Pet insurance

Our pets are like family members, and we want to ensure that we can provide them with the best possible medical care. Along with advances in diagnostics and treatments such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and chemotherapy for various cancers, veterinary costs are climbing. Indian Valley Kennels is pleased to offer our clients pet insurance through the Hartville Group.

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Health information

In order for us to continue offering you quality and healthy puppies we will be requiring all our breeding stock to go through a health evaluation.  They will be OFA'd (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) or PENNHip'd to evaluate their hip health as well as have their eyes checked to confirm their eye health.  This will be done through a certified Canine Opthamologist and the results will be registered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals in their Eye Database.

They will also have a DNA test done for DM (Degenerative Myolopathy) as we have found that some of our stock are carriers of the gene.  By doing the DNA test we insure that we don't breed two carriers together.  By making sure we breed a carrier only to a non-carrier helps ensure we eliminate any chance any of our pups will become affected with this disorder.

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Indian Valley's Tala

Tried and true treat recipe

Lauren, mom of Tala, says, "In Tala's puppy class, the instructor carries meatballs with her as a reward. Of course Tala goes crazy over them and whatever I'm offering is never as appetizing! Last weekend I decided to make homemade doggy meatballs so that Tala and my other two wouldn't be ingesting all of the chemicals & preservatives that are in store bought ones. The recipe was super simple & she (and her classmates) LOVE them, so I thought I'd share:

Ingredients:
- 1 pound ground meat of choice (I used chicken)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup ground dog food (processed her puppy food in a food processor until it  was bread crumb consistency)
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Mix all ingredients in bowl until evenly combined. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out tablespoons of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until golden brown & cooked through."

Watch your puppy go crazy for these healthy treats!

Music calms the savage beast - and the anxious puppy

Deb, mom of Maia, says that music helps Maia relax when she can't be with her family. Maia is very vocal and tends to howl if she is left alone for extended (i.e., longer than 10 minutes) periods of time. An article in a local paper, written by a well-known dog trainer who'd acquired a Chinook puppy, recommended soothing music to help calm the pup's anxiety. Deb found music on iTunes from RelaxMyDog.com, and downloaded five songs. She reports that it works and Maia is much calmer when left alone!