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I've included some information on another page about making your own homemade dog food. I must say that with all the recalls, that is probably the safest method although, not possible for every person.  Not every recipe has to be difficult.  It can pretty much be as easy or difficult as you want it to be.  If the recipe doesn't have the extra Calcium Carbonate, other vitamins and minerals that the dog or puppy needs, then be sure to include a pill formula mixed into the homemade food.   You can buy them specially designed for Pets or use the people formula and adjust the quantity as outlined on the package or bottle.  

Now, is a great time to learn how to make dog food and treats for your pet.  There is so many recalls right now and this will likely continue sporadically over time.  It’s very risky because at any time, you could feed your pet some tainted food.  There are animals that die from the tainted food and we would not want that to happen.  The misconception is that preparing your dog’s food is extremely difficult and time consuming.  That simply isn’t true.  It can be as difficult as you want to make it.  It can also be relatively easy, if you want to make it that way.    You should pay attention but it's definitely possible and doesn't have to be that difficult.  I personally think that it's a much better choice to prepare the food yourself rather than feeding them the over the counter foods that are constantly being recalled.  The recalls that are being recalled include not just the lower quality foods but also higher  quality foods too.

That being said, I would recommend that you look into and try some homemade recipes if you are able to. I do believe the quality is better and you know what is in the food. I am providing some basic information on my site regarding food and treat recommendations and recipes.   I’m merly providing some basic information. I’m not an expert and this information is only provided as a courtesy to help you determine what foods and treats to feed your dog and other options that you might have other than simply purchasing over the counter foods. I am also supplying my recommendations on the over the counter foods but don’t guarantee anything. This is my personal opinions. Please verify all recipes and cooking times, temperatures and adjust these to your needs.  Since there is so may recalls right now and have been for some several months now, I don’t guarantee that any of my information is accurate. These recalls are changing daily.  I would highly suggest that you sign up for an email notification so you can receive emails with all the food recall information.  I know that you don’t want you precious pet to get sick and even possibly die. It’s really very scary and I just want you all to be careful. I want to provide you with information but I can’t always update my site and some of this I can’t guarantee. I won’t keep repeating this disclosure but it applies to any of my recommendations or recipes.  I’m confident in these for my own use only.   Always, check the recall status of any pet food item since there has been so many recalls, one after another.   I do hope that this information is helpful to you all. 

A high quality dog food that currently is not listed on the Dog Food Recall List.  MAKE SURE YOU Check the recall list before buying it or feeding to your pet.  Merrick Moist Dog Food comes in about 23 different flavors.  It is rated a 5 star dog food. The price a can depends on the variety, where you buy it and if you buy a case or amount purchased.  The average price is about $2.25-$3.00 a can.

 

Commercial Made Dog Food Cost & Some Suggestions Where to Buy & Get Information:

 

Dogfoodadvisor.com has a link to bring you to a petfoodsupplier site online.  I haven't ever shopped at this online store.  It's called Petflow.com.  I clicked thru to it and have to say, that it does appear to be a pretty good site.  They carry most all brands of dog food at some very good prices.  When you click on the link from dogfoodadvisor.com thru to the petflow.com site, there is a coupon available to new customers.  It gives you $10 off of purchases over $49 and Free shipping.  That is pretty good since shipping on most dog foods can be pretty pricey.  They weigh a lot so the shipping cost is normally higher than I am willing to pay so I just go to buy the food in store.  This site looks like a good value. The Merrick is priced well and you can get a discount for a case and also schedule recurring orders like Mudbay.  It appears that they also sell other items like dog toys and treats, etc.  

 

 

Recommendation:

 

All that being said, I would probably recommend you put him on Merrick.  It is a 5 star dog food and highly recommended.  The puppies really like the ones with the chicken thighs in it, like Turducken and Grandma's Chicken Stew as well as other flavors.  In these 2 flavors, you can actually see the whole chicken when you open the can.  It looks like people food.  You see the chicken bone and everything so don't freak out that there is a whole chicken bone included.  It has been pressure cooked to be soft and has provides some good nutritional value to the food, plus they love the taste.  It won't hurt the puppy or dog because it has been cooked to be so soft.

 

 

Mud Bay:

 

Up till now, we have bought all our food from Mud Bay.  I may try and order from this online site and see how that goes.  Mudbay is a specialty dog store and they basically only carry quality dog foods.  They can be a bit pricey though but there selection is great and the customer service rocks.  They have a good selection of quality dog foods. They have locations throughout the Seattle area, including Olympia, Redmond, Bothell and others.  You can look up the locations under Mudbay.com.   They allow you to get for free, up to 3 of the smallest sized cans available in each flavor to bring home and allow your dog to try them out without an investment. Ask them about that.  If you do transition to another dry dog food then the new dog food must be transitioned in slowly or the dog will get sick with digestive problems and diarrhea. Use fortiflora if they get a belly ache or diarerah from the change in the food or stress from the move.

 

Frequent Buyer Program:

 

Mud Bay or other fine Pet Shops many times have Frequent Buyer Programs for many of the brands they carry.  Sometimes, it is only offered for certain brands of food.  Not all stores offer the program.  Basically, ask if they have a program and what it entails.  Normally you buy about 12 bags of a specific dog food or 12 cases of moist dog food and retain all the proof of purchases for the bags or case.  Once you get 12 saved, then you can send in the required proofs and other documentation provided by the store to get a free bag or case of moist. In most cases, it is generally cheaper to buy the moist canned dog food by the case or larger sized dry dog food bag.  Many retailers, like Mudbay.com offer a discount off of a case.  Mudbay offers a discount of like 5%-10% off the total price of the case of moist dog food.  I forget the actual amount given. I've included some of the following links for reference only.  I can't verify these as the best or cheapest place to make purchase. 

 

Dog Food Advisor Website:

 

Below links to get information on each dog food and also a link to purchase from a retailer plus save $10 at http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brand/

 

    Merrick Moist Dog Food - http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/merrick-dog-food-canned/

    Merrick Classic Dry Dog Food - http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/merrick-dog-food-dry/ 

 

Puppy Pads:

 

As for the things needed.  First, the puppy pads. Ebay sells these by doing a search for puppy pad or bed pad.  I don't really know where these are sold locally.  They always sell the disposable kinds in the store but I can't find the reusable type. You can find other bed pads online on Ebay as well.  They come in different sizes and weights.  This is just one link but it appears this person has good feedback on these so I sent you this link.  You might find them cheaper, etc. just take a look if you want.

 

    Puppy Pads Link is as follows:  http://r.ebay.com/kAmFq1   

 

To clean the mess from the pad, you can place a piece of paper over the pad.  To clean it, simply fold up the paper and dispose of it.  Wash the pad periodically to remove the smell and clean.  Later, you can take the paper away if you like and have the puppy go directly on the pad.  You will have to remove the waste with a scoop or paper towel, dispose of it and then clean the pad.  I wash the pads in the washing machine and use some Clorox or non-clorine bleach to clean and remove any smell.  If you the paper over the pad, then you will need to purchase a large roll from a place like Office depot or Staples, etc.  We will provide you with a small roll at the time of purchase.

 

Transporting Puppy in Crate or Box:

 

If someone comes to pick up the puppy alone, then I strongly suggest you bring either a crate or a box lined with old towels for the drive home.  Most puppies get sick on the ride home.   That way if the puppy gets sick, he will not throw up in you’re on the way home.  I suggest bringing these things even if you have a passenger in the car.  If the puppy gets sick on the way home then your passenger can put the puppy in the box or crate for the remaining trip home.   I’ve seen puppies feel much more confident and secure in getting around when they are put away in a box or something that is slightly covered.  It’s like they get sicker when they see what is out there.  It’s much like a person on the deck of a large boat.  If the puppy throws up then it is on the old towel and not in the car or on a person.  If the passenger holds the puppy in their lap, then I suggest that they place some old towels on their laps.  That way, if the puppy throws up, it won’t go all over the person’s lap.   The crate will also help to contain the puppy if the driver is alone.  You don't want the puppy roaming around the car while someone is driving.

 

What and Where to Buy:

 

As far as the other items needed to prepare for the new puppy, the place I order all my toys and other pet needs from is online at entirelypets.com.  In my opinion, they have the best prices on the internet.  (I have to check out the new site mentioned above to see if they compare to the low prices offered on entirelypets.com)  In addition, they usually have a coupon online for like 10%-15% off the entire purchase.   You can also set up a recurring order for any specific item.  It will ship out as frequently as you set it to and then you will be billed for the item.  That way, you don't run out of certain items.  You can always cancel the rcurring order before it occurs.  I do most all my ordering from them for the Dental Bonies, Capstar, Advantage, Dog Toys, Collars, and Bedding, etc.  They offer most everything but the dog food, I think.  The shipping is free when you purchase over a certain amount and is otherwise, pretty reasonable also.  You can order online or place an order through their toll free number.  Be mindful that if you order an item online, there is a drop down menu to the right of the item and it is for recurring orders.   It is defaulted to one time purchase but if you drop down the menu, you can choose to order it on a recurring basis like monthly, bi-monthly, yearly, etc.  If you choose to order ahead of time then you will be charged for the order and shipped out to when it is scheduled.  They normally send you an email before they charge or ship to you but just make sure you know when it is scheduled to be billed and shipped to you. 

 

Below, I have listed many things you might want to purchase to prepare for your new puppy.  I have posted some URLs for reference and to better identify each item.  This way, you can click on the link and see the item that I am referring to.  Then if you choose to buy the item, you can choose to buy that identical item or one close to it.  This should help with your shopping list.  Please be aware that while I have used many of these items, other items I have not.  I don't guarantee any item.  I am merely passing on the information we believe to be true as we see it.  I don't have any affiliation with any website or manufacturer and do not get any kickback or bonus for recommending them. This is merely my recommendations based on what I think to be true. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Recommended List for New Puppy:

 

Water and Food Bowls:

 

I recommend getting bowls that don't slide.  Perhaps bowls that has a rubber gripe around or on bottom of bowls.  Ensure that the water bowls are big enough to hold extra water in case you are delayed and unexpectedly can't get home.  Ensure you wash the bowl out and refresh the water daily.  I recommend getting 2 water bowls and 2 food bowls.  2 Water Bowls – 1 kitchen and 1 other room  1 bowl dry food and 1 bowl moist (if you are providing commercial food with a dry)

 

Collar:

 

This is based on the size and weight of the puppy.  Make sure you update the size of the collar as the puppy grows bigger.

 

Leash: Either retractable or single leash.

 

    Petmate Palm Retractable Leash - Small (Assorted Colors) at http://www.entirelypets.com/petmate-palm-retractable-leash-small.html   OR

    Premier 1 in x 6 ft Leash - SILVER & BLACK http://www.entirelypets.com/leashsprockets.html

 

Pet Tag:

 

The pet tag is extra protection as I would get the microchip put in the puppy when you go to get his Vet exam) Microchip identifies a puppy and the owner information if he is found and brought into the vet or puppy pound, etc.)  You want to register the microchip online and keep the information updated to ensure that they have your current address/phone number is puppy is ever lost and then found.

 

Tagapet:  This is a new kind of pet tag. It looks very nice. I don't know much about it but it is definitely well worth looking into. 

 

Description as written online:

The Argos Tag is an electronic tag which can be scanned by a smartphone enabling a user to access a pets online profile. The profile contains important contact information and allows you to send lost pet alerts across your social media pages (Twitter/Facebook). Animal shelters in your area are immediately notified and sent a link to your pets profile as well. When the Argos Tag is scanned the GPS coordinates from that persons phone are sent back to you in the form of a map allowing you to see exactly where your pet was last located! Let the Argos Tag protect your pet today!

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TagaPet/295516877212895

 

Dog Bed:

 

Get something with a pillow bottom and Sherpa or other soft fabric and surrounding side.  This one is supposed to be machine washable and is not supposed to lose its shape.  It also comes apart into 2 pieces for easy washing.  I found the following the looks nice:

 

    Black Faux Jag Cloud Bed at http://www.entirelypets.com/cloudjag.html

 

Found a great one at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  It's a small round one with stuffed quilted sides and bottom and lined with fur.  They love this little bed.  It's really very pretty too. I picked one up while I was vacationing visiting family. It was on clearance for like $10 and it's awesome.  I think it was regularly like $20 but I think it's still well worth that. Probably like $25 at most stores. I was surprised it was actually pretty reasonable at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Found one online and copied the following link. I'm sure that they are plenty similar to this.  I have to go get another one because I only have one and all my dogs want in it.  :)

 

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=3241853   $15 online

 

Dog Mat:

 

For laying on hardwood floor or an area for them in the living room. 

 

    Maybe something like this:  http://www.entirelypets.com/snoozzyorig1000crm.html

 

Dog Toys:

 

No Stuffing Type:  They like this type for playing tug of war and just carrying around.  They are lightweight and they can't gut them like the ones with stuffing.

 

Nothing oversized though.  They like the average sized toys.

 

    Skinneeez Stuffing-Free Dog Toys by Spot at http://www.entirelypets.com/skinneeez.html OR

    Some smaller balls for fetch: Zanies Tennis Teasers at http://www.entirelypets.com/zatete.html

 

Other Stuffed Dog Toys:

 

    MultiPet Look Who’s Talking Chicken (5 inches) at http://www.entirelypets.com/lookwhostalkchicken5in.html

    Migrators Plush Hunting and Migrating Birds MALLARD at http://www.entirelypets.com/mibima.htm

    Duckworth by Multipet at http://www.entirelypets.com/ducbymul.html

 

Good Rope Toy for Playing Tug of War with Puppy"

 

    2 Knot Small Tug Rope Bone - White (5 inch) at http://www.entirelypets.com/2knotwtsm.html  - Can also purchase good dog rope toy at Dollar Tree for $1

 

 Dog Training Treats:  (Check the Recall list before buying any of these. I haven't reviewed this list and compared it to the new updated recall list. So many items are being recalled so you have to be extremely careful when buying any dog food or treats. Sign up for an email update so you are kept on file to get updates as they come out.)  I would not feed my dog or puppy any of these foods without looking up the recalls every time. Safest thing is to get a dehydrator or buy some Beef Liver strips from the store.  I actually cook the beef liver strips on a metal cookie plate in the oven at about 350-375 for about 15 minutes.  I then take them off the cookie plate and allow them to cool at bit.  I then slice all of them into very thin strips and then slice again until I've diced all the pieces.  Cook it for an internal temperature of 165 purchase about 2 pounds of strips for about 2.50 pound at Safeway.  This makes a good amount of treats.  You can also use it to mix with some dry or moist and make it yummy for them to eat.  Liver is very healthy for them too. It has an immense amount of nutritional value.  Beef Liver is better quality.   Look up information on how to pick the best liver and prepare it safely. I'm merely providing basic information.  I know that it is to be done so that it is not too rare.  You have to follow the instructions and ensure the internal cooking temperature and make sure that you handle it properly and wash your hands properly. Online it shows that the internal temperature needs to be at least 165.  Please verify all the information on how to safely cook this or any other food item safely.  These are posted as a courtesy to you and I’m not an expert in these feilds.

 

  Dog Training treats are smaller and used for training them to do all the commands.

 

    Crazy Dog Train-Me! Training Treats Chicken Flavor (3.52 oz) at  http://www.entirelypets.com/trainmechicken.html

 

Other Dog Treats or Chewies:  (Check Food Recall List)

 

    Pet Botanics Training Reward Treats - BEEF (3.52 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/trretrbe.html

 

    Regular Dog Treats to reward good behavior or Just to give because they are so loved and cuddly. 

 

    Dog Biscuits.  I use the regular "Milk Bone" from any store but they have many different varieties out there.  Some others are all natural.     

 

    Soft Dog Biscuits like:  Roasted Chicken Flavor (6 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/bbchicken6.html

 

    Dog Rawhides:  Something like Dingo Dental Bone Chicken in the Middle Rawhide Chew OR Mini Bones (21 pack) at http://www.entirelypets.com/dingodentalbones21.html or

 

    Dingo Mega Mini Rawhide Chew Bone 7 pack (5 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/megaminibone.html 

 

    Alaska Naturals Wild Alaska Salmon Crunchy Dog Snacks (3 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/andogtreat4oz.html  - Haven't tried these but they look like the pups would love these. 

 

Other Dog Snacks like Chicken Strips or Jerky:  (Check the Recall List or Prepare your Own at Home)

Dogs LOVE these but they are rigid and have the propensity to chock on them. My dogs get these but I make sure that I watch them when they eat them.  They love them so much that they eat them too fast and sometimes gag a bit.  They can choke on these.  It should be okay if you watch them closely but you should determine to give them these or not, based on how comfortable you feel with it.  It’s a matter of preference and ultimately, your choice.  They come in a variety of flavors, chicken, beef, etc. from various manufacturers.

 

    Chickles Chicken Breast Strips (8 oz) - http://www.entirelypets.com/chickles-chicken-breast-strips-8oz.html  

 

Dental Bones:

 

My dogs and puppies loves these and we try to always have some on hand.  I have only found them available online at entirelypets.  Many places sell some "greenies" at the stores but my dogs don't like those.  The Bonies come in different sizes and come in a variety of Dental Bones, Joint Formula and Calming Formula.  I choose to get either the Dental or Joint Formula in the Mini or Small size.  You should probably get the mini size initially since the puppy is so small.  I either buy the mini or small size for my adult dogs.  The bonies help to prevent teeth decay and give them something to chew on.  You can do a search on Entirely pets.com for the Bonies and see the different package sizes, bone size and Formula.  They also come in a large quantity if you want to buy a large box and keep some stashed away.  They are individually wrapped and stay good for a long time so you can give the dog one a day.

 

    BONIES Natural Dental Bones Multi-Pack MINI 6-PACK (120 Bones) http://www.entirelypets.com/bonies-dental-bones-mini-120.html

    BONIES Natural Dental Bones Multi-Pack MINI 3-PACK (60 Bones) http://www.entirelypets.com/bonies-dental-bones-mini-60.html

 

Dental Balls:

 

They like chewing on balls and stuff and I've even bought my older dogs some of these Dental Balls.  They are made for chewing on and help promote healthy teeth/gums.

 

    Ballistic Dog Dental Ball HDs (3 Pack) at http://www.entirelypets.com/ballisticball.html

 

Capstar:

 

Flea medicine that kills them instantly. If you go out into the woods and the puppy or dog gets some fleas, regardless of the flea medicine you are using, you can give him the Capstar to kill them instantly.  This does not prevent them but only kills them so you will still need to apply a regular medicine for prevention like Advantage.  The link for Advantage is also below.   You will not often need Capstar but may need to have it on hand just in case.

 

    Capstar -  http://www.entirelypets.com/capstar.html

 

Flea Medicine:

 

    6 MONTH Advantage Flea Control Green: For Dogs under 10 lbs at http://www.entirelypets.com/adfordog.html

 

Dog Crate:

 

I don't crate my dog.  If you don’t either, you may still need a crate to transport the puppy from our place to your home.  You can borrow one from a friend, if you know someone to borrow it from.  If you are not going to need it for the future, like if you are flying out of town or something then borrowing it might be the best choice.  If you do need it again in the future, then I would suggest you go ahead and buy it up front.  If you do borrow it, then please make sure you clean it very thoroughly.  Use clorine bleach and wash inside and outside.  I do believe that diseases can be passed to your dog if the crate was used by a sick puppy like with Parvo or something.  I’m not certain but I wouldn’t take a chance. I think it’s probably okay if you wash it thoroughly with soap and water and then Clorox bleach and rinse with hot water again.  I suggest you search online if you are considering it.  Crates are great to bring along on longer trips or for flying.  Airline approved. When traveling, I would recommend a size larger than necessary, like a medium, if you your car is large enough to accommodate.

 

    Petmate Kennel Cab Fashion Series at  http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3086604&lmdn=Carrier+Style&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo

 

Dog Toothbrush:

 

    Petosan Double-Headed Dental Brush for Small Dogs (Haven't used this brand) at http://www.entirelypets.com/petosanbrushsml.html

 

Dog Toothpaste:

 

    Nutri-Vet Enzymatic Toothpaste for Dogs (2.5 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/enzymepaste2.html

 

Dog Tearing:

 

Remove the tear stains on the dog's fur.

 

     Nutri-Vet Eye Cleanse for Dogs (4 oz) or http://www.entirelypets.com/nveyecleanse4.html

 

Dog Shampoo and Conditioner:

 

Some Animals are sensitive and there is a variety of different shampoos/conditioners on the market for those with Allergies or Sensitive Skin.  This link is for a regular Dog Shampoo and Conditioner.  You can use Dawn and this will also help to repel fleas.  People Shampoos are not recommended because it strips the natural oils / changes PH balance of the dogs skin.  (Used the Gold Medal Brand but not these fragrances)

 

    PawGanics Puppy Shampoo (16 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/puppy-shampoo-16oz.html or

    Gold Medal Citrus Clean Dog Shampoo with Cardoplex (17 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/crdcitsh17oz.html

    Conditioner - Gold Medal Conditioner for Dogs with Cardoplex (17 oz) at http://www.entirelypets.com/crdconcsh17oz.html

 

Doggie Brush:

 

    Millers Forge Curved Slicker Brush - MINI at http://www.entirelypets.com/millers414c.html

    Millers Forge Vista Combo Brush at http://www.entirelypets.com/mifovicobr.html

 

Dog Nail Clippers:

 

I have a pair just in case although I normally get the nails trimmed at the Groomers or the Vets office.  Many Vets office will do nail trimming and grinding.  Sometimes, they do this complimentary with any exam and other times, they will give the option for a charge.  Ask to see if the service is offered that way you won't have to bring him in for a separate visit to the groomers.)

 

    Millers Forge Pet Nail Clipper at http://www.entirelypets.com/mifopetnasac.html

 

GI Medicine:

 

This is handy to have available for when the puppy or dog has a gastro problem or diarrhea.  No matter how careful you are, they are likely to get a bout sooner or later.  This medicine is pretty effective.  It is available without a prescription and belly ache and comes in a paste like consistency.  They don't like the taste so you have to force feed them this but it does really work well and fast.

 

    Rapid-Care G.I. for Dogs & Cats (60 cc) 

 

Puppy Pads:

 

    Link Ebay - http://r.ebay.com/kAmFq1