Our number one priority is the health and well being of our puppies and our dogs. We have now heard of several stories of the parvovirus being unknowingly brought into a house or onto a property and the devastating effects it can have on an entire litter or breeding program. Parvovirus can be brought in by families visiting parks, pet stores, a vet office or visiting a contaminated puppy or dog. Before puppies are vaccinated, they do not have any immunity to this deadly virus. We will no longer be allowing visitations of our puppies or dogs before pickup. If every litter that we have we allow every family , with multiple family members, possibly coming back multiple times to come to visit, this creates a high risk of contamination to the puppies with very low-no immunity. We understand that our policy may be upsetting to some people, but it would be heartbreaking to have to tell families that their puppy is no longer available due to illness or possibly death.
These are our babies, and then become your babies. Our job is to keep them safe, happy and healthy and we take our job very seriously!
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Canine Parvovirus Infection in Dogs
The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite (anorexia). The less common form is the cardiac form, which attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies, often leading to death. The majority of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old. The incidence of canine parvovirus infections has been reduced radically by early vaccination in young puppies.
Most cases of CPV infections are caused by a genetic alteration of the original canine parvovirus: the canine parvovirus type 2b. There are a variety of risk factors that can increase a dog’s susceptibility to the disease, but mainly, the virus is transmitted either by direct contact with an infected dog, or indirectly, by the fecal-oral route. Heavy concentrations of the virus are found in an infected dog’s stool, so when a healthy dog sniffs an infected dog’s stool, it will contract the disease. The virus can also be brought into a dog's environment by way of shoes that have come into contact with infected feces. There is evidence that the virus can live in ground soil for up to a year. It is resistant to most cleaning products, or even to weather changes. If you suspect that you have come into contact with feces at all, you will need to wash the affected area with household bleach, the only disinfectant known to kill the virus. (Source: petmd.com)
We ship throughout Canada. The shipping cost is an additional $400. That includes the crate and a health certificate from our Vet. For flights we use Westjet. Ground shipping is also available.
All of our Bernedoodle puppies include hand delivery by us to the GTA or within 2 hours from Merlin, Ontario.
Unfortunately at this time we are not able to offer shipping to the USA