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Dog Care

 

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Cost

The annual cost of a small dog—including food, veterinary care, toys and license—is $420. Make that $620 for a medium dog and $780 for a large pooch. This figure doesn’t include capital expenses for spay/neuter surgery, collar and leash, carrier and crate.

Note: Make sure you have all your supplies (see our checklist) before you bring your dog home.

Feeding (IN GENERAL)

We recommend Purina Pro Plan Diets although there are plenty of other great diets we have found the consistency and palatability is unmatched by any other diet!

- Puppies 6 to 12 weeks old should eat Purina Pro Plan Puppy diet and should eat at least three to four times daily.
– Feed puppies three to six months old should eat Purina Pro Plan Puppy diet and should eat at least three meals a day.
– Feed puppies six months to one year a Purina Pro Plan Puppy formula two times daily.
– When your dog reaches his first birthday, you should switch him to Purina Pro Plan Adult formula and one feeding per day is usually enough.
– For some dogs, including larger canines or those prone to bloat, it’s better to feed multiple smaller meals.

 

Please limit “people food,” all together as it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems and may cause very picky eating habits and obesity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times, and be sure to wash food and water dishes frequently.

 Exercise

Dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and keep healthy. Exercise also tends to help dogs avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase.

Grooming

You can help keep your dog clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during warm weather. Most dogs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before bathing, comb or cut out all mats from the coat. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to soap residue. Click here for more grooming tips.

 

Licensing and Identification

Follow your community’s licensing regulations. Be sure to attach the license to your dog’s collar. This, along with an ID tag and implanted microchip or tattoo, can help secure your dog’s return should he become lost.

 

Health

Your dog should see the veterinarian for a full check-up, shots and a heartworm blood test every year, and immediately if he is sick or injured.

 

Training

A well-behaved companion canine is a joy. But left untrained, your dog can cause nothing but trouble. Teaching your dog the basics—”Sit,” “Stay,” “Come,” “Down,” “Heel,” “Off” and “Leave it”—will improve your relationship with both your dog and your neighbors. If you have a puppy, start teaching him his manners as soon as possible! Use little bits of food as a lure and reward. Puppies can be enrolled in obedience courses when they have been adequately vaccinated. Contact your local humane society or SPCA for training class recommendations.

 

Spaying and Neutering

Females should be spayed—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—removal of the testicles—before six months of age. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, a common and frequently fatal disease of older female dogs. Spaying also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus (pyometra), a very serious problem in older females that requires surgery and intensive medical care. Neutering males prevents testicular and prostate diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggression.

 

Medicines and Poisons

Never give your dog medication that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. For example, did you know that one regular-strength ibuprofen tablet can cause stomach ulcers in a ten-pound dog? Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your pet. If you suspect that your animal has ingested a poisonous substance, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for 24-hour animal poison information at (888) 426-4435.

 

Vaccinations

- Puppies should be vaccinated with a series of vaccines at two, three and four months of age, and then once annually. This vaccine protects the puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, bordatella and parainfluenza. A correct puppy’s vaccination program cannot be finished before four months of age.
– If you have an unvaccinated dog older than four or five months, he will need a series of two vaccinations given two to three weeks apart, followed by a yearly vaccination.
– Puppy vaccination and socialization should go together.  Our veterinarians recommend that new owners take their puppies to socialization classes, beginning after their vaccinations are complete.  Learn more about the importance of puppy socialization.

Dogs are required to have a rabies vaccination by 4 months of age and an annual booster there after.

There are a variety of vaccines that may or may not be appropriate for your pet. Your veterinarian can tell you about them.

Please note, if your pet gets sick because he is not properly vaccinated, the vaccination should be given after your companion animal recovers.

 

Fun Facts

- The nose knows! Your dog can detect odors about a billion times better than you can.
– The average lifespan of a dog varies from 8 to 16 years, depending on breed type, size, genetics and care.

 

Dog Supply Checklist

- Premium-quality dog food and treats
– Food dish
– Water bowl
– Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
– Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
– Collar with license and ID tag
– Leash
– Carrier (for smaller dogs)
– Training crate
– Dog bed or box with warm blanket or towel
– Dog toothbrush

The No-No List

Do not feed your dog the following:

- Alcoholic beverages
– Chocolate
– Coffee
– Grapes & raisins
– Moldy or spoiled food
– Onions, garlic & chives
– Poultry bones
– Salt & salty foods
– Tomato leaves, stems & unripe fruit
– Yeast dough

 

 

 

Responsible Animal Ownership

 

Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner:

1. Commit to your animal

  • Avoid impulsive decisions when selecting a pet.
  • Select a pet that’s suited to your home and lifestyle.
  • Keep only the type and number of pets for which you can provide appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.
  • Commit to the relationship for the life of your pet(s).
  • Provide appropriate exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Properly socialize and train your pet.

2. Invest in your pet

  • Recognize that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.
  • Make sure your pet receives preventive health care (vaccinations, parasite control, etc.), as well as care for any illnesses or injuries.
  • Budget for potential pet emergencies.

3. Obey the rules

  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Obey all local ordinances, including licensing, leash requirements and noise control.
  • Don’t allow your pet to stray or become feral.

4. Identify (ID) your animal

  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and keep its registration up-to-date.

5. Limit the pet population

  • Don’t contribute to our nation’s pet overpopulation problem: limit your pet’s reproduction through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.

6. Prepare for your pets safety

  • Prepare for a pet emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.
  • Make alternate arrangements if you can no longer provide care for your pet.
  • Recognize any decline in your pet’s quality of life and make timely decisions in consultation with a veterinarian.

 

 

 

WHITTINGTON

VETERINARY CLINIC

1101 Port Street, Abbeville La. 70510 | 337.893.8522 office