SPAN - A dog can live up to 16 years or more but the
average life span is 10-16 years.|
|They really are man's
best friend and give you unquestioned love and loyalty.|
|A badly trained dog
can end up being man's worst enemy. Having to remove dog poo from public
places. The costs involved in owning a dog can be expensive with the initial
cost (especially if it is a pedigree) plus micro chipping, grooming, vaccinations,
|If a dog is living
in an home environment it's care is very easy as it merely lives alongside yourself.
When I do home checks on re-homed dogs I often ask to see their sleeping quarters
only to be shown the sofa. Obviously you can provide it with its own bed and
it will need its own food dishes. Most dogs enjoy a good walk going crazy as
soon as they see their lead and, depending on the size of the dog, should
be given one at least once a day - it keeps you fit too and you meet alsorts of
nice doggy people whose name you'll never know but you know the name of their
|It is advantageous
to get your dog use to grooming when it is a puppy. Most dogs moult approximately
twice a year. There are many grooming aids available on the market depending
on what sort of coat your dog has. Some breeds may need to be clipped and this
can be done professionally by a Dog Groomer or yourself if you have some clippers.
I clip mine. There isn't a sadder sight than seeing a dog whose coat is full of
mats as it looks very uncomfortable and encourages alsorts of mites to move in.|
|Only bath a dog when
necessary usually after it has rubbed itself into some vile smelling substance
. Use warm water and a dog shampoo, rinse thoroughly and towel rub it (use
hair dryer for older or long haired dogs). Whilst grooming your dog, always check
and clean its ears with cotton wool if it is necessary, as a dirty ear can soon
become an infected ear. |
Always check its teeth and claws. You can now get
dog tooth-paste so it might be advisable to clean its teeth as per the manufacturers
instructions to avoid expensive dental care later in life.
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panic, these are all treated at once with one injection
canicola and icterohaemorrhagiae
|Most pet dogs are
fed a brand of dog food bought from the supermarket, whether it be tinned or dried
food. The manufacturers always suggest amounts of food to be given depending upon
the size of the dog. |
are also a lot of dog treats available which will do no harm to your pet if given
in moderation and some bones, hide chews and dog biscuits actually exercise their
teeth and jaws making them healthier. Please note - chocolate is actually poisonous
to dogs so, if you cannot resist that appealing look, only give them a small amount.
Wicksie, my dog, actually ate a whole chocolate orange she pinched during the
night and survived - much to my husband's disappointment as it was his chocolate!
Always make sure a clean bowl of water is available.
|It is advisable to
vaccinate your dog against the ailments in red as most of these conditions can
be fatal. |
is one of the most common, infectious viruses of today. Symptoms include
severe diarrhea and vomiting, extreme fatigue and loss of appetite. Take
your dog to the vet immediately.
is caused by a virus, similar to measles in children, which can be spread
very easily. Symptoms vary and include fever, loss of appetite, ocular
and nasal discharges, vomiting and diarrhea. Complications are common
and include pneumonia or nerve damage. Take your dog to the vet immediately.
is a distemper like infection, characterised by high temperatures and caused by
a virus which attacks the liver. Take your dog to the vet immediately if you suspect
it has this.
world-wide disease caused by several species of spirochetes. Canicola affects
the kidneys, and icterohaemorrhagiae attacks the liver and intestines. Can be
caught through infected urine of other dogs and rats.
is covered on a page of its own - Pet Behavourist
. However, you must ensure that your dog understands a few basic commands, the
most important of all being NO. If all else fails, at least you can
stop your dog from doing something it shouldn't. Sit and stay are two others.|
|DOG WALKING |
|Sometimes we are unable
to walk our dogs ourselves through sickness or work and need to enlist the assistance
of a professional dog walker which are listed on the Dog
Walkers page. |
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