Nipper Danes

Nipper Danes

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About The Breed.......

Hip Dysplasia

          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!  

Eye Problems


         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

         training tool.


            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!




        **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.  

Satin Balls Full Recipe
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! :)


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