Royal Flush Cavaliers

BREEDER OF AKC CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL PUPPIES ~ ALSO OFFERING STUD SERVICE AND BREED RESCUE.

                                         Supplies, Care and Health

All puppies need routine veterinary care and routine visits for exams and vaccinations. 
Be considerate of their diet, activity & dental hygiene.  Proper diet, moderate exercise and regular dental cleanings are critical to your dog's long term health.  Cavaliers are moderate shedders, so grooming every 8 weeks is a good idea.  Keep their coat short if you want to avoid the shedding.  Be sure to check and clean their ears on a regular basis, especially after a bath.  They can get moisture or wax build-up which can cause irritation or infection.  Cavaliers are sweet, social and very smart dogs; with consistency they are a breeze to train completely in a few months.  Consider puppy socialization classes and professional trainers if you're not experienced and want to ensure that training is quick.

We are often asked if one needs a large yard for a Cavalier and the answer is absolutely not.  One of the great things about this breed is their adaptability.  Cavaliers can live in a Manhattan studio or a large a farm and be fine.  They can get adequate exercise indoors or keep up with you on your daily walk.  Cavaliers owners know the saying: "Let me out!  Let me out!  I want to come in!."  Cavaliers will train well and go outside to do their business but they do not like being outside in the yard or roaming at large - especially alone.  One thing any Cavalier enthusiast knows is that they simply want to be with and do it all with you - anytime and all the time.  It's what makes them such wonderful companions.

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~~ WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY ~

We're often asked what you need for your new puppy.  Below we have put together a list of products that we use and recommend for new puppy owners. 
We can also order a basic start kit for you which includes a crate and other new puppy supplies:

Vet:  First and foremost it's important to have a veterinarian for your new baby.  If you need help finding one in your area, let us know and we can help you.

Treats: We use Old Mother Hubbard Biscuits (all flavors).  Click the link below to visit their site:
http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/product.aspx?&cat=1&pid=3
We also recommend rope toys, nylabones and kongs - nothing with rawhide and avoid treats made in China. Treats are for training and good deeds.

Food:
Puppies need to eat and drink regularly to avoid dehydration and blood sugar levels dropping!
We feed all of our dogs and puppies Canidae All Life Stages/Dry Formula
You can click the link below to visit Canidae's page that describes the food in more detail.
https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/life-stages/dry/all-life-stages
(When on the page: Check the top right corner to enter your zip code and find local retailers.  Click on the blue words "All Life Stages" to see a photo of the bag.)

Bowl: We recommend stainless bowls as puppies cannot chew them up. Buy two bowls (food and water)... smaller sizes are fine.

Collars and Harnesses: We recommend an adjustable nylon collar but prefer a harness with leash to start.
Your new puppy outgrow their collar/harness so do not buy a high priced ones for babies.  The less expensive nylon ones will serve best until they're full grown.

Shampoo and Brushes - Basic Flea and Tick shampoo is fine - Blue shampoo to make white hair whitest. Rake brushes are best as you can groom them as needed.

Crates:  30" metal crates for home (shown in photo above) and smaller plastic Vari Kennels for auto, travel, vet visits, etc.

Crate Training: Crate training is a great way to create structure for your new baby.  It also helps with housetraining and avoiding the hazards associated with teething.  When trained properly they actually enjoy the "my space" feeling of the crate and it's not challenging to get them to go in.  We recommend 30" crates and basic mats.

Flea and Heartworms  We use Frontline for flea and tick and Heartgard for heartworm preventative.  You will get these prodcuts from your vet.


~ COMMON ISSUES, CONCERNS. AND VACCINATION PROTOCOL INFORMATION WITH NEW PUPPIES ~

We work tirelessly to ensure that all puppies are checked by us and our vet before placement into their new homes.  There are occasions where common issues can slip past us when puppies do not present any symptoms.  The following are the most common issues and concerns with new puppies:

WORMS AND INTESTINAL PARASITES
All puppies are born with intestinal parasites. During the last tri-menster of a bitch's pregnancy her rising progesterone levels cause immature worm larvae (toxocara canis larvae) encysted in her muscles to awaken, swim through the uterine wall  and into puppies before they're born. By two or three weeks of age puppies are shedding worm eggs and infecting each other. As de-worming only removes adult worms in the intestinal tract, it is impossible for even the best and most hygienic breeder to completely eliminate worms. As children can infect themselves with worms through fecal oral contact we discourage you from letting your dog lick you on the lips, and we encourage frequent de-worming. The newer heart worm preventatives can help control worms and keep your yard free of worm eggs too.

ROUNDWORMS

Roundworms can be contracted in many different ways, frequently from a mother to her unborn puppy. Because there are so many ways for your dog to be infected with roundworms, they are very easy to spread. It is essential to keep your dog’s living area clean and prevent them from eating wild animals.


HOOKWORMS
The name “hookworm” is derived from the hook-like mouth-parts these parasites use to anchor themselves on the lining of the intestinal wall. Puppies should be treated for hookworm at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks of age due to the high rate of hookworm infection in newborn puppies.


COCCIDIA

Many researchers maintain that virtually all dogs and cats have been infected with the organism at one time or another during their life. Most coccidial infections are harmless,cause minimal symptoms and are eliminated by normal body defense mechanisms.  Many puppies are never physically affected by this protozoa.  About 60% of all puppies have coccidia parasite in their digestive systems. Any stress (such as when a puppy leaves its littermates for a new home) can cause the coccidia to flourish, and this can lead to diarrhea.  We treat puppies before placement in new homes if we see any signs of Coccidia but some do not have symptoms.


GIARDIA
Giardia is a protozoan parasite that lives in the intestine of affected animals. Recent research has shown that Giardia is present in up to 11% of the general population of pets and as many as 50% of all puppies. It is estimated that 70% of all dogs and puppies n the US have the protozoa in their systems. Infection can occur from contact with the environment (streams, ponds, mud puddles, or stools on the ground) or with other animals carrying the protozoa. Any environmental water or any place that other dogs, cats, squirrels, etc. could have walked or left stools is a potential contamination source. Not all animals with Giardia show signs of carrying it.

HEART MURMURS
An innocent or physiologic heart murmur is a heart murmur that has no impact on the dog's health. It is very common for young puppies to develop an innocent heart murmur while they are growing rapidly. The murmur may first appear at 6-8 weeks of age, and a puppy with an innocent heart murmur will usually outgrow it by about 6 months of age. This type of murmur is benign. In general, a physiologic or innocent heart murmur will have a low intensity (usually Grade I-II out of VI).

YOUR PUPPY NEEDS TO HAVE VACCINATIONS

Your puppy will receive a vaccination for Distemper, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, and Adenovirus Type 2 before going into their new home.  You will need to schedule an appointment with your vet to continue their shot protocol as these vaccinations will continue and are generally given every three weeks.   It is not the number of vaccinations which is important, it is the age of the puppy at the last vaccination. The last Distemper must be given at 15-16 weeks, the last Parvo at 18-20 weeks. Rabies can be given any time after 12 weeks. That is why we your vet will need to know the puppy’s date of birth which is on our contract. Until the vaccination series is completed puppies should not go to public parks or be around stray dogs. They can go outdoors in your yard, or to puppy class where the other puppies are likely being seen regularly by their own vet, or be around your friends' dogs which are well vaccinated.


BREED ISSUES


All purebred dogs have their issues and Cavaliers are no exception.  Eye, hip, and patella problems do exist in all toy breeds, including Cavaliers, but Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) and Syringomyelia (SM) prove much more challenging problems to the breed and breeders .  Cardiologist statistics (world wide), show 50% of cavaliers will develop at least a mild heart murmur by the age of 5 years - this is early onset MVD and why we offer a five year health guarantee.  About 70% of Cavs will develop a heart mumur by age 7 and over 98% by the age of ten. Cavaliers can still lead perfectly normal lives for many years after developing a murmur, as the breed in general has adapted to the condition,.  Some may eventually need medication to help with symptoms & comfort in later years.  A very small percentage can progress quickly with the condition despite medication. Eradicating this condition completely is not possible and it is reasonable to expect that that nearly all Cavaliers will eventually get a heart murmur.  A good breeder will continue to work to improve the longevity of their lines but even with annual check ups there are no 100% guarantees on any living being - human, animal or otherwise.  Do your due diligence but do consider this before your purchase.


Syringomyelia  is defined as a condition that results in the development of fluid-containing cavities within the parenchyma of the spinal cord as a consequence of abnormal cerebrospinal fluid movement through the foramen magnum.  A cause of SM is an inappropriately small or developed occipital bone. This malformation Chiari-like malformation (CM), a condition that appears similar to "Chiari type 1" malformation in humans.  The identification of this disease in Cavaliers is relatively new but with the ability to study the condition using MRI, it has been discovered that CM exists in 98% of Cavaliers, so we don't know how much CM may have always existed in the breed. It is thought that CM can cause SM, which may or may not result in dogs with symptoms. CM/SM is known to exist, in research so far, in over 38 other breeds, some just as prevalent as the Cavalier. There is also conflicting data that SM exists without CM. So far mandatory subsidized MRI studies in some countries have proven that breeding clear scanned dogs together unfortunately does not eliminate the condition. There continues to be lots of debate this subject. 


PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO (COURTESY OF ANIMAL PLANET) BELOW FOR COMPLETE INFO ON THE CAVALIER.
This video features ALL of the breed basics including history, temperament and care.

For detailed and specific information on grooming, please visit our Grooming page.


Not sure where to start?  Order our supply kit and take it home with your new puppy!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ORDER (AND HAVE WAITING FOR YOU AT PUP PICK UP) A SET UP SIMILAR TO THE ONE PICTURED PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE.  WE'RE HAPPY TO DO SO FOR ALL CLIENTS AT AN ADDITIONAL FEE.  WE CAN ARRANGE BASIC STARTER PACKAGE OR CUSTOM PACKAGES AS REQUESTED.  EMAIL FOR PRICING ON CUSTOM PACKAGES. 


Note: We need at least 7 days notice prior to your puppy pick up date for all package ordering.

OUR BASIC STARTER PACKAGE FOR $155 INCLUDES:
Crate - Wire Folding - 30x19x21 (appx)
Crate Bedding Mat
Nylabone - Healthy Edible Variety (3pk petite)
(2) Stainless Steel Bowls (styles vary)
Puppy Kong
12" Loofa Toy
Nylon Collar - adjustable
Nylon Leash
Combing Rake (Brush)
Puppy Shampoo
Puppy Cologne

CALL OR EMAIL US WITH ANY QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT TO ORDER THIS KIT: 401-213-6333