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What Does Dr. Carmen Battaglia Say....
Holding Masters and Doctorate degrees from Florida State University, he is a researcher, lecturer and author.  His articles have appeared in magazines, journals and numerous dog publications around the world.  Dr. Battaglia is a Director of the American Kennel Club and has served as Chairman on many other important varietal committees including consulting for his expertise in canine genetics.  Has gain worldwide recognition on a program he developed, "Breeding Better Dogs".   
Articles by Dr. Battaglia:​

From Dr. Battaglia's Newsletter:   Rotate Your Proteins in Dog Food
Rotating the source of protein can strengthen your dog’s immune system. Breeders and owners can do this by simply changing the protein source each time they buy a bag of dog food. For example, if the last bag of dog food was “chicken and rice”, the next bag should be lamb or salmon etc. In humans we rotate our sources of protein all day every day. 

  Do you understand your puppy's vaccinations and schedule?
  AHA Vaccine Guidelines Revised 2011:  Read their report.....
Vaccine Guidelines
Dr. Schultz Questions:  Dog vaccines may not be necessary.......Link:

Dr. Ronald Schultz, professor and chair of patho-biological sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, has been studying the effectiveness of canine vaccines since the 1970s; he's learned that immunity can last as long as a dog's lifetime, which suggests that our "best friends" are being over vaccinated. Read his article written based on his on-going research of animal vaccinations and be educated on the facts.  As a puppy and or dog owner read the information and then take it to your Veterinarian and discuss the information with your canine healthcare professional.
If you do not already have a Veterinarian, research to pick an excellent Veterinarian. Over at least the next decade you will be seeking canine health care for your puppy at least annually and approximately 1-2 times additionally during the year for assorted reasons. Your Veterinarian should be personable, intelligent, well educated and most importantly be able to connect with you and your puppy. 
That’s right, your Veterinarian. Within the first couple of days of bringing your new puppy home your next on your list is to visit your Veterinarian. Get your new puppy a thorough physical exam. Take all paperwork given to you from the Breeder for the Veterinarian to review with you and discuss any additional vaccinations or treatments that may be advised.  Make sure your puppy has a Microchip and the doctor scans it.  
​​Besides you, make your Veterinarian your Pups "Best Friend"!
Inquire what canine health organizations your Veterinarian belongs for example: AVAM (American Veterinarian Medical Association, AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), ACVECC (American College of Veterinarian Emergency and Critical Care), and a member of your state’s veterinary medical association. Staying active in these organizations is how your Veterinarian stays current and can provide cutting edge veterinary medical care. It isn't something you think about until that unexpected illness or accident occurs and you find yourself rushing with your precious puppy/dog in arms into the veterinary clinic. You want the best mind and skilled staff greeting you at the door, organized, and prepared to quickly begin treatment and  get your pet on the road to recovery.
Nutrient Requirements of Dogs, of a 400-page report by an international team of experts, is the most comprehensive assessment of the daily nutrient and calorie requirements for dogs. Updating recommendations last made by the Research Council in the mid-1980s, the report provides nutrient recommendations based on physical activity and stage in life, major factors that influence nutrient needs. It also looks at how nutrients are metabolized in the bodies of dogs, indications of nutrient deficiency, and diseases related to poor nutrition. It also can guide pet owners feeding decisions for their pets with information on specific nutrient needs, characteristics of different types of pet foods, and factors to consider when feeding dogs.  

Here at Sonoran Hills we are developing a customized nutritional regimine for our puppies and dogs that is taylored to our puppy or dog's "Life Stage".  Profound evidence in recent studies prove that:
1)  One dog food often does not  meet the needs of "ALL LIFE STAGES" of a dog often seen on dog food packages.

2)  Recent studies prove that dogs DO get BORED with eating the same food all the time.  

This report is a comprehensive breakdown of the nutritional needs of your puppy or dog. Use this guide to compare with your current dog food label.  
Canine Nutrition