AKC English Springer Spaniels

Carolina Kennels

   Autryville, North Carolina

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Starring HAP from North Georgia...
Hap is one of our puppies all grown up.


Please note that we are NOT Veteranarians...
you should check with your own vet for any medical advice. 
(scroll down to that section of the page)
2.  Clipper Purchasing
3.  Playing Tug
4.  Dog Food Recommendations
5.  Stud Information
6.  Contacting Carolina Kennels
7.  Ear Treatment
8.  Putting on Weight - Satin Ball Recipe
9.  Skin Issues...itchiness, etc.



1.  Flea Control:   Presently we are using Advantix II....it is working great here in NC.   We do not follow a regime of once a month as we believe that the less poison used the better and as long as we have no fleas, ticks, or insect skin problems, this works for us.  If there are fleas in the yard...you must spray the yard also...and don't forget the dog beds and home...no sense in de-fleaing the dog and not the environment.  However, be careful to check with experts on brand and make sure the item is safe for pets of all ages.  Seems like Advantix II is working for us.

2.  What kind of Clippers do you use?  We use two types of clippers...the Andis Super 2-speed and the Oster A-5 Two speed turbo.  Both with a #10 blade for the head and a size 7 blade for other parts of the body.  These clippers run about $140 each and can be ordered online from Fosters & Smith, Groomer's Choice, Pet Edge, Jeffers and other pet suppliers.  They are usually much cheaper online than in large scale pet stores.  Sometimes you will catch them on sale for $99.  You can contact these companies to be added to their mailing lists to receive catalogs in the mail.   Some of their contact numbers are:
Groomers Choice:  888-364-6242
Pet Edge:  888-876-2567
Fosters & Smith:  800-826-7206
Jeffers:  800-JEFFERS
King Wholesale:  888-554-5464
I am not associated with any of these companies and make no recommendations regarding one over the other.  Check each price to get the best deal.  Sometimes they have free shipping deals.
3.  Do you play tug?  NOPE.  I don't like to play tug with my dogs...instead I teach the "loose" command....that way I can get something out of their mouth if I need to do so...like a dangerous bone or something found along the way which might endanger them in some fashion.  Tug, in my opinion, encourages the dog to 'win' vs. me having control over what goes in and out of the mouth, therefore, I choose not to play tug.  There are lots of retrieving games and other fun activities, agility, games, etc. without resorting to "tug".
4.  What brand of Dog Food do you feed?  Presently I feed a combination of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Diamond Naturals.  I do NOT feed anything which contains corn, wheat, soy or many preservatives.  My dogs don't do well with any wheat product and corn is pretty much a filler ingredient, so I look for a top-notch food to provide the high energy we need for our search and rescue work but keep the coats shiny and healthy.  This combo seems to work well for us at the moment.....hopefully there will not be any formula changes in the near future.  I also supplement with some healthy people foods from time to time.  An egg, leftovers, etc. are woofed up deliciously!   I also try to avoid chicken or beef flavors...my dogs do better on lamb and rice or buffalo or anything other than beef and chicken.  Coats look better and no skin issues.  What works for me may not work for your dog as each one is an individual so this combo may not necessarily work well for you.  Just read the labels.....read the labels.....and learn about foods.
I supplement with canned sardines (the human type), eggs, scraps, and dog biscuits.  I sometimes buy the beef bones at Food Lion and ask them to cut them lengthwise in half...this is great for cleaning teeth.  Watch out for jealousy among multiple dogs when giving these high quality items...don't want a fight over them.
I also supplement with frozen chicken legs or thighs...which I buy on sale and freeze, wrapped individually so I can take them out directly from the freezer and feed the dog one...they love them and they are another natural teeth cleaning item.  Do NOT cook...feed raw straight from the freezer.
Puppies are fed Purina One and Purina Pro....recommend feeding lamb and rice...NO chicken or beef.
For treats...I use Vienna sausages, hotdogs sliced lengthwise and quartered, dehydrated sweet potatoes, dehydrated hot dogs, mini carrots and dog biscuits.
5.  We are looking for a stud to breed with...do you have one?  Stud and Breeding:  From time to time we receive phone calls and emails from folks wanting to breed with one of our Carolina Kennels springers.  While we are flattered, and would love to make a ton of money breeding ours with yours, we seldom hear back from folks after our instructional phone call.   You see the first thing we ask is what health testing have you done?  And how old is the dog?  And where will you be having the puppies? 
First of all, we won't breed to another dog less than three years old.  By that age, if there are some undesirable characteristics, they will be raising their heads by that time, one would hope.  Just last night I had a phone call and the other possible stud owner said we could breed at 18 months....not here at Carolina Kennels, sorry.  We want to know that you have had the hips x-rayed for dypasia and graded by the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA or similar organization).  This needs to be done after the age of two. 
We want to know if you have done the PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) DNA testing through the University of Missouri  (contact Liz Hansen at hansenl@missouri.edu ) to determine if your springer is a "clear", "affected" or a "carrier" dog.  We want to know that you have done the normal health routine, heartworm meds, rabies shots, vaccinations, and a bruccelosis test.  You see your female may have the "B" and you would never know it...no symptoms.  But if she does, and you breed with one of our boys, you will infect our boy for life, possibly causing death.  No a prospect worth a breeding, so you would need to have the "B" test within one month of breeding. 
 We also want to know what kind of temperament your dog has....we don't breed with other dogs who have had aggression problems or timidity issues. 
In addition, we want to know that you are prepared to have a litter of puppies, have a location to do so, and we don't mean under the back porch.   
And we want to know what you are going to do with the puppies...what will you do with a litter of ten?  How much will you sell the puppies for or do you just plan to give them away?  
Will you be willing to take back the puppies, for the life of the puppy, if the new owner decides they aren't ready or don't want an active springer spaniel?  There will be no answering "I can't take another dog" if you have a puppy that ends up in rescue or at the dog pound.  That is unacceptable. 
What makes your springer special and worthy of breeding?  Do you show your dog in conformation?  Run agility?  Search and Rescue?  Therapy?  Is the do structurally sound? 
You can read other recommendations at the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association web page on what is expected of a reputable breeder....and we try to uphold those in all we do. 
Are you prepared to breed?  Are you wanting to become a responsible breeder?  We would be glad to help you.  Want to just have a litter because you just want to?  And how much do we charge for our stud fees?  Well, it just depends on the situation.....  Hummmm....please consider your options.
6.  Can we call you for information about English Springer Spaniels?  Of course you can, we love to talk springers!!!   However, we cannot return long distance phone calls and the best time to reach us is between 6 - 8 pm....EASTERN stanard time.  Or drop us an email at:  christyjudah@gmail.com
7.  Springer Ear Troubles....because of those lovely dropping, long, gorgeous ears...the springer can sometimes be prone to ear infections.  Whenever your springer gets wet, be sure to dry the inner ear with a towel each time to prevent the wet, moist environment which sometimes provides the location for yeast and other infections.  Although I am NOT a vet, and would send you straight to a vet asap with an ear infection....some folks try the BLUE POWER EAR formula to treat ear issues.  The formula and instructions are below:

Blue Power Ear Treatment

CAUTIONARY!!   Please get a veterinary consultation before treating any ear problems.  Your animals could have a gravely serious condition such as a RUPTURED EARDRUM or a foreign body in the ear channel.  Treating the dogs ear in this condition could do irreparable damage and lead to deafness.  A simple swab and culture can reveal what bacteria is there, or yeast or ear mites.  PLEASE Be cautious, you're dealing with your pet's hearing!

16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears.

TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to cut hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.

Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage. The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics. Another technique is to web a cotton ball and squeeze gently to put the solution into the ear.  I prefer the cotton ball method.  DO OUTSIDE so you don't have purple stain on your carpet.

Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker. After the second or third you can clean out the ear with  cotton balls.

 If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site. This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water (warm). Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2x per week.

They have found the Blue Power Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots. You may find other uses for this simple anti-infective agent. Remember it is for external use only and be careful not to get into the eyes.
8.  My dog is a little thin....what do you suggest?  Try adding some Satin Balls to gain some weight if you are sure that there is no medical issue that needs to be addressed.  Have the dog cleared by the vet first...no worms, no parasites, and no other medical issues to address first.  Otherwise, try Satin Balls, a high calorie treat.
Satin Balls Recipe  to gain weight....

Satin Balls

A great way that you can put weight on a dog quickly or to provide a yummmmy treat which they love.  Remember, these are high in calories so you want to watch the weight and give “little treats” if used as a treat.  I only feed as a supplement if I have one needing a little weight, especially a foster that comes in emaciated or very thin.

All ingredients are uncooked RAW and "Satin Balls" are served raw.
I miss them up in a big pot, then form into one inch balls and freeze on a cookie sheet.  Then, after frozen, put into zip lock bags and offer one or two balls a day.
Satin Balls Half Recipe  
5 lbs cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1/2 large box Total cereal (about 6 cups cereal)
1/2 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 7.5 cups oats)
5 raw eggs
1/2 of 15oz jar wheat germ (about 2 cups) ( I eliminate this as my dogs don’t do well on wheat)
5 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
5/8 cup vegetable oil (this is pretty close to 2/3 cup)
5/8 cup unsulfured molasses
garlic salt

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
1 15oz jar wheat germ ( I eliminate this as my dogs don’t do well on wheat)
10 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
garlic salt


"Whole Wheat Total" cereal (blue box) comes in large 1 lb 2 oz size (about 12 cups settled) and a smaller 12 oz size (about 8 cups cereal), which would work in Little Dog or Half Recipe. But in the long run, the large size is more economical. 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) or smaller 18 oz size (about 7 cups oats).

15 oz jar of wheat germ is about 4 cups. Some stores only carry a 12oz jar of wheat germ, which contains about 3 and 1/4 cups of it.   Vegetable oil -- use a good one.

9.  Skin Problems...itchiness:  Ah, the dreaded itchies!!  Well, since it is sometimes impossible to know what is causing the case of the itchies that just won't go away with the normal change of food...here is what I do after a trip to the vet eliminating everything else:  (and yes, I do them all at the same time....)
          (1)  Good bath...regular shampoo or flea shampoo.  Rinse thoroughly.
          (2)  Good bath...1 oz of perimite to a gallon of water.  Sponge all over and let air dry on the skin.  Rub in for 15 to 20 minutes.  
           This takes care of redbugs and other creepy crawlers, especiallyfor the dogs who have had a good run in the woods.  Do this once a week for four weeks to interupt the egg cycle of some of
            those creepy crawlers you may not even see.
          (3)  Vinegar Rinse:  4 cups vinegar mixed with a gallon of water...in a bucket.  Poor over dog and do not rinse off.  This seems to help take care of any possible yeast infection as it may change
                  the Ph of the skin and not let it be conducive to yeast growth.  (can use just on the feet too if you get that red tinge on the fur)
          (4)   Conditioner:  spray on a mixture of Colesterol (a cream you buy at Sally's Beauty Supply...mix in spray bottle with water.)  Spray on conditions...leave on.  This is especially good with
                  dry coat, itchy skin due to dry skin.
          (5)   Diet:  change diet....do not feed anything chicken or beef.  Go to lamb and rice, duck, salmon, any of the odd type of proteins.  No wheat, no soy, no corn, no preservatives.  You feed less of
                  a quality diet because it is more power packed so the cost ends up virtually the same as feeding that cheap stuff from the local stores....buy good food to have good skin.
          (6)  Antibiotics:  20 to 30 days of an antibiotic recommended by your vet to attack the problem from the inside.  
          (7)  Benedryl:  25 mg of benedryl THREE times a day...for an adult springer....40 to 60 lbs.  This helps relieve the itchiness which might now be a habit of scratching.
Also consider adding a good bug repellant like ADVANTIX II to the regime....this is the only one that seems to be working for us...sometimes it is the no see ums that are aggravating the dog skin.
                                          If you do not see a marked improvement within 10 to 14 days while using this regime faithfully....return to your vet for more advice.

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