Pet Care

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Decide which breed will suits your family. Lifestyle and space available at your house.

Opting a puppy born of pedigreed & kennel club registered parents is a wise decision as you get to know the ultimate size, shape and temperature of the dog.

While buying a registered puppy, collect the registration certificate, microchip, transfer of registration form duly signed by the breeder, which is issued by the kennel club of India (KCI) with its headquarter at Chennai.

While buying the puppy. Enquire the breeder about the details of vaccination & deworming done so that it will be useful for you to continue it.

Before bringing home your puppy, his place of living should be decided in advance.

The place should be comfortable in summer & winter months.

The first time he arrives home, make him feel comfortable. It is the start of the relationship.

As it grows , puppy is weaned from mother, so the natural immunity will begin to disappear & may be gone within 2 weeks. The only satisfactory method of protecting your dogs is by vaccination only.

Vaccination provides longs terms immunity and puppy should be given a combination vaccine from 4 weeks to 3 month of age.

Booster vaccine are then advisable after a month. Annual revaccination is essential for adults dogs.

You will be providing a booklet by your vet to keep vaccination record.

Certain disease like canine parvo, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, kennel cough, rabies etc. really a threat to pets which should be guarded only by vaccination.

Leptospirosis, rabies are diseases which are transmitted to humans from animals.

Dogs are basically carnivorous animals which prefer meat and meat products, however domesticated dogs are adapted to omnivorous feeding habits, and can survive on a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with vitamin D.

It is important that the diet you feed your dog is complete and balanced in every meal. Every dogs unique nutritional requirement depends on its size, breed, stages in their life. A better understanding of how dogs use the various nutrients in food and how much of them they need can help you choose a healthier diet for your pet.

Dogs eat larger , less frequent meals. It is fine to feed an adult dog 1 or 2 times per day. Puppies however need 2 to 3 daily meals.

Dogs need aminoacids from protein , fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, water to survive.

COMMERCIAL DOG FOODS:- In a variety of forms- dry,semi-moist, canned food. It generally contains much higher levels of animal products. It is necessary to see the pet food labels which contains the list of percentage of protein, fat, fibre, water in the food. Consult your veterinarian and get advice about the breed specific, age specific food for your pet.

MEAT AND OTHER ANIMAL PRODUCTS:- It should always make up atleast half of the diet. Meaty bones include chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, pork, venison, ostrich, buffalo etc. Be sure the meat is fresh. Feeding fish is occassionally good but not as a main food. Egg is also nutritious.

DAIRY PRODUCTS:- Plain yoghurt, curd, is well tolerated by dogs. Cottage and ricotta cheese are also good options. Milk should be avoided.

VEGETABLES AND FRUITS:- While this is not a significant part of evolutionary diet of the dog and wolf, these provide fibre that supports digestive health and can be used as treats for your pets.
Vegetables like Pumpkin, carrot, peas, beets, sweet potato, green beans, zucchini, can be steamed, chopped and fed.
Fruits include berries, melon, papaya, banana, apple are good option.

GRAINS:- Good choices include oatmeal, brown rice, barley which must be well cooked. Use of rice, wheat, corn should be limited. Dogs lack the digestive enzymes to break down carbohydrates. so, it should be restricted to avoid the pets from diseases.

(1) Alcoholic beverages

(2) Chocolates

(3) Coffee, Tea

(4) Grapes, raisins

(5) Onions, Garlic

(6) Mouldy or spoiled food

(7) Poultry bones

(8) Salt and salty food

(9) Tomato leaves, stems, unripe fruits

(10) Yeast dough

(11) Human medicines unless prescribed by a veterinarian

Bad breath is the most common indicator thats your dog is in need of dental check up. Keep your pets teeth and germs healing by brushing her teeth once or twice a week. Use dog tooth paste and tooth brush or a gauze pad.

Some Dog are prone to periodontal disease, an infection between the booth and gum. This serious condition that can result in booth loss and spread infection to the entire body required veterinary care.

Spaying and neutering

The reality of our lives means thats dogs can and should be trained to be left at home alone occasionally for a few hrs.This provides an opportunity for mental activity Provide background noise such as stores , radio TV to filter outdoor noises that distract your dogs. Never leave your dog at home alone all day.

Here is some guideline to Crate- train your dog or dog proof your home Exercise your dog before leaving it home alone. Exhausted dogs are less likely to bark, dig & destroy Take your dog to relieve itself, then feed your dog before you leave.

A dog naturally rests when its stomach is full. Provide your dog with its own safe haven at home , such as a comfortable basket or bed Come & go without a fuss. No petting or saying good bye. When you depart & no exuberant greetings upon your return Before you leave, get out a favorite toy, rub it in your hands to leave your cent ,& give it to the dog. Hide other treats such as dry food.

House training is a simple process as pups pick up house training & crate training as its part of his natural programme.

House training is a simple process as pups pick up house training & crate training as its part of his natural programme.

Dogs are instinctively clean animals unwilling to soil their nest. When the puppies are born they eat & relieve inside their nest, but the mother always cleans them

From 2 to 4 months pups need to be trained.

Puppys digestive tract is extremely quick & efficient. 5 to 30 minutes after the puppy eats it will want to eliminate. So, keep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule.

As soon as the puppy wakes up from sleep he will want to eliminate. Take him to the designated area.

Take him after every meal and at regular intervals to the same spot as his scent will prompt him to go.

The pup might circle, sniff, bark, scratch the door which indicates he wants to eliminate.

As your puppy eliminates outside praise him or give him a treat.

Never punish him if he mess inside the house rather clean the house to remove all smell.

Winter is here and we need to pay close attention to the weather and to our pets. If it is too cold for you to stand at the door it is probably too cold for your dog also. Here are some tips to help ensure your pets safety this winter season

YOUR BREEDSS SUSCEPTIBILITY TO COLD :- Dogs that are great in the cold climate include Siberian husky, German shepherd, collie, saint Bernard, bull mastiff, Labrador, Golden retriever,chow- chow, tibetian mastiff etc.Dogs that find harder in cold climate include Doberman, boxer, grey hound, beagle, pointer, weimaraner, great dane, pug, maltese and other toy breeds.

PROVIDE APPROPRIATE SHELTER :- If you have dog which is placed outdoors ensure that it has a warm place to sleep off the floor. You can provide with a dog bed, cushions, blankets, quilt etc and make a warm bedding. Clean and change the bedding regularly. While taking your dog for a walking it can be provided with dog jackets, snuggies, sweaters, booties etc.

FEEDING :- Pets who spend most of time outdoors needs more calories of food in winter because keeping warm depletes energy. But don’t overfeed your dog. Routinely check your pets water dish to make sure that water is not too cold. Talk to your vet doctor about your pets energy needs.

GROOMING :- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long haired , simply trim the hairs but don’t neglect the hairs between the toes. Take out for shorter walks during cold months. Bathe your pets as little as possible during winter or use sprays. Consult your vet about the moisturising shampoo for bathing during winter. Maintain a good grooming regime, combing out knots & brushing the coat thoroughly.

HEALTH PROBLEMS :- As with humans dogs can fall ill during colder months. Respiratory infections in damp climates is the principal concern. Frost bite can be a problem for some dogs especially hairless varieties. Arthritis , osteo arthritis, lameness, especially in aged dogs can be aggrevated during cold months. Exposure to winter can cause itchy, flaking skin, cracks in the paw pads, redness between the toes and fleas infestation. Consult your veterinarian for proper medication if you came across any of the illness during winter. Paying special attention to your dogs wellbeing during winter season will ensure you both enjoy the winter to its fullest.

A dogs digestive system is different from human. They are scavenging carnivores, preferring meat.

Their digestive system, from the mouth through their intestines, is designed to cope with a meat diet.

The teeth are adapted to tear food into swallowable sized chunks rather than to grind the food.

Regular trimming of nails, cleaning of ears and anal sacs.

The stomach can digest the food in this state.

They have shortest digestive system. It takes roughly 8 to 9 hrs for the whole digestive process. So, food stays for much shorter time in dogs system.

It lacks the enzyme amylase. So carbohydrates stick to the teeth leading to tartars.

It needs high quality proteins, fat, anti oxidants, omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids in their diet.

Limit peoples food because it can result in vitamin & mineral imbalances, bone & teeth problems, may cause very picky eating habits & obesity.

Plant based protein diets have lower digestibility , inadequate zinc levels, less bio availability of nutrients.

Grooming is the key to canine health & hygiene. Start grooming from the beginning itself.

It includes brushing , combing the coat , bathing , massaging , cleaning the eyes , ears , teeth , clipping the nails etc.

Dogs should be given a bath once in 15 days depending upon the weather condition.

Dogs should be checked for ticks, fleas & other parasites,Brush his hair every day, it will keep him tidy & shiny. Do it for 10 minutes.

Dental care also needs equal attention. Regular brushing prevents bad breath & other dental problems. Consult your vet for the same.