is expected. However if hair loss appears increased a call a visit to the vet can help identify the cause.
  6. Vomiting and/or diarrhea are potentially serious signs justifying an immediate call to the Veterinarian. In many cases the cause may be simply nervousness or colic, however, if the symptoms are associated with an illness the sooner you have a diagnosis the best overall recovery is possible.
  7. Changes in behavior or temperament. Discomfort from symptoms can cause change in temperament and/or behavior. When our pets aren’t feeling well (which is true for Pet Parents as well) they aren’t as happy to see their people, may not seem as interested in play as usual, or have a generally avoiding attitude about an established otherwise enjoyable daily routine. If there aren’t apparent reasons your dog is ‘just having a bad day because______’ (fill in the blank) you can (and should) expect the signs to pass quickly. If they don’t contact the vet to ask for guidance.
  8. Changes in Sleep Routine. The ‘normal’ sleep routine of a dog will vary with breed, activity level, and age. When a ‘normal’ is established for your dog watch for changes (which are predictable due to lifestyle or lifecycle changes). When a pet sleeps less (or more) than normal this could indicate a sign to call the vet in-between regular checkups.

As Pet Parents We are Advocates:
Being observant of our dogs on a daily basis is an important part of being a Pet Parent. We make eye contact, communicate, establish a regular routine (feeding, exercise, grooming, training, and playtime), keep notes when things seem ‘a little off’ so we can clearly communicate our observations to the Veterinarian if those ‘a little off’ things become signs to Call the Veterinarian in Addition to Regular Checkups.

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Routine Combing for Dogs and Healthy Coats

Nike has the demeanor of an “old soul.”  She is kind, loving, gentle, patient, and loving, accented beautifully with the fun spark of a youth.  She has a beautiful, incredible light coat.  Nike is a true beauty inside and out.  Click on picture to read more!Routine Combing for Dogs and Healthy Coats

We have explored the benefits of providing regular coat grooming and the importance of understanding how to care for your dog’s coat during shedding season (click here to review previous article). A holistic view of grooming (diet, exercise, not over bathing, and routine brushing/combing) is essential to ensure a healthy coat. Today’s article will expand on the topic with suggestions for providing a twice a week routine to brush and/or comb your dog’s coat.

Routine Combing for Dogs — Tools Suggested

Tangle Remover Solution (reduces static, assists in removing tangled and matted fur, and conditions the coat).

  • Life’s Abundance Bath Fresh Mist (for wet or dry hair) this formula is enhanced with a moisture-activated odor fighter that safely absorbs and neutralizes unpleasant odors

Soft Bristle Brush (to separate any top coat tangles and remove surface debris)

  • Always brush in the direction of the fur without applying force. When matted use the round tooth comb.

Scratch Free Round Tooth Comb (assists in removing a heavy shedding under coat)

  • Scratch free designed combs are less irritating to the skin and allow a deeper shed removal without discomfort.

Routine Combing for Dogs — Suggested Technique

  • Cleaning Coat—avoid over bathing because over bathing can often dry out a dog’s skin inhibiting natural oils needed to assist in healthy coat support.
  • Combing Coat – comb with a scratch free round tooth metal comb when desired to remove a shedding undercoat.
  • Brushing Coat – brushing at least twice a week will assist in removing debris and tangles from the coat. Brushing also assists in distributing a dog’s natural body oils which (in combination with healthy diet, exercise, proper hydration, and grooming) provides optimal conditions for a beautiful healthy coat.

Frequency Recommendations

"Muddy Aria" and our Trained Puppy Cooper (Honor/Ego 4-25-2014)

The frequency you will decide to establish for your dog’s routine combing will depend on the weather and your dog’s activity throughout the week. As shown in the photo:

  • A dog that enjoys rolling in mud or thickets will naturally require a more frequent grooming routine.

A Note about Mud:

  • We want to avoid over bathing so when mud is involved it is often efficient to wait for the mud to dry and then use the soft bristle brush to remove surface debris from the dog’s coat.
  • Next use the comb to gently remove any mud in the undercoat (if needed).
  • If desired continue with a light mist and gentle massage with the Bath Fresh Mist.
  • On the other hand a dog that enjoys walking (rather than rolling) and chooses groomed landscapes to play will generally need brushing twice a week and a deeper combing once a week during shedding season.

Let us know any questions you have about raising your puppy.  We are happy to help guide you.

 

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

Natural Flea and Tick Prevention Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil RECIPE for mist and cotton bandanna collarWe hosted a class in the spring on the topic of ‘Essential Oils for Pets’ and we discovered several amazing ways we can use Pure Essential Oils for our dogs. One of the most popular topics, during and since the class, was how to use certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the prevention of fleas and ticks.

Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

We have long realized a healthy diet will support the goal by improving our dog’s immune system. This is priority when considering the damage a flea, tick, or mosquito can cause us or our pets. This is our checklist for promoting optimal health.

  1. Healthy Diet
  2. Flea and Tick Repellent Mist
  3. Flea, Tick, and Mosquito drops on a cotton bandanna collar.

ONE: Healthy Diet

We feed our pets and provide supplements from Life’s Abundance line of products. Read more about why we stand behind this product and why you should as well. Read our article “Life’s Abundance…Because, Nutrition Matters! and They Depend on You!”

TWO: Flea and Tick Repellent Mist

One way to use a natural mist repellent is to apply before going outside and after returning from training or playing outdoors (during flea/tick & mosquito season).

Recipe:

  • 5 drops Lavender Pure Essential Oil &
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil,
  • 12 oz glass mist bottle with 10 ounces distilled water.

Shake well before each use. Mist on your dog’s back of neck and back coat. Cover his eyes when misting to avoid contact with eyes. The combination of Lavender and Eucalyptus repels pests and ‘deters tick eggs from hatching’* (*based on an Ohio State University study). Additionally, Lavender and Eucalyptus oils have skin and coat conditioning properties to support healthy skin and coat.

BE CAUTIOUS: If your dog is old enough, and ONLY IF YOU ARE using a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil, the mist is safe, effective, and can also be used on people. So we are also protected and will not carry pests inside after going outside with our dogs.

In the case of puppies and essential oils. If you have a puppy, and would like to have a specific EO combination, and dilution recommendation, please comment below with your question, your puppy’s age, weight, and breed. OR, address your question to our Pet Wellness Advocate.

THREE: Cotton Bandanna Collar Method

Another way to use natural flea and tick prevention repellent is by using the oils on the ‘’outside away from the skin’’ area of a cotton bandanna collar.

  1. Start with a well made cotton bandanna, the right size for your dog (not too tight or too loose).
  2. Put 3 drops each of Lavender and Eucalyptus oil on the bandanna ‘away from the skin’ to prevent potential sensitive skin reaction from direct contact.
  3. Reapply as needed* when the scent fades.

NOTE: *How long the cotton bandanna collar treatment will last depends on several factors; Climate, Temperature, Humidity, Activity level of your pet, and Moisture (if he/she goes swimming, or decides to play in a puddle for example). Check the scent intensity once a day until you determine how long the treatment will last in your climate, humidity, and activity level of your dog.

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Safe Plants For Dogs

Safe Plants for Dogs Getting Lifestyle Right Series Wisteria Goldens Episode 7Having a safe environment for people and pets is an important topic to explore, discuss, and continue to evaluate over time. There are many household plants which have been found to be toxic to have around pets. However, there are a variety of indoor plants which are safe for pets and can be welcome in the home. This article provides an overview of the safe plants and resources to find out more information.

Safe Plants are important for health for people and pets, but, it is important to choose plants which are not going to add a health risk. This is a list of the most common plants which have been known to be safe for pets.

NOTE: Beside each plant you will find which pets it is safe for in regards to dogs, cats, and horses. Other pets are not included in this article. You can find more information at the ASPCA website.

Safe Plants List – 7 Beautiful Plants Safe for Dogs

  1. Stargazer Lilly shown below (safe for dogs and horses)
  2. Spider Ivy (safe for dogs and cats)
  3. African violet shown below  (safe for dogs, cats, and horses)
  4. American Rubber Plant (safe for dogs and cats)
  5. Scarborough Lily (safe for dogs and cats)
  6. Spice Orchid (safe for dogs and cats)
  7. Patient Plant (safe for dogs and cats)

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There are many safe, as well as toxic, plants available. Be sure to investigate before adding a plant to your home.

Safe Plants – Safe Home

Check each of the plants in your home before bringing your new puppy home. A local garden center may be available to discuss the plants which are hearty in your area as well as safe for people and pets.

EMERGENCY Numbers:

Contact your local veterinarian and poison control immediately if your pet is showing signs of being exposed to toxins.

Animal Poison Control (recommended by ASPCA)* Any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card. (*Retrieved from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control 05-07-2015)

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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Pet Microchip Information

Pet Microchip Information how to keep your pet's records up-to-date to ensure if lost a speedy return homeA Microchip is a way to identify your pet if they are lost. The most important aspect of using a microchip is to insure the information in the database is up-to-date at all times. This provides anyone who finds your pet easy access to contacting you so they can reunite you with your pet as soon as possible.

Pet Microchip Information:

We include lifetime paid microchip registration with every puppy we sell. If your pet has a microchip, have you checked to ensure your Pet’s Microchip Registration is up-to-date?

The microchip registration information will need to be updated whenever there is a change in your contact information or your pet’s health.

  • Pet parent’s home address,
  • Phone or email changes,
  • Pet’s health care concerns, and
  • Any nutritional concerns (so if found they can be addressed immediately).

Pet Microchip Information Purpose:

Have a hard copy and a digital copy (or a cloud copy) of all the important information. Scan documents and upload them onto a backup drive or cloud storage you can access in the event the paper copies are lost, damaged, or inaccessible. Keep your pet’s microchip registration information in a safe place where you can find it when you need to:

  • Update the contact and/or health concern information,
  • Report your dog missing,
  • Search databases of found pets, and
  • Share with people who may be assisting you in finding a lost pet.

Pets May Become Lost

A microchip allows anyone who finds your pet to quickly identify where they live and who to contact. Pets can become lost under many circumstances. Some of them include:

  • Startled and runs away (Other pets, traveling, loud noises, thunderstorms/fireworks),
  • Taken from home or while traveling, or
  • Gets out of the home or yard and gets lost.

Pet Records

In addition to keeping the microchip registration information current also keep other registrations, immunizations, and ordinances in mind.

  • Have backup records of license and immunizations in case tags are lost,
  • Keep up-to-date information in AKC or other registered memberships,
  • Be sure to check on requirements when traveling with your pet such as places pets are welcome (hotel, parks, or rest areas), and
  • When additional immunizations are required if you are traveling into different states or areas where there are outbreaks of contagious illness (or avoid taking your pet with you when you need to travel to places where there are concerns).

Your pet is a part of the family and needs to have all of their records organized, accessible, and up-to-date.

Resources For more information:
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We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Control vs Leadership

Lifestyle Series-control vs courtesyI am compelled to begin this segment of Getting Lifestyle Right with a Thank You to the Wisteria Families for being such remarkable pet parents. We know our Wisteria Families are regularly Getting Lifestyle Right. We are grateful and appreciative.

This series is a guide to share how Wisteria pet parents approach a variety of lifestyle situations. If you are a pet parent who would like to provide a healthy lifestyle for your dog, but aren’t sure where to start, maybe this segment about relationship, leadership and courtesy will help.

Control vs Leadership:

As pet parents we are leaders for our dogs.

Example of Leadership: Leadership is best provided with a consistent, kind, patient, and understanding repetition which provides positive praise at every opportunity. This allows a dog to develop the understanding of what behaviors are celebrated. Courteous leaders nurture independence and self confidence. English Cream Golden Retrievers are naturally delighted to please us, and we in turn provide training (positive reinforcement) to them in the behaviors which please us.

Example of Control: The practice of hitting a dog damages the relationship, communication, and trust between a human being and a dog. Just as it would when a person hits another person, instilling fear and feeling the need to protect oneself, the result is often a There is no right time or appropriate time to hit a dog.

Control Style Discipline vs Courtesy:

As pet parents we are setting examples for our dogs.

Examples of Courtesy: Courtesy spans our body language, tone of voice, gestures, and our sense of joy when our dogs accomplish a behavior we like. This is a lifestyle of remembering we are leaders, examples, and are responsible for training. A kind voice and gesture of praise when our dogs are pleasing us is how we communicate the behaviors we want to see more of.

Examples of Control Style Discipline: The practice of ‘time-out’ or ‘harsh words’ as discipline aren’t effective to teach the behaviors we want to see more of. They simply instill fear and over time retaliation. During the disciplinary action, so often after the puppy has forgotten what they did, they are overcome with confusion and unable to understand what they are being punished for.

When, on the other hand, we show kindness and courtesy, our dogs will remain delighted to please us.

As pet parents we strive to provide an environment where learning is fun and accomplishments are praised. We choose the positive reinforcement approach to training because it works best to develop a strong, healthy, and happy relationship between us and our dogs.

 

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Canine Flu Reports

U.S. Map of the Dog Flu Outbreak CBS News There are more flu outbreaks for dogs recently in the news. I would like to offer a natural support option based on the Pets and Essential Oils research I’ve been doing.

The Breathe Blend is a good idea to use to support our dogs if they are exposed or are showing symptoms. I’m continuing to research the option of including onGuard as a blend to support prevention of spreading the flu.

There are ways to avoid being exposed to the flu, but, if your pet is exposed and begins to show symptoms:

  1. Get to the Vet as soon as possible.
  2. Start the Essential Oils right away, and
  3. Continue both your Vet’s treatment plan and the essential oils combination.

Remember: Puppies are more sensitive and essential oils should not be applied topically or internally until they are a bit older. Let’s talk to determine your puppies breed, age, and I can recommend the age to incorporate essential oils for these uses.

Aromatic Use can begin early.

These are suggested for helping your pet build immunity to the flu, promoting natural healing, and subsequently reducing symptoms.

Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation

Breathe: Supports Healthy Breathing, Reduces Inflammation

OnGuard:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

OnGuard:  Immune Support, Improves Oral Health, Spider Bites

Canine Flu Reports Avoid Exposure

There are ways to avoid being exposed to the flu. The primary way to avoid the canine flu is to avoid exposure to infected dogs and contaminated objects. This would include toys, play parks, dog supply stores, groomers, vets, and so on.

Avoid dog parks or other community areas where dogs come and go. A report from WCPO News Cincinatti, How to avoid the Canine Flu states “The virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects between infected and uninfected dogs.”

Let’s talk… Schedule a Wellness Consultation to discuss your pet’s wellness! Schedule a call.

Watch a News Report about the Outbreak on CBS News

Deadly Dog Flu Outbreak CBS News

Canine Flu Reports Resources:

Essential Oils  — Live Call  — Midwest Canine Flu Report : A deadly canine flu outbreak is spreading across the Midwest.

 

Online Medical Guide Checklist

Online Medical for Dogs Checklist – Best Use of Online InformationThis article will provide our tips about the proper use of the information we can find online on medical information websites. We will be focusing on the ability to learn more about our dog’s health so we know what questions to ask a veterinarian in person.

Rather than use the information found on medical sites to diagnose and treat issues, we would like to see more people use them to prepare a checklist of questions for the veterinarian. We have also included three ways to explore online informational sites, so the process of how to qualify the information, is readily available.

Online Medical Guide Checklist for Dogs – Best Use of Online Information

1. When your veterinarian makes a diagnosis and you want to research.

2. When you are preparing for a veterinarian appointment and have questions to prepare.

3. When you are considering alternative approaches to treatment (take notes about your recommendation to show the veterinarian).

Online Medical Guide Checklist for Dogs Resources

We Suggest:

1. Nutrition, Health and Wellness: Dr Jane

Dr Jane is a holistic veterinarian who has established her expertise by forming a foundation, developing exceptional foods, supplements, and products for dogs, and her work has consistently contributed to healthy life and wellness for countless dogs and cats.

2. Dr Sarah incorporates daily living into a health and wellness lifestyle to educate pet parents on the topics which are most important each day. Visit Dr Sarah on “Pet Talk” with Dr Sarah.

High Quality Sources of Information

Is the person or group presenting advice as an educated, experienced, and competent provider of health, wellness, medical, nutritional, or applicable care for dogs?

The following article has a remarkable checklist about how to qualify the sources and Dr. Jane says “The quality of information that people find through search engines can vary a lot.” She continues to provide 5 Tips. Closing with this important note: “Just remember, Dr. Search Engine is not a stand-in for the irreplaceable services of and relationship with a real, live veterinarian.” Be Wary of Dr. Search Engine

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

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Riding In Cars with Dogs

Taking your dog for a ride in your car can be a safe and enjoyable experienceWe are delighted with our Wisteria Goldens family, and are grateful they aren’t part of the pet parent lifestyle trends we are addressing in our current Lifestyle Series, which are articles to prepare our readers to change habits we have seen (in the news and on the internet) in regard to safely caring for pets.
Our series is a checklist of tips and resources to assist in transitions from scary things we see pet parents doing to a safe and healthy happy lifestyle. We have seen a lot of ‘don’t do this’ type articles with massive amounts of scary statistics. Our series takes the next step in the transition, focusing on how to do safe healthy lifestyle right.

This page discusses special equipment designed to keep your dog safe while riding in the car with you. You will also find a checklist about scheduled trips, routines, habits, training, and important cautions to keep your travel companion safe, happy, and healthy.

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Equipment

This may include:
1. Harness (designed to work with your seat belts), and a
2.Carrier which is secured with a seat belt or a dedicated mounted support.

Visit your pet supply store and ask a lot of questions about the available carriers and harnesses for riding in the car. Think of this as a fact finding and determination on the best equipment for your dog. Consider a few of the most important factors in choosing the right equipment:

1. Weight Limit What is the weight limit on the carrier you are considering. It should be suited for your pet’s size and weight.
2.  Anchoring Method How is the equipment secured while in the car. Is it going to use your seat belt, a harness, or both.

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Schedule

Consider the following dynamics when you are planning to take your dog in the car with you. Important things to consider are:

1. Time of day (will meal time or nap time coincide with the time of the trip),
2.  Weather (will it be hot, cold, wet, windy, and so on),
3.  Destination (what do you need to bring in preparation for the destination), and
4.  Length of the trip (depending on the duration minutes, hours, or days, you will need to plan for different expected circumstances).

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Training

Socialization Training (a process to familiarize your dog with the sensations he/she will experience) is a key factor in preparation for any activity. Especially travel when you dog will experience a variety of new or unfamiliar things such as movement, sounds, and visual stimulation.

1.  Visualize each of the new sensations and
2.  Replicate them before you travel.
3.  Take short trips at first, in preparation for longer trips, and
4.  Plan time for breaks (stop for a little while now and then).

Riding in Cars with Dogs — Habits

Routine is essential in any activity you introduce into your lifestyle. Make a habit of providing routine actions such as the steps you take getting ready to leave and include your dog in the process of the routine. Routine examples:

1.  Get the harness,
2.  Put it on,
3.  Put on your shoes,
4.  Get the keys, and
5.  So on.

Important: Safety and Health

  • Don’t leave your pet in the car alone & unrestrained.

There are dangers of leaving dogs in cars alone without a travel crate or harness. Unattended unrestrained pets could accidentally knock the car out of gear (for example).

  • Don’t leave your dog in a hot car.

If the inside of the car will be hot, the car can become unsafe; even during the spring weather where the temperature feels comfortable outside, cars heat up quickly. Always consider your dog’s comfort, health, and safety first.

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natural food and pet products because they depend on you

We love to provide information to our families to support and increase optimal health of their puppies, as well as into adulthood increasing the longevity of their life!

The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.

Previous Puppies photo album English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies born 2006-2015