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Shipping a Pitbull Puppy

April 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Learn how breeders ship a pit bull puppy across state lines.

The American pitbull terrier is a beautiful dog, with many variations. Colloquially known as the “pitbull”, the terrier is a quintessential American breed. It should come as no surprise that Americans are known for the best breeds in the industry, but not every breeder is local.

Blue nose pitbull breeders tend to seek out areas where they can own a great deal of land at a relatively low cost. They need somewhere for the animals to roam and socialize, that isn’t too far removed so the dogs can get some exposure to city elements (like cars or people). Places like Florida, parts of California and other states with large rural areas are some of the most common places for breeders to settle.

Fortunately, it’s not difficult to ship a pitbull if you’re from a place like Boston.

How Shipping Animals Works

First, it’s important to dispel some myths about shipping animals. Dogs are usually not put to sleep for flights, even long ones. All dogs are packed into plastic crates approved for air travel, and every crate is outfitted with a food and water dish so the puppy can stay nourished throughout the trip.

There are also strict requirements regarding shipping animals set forth by the various institutions that can mail animals across state lines. UPS, for instance, won’t allow shipping to take longer than 24 hours. There is also special plastic containers that breeders must when they offer bluenose pitbull puppies for sale across state lines. This helps prevent moisture from leaking (either from the dog urinating, or the water dish). Ventilation holes should also be cut as needed.

Iron King Kennels is a full-time breeder for pit bulls, based out of Florida.

How to keep your dog young

February 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Article by Thomas Adria of Life As a Pet

Here are some tips to put a spring in your older dog’s step:

• Observe your dog – notice if he’s favoring one leg or struggling up stairs.
• Feed your dog healthy, homemade foods twice a day – prepare lightly seared beef, chicken and turkey (well cooked to prevent salmonella poisoning) and poached fish (tilapia is the least expensive and they love it). Mix with fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, peas and squash.
• Be sure he gets plenty of exercise, but change it up to what his older body can stand. For example, if he is having trouble with stairs, don’t hike hills. Take him on walks on flatter, softer surfaces like around a grassy field. Swimming is excellent for older dogs.
• Don’t over feed; obesity puts added stress on joints and organs and can create new health problems.
• Brush or wipe his teeth clean. A dog’s health is intricately tied to how healthy his teeth are. Plus, once he gets used to your finger in his mouth, you can enjoy the bond. Be sure to use toothpaste or wipes made for dogs.
• Vitamins – give your dog a fish oil or Omega 3 oil capsule, a multivitamin for senior dogs and glucosamine/chondroitin for arthritis. Give them pills made especially for dogs, not humans.
• Give him massages. Start by rubbing his back, along his spine, down his tail and give the tip a light pinch to stimulate blood flow. Massage his joints and between the toes in his paws. Stretch his legs gently forward and back to loosen muscles.
• Make sure his bed is adequately padded so that his joints are comfortable.