About The Breed.......
Hip Dysplasia is a serious and crippling disease. It can be hereditary but injuries and other
circumstances can cause hip problems too. It is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that,
in it's more severe form, can eventually cause lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
Adult Danes can have OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) testing done to measure the
condition of their hips. Even Great Danes with a "Good or Excellent" rating can still produce
pups with hip problems. Health Certificates and OFA testing DO NOT guarantee that your
puppy will not eventually end up with hip or elbow problems. We DO NOT put guarantees
on our pups that they will not get these hip or elbow problems. Please consider this before
purchasing one of our puppies!!
Great Danes are prone to "Crashing Down" on their elbows when they lay down.
This causes the bursa sack and the tissue around the joint to swell painfully. OFA
testing is available for the elbows too. Try to give your dog a soft, thick substance to lay on.
Stairs are stressful on a Dane's joints and back, they can cause problems for your Dane as well.
Joint Supplements can be VERY helpful when it comes to the proper growth and maintenance of your Great Dane! I use and recommend NuVet Plus. This product is very beneficial to their proper hip and elbow growth and continued maintenance throughout their older age. EVERY puppy comes with a sample and information packet on NuVet Plus products. Just ask me if you have any further questions about NuVet Plus.
I recommend and use NuVet for my dogs! If you choose to order their product for your puppy, PLEASE use this code: 43193! That's the special order code they will be asking for, 43193! You can also tell them my name, Stephanie Nipper! Thank you so much for putting your new baby on this awesome product!
Cherry Eye -- This is created by an enlarged and prolapsed tear gland on the inner surface of
the third eyelid, generally caused by infection. It shows itself as a red, cherry-like growth
protruding from the inner corner of the eye. It usually occurs in puppies and young dogs. It is usually treated surgically. This can be done by removal of the gland, with the need for only local anesthesia or can be done by tacking the eyelid under general anesthesia. The choice of procedures and alternatives should be discussed with your Vet.
When To Neuter or Spay
If you have a male and you want to get him neutered, PLEASE read this and remember.
The adult males only get a heavy head, broad chest and stocky body from the testosterone
that is produced from their testicles. If a male is neutered too soon, usually before 18
months of age, he is much less likely to achieve the "Great Dane" stature that is a signature
of the males in this breed. Also, new Veterinary studies have shown that neutering males
and spaying females too soon, usually before one year of age, can be a cause of
Hip Dysplasia! Don't let your Vet talk you into spaying or neutering before one year of age
because it will be cheaper. It may cause a lot more problems later in your dog's life.
(I DO NOT recommend Spaying/Neutering before 18 months of age!)
More Useful Information
Great Danes hunch their shoulders when they bend down to eat. It is highly recommended
that they be fed on a raised feeding station. This will reduce the stress on their back too.
Most dogs, of any breed are lactose intolerant, milk and cheese are not recommended.
Even MilkBones can be very irritating to a young dog, it can even cause explosive
NEVER give rawhide products to your puppy or dog!! Even though the
product is softened by chewing, the rawhide still causes intestinal cutting and rectal
bleeding. We don't recommend pig ears for Danes. They will give a puppy a terrible case
of diarrhea and can cause stomach upset in adult dogs from the grease and fat content.
Cow hooves and large cow bones or knuckles are all natural and perfect for boredom.
Always pick up your shoes or anything of value when the puppy is let into a room. They
have an incurable need to chew ANYTHING that will fit in their mouth. We definitely
recommend and use crates. The open air wire, not closed in plastic, crates are a great
If your dog is having a problem with gas, discuss changing their food with your
veterinarian. Gas problems can lead to bloat, this can be very painful and is usually
fatal if not corrected in time. Corn and grain can cause problems with some Danes as
Glutens do with some people. Try not to feed your dog one great big meal a day. Once
they are an adult and are better house trained, try to let them free feed or have several
small meals throughout the day. This can help to avoid bloating as well.
Great Danes don't stop growing until they are 2 to 2 1/2 years of age, especially the males!
Danes do not make good agility dogs and going for a jog or jogging with your Dane is not
ALL DEPOSITS are NON-REFUNDABLE!! Some changes can be allowed but only if made in
writing and agreed to by both parties. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE!! Once you place a deposit
on a puppy, please do not ask for it back. It WILL NOT be refunded!! More than likely I have
now missed a sale on that puppy and will not be able to sell it for the original price!
SOMETHING I REQUIRE!!!
**If you do decide that you would like to breed one of our dogs, I require that my kennel
name "Nipper's" be added to the BEGINNING of your dog's name on the AKC papers. This
is a part of my Sales Contract that you sign off on to acknowledge that this is
NON NEGOTIABLE! I take GREAT pride in my dogs and anything with my name on it is
reflected on their pedigrees for generations to come. We can come up with a name that
everyone can agree on for the AKC papers. (This is not required for Limited or "Pet" papers)
**This information was added to this site on August 5th 2015!!
Feeding Your Puppy...............
It is very important that you choose a good puppy food for your new baby! I use Iams Large Breed puppy food for any puppy that I keep here at Parks Creek Farm. Your puppy will not be fed this when you get them but I do recommend that you start feeding this when you get them from me. I send a small amount of the food that they are currently eating home with them so that you can transition your puppy over to the food that you choose to feed. If you have any questions about this, please ask me.
10 lbs cheap hamburger (high fat %)
1 large box Total cereal (about 12 cups cereal)
1 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 15 cups oats)
10 raw eggs
10 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/4 cup olive oil
1 and 1/4 cup molasses (optional - some dogs don't like it) I don't use it
"Whole Wheat Total" cereal (blue box) comes in large 1 lb 2 oz size. Don't get Raisin Total or Lo Carb Total.
Uncooked Oatmeal like "Quaker Old Fashioned Oats" and less expensive supermarket house brand, come in large 2 lb 10oz size (15 cups oats)
Olive oil is preferred because it's a healthier oil.
Putting It Together: ALWAYS leave all ingredients RAW!!
You will want the cheap hamburger for the fat content. (It's actually not bad for dogs) Healthier skin, coat and nails.
Split the ground meat in half. Put each half in extra large mixing bowls. Put 5 eggs per bowl, 5 Knox gelatin packs, 3/4 cup olive oil per bowl (same amount for molasses if you choose to use it), I open the bag of cereal to release the air then use my hands to crunch it down smaller-use a measuring cup to divide the cereal and oatmeal equally between the bowls. Mix each bowl by hand, thoroughly. I then split the mixture again, each bowl will have 2 balls of meat. Split equally 1 more time, each bowl will have 4 balls of meat. Now you have 8 equal size balls, take each one and start pulling off meat to make 6 patties (or balls if you prefer). Do this with all 8 of the balls. This will make 48 meat patties if divided properly. Then put 6 patties per bag in the freezer. When you feed the 6th patty, put the next bag, from the freezer, in the fridge, it will be thawed by the next day. Or feed frozen to give them something to occupy them, it can be messy to feed this way though. I feed one per day. It can put a lot of weight on adult dogs.
Call me if you need help with this recipe! :)