How To Care For Your Thai Ridgeback

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Dogs, Pets, Thai Ridgeback | 0 comments


thai ridgeback care tipsOwning dogs, especially taking care of the thai ridgeback, is a specialty of people across the globe. Experts have proven that dogs were domesticated sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that all canines evolved from wolves. Since then, people have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, ranging in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, whose 3-foot stature has earned them the distinction of the tallest dog. But the most widespread pooches are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The thai ridgeback is also a favorite pick with canine owners. Many owners are oblivious, however, of some critical thai ridgeback care tips.

Health care cost of your thai ridgeback

The yearly budget for providing for the thai ridgeback—including nutrition and treats, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and $780. This figure doesn’t include capital expenses for sterilization surgery, collar and leash, carrier and crate. Tip: Be positive you have all of your items before bringing your thai ridgeback home.

Basic thai ridgeback Care

thai ridgeback Feeding Routine

  • thai ridgeback pups between 8 and 12 weeks need four bowls of food in a twenty-four hour period.
  • thai ridgeback puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals daily.
  • Feed puppies 6 months to one year two times in a day.
  • By the time your thai ridgeback makes his or her first birthday, 1 feeding each day is usually sufficient.
  • Sometimes adult thai ridgebacks, however, eat 2 lighter helpings. It’s your responsibility to learn your thai ridgeback’s eating schedule.

Excellent-quality dry food provides balanced nutrition to grown thai ridgebacks and may be mixed with water, broth, or canned food. Your thai ridgeback may also enjoy fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these should be less than ten percent of his daily nutrition. thai ridgeback pups should probably be fed top-quality, brand-name puppy food. Try to limit “table food”, though, since it can cause mineral and vitamin imbalances, tooth and bone concerns, and may create very picky food choices and obesity. Clean, fresh water should be made exclusively, and be sure to wash food and water bowls very frequently.

thai ridgeback Care Tips: Make sure your thai ridgeback gets plenty of daily exercise

thai ridgebacks need some daily physical activity so they can stay fit, recharge their brains, and keep healthy. Daily physical activity also tends to help thai ridgebacks fight boredom, which often has the potential to lead to to difficult behavior. A little fun and games can appease many of your thai ridgeback’s desires to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Activity needs are dependent on your thai ridgeback’s age and his or her level of health—but just a walk around the block every day and 10 minutes in the backyard probably won’t suffice. If your thai ridgeback is a 6 to 18 month adolescent, her requirements will probably be a little more.

thai ridgeback Grooming Tips

You can help reduce shedding and keep your thai ridgeback clean with frequent brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during warm weather. Sometimes thai ridgebacks don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Prior to bathing, cut out or comb any and all mats from the thai ridgeback’s hair. Rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to soap residue.

How to Handle Your thai ridgeback

Puppies are obviously the easiest to manage. When carrying your thai ridgeback puppy, take one of your hands and place it under the dog’s chest, with either the forearm or other hand supporting her back legs and rear. Never try to lift or grab your puppy by his or her front legs, tail or back of the neck. If you need to lift a larger, full-grown thai ridgeback, pick it up from the underside, bracing her chest with one of your arms and rear end with the other arm.

Housing your thai ridgeback

thai ridgebacks need a comfy quiet location in order to rest away from all the drafts and away from the floor. You may want to buy a dog bed, or consider making one from a wood box. Place a clean sheet or pillow inside the bed. Wash the thai ridgeback’s bed covering frequently. If your thai ridgeback will be outdoors often, be sure she has shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered area when it’s cold.

thai ridgeback Licensing

There are licensing rules to follow in your city. Make certain to affix the license to your thai ridgeback’s collar. This, along with an ID tag or tattoo, could help secure your thai ridgeback’s return should she go missing.

Information on thai ridgeback Temperament

thai ridgeback Training

Well-mannered, companion thai ridgebacks can truly be a a joy. However, left untrained, your dog could be trouble. Training your thai ridgeback on the fundamentals—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—bolsters the relationship with both the pooch as well as your company. If you have a pup, begin teaching her the appropriate behavior as fast as you can! Use meals as incentive and reward. Puppies should enroll in obedience classes when they have been adequately immunized. Contact the community SPCA or humane society for details on training courses. It is best to walk your thai ridgeback on a leash when, even as a puppy. Just be positive your dog will come back to you if you tell her. An aggressive or disobedient thai ridgeback shouldn’t be allowed to play with children.

About your thai ridgeback’s Health

Your thai ridgeback should see the veterinarian for a full examination, shots and a heartworm exam annualy, and as soon as possible if he is hurt or ill.

About your thai ridgeback’s Dental Health

While many of us may simply dislike our thai ridgeback’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it may indicate. Foul-smelling breath is a symptom that your thai ridgeback should get an oral examination. Plaque , which is a result of unhealthy bacteria creates a bad odor that can only be cured by professional treatment. Once your thai ridgeback has had a cleaning from a professional, his mouth may be maintained in a healthy state by eliminating table food, feeding a special diet focused on maintaining dental health, and brushing regularly. Your vet can supply you with additional info on eradicating dental disease as well as halitosis. You should clean your thai ridgeback’s teeth with a doggie paste or a homemade baking soda and water paste a few times per week. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Some thai ridgebacks can develop periodontal disease, also known as an infection between the gum and tooth. Sometimes, loss of teeth occurs as a result of periodontal disease. Disease can sometimes also propagate to other areas of your thai ridgeback’s body. Veterinarians may clean his teeth as a regular part of your thai ridgeback’s health program.

Breeds with Halitosis (bad breath)

Although dental disease in and of itself is not critical when it is detected early enough, halitosis may also indicate fairly serious, chronic causes for concern. A sweet, fruity smell can frequently be a sign of diabetes, while diseases of the intestines or liver may cause foul breath. Kidney disease is a possibility when your thai ridgeback’s breath smells like ammonia or urine. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your thai ridgeback has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.

thai ridgeback Tick and Flea Issues

When it’s warm, it’s critical for you to perform daily checks of your thai ridgeback for ticks and fleas. Use a flea comb to find and remove fleas. There are several new techniques of tick control. Talk with your veterinarian about his recommendations.

thai ridgebacks With Heartworm Issues

This parasite lives in the heart and passes from a contaminated dog to your thai ridgeback by way of mosquitoes. Many thai ridgebacks die annualy due to heartworms. It is wise to make sure your thai ridgeback has a heartworm screen every single spring—this is critical for detecting infections from the prior year. You should also give your thai ridgeback a once-a-month pill throughout the course of mosquito season to protect him from heartworms. Your thai ridgeback should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some locations, usually the areas with hotter temperatures, where vets recommend worm pills be taken continually.

Medicines and Poisons

Never, ever give your thai ridgeback medication that hasn’t been prescribed by her veterinarian. Just one ibuprofen tablet can cause stomach ulcers in thai ridgebacks. Make sure your thai ridgeback is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. Be sure you notify your dog’s vet if you have cause to believe your thai ridgeback has eaten a poisonous substance. You can also contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for twenty-four hour help.

thai ridgebacks: Spaying and Neutering

Female thai ridgebacks should be spayed—which is the removal of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by 6 months old. Spaying before maturity greatly reduces the breast cancer risk, a common and usually fatal condition of more mature females. Spaying also eliminates the possibility of a diseased uterus, a traumatic issue in older females that demands intensive medical care. Neutering males helps prevent testicular diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggression.

Immunizing your thai ridgeback

  • Your thai ridgeback pup should be immunized with a combo immunization (called a “5-in-1”) at two, three and four months of age, and then once per year. This innoculation protects your pup from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. The thai ridgeback puppy’s innoculation regimen cannot be completed prior to 4 months old.
  • If you have an uninnoculized thai ridgeback older than 4 or five months, she must get a set of 2 innoculations given two or 3 weeks apart, followed by an annual innoculation.
  • Your thai ridgeback pup’s socialization should coincide with the immunization program. Most vets advise that new owners bring their thai ridgeback puppies to socialization courses, as early as 8 or 9 weeks old. At this point, they should have already received their first vaccinations.

Regulations are so different between different areas, the best thing is to contact your local veterinarian to get rabies vaccination details. As an example, NYC laws declare that pets older than 3 months must be immunized for rabies. After the first innoculation, he must get another vaccination the next year, and then every three years. There are many immunizations, many of which are right for your thai ridgeback. There are others that are not, however. Ask your thai ridgeback’s vet for her recommendation. Another thing, if your thai ridgeback gets ill because she is not immunized, the shots can be given after your pet fully recovers.

Intestinal Worms in thai ridgebacks

thai ridgebacks are often exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry hookworms and roundworms are transmitted through a thai ridgeback’s stool. Most puppies, even from healthy mothers in good homes, carry roundworms or hookworms. An accurate, early detection is the key to treatment. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed medication will be effective against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your doctor can best figure out the culprit—and decide the most effective medication.

Miscellaneous thai ridgeback Care Tips

Checklist of thai ridgeback Supplies

  • Premium-quality dog food and snacks designed for thai ridgebacks and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water bowl
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Comb & brush for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with identification tag and license
  • Quality leash
  • Dog carrier (for pups)
  • Training crate
  • Dog bed or box with quilt or towel
  • Doggie toothbrush

The no-no list

The following items should never be fed to thai ridgebacks:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee, tea, or chocolate
  • Raisins & grapes
  • Moldy or spoiled food
  • Onions, garlic or chives
  • Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
  • Salt or salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, unripe fruit or stems
  • Dough

Final Thoughts

Retain your thai ridgeback on a leash whenever you are outside, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in place. When your thai ridgeback does number 2 on a neighbor’s yard, her sidewalk or any other public space, please take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about thai ridgebacks

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