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Destiny

We are honored to introduce Sutter Buttes Destiny! This sweet girl comes to us from Sutter Buttes Irish Roisin and Hale’s Raising the Stakes. This is a superb therapy line stemming back several generations. A true rich caramel coloration is one of her gorgeous attributes. While she is strong in both conformation and structure the best part is her super sweet personality. Destiny lives in her forever home.

Huey

Legendary Lover aka “Huey” is a sweet loveable boy. He has a great disposition. He comes from wonderful therapy lines. He has produce some wonderful puppies and we hope to continue using him in our program for many more litters. Thank you Rochelle Woods of Spring Creek Labradoodles for allow us to add this boy to our breeding program. Huey lives with his forever family in Gridley, CA

Belle

Belle has capture the hearts of many, she plays well with her two human sisters. Her Guardian Family has fallen head over heels for her. She has the most beautiful deep chocolate fleece coat. Full if energy she’s always ready to put a smile on your face. We are very excited about adding this wonderful girl to our breeding program. Thanks to Polly at Labradoodle Lane. She lives with her forever family in Orland, CA

Benji

Benji an energetic lovable boy. Who has the personality of his sweet dad Brinkley. He has passed all his testing we are excited to have him join our breeding program. Benji lives in his Guardian Home in Chico, CA.

Brinkley

We are very excited about adding Brinkley to our breeding line. He has an awesome fleece coat. Great confirmation and stocky build. He is one happy boy, loves to give Doodles Hugs & Kisses, such a love. Brinkley has already produce some beautiful pups with great temperaments, we are so excited about having him in our breeding program. Thank you, Valerie See from Memory Lake for such a precious boy. Brinkley lives with his guardian home in Chico, CA.

Findley

Findley is a happy go lucky boy, who loves playing with his human sisters. With lots of kids visiting in his Guardian Home, he fits right in with his gentle disposition. He comes from wonderful therapy lines. We can’t wait to see what beautiful puppies Findley will bring to our program. Findley lives in his Guardian Home in Chico, Ca.

Jett

Midnight Dreamer, aka Jett, has stolen our hearts! He has the most loyal and laid back disposition and comes from wonderful therapy lines. He has become the loyal companion of his Guardian Mom, following her everywhere. He is a great traveler and fits well with their family. Jett has already produced some beautiful pups. He lives with his guardian family in Chico, CA

Timmy

Serenity Springs Timoteo meaning “Honoring God” has already captured our hearts like his name sake! He brings a smile to everyone that meets him. He has beautiful soft red fleece coat with outstanding white markings. Timmy has a fun loving personality. This boy has outstanding lines from both his parents. Timmy has already produced some outstanding puppies, we are so excited about having Timmy in our program. Timmy lives with his guardian home in San Dimas.

Millie

We are so excited to have Millie as part of our breeding program, she has a beautiful fleece coat which is tri-colored. Our boy Timmy is her dad, and she definitely has his outgoing personality. She is sweet and lovable and always ready to play. Thank you Judy from Tualatin River Labradoodles for allowing us to add Millie to our breeding program.

Priya Marie

Priya is the perfect size for those wanting a smaller Doodle. She’s full of spunk and always ready to play. She has a beautiful caramel/red coat with a soft wavy fleece. Once Priya finishes her health testing she will join our breeding program. Priya lives with her mom Izzy in her Guardian Home, in Chico, CA.  Priya is now retired from our breeding program.

Dogs Detect Cancer

Dina Zaphiris and her husband Todd Labrie train dogs to detect early stage cancer in humans. Dina has over 25 years of dog training experience, including bomb and narcotics detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs. She has been working with dogs for 12 years now on how to detect early stages of cancer in humans. Dina is bringing her program to Northern California to collaborate with UC Davis doctors and researchers to further her studies in training dogs on how to detect cancer! In Situ Foundation, Dina’s 501(c)3, has been funded to begin a 2 dog, head & neck cancer study in collaboration with UC Davis, starting June 2015. In Situ Foundation is currently collaborating with Duke University on a breast cancer study.

We are please to announce that one of Serenity Springs labradoodle puppies has been chosen to be the first UC Davis dog, and be trained to “Sniff Out Cancer”. You can read more about the program and Dina’s non-profit organization at the following link,http://www.dogsdetectcancer.org

Check out this ABC News video about Dina’s Dog’s Detecting Cancer Program

Super Dog Program – Bio Sensor Stimulation Exercises

Five Benefits of the Super Dog “Bio Sensor Stimulation Exercise:

  1. Improved heart rate: Cardio Vascular Performance
  2. Heart beats are stronger
  3. Adrenal glands are stronger
  4. A Higher tolerance to stressful situations
  5. A higher resistance to disease.

Early Neurological Stimulation

Serenity Springs is now using the Bio Sensor/Super Dog Program which is early neurological stimulation exercises done from days three to sixteen of the puppies life.

The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called “Bio Sensor” was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the “Super Dog” Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day.

The “Bio Sensor” program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized five exercises, which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. the handler starts with one pup and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises:

  1. Head held erect-using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground (straight up & down ), so that it’s head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Stimulation time is 3-5 seconds.
  2. Head pointed down-holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointed towards the ground. Time 3-5 seconds
  3. Supine position, hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. 3-5 seconds
  4. Tactile stimulation, holding the pup in one hand the handler gently stimulates between the toes on any foot. Using a Q-tip, 3-5 seconds.
  5. Thermal Stimulation, use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain the pup, let it move freely. 3-5 seconds

These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life. Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned. These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected. The result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in its performance. In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.

Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, wined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress when stressed

Beach & Water Safety Tips for you and your pet

Even in summer, when waves may seem small and calm off San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, a unique set of geographic conditions combine to form some of the deadliest riptides in California.

Ocean Beach is the most hazardous and dangerous piece of shoreline associated with an urban environment in the whole United States. There aren’t many beaches anywhere that can create riptides this strong.

A unique set of strong hazards are created by water and sand pouring out of the Bay, while waves winds and tidal shifts from the ocean crash on shore, can create a deadly riptide, that can sweep any person or pet off their feet and into the ocean waters.

You can enjoy the beaches with your pet, but keep them near you always and never let me run off into the water. It can be deadly!

Ready to grab that beach towel and head to the shore with your faithful companion. Make sure you bring along a few things to ensure your dogs comfort and safety.

Although some dogs seem to be natural swimmer, not all breeds are. When in doubt make sure that your dog is wearing a life-vest and never leave your pet unsupervised in or even near any water.

Try keeping your pet from drinking too much salt water, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. The water in lakes, ponds and streams can also be problems and contain microorganisms that can lead to illness or even liver problems. Always bring plenty of fresh water for your pet to quench their thirst.

With the running and playing in the sun it’s easy for your pet to overheat. Be sure to provide a place in the shade for them to rest. Bring along an umbrella or popup tent for them.

Pets with pink or light-colored noses, coats and shorter hair are at higher risk for sunburn and skin cancer. Bring along some Pet Sunscreen and apply to your pets nose, ears, and belly or any exposed skin areas.

Sand can be a hazard too! Chasing Frisbees or balls across the hot sand can burn the pads of their paws. Or hidden broken glass, broken shells or fishhooks in the sand, can lead to cuts. You might want to keep a pair of canine booties to strap on them for protection.

You need to be the boss about where your dog can and can’t go. Often, tide pools are in rocky areas. Wet rocks are extremely slippery and razor sharp. You should always keep a first aid kit handy with a tube of antibiotic cream.

Look for and obey beach rules. Failure to comply may result in the loss of beach access for all dogs.

Leashes on the beach?

For each dog owner who is overly obsessive about keeping his dog on a leash there is one who insists the dog run free no matter what. Both attitudes can get a dog and dog owner in trouble. Read and obey the signs at the trail head or beach entrance.

Go ahead and leash your dog whenever you meet other people; never forget that some people have strong anti-dog attitudes. Offer your dog a treat every time you snap the leash on, and let him off again frequently; this way, he’ll learn that going on leash is just as enjoyable as getting let off.

Train your dog not to spontaneously jump up on people and to sit on command from a distance. That helps. Be wary of people walking along the beach without dogs. If a family with small children doesn’t have dogs with them, there’s a better than even chance that the little ones will be terrified of dogs. Then there’s the problem of the overtrusting child. If a child wants to romp with your dog, set rules and stick to them for the kid’s safety and for your legal protection.

When it’s time to go home, rinse your pet with clean water to remove any sand or salt from their coat.

The Truth About Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a devastating disease that affects cats, dogs, ferrets and other animals throughout the world.

Heartworms are parasitic worms called Dirofilaria immitis, and are carried and spread between animals by infected mosquitoes. Once an animal has been infected, the worms develop, grow and breed in the host animal. The adult worms take over the heart, liver and large blood vessels, causing lung disease, organ damage, heart failure, and death.

The unfortunate truth about heartworm disease is that while treatment exists for dogs, it is very costly and not always effective; and there is no approved treatment for cats or ferrets, making the disease fatal. Every year, a staggering number of pets die from heartworms. All of these cases could be prevented with a year-round preventative medication from a veterinarian.

Many pet owners have heard the myths surrounding heartworms, and pass them on as fact. Together, we can spread the word and dispel some of the myths of heartworms, and maybe save a few lives in the process.

Myth #1: Pets only need to be treated with heartworm preventative during mosquito season.

False. Pets should be treated with a year round heartworm preventative, regardless of where you reside.

Myth #2: We don’t have heartworm disease in my area.

False. Largely due to pets being adopted and moved from one state to another, we now have confirmed reporting of heartworm disease in all 50 states.

Myth #3: Puppies are immune to heartworm disease.

False. Dogs, cats and 30 other species of animals can catch heartworm disease at any age. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito.

Myth #4: Heartworm disease is easy to treat in pets.

False. Heartworm disease is very difficult to treat in dogs, and treatment can cost thousands of dollars. There is no treatment for cats that has been approved by the FDA.

Myth #5: Indoor only cats, and pets up to date on vaccinations, cannot get heartworm disease.

False. Mosquito’s can, and do, get inside the home. Indoor pets can, and do, escape. There is no vaccination to prevent heartworms. It only takes one mosquito to infect your pet, and heartworm preventative medication is the only way to keep your pet safe.

Myth #6: Heartworm disease is rarely fatal.

False. Heartworm disease, unless aggressively treated in dogs, is almost always fatal, and is always fatal for cats.

Myth #7: Pets that test positive for heartworm should be kept away from other animals and people.

False. A heartworm positive pet cannot pass heartworm to a person or other animal. Only mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease. If you adopt a pet that is heartworm positive, your other pets are safe if they are on a heartworm preventative.

Don’t let your beloved pet fall prey to this deadly disease. If your pet is not on, or current on, a heartworm preventative, please call your Veterinarian today and make an appointment to have you pet seen and started on a heartworm prevention program.

Health Tips: Ear Infections & Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Dog Ear Infections: How To Help Your Canine

Most dog owners have dealt with skin allergies or ear infections at some point in
time. Your pet might have had red, smelly ears or skin, shake their head constantly
& scratch at their ears. While other things can cause these symptoms, most often
they are associated with seasonal or environmental allergies. Pollens and dust are
among the common offenders. So what do you do if you think that your canine
might be suffering from a dog ear infection?

  • Make an appointment to see your vet. While you may think that your pet’s skin or
    ear troubles are related to allergies, you cannot be sure without an examination.
    Oftentimes, even allergy problems are complicated by bacterial or fungal
    infection, which require additional treatment. Your pet may need prescription
    medications to help make them comfortable. It is important to remember that there
    is no cure for allergies, only management.
  • Be sure to follow instructions carefully. After your pet’s appointment, you will
    receive instructions for things like ear cleaning and bathing, medication
    administration, and maintenance care. Your follow-through is vital for success in
    treating your pet.
  • Be sure to investigate complicating factors. Pets with skin and ear allergies may
    have other factors at play. If your pet is suffering from another condition such as
    an autoimmune disorder, thyroid problems, food sensitivity, or parasite infestation,
    these problems can make treatment of allergies less successful.

You may not be able to remove the cause of your pet’s ear or skin problems from
the environment, but with your veterinarian’s help you can keep your pet
comfortable. You must work together in order to manage allergies successfully.

UTI: Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

Is your pet asking to go outside every 10 minutes. They runs out, squats, and
dribbles a little urine out, only to repeat the process. Maybe they have had a few
accidents in the house, or you have seen what looks like blood in the urine. They
might be drinking a lot and seem to be unable to “hold” their urine. While there
are many causes for these symptoms, probably the most common cause of these
problems is a urinary tract infection.

What is a urinary tract infection? Urinary tract infections start when bacteria
make their way up into the bladder. Because the infection is isolated to the
bladder, pets with this problem are usually not “sick.” They continue to eat and
drink and do not have a fever. Over time, if the infection is not treated, it may
spread up into the kidneys where it can communicate with the bloodstream.

What causes a UTI? Most urinary tract infections happen due to a temporary
lapse in the body’s defenses and are considered “simple.” These respond to
routine treatment and usually don’t come back. Other times, there is a
predisposing factor involved such as an anatomic abnormality, urinary stones,
or even a tumor.

How are UTIs diagnosed? If your veterinarian suspects that your pet might
have a urinary tract infection, they will need to examine a urine sample. A
microscopic examination along with a few simple tests can tell your vet whether
there is infection present. Many times the urine will be cultured in order to
identify the bacteria present and determine which antibiotic will treat it most
effectively.

UTI treatment: Most infections are treated with a 10‐ to 14‐day course of
antibiotics. Most animals will feel better within a few days of treatment. If there
are underlying problem, additional treatments may be required.

Urinary tract infections are a common problem in pets, and fortunately most are
pretty easily treated. Be sure to let your veterinarian know if your pet is having a
problem!

Healthy Vitamins & Supplements by NuVet

Here at Serenity Springs, animal health is our top priority. That’s why we recommend NuVet immune system builder to all of my customers. Simply put, it is the best nutritional supplement available today.

Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are using NuVet to protect against most ailments (from back yard pesticides, pet food allergies and hormones, toxic formaldehyde in furniture and carpeting, ailments transmitted from dog parks and the vet’s office, etc), while maintaining a beautiful skin and coat.

This is not just a vitamin. It’s an immune system builder with a precise balance of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids and high-potency antioxidants. That’s why it works so well through all three stages of a dog’s life.

For younger dogs (under 2 years old), it strengthens their immune system, while building and strengthening the cardiovascular, skeletal and nerve systems.

For dogs in their prime (age 2-8), it improves the luster of their skin and coat while protecting against allergies, skin and coat problems, staining from tears, digestive problems, etc.

For older dogs (over 8 years old), it helps protect against, tumors, premature aging, cataracts, heart conditions, diabetes and many types of cancer, while extending the life and improving the vitality of many dogs.

We highly recommend NuVet Plus to keep your pet on the path to perfect health! It’s not available in stores, and is only available to the general public with an order code from an authorized pet professional.

For your convenience, you may order directly from the manufacturer (by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 65673 , or ordering online at www.nuvet.com/65673 . You can also save an additional 15% and assure you never run out of NuVet by choosing the “AutoShip” option at check out.