|What is the ideal weight for my puppy?
When a vet is estimating the nutritional condition of a dog,
he or she will often consider the ideal weight for that
particular dog. This ideal varies according to a dog's age,
developmental stage, individual characteristics, and other
factors. Puppies and young dogs should on no account be
overweight. The following yardsticks may be used to check
your dog's weight:
you should be able to feel your pup’s ribs, but they
shouldn't be pronounced or visible
your puppy's waist, when viewed from above, should be
visible but not too pronounced
there should be no substantial fatty deposits on your pup’s
Above all, however, the criterion for the good health of a
puppy or young dog is the activity and curiosity that
characterize dogs of this age.
Inappetence - Loss of appetite
A dog is suffering from loss of appetite when he doesn't
want to eat his food. Absolute non-consumption of food is
termed anorexia. Appetite loss can be caused by a variety
of things, and if your pup is suffering from loss of appetite
you should consult your vet immediately.
|WHEN SHOULD I GET MY PUPPY
SPAYED OR NEUTERED?
While there are debates on when a puppy
should be neutered, there is not really
any debate on the fact that most puppies
should be spayed or neutered. I like to
see a puppy grow up a little so its body
and system have matured before the
surgery is done. I usually recommend
that the pup should be spayed or
neutered by about 6 months of age.
However, your veterinarian can provide
you with more information, specific to
|WHY DO DOGS EAT GRASS?
Dogs do not eat grass because they have
worms or because they don’t feel well or
because they have a nutritional deficiency or
because they're going through a particular
developmental stage. Dogs eat grass
because they like the taste. There are even
containers available at pet stores that allow
you to grow your own grain-based grass for
both dogs and cats.
|Grooming your poodle puppy
How to bathe your dog and brush his coat. Patience and gentleness are key!
Regular bathing and grooming of your dog is important. Grooming keeps the dog's coat
clean and healthy looking while allowing you to check the skin for signs of disease or
Puppy bathing and grooming will need to be done with kindness and patience to allow your
puppy to get used to each stage.
The most important thing about bathing and grooming your puppy is to be patient and
gentle with him. If the puppy remembers the bathing as an unpleasant experience, he will
become more difficult to bathe as he gets older. You can get the puppy used to being
groomed and handled and accustomed to the equipment such as the combs and hair
It is best to get everything prepared before you start to bathe your puppy because he may try
to get away from you during bathing! This includes the area where you will wash the puppy,
where you will dry it and the equipment you will need.
Before bathing the puppy check his coat for any skin rashes, lumps and also parasites
such as fleas and ticks. If any of these are found do not bathe the puppy and see your vet
for further advice. A warm place will be important for bathing your puppy.
Have a tub or other container half filled with warm water- not too warm - and make sure you
have a ready supply of warm water for rinsing. Always use a mild shampoo for your puppy.
Read the instructions carefully before you use the shampoo. Have a clean towel available
to dry the puppy. This is the best time to get your puppy used to a hair dryer.
Never be rough with a puppy as he will not forget and may struggle every time he is bathed.
Gently lift the puppy into the container of tepid water. Use a clean bottle or jug to pour the
warm water over the dog, from the back of the neck downwards, doing the head last. Start
by applying the shampoo to the body and legs. Rub the shampoo well in the coat of the
dog to give a good lather and make sure all the coat has been shampooed. The puppy's
head should be shampooed last, paying particular care to ensure that no shampoo gets in
to its eyes.
Rinse away the shampoo by pouring warm water on to its coat. It takes quite a lot of water
to rinse the shampoo out of the coat thoroughly. Your puppy may shake himself vigorously
and this will remove most of the water from his coat. Use a clean towel to dry off the
remaining water. This is a good time to get your puppy used to a hair dryer. You can
complete the drying of his coat by using the hair dryer on a low temperature setting. By
using a brush with the hair dryer you can speed up the drying process considerably.
Remember the puppy may not be used to grooming so be patient and gentle if he is
frightened. Puppies may need to be groomed once a week depending on the condition of
the coat. Get everything together before you start grooming you puppy. A comb and a
soft-bristled brush will be needed which you should keep specially for your puppy. For
small puppies sitting him on your lap may be the best way.
Poodles require clipping at least every six to eight weeks.