Frequently Asked Questions

Is my deposit refundable?

If per chance something should happen to your puppy when you have a deposit placed on it. We would let you pick another available puppy or you can use it to reserve a future puppy on upcoming litters. Or simply have it refunded.

If however you default and never pick up your puppy your deposit will then be used to help located a new home for the puppy. We do try to be reasonable and make allowances or give refunds for circumstances beyond your control.

Can I fly with a puppy

We have discontinued our flight program, but some airlines accommodate in cabin pets for like $125+/- extra and if you flew into LEX, we would do our best to accommodate you at the airport with your puppy and the vet paperwork ($30 extra) needed to fly! Here is also another website that is helpful: https://www.faa.gov/travelers/fly_pets/cabin_pets

Here is a customer that flew in: https://www.blessedhopekennels.com/testimonials/pastor

Here are also some Airline Approved carriers you will need to consider purchasing as well. 

What if I am not happy with my puppy?

We will provide a money back guarantee within 72 hours of possession should you not be satisfied your puppy, Providing he or she is returned to our home.

Overbites in Puppies

Puppies may occasionally develop minor malocclusion’s of over/under-bite as their jaws are still developing which may correct itself when it gets his/her 2nd set of teeth at 3-4 months or as the pup grows older and matures , It should only be a slight cosmetic issue and of no concern unless it dramatically increases as it grows older which is not very likely but still possible, Here are some photo of one our Goldendoodles with a 1cm over bite:

Teeth development
Puppies start developing teeth at about four weeks. This first set of teeth is referred to as the deciduous teeth. Puppies have 28 teeth, while adult dogs have 42. The puppy starts to loose its deciduous teeth between 2 and 3 months of age. The deciduous teeth are completely replaced by permanent teeth by about the sixth month. The incisors come first, followed by the canines, premolars and molars.

Overbite
There are several conditions that may develop as a puppy’s permanent teeth set in. An overbite is when the upper teeth, the maxillary, are positioned in front of the lower teeth, the mandibular, to an abnormal degree. This occurs when the lower jaw is shorter than the upper jaw. Instead of the two sets of teeth interlocking with each other when closed, like a scissors, the upper teeth jut out, while the lower teeth may hit the roof of the mouth. Some dog breeds, such as collies, Dachshunds and Russian wolfhounds, are more susceptible to overbites.

Possible problems
Minor cases of overbites may not cause any harm to the puppy and are only a cosmetic concern. More serious cases, however, can cause pain and make it difficult for the puppy to eat. Since the lower teeth are behind the upper teeth, they can cause damage to the upper mouth, particularly the lower incisors. Damage to the mouth’s soft tissues can lead to infections and even food entering the nasal cavity when the mouth’s hard palate is eroded. The puppy also may have a harder time chewing food since the teeth do not meet.

Treatment
A veterinarian may recommend different treatments depending on the severity of the overbite. A puppy’s overbite may correct itself because the jaw is still developing. A puppy’s jaw usually finishes growing by the time the puppy is 10 months old. If the overbite is severe, the veterinarian may recommend extracting or reducing the height of the teeth that cause the most harm.

Article Source: Daily Puppy: Puppy Over Bites
Resources:  Pet Education.com: Dog Teeth, Dog Mouth Diseases, & Dental Care Information

What is a Umbilical Hernia?

Umbilical hernia in dogs and cats
by WebVet

Umbilical hernias sometimes occur in newborn puppies and kittens. Puppies and kittens are attached to their mothers via the umbilical cord, just like human babies.  The umbilical cord is how nutrients pass through the bloodstream from the mother to the growing fetus.  Once the cord is cut, the stump dries up and falls off, leaving a small swirl-shaped spot that is similar to the belly button in people.  The cord attaches to the blood supply of the newborn through a small opening in the wall of the abdomen, which normally seals off shortly after birth.  However, in some cases the opening does not seal properly, so that a small amount of tissue from inside the abdomen can “pop” out under the skin.  This persistent opening is an umbilical hernia.

Umbilical hernias can often be seen as a sort of skin “bubble” in the middle of the animal’s belly.  Usually, they are only about the size of a marble, but they can be much larger depending on the size of the opening and the amount of abdominal contents that have pushed through.  Your veterinarian will usually be able to diagnose an umbilical hernia by its appearance and by the ability to gently maneuver the material back into the abdomen.

Very small umbilical hernias may never cause a problem.  However, material from the abdomen (eg, a loop of bowel) may pop through the opening and become trapped, cutting off its blood supply, which is a serious situation.  For this reason, umbilical hernias should be surgically repaired.  The repair is a simple operation that is usually done at the same time that your pet is spayed or neutered.

Q&A
What happens to the puppy or kitten’s umbilical cord after birth?
Once the cord is cut, the stump dries up and falls off, leaving a small swirl-shaped spot that is similar to the belly button in people.  The small opening in the abdominal wall (where the cord attached) normally seals over.


What is an umbilical hernia in pets?
An umbilical hernia is a small hole left when the abdominal wall fails to seal up properly after the umbilical cord drops off.  This allows tissue from inside the abdomen to “pop” out under the skin, forming a bubble.


How can this problem be corrected?
Umbilical hernias should be surgically repaired by a simple operation that can be done during a routine spay or neuter.


Credit: Written and reviewed by John A. Bukowski, DVM, MPH, PhDand Susan E. Aiello, DVM, ELS

What if my puppy if found to have major health issues?

We do try to ensure that you purchase a healthy Puppy and if in case your puppy is found to have major genetic health issues as diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian with-in 1 year of purchase. We will exchange your puppy for one of equal value, There are however no guarantees against accidents on your part.

We also try to make right any minor issues found that may have come with your puppy when you purchased it.

Can we come and visit your Kennels?

We allow only those seriously interested in a puppy and have already placed a deposit (Or former customer) to visit our nursery and the see puppys’ parents, please remember it places stress on our mothers to have strangers come in a look at and handle their new-born.

We do our best to ensure that all our dogs receive appropriate care according to the AKC Care and Conditions of Dog Policy so we would like to limit outside traffic through our kennels as much as we can to help minimize the potential of someone unintentionally tracking in diseases (like parvo, giardia, etc)

Thank-you for your understanding!

Blessed Hope Kennels, Dunnville, KY

Here is a video link to preview of our kennels on YouTube