How To Take Care Of Your Bouvier Des Flandres

Posted by on Aug 14, 2009 in Bouvier Des Flandres, Dogs, Pets | 0 comments


bouvier des flandres care tipsRaising dogs, especially providing care for the bouvier des flandres, is a specialty of humans across the world. Some zoologists postulate that dogs were originally domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that all dogs evolved from wolves. Since then, people have selectively bred more than four hundred breeds, varying in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, whose three-foot stature has earned them the title of the tallest dog. However, the most preferred pooches are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The bouvier des flandres is also a popular choice among dog owners. Some owners are oblivious, however, of some of the most crucial bouvier des flandres care tips.

Cost of care for your bouvier des flandres

The yearly budget for raising your bouvier des flandres—to include everything from nutrition and treats, veterinary care, toys and license—could vary between four hundred twenty and seven hundred eighty dollars. This figure doesn’t include capital costs for spay/neuter surgery, a collar and a leash, dog carrier and a doggie crate. Tip: Be sure you have obtained all your items before getting your bouvier des flandres home for the 1st time.

Basic bouvier des flandres Care

bouvier des flandres Feeding Routine

  • bouvier des flandres pups between 8 and 12 weeks old need four meals per day.
  • bouvier des flandres puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals daily.
  • Feed pups six months to one year 2 times per day.
  • By the time your bouvier des flandres hits his 1st birthday, 1 feeding every 24 hours is usually sufficient.
  • Sometimes bouvier des flandress, however, prefer two lighter bowls. It’s your responsibility to learn your bouvier des flandres’s eating schedule.

High-quality dry food ensures a balanced diet to adult bouvier des flandress and can mix with canned food, water, or broth. Your bouvier des flandres may like cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these additions should be less than 10 percent of his or her daily food allowance. bouvier des flandres puppies need to be fed high-quality, name brand puppy food. Please limit “people food”, though, because it can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, bone and teeth issues, and may cause extremely finicky food choices as well as obesity. Clean, fresh water should be made only, and be certain to wash water and food dishes regularly.

bouvier des flandres Care Tips: Your bouvier des flandres needs exercise daily

bouvier des flandress need daily exercise to stay in shape, stimulate their minds, and keep healthy. Daily activity also seems to help bouvier des flandress avoid boredom, which has the potential to lead to naughty behavior. Some outside playtime would curb many of your bouvier des flandres’s instinctual urges to herd, dig, chase, retrieve and chew. Activity needs will depend on your bouvier des flandres’s level of health and his age—but merely a walk down the street every day and ten minutes in the backyard probably will not suffice. If your bouvier des flandres is a six to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will probably be much greater.

Grooming tips for bouvier des flandress

Frequent brushing will help keep your bouvier des flandres clean and reduce shedding. Inspect for ticks and fleas daily during the summer or other warm weather. Sometimes bouvier des flandress don’t need a bath more than a few times per year. Before the bath, comb or cut out any and all mats from the bouvier des flandres’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap residue.

How to Handle Your bouvier des flandres

Puppies, as opposed to adults, are obviously the easiest to manage. While carrying your bouvier des flandres puppy, place one of your hands under your dog’s chest, either with the forearm or your other hand supporting her hind legs and rump. Don’t attempt to grab or lift your pup by his forelegs, back of the neck or tail. If you must lift a bigger, full-grown bouvier des flandres, pick it up from underneath, bracing his chest with 1 arm and rump with your other.

Housing the bouvier des flandres

bouvier des flandress need a comfy quiet place to rest away from all the drafts and away from the ground. You may wish to purchase a dog bed, or make one from a wood box. Put a clean blanket, sheet, comforter, or pillow inside the bed as cushion. Wash the bouvier des flandres’s bedding often. If your bouvier des flandres will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make certain he has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered area in the cold.

bouvier des flandres Licensing

There are licensing rules to heed in your city. Be sure to connect the license to your bouvier des flandres’s collar. The license, together with an ID tattoo, can help secure your bouvier des flandres’s return should he become lost.

bouvier des flandres Temperament Information

bouvier des flandres Training

A well-mannered, companion bouvier des flandres is a joy to raise. However, when left untrained, your dog may be a lot of trouble. Training your bouvier des flandres on the standards—”Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, and “Leave it”—bolsters your relationship with both the pooch as well as the house guests. If you’re the owner of a pup, begin training her on the appropriate responses quickly! Meals can be used as incentive and recognition. Pups can join obedience class when they have been adequately vaccinated. Contact your community SPCA or humane society for training classes. It is best to walk your bouvier des flandres on a leash while in public, even while a puppy. Be positive your dog will come to you when you tell her. A disobedient or aggressive bouvier des flandres shouldn’t play with children.

The Health of Your bouvier des flandres

bouvier des flandress should see the vet for a thorough assessment, vaccinations and a heartworm assessment every year, and ASAP if she is sick or hurt.

About your bouvier des flandres’s Oral Health

While many of us may object to our bouvier des flandres’s halitosis, we should pay attention to what it may be a symptom of. Bad breath is a sign that your bouvier des flandres requires a dental screening. Plaque , which is a result of unhealthy bacteria brings a terrible smell that requires the help of a professional. Once your bouvier des flandres has had a cleaning from a professional, her teeth and gums can be maintained in a healthy state by brushing regularly, feeding a special diet focused on dental health, and eliminating table food. Your vet can provide you with other information on reducing periodontal problems and stinky breath. You can brush your bouvier des flandres’s teeth using a doggie paste or a homemade paste made of baking soda and water once or twice a week. Brush them with a sterile gauze pad, a piece of nylon stocking stretched across the finger, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Some bouvier des flandress develop periodontal disease, frequently referred to as gum disease. This painful condition can cause tooth loss and also propagate disease throughout her body. Veterinarians will most likely clean the teeth as a regular part of your bouvier des flandres’s health physical.

bouvier des flandress with Bad Breath

If your bouvier des flandres has bad breath, gum disease might only be the tip of the iceberg as far as his health issues. Intestinal or liver diseases may cause halitosis, and a fruity, sweet smell may be indicative of diabetes. When your bouvier des flandres’s breath smells of ammonia or urine, kidney disease may be the reason. Whenever you determine your bouvier des flandres has halitosis accompanied by other symptoms of disease, like diminished appetite, nausea or vomiting, weight loss, moodiness, including depression, increased urinating or drinking, set up a visit to his doctor.

Dealing with Fleas and Ticks in bouvier des flandress

Throughout the summer, it’s crucial for you to perform daily inspections of your bouvier des flandres for fleas and ticks. Use a flea comb to find fleas. There are several new technologies of flea and tick elimination. Get advice from your veterinarian about her or his recommendations.

Heartworm problems in bouvier des flandress

The heartworm is a parasite that resides in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your bouvier des flandres by mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations can be fatal. It’s very important that you make sure your bouvier des flandres has a blood test for this parasite each year during the spring. You should also give your bouvier des flandres a monthly tablet throughout the course of mosquito season to protect her from heartworms. If you vacation in warmer regions with your bouvier des flandres during the winter, he ought to be on the preventive medicine during the trip. In some of the more moderate locations, vets advise preemptive parasite medication year round.

Toxins and Medicines

Please don’t give your bouvier des flandres medication that has not been prescribed by a vet. One little ibuprofen tablet is known to create stomach ulcers in bouvier des flandress. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your bouvier des flandres. If you have reason to think that your pooch has consumed a toxin, call the vet or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for twenty-four-hr. animal poison assistance.

Neutering and Spaying bouvier des flandress

Female bouvier des flandress should be spayed—which is the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—extraction of the testicles—by 6 months of age. You will usually significantly diminish your female’s risk of breast cancer by spaying prior to maturity. Spaying also eliminates the risk of a sick uterus, a very serious issue in older females that requires intensive medical care. Neutering male bouvier des flandress prevents testicular and prostate diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias.

bouvier des flandres Shots

  • bouvier des flandres puppies should be innoculated with a combo innoculation (called the “5-in-one”) at 2, three and four months old, and again once each year. This immunization immunizes your pup from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The bouvier des flandres puppy’s immunization regimen cannot be completed before four months old.
  • If you have an uninnoculized bouvier des flandres older than 4 or 5 months, she will need a series of 2 innoculations two or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly vaccination.
  • Your bouvier des flandres pup’s socialization should coincide with his innoculation program. Most veterinarians recommend that new owners bring their bouvier des flandres pups to socialization classes, as early as eight or nine weeks of age. At this age, they should have already received their first immunizations.

Regulations vary so much around the country, the best thing is to call your neighborhood veterinarian for rabies innoculation info. For instance, NYC codes state that pets older than 3 months must be immunized for rabies. The first rabies immunization must be followed by another shot a year later, and then every three years after that. There are many innoculations, many of which are right for your bouvier des flandres. Others, however, are not. Ask your bouvier des flandres’s vet for her recommendation. By the way, if your bouvier des flandres gets ill because she is not innoculated, the immunization can be administered after your companion animal has recovered.

Hookworms in bouvier des flandress

bouvier des flandress are often exposed to worms—especially in rural areas. Microscopic eggs produced by roundworms and hookworms are transmitted through an infected bouvier des flandres’s stool. Most puppies, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry hookworms or roundworms. The secret to treatment is correct diagnosis. This will make certain that the medication is successful against the parasite your dog has. A dewormer that eradicates hookworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best determine the culprit—and prescribe the effective medicine.

Miscellaneous bouvier des flandres Care Tips

Checklist of bouvier des flandres Supplies

  • Excellent-quality dog food and snacks designed for bouvier des flandress and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water dish
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with license and ID tag
  • Quality leash
  • Carrier (for puppies)
  • Crate for training
  • Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
  • Child’s toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

Do not feed your bouvier des flandres the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocolate, tea, coffee, or any other caffeinated foods
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Moldy or spoiled food
  • Onions, garlic & chives
  • Poultry bones
  • Salt & salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, unripe fruit or stems
  • Dough

Final Thoughts

Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in location, keep your bouvier des flandres on a leash at all times. If your bouvier des flandres goes number two on your neighbor’s yard, his sidewalk or any other public spot, please remove it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about bouvier des flandress

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