Important Affenpinscher Care Tips

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Affenpinscher, Dogs, Pets | 0 comments


affenpinscher care tipsOwning dogs, especially providing care for the affenpinscher, is a specialty of people. Historians say dogs were originally domesticated sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, we have selectively bred more than four hundred different breeds, which range in size from four-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of tallest pooch. However, the most widespread pooches are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The affenpinscher is also a popular choice among canine owners. Many owners are uninformed, however, of many common affenpinscher care tips.

Cost of care for the affenpinscher

The yearly cost of raising your affenpinscher—to include food and treats, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between $420 and $780. This doesn’t even include capital costs for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, dog carrier and dog crate. Tip: Be positive you have all your supplies before getting your affenpinscher home for the first time.

Basic affenpinscher Care

How To Feed your affenpinscher

  • affenpinscher puppies between 8 and 12 weeks old need 4 bowls of food in a day.
  • Feed affenpinscher puppies three to 6 months old three meals in a 24 hour period.
  • Feed puppies six months old to one year 2 times daily.
  • When the affenpinscher reaches his or her 1st birthday, 1 meal each day is adequate.
  • Many times affenpinschers might do better with 2 smaller helpings. It’s your responsibility to learn your affenpinscher’s eating habits.

Premium-quality dry dog food provides a balanced diet to adult affenpinschers and may be mixed with broth, water, or canned food. Your affenpinscher may enjoy fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these foods should not be more than ten percent of her daily nutrition intake. affenpinscher puppies need to be given premium-quality, name brand puppy food. You should try to cut down on “people food”, though, since it can result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies, bone and teeth issues, and might cause some very finicky eating habits as well as obesity. Clean, fresh water should be available always, and make sure to wash water and food dishes daily.

affenpinscher Care Tips: Your affenpinscher needs exercise daily

affenpinschers must have daily physical activity so they can stay healthy, stimulate their minds, and remain in good health. Physical activity also tends to help affenpinschers fight boredom, which often leads to destructive behavior. Getting out and about would appease many of your affenpinscher’s desires to retrieve, dig, chew, chase and herd. Individual exercise needs can depend on your affenpinscher’s level of health and his or her age—but a couple of walks down the street every day and ten minutes in back of the house probably won’t be sufficient. If your affenpinscher is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will probably be a little more.

affenpinscher Grooming

You can help keep your affenpinscher clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Inspect for fleas and ticks daily during the summer or other warm weather. Sometimes affenpinschers don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Prior to the bath, comb or cut out all mats from the affenpinscher’s coat. Rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap.

How to Handle Your affenpinscher

Puppies, as opposed to adults, are obviously easier to handle. When carrying the affenpinscher pup, put one hand under your dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting his hind legs and rump. Never try to grab or lift your puppy by his or her front legs, tail or nape. When you have to pick up a bigger, full-grown affenpinscher, pick it up from the underside, supporting her chest with 1 of your arms and rear end with the other arm.

affenpinscher housing

Your affenpinscher needs a comfy peaceful place to be able to sleep apart from all breezes and away from the ground. You might want to think about purchasing a dog bed, or prefer making one from a wooden box. Put a clean blanket, comforter, sheet, or pillow inside the bed as cushioning. Wash your affenpinscher’s bedding frequently. If the affenpinscher will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure she has access to covering and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a covered, dry, warm area during the winter.

affenpinscher Identification

Be certain you heed the community’s licensing rules. You should attach the license to the affenpinscher’s collar. The license, along with an identification tattoo or tag, could help secure your affenpinscher’s return if he happens to go missing.

affenpinscher Behavior Info

About Training your affenpinscher

A well-mannered, companion affenpinscher is a blessing to have. However, when left untrained, your dog can easily be a big pain. Teaching your affenpinscher the basics—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—will bolster the relationship with both your pooch as well as the family. If you’re the owner of a puppy, start teaching him the right behavior as soon as humanly possible! Use snacks as incentive and recognition. Pups should start obedience class when they have been sufficiently immunized. Contact your community SPCA or humane society for information on training courses. It is best to walk your affenpinscher on a leash while in public, even as a puppy. Just be positive your dog will come to you whenever you tell him to. An aggressive or disobedient affenpinscher cannot play with others.

affenpinscher Health

affenpinschers should visit the veterinarian for a full examination, immunizations and heartworm examination every single year, and promptly if she is ill or hurt.

The Oral Health of Your affenpinscher

While many of us might simply dislike our affenpinscher’s halitosis, we should pay attention to what it might be a symptom of. Halitosis is most commonly a symptom which means that your affenpinscher needs an oral examination. Dental plaque caused by unhealthy bacteria results in a foul stench that demands treatment by a professional. Once your affenpinscher has had a cleaning done by a professional, his teeth and gums can be kept healthy by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. The vet can supply you with additional info for mitigating dental ailments and stinky breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your affenpinscher’s teeth. You can brush them with a piece of nylon pantyhose wrapped around your finger, a gauze pad, or a soft, child’s toothbrush. Sometimes, affenpinschers develop periodontal disease, another name for an infection between the tooth and the gum. Often, loss of teeth happens due to gum disease. Infection can sometimes also propagate to the rest of your affenpinscher’s body. Your vet usually will brush the affenpinscher’s teeth while performing the typical health screening.

Bad affenpinscher Breath

If your affenpinscher has smelly breath, gum disease might just be the tip of the iceberg as far as his health issues. Diseases of the intestines or liver sometimes cause halitosis, while a sweet, fruity smell can sometimes be a sign of diabetes. Kidney disease is a possible cause if your affenpinscher’s breath smells of urine or ammonia. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your affenpinscher has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.

Dealing with Ticks and Fleas in affenpinschers

Throughout the summer, it’s critical for you to perform daily, regular checks of your affenpinscher for ticks and fleas. You can find and remove fleas using a flea comb. There are many new techniques of tick control. Speak with your affenpinscher’s doctor about his or her recommendations.

Heartworms in affenpinschers

The heartworm is a parasite that resides in the heart and is passed from a contaminated dog to your affenpinscher by mosquitoes. Many affenpinschers die annualy due to heartworms. It is extremely critical that you ensure your affenpinscher takes a blood test for worms annually in the spring. You should also give your affenpinscher a monthly tablet in the warm, wet time of the year in order to protect him from heartworms. Your affenpinscher should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some regions, usually the locations with more moderate temperatures, where veterinarians recommend parasite medication be used throughout the year.

Medicines and Toxins

If you’re pondering giving your affenpinscher medication that was not prescribed for her by his veterinarian, don’t. Are you aware that just one regular-strength ibuprofen caplet causes ulcers in affenpinschers? Make sure your affenpinscher is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. When you have reason to think your dog has consumed a toxin, notify your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 twenty-four hrs. a day for instructions.

affenpinschers: Spaying and Neutering

Female affenpinschers should be spayed—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—removal of the testicles—by six months of age. Spaying before maturity greatly diminishes the breast cancer risk, which is a usually deadly and common disorder of older females. The possibility of a diseased uterus, which is another serious condition that affects more mature females, will also be eliminated by spaying when young. Neutering male affenpinschers eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias.

Vaccinating your affenpinscher

  • affenpinscher pups should be vaccinated with a combo innoculation (called the “5-in-1”) at two, 3 and 4 months of age, and then once yearly. This immunization immunizes your pup from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your affenpinscher must be innoculated for at least the first 4 months of his life.
  • If you have an uninnoculized affenpinscher older than 4 or 5 months, he must have a set of two immunizations given two to 3 weeks apart, followed by an annual immunization.
  • Your affenpinscher pup’s vaccinations should coincide with his socialization program. You may bring your affenpinscher pup to socialization courses as early as eight to 9 weeks of age, as recommended by most doctors. They should have already received their first innoculations by this age.

Laws are so different around the country, that it’s best to call your neighborhood vet for rabies vaccination details. In NYC, for example, the statute states that all pets older than three months must be vaccinated for rabies. The original rabies vaccine must be followed by a subsequent vaccination the following year, and then every three years. There are a variety of vaccines that may right for your affenpinscher. Ask your affenpinscher’s vet for his recommendation. By the way, if your affenpinscher gets sick because she is not properly innoculated, do not administer the innoculation until the dog has made a full recovery.

Roundworms in affenpinschers

affenpinschers are often exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry intestinal worms are transmitted through a dog’s stool. Even the healthiest of affenpinscher puppies carry hookworms or roundworms. Getting an accurate, early detection is the key to effective treatment. This will maximize the possibility that the medicine is effective against the worms your dog has. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your vet can best figure out the culprit—and prescribe the right medicine.

affenpinscher Care Tips: Additional Information

Checklist of affenpinscher Supplies

  • Excellent-quality dog food and treats specifically for affenpinschers and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water dish
  • As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
  • Brush and comb for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with license and identification tag
  • Leash
  • Dog carrier (for puppies)
  • Crate for training
  • Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
  • Dog toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

Never, ever feed your affenpinscher the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Spoiled or moldy food of any kind
  • Onions, garlic and chives
  • Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
  • Salt and salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems and unripe fruit
  • Dough

The scoop on poop

Retain your affenpinscher on a leash whenever you are outdoors, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in space. If your affenpinscher defecates on a neighbor’s yard, the sidewalk or any other public location, please clean it up! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about affenpinschers

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