Komondor Care Tips

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Dogs, Komondor, Pets | 0 comments

komondor care tipsRaising dogs, especially providing care for the komondor, is a specialty of people across the world. Experts believe that dogs were domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that all canines evolved from wolves. Since then, humans have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, which range in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the title of the tallest canine. But the most popular canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The komondor is another popular pick with canine owners. Some owners are misinformed, however, of many of the most crucial komondor care tips.

General cost of care for your komondor

The yearly budget for rearing the komondor—including everything from food and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—can range between $420 and $780. This does not even account for capital costs for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, carrier and dog crate. Tip: Be sure you have all of the required supplies before you get your komondor home for the 1st time.

Typical komondor Care

Feeding your komondor

  • komondor puppies between eight and twelve weeks old need 4 bowls of food in a 24 hour period.
  • komondor puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals in a 24 hour period.
  • Feed pups 6 months to 1 year two times in a twenty-four hour period.
  • When the komondor hits his or her 1st birthday, 1 feeding in a twenty-four hour period is sufficient.
  • Some adult komondors, however, eat two smaller meals. It is your responsibility to adapt to your komondor’s eating habits.

Excellent-quality dry dog food provides balanced nutrition to full-grown komondors and can mix with canned food, broth, or water. Your komondor may like cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these foods shouldn’t add up to more than 10 percent of her daily nutrition. komondor pups need to be given top-quality, brand-name puppy food. Please limit “people food”, though, since it can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, bone and teeth problems, and might lead to very finicky food choices as well as obesity. Give clean, fresh water only, and be sure to clean food and water bowls regularly.

komondor Care Tips: Your komondor needs physical activity daily

komondors need some daily physical activity to stay healthy, recharge their minds, and stay healthy. Daily activity also tends to help komondors fight boredom, which can lead to naughty behavior. Physical activity would curb many of your komondor’s instinctual urges to chase, retrieve, chew, dig and herd. Exercise needs are dependent on your komondor’s age and her level of health—but a couple of walks down the street every day and 10 minutes in back of the house probably will not suffice. If your komondor is a six to 18 month adolescent, his requirements will probably be relatively higher.

komondor Grooming Tips

You can help reduce shedding and keep your komondor clean with brushing. Inspect for ticks and fleas daily during warm weather. Most komondors don’t need a bath more than a few times per year. Before giving him a bath, comb or cut out all mats from the komondor’s hair. Rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap.

komondor Handling

Puppies, as opposed to adults, are clearly the easiest to manage. To carry the komondor puppy, take one of your hands and place it beneath the dog’s chest, either with your forearm or your other hand supporting his hind legs and rump. Don’t ever try to grab or lift your puppy by his forelegs, back of the neck or tail. When you must lift a bigger, full-grown komondor, pick it up from the underside, bracing his or her chest with 1 of your arms and rear end with the other.

Housing your komondor

Your komondor needs a warm quiet place to be able to sleep apart from all breezes and away from the floor or ground. You may want to purchase a doggie bed, or make one out of a wooden box. Put a clean blanket, sheet, comforter, or pillow inside the bed. Wash the komondor’s bedding frequently. If your komondor will be outdoors much, be sure he has access to shade and plenty of cool water in the summer, and a covered, dry, warm area in the cold.

Licensing and Identification for komondors

There are licensing rules to follow in your city. Make certain you connect the license to your komondor’s collar. The license, along with an identification tattoo, can help you recover your komondor should she become lost.

komondor Temperament Facts

About Training your komondor

Well-behaved, companion komondors can truly be a joy to raise. But when left untrained, your komondor can easily be a big pain. Teaching your komondor the basics—”Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Leave it”—bolsters your relationship both with the dog and your relatives. If you’re the owner of a puppy, begin teaching him or her the right responses as soon as humanly possible! Doggie snacks can be used as incentive and recognition. Puppies can join obedience courses when they are sufficiently vaccinated. Call your community SPCA or humane society for details about training classes. It is wise to walk your komondor on a leash when, even as a puppy. Just be sure your dog will come back to you every time you call her. A disobedient or aggressive komondor can’t play with kids.

Your komondor’s Health

Your komondor should visit the vet for a complete examination, shots and heartworm screening annualy, and ASAP if she is sick or hurt.

About your komondor’s Oral Health

While many of us might simply dislike our komondor’s foul breath, we should pay attention to what it may be telling us. Bad breath usually means that your komondor is in need of a dental screening. Plaque , which is brought on by germs results in a foul smell that can only be freshened with the help of a professional. After a cleaning from a professional, the gums and teeth can be be preserved in a healthy state by feeding a special diet focused on dental health, eliminating table food, and regular brushing. Your veterinarian can provide you with more information on mitigating periodontal diseases as well as stinky breath. You can clean the komondor’s teeth using a dog paste or a homemade paste made of baking soda and water a few times per week. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Periodontal disease,which is an infection between the tooth and the gum, often affects komondors. Often, teeth loss happens due to periodontal infection. Disease can sometimes also spread to the rest of your komondor’s body. Veterinarians should brush his teeth as a regular part of your komondor’s health screening.

komondor Breath Gone Wild!

Even though dental disease alone is not a serious threat if it is detected early enough, the foul odors may also be indicative of serious, chronic issues. A fruity, even pleasant smell can sometimes be indicative of diabetes, while intestinal or liver diseases may cause foul breath. If your komondor’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease might be the reason. If you notice your komondor has bad breath in conjunction with other indications of ill health, such as loss of appetite, vomiting or nausea, loss of weight, depression, excessive drinking or urination, set up a trip to your dog’s vet.

komondor Tick and Flea Issues

During the summer, it’s critical for you to perform regular, daily inspections of your komondor for ticks and fleas. Find fleas with a flea comb. There are several new techniques of flea management. Consult your komondor’s doctor about his or her recommendations.

Heartworm problems in komondors

This parasite resides in the heart and passes from an infested dog to your komondor by way of mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations are deadly. It is wise to give your komondor a heartworm screen every single spring—this is crucial for detecting infestations from the past year. It is also good to give your komondor a monthly pill during the warm, wet time of the year to help protect her from heartworms. If you ever vacation in a warmer-than-usual region with your komondor in winter, your dog ought to be on the preventive medicine during the trip. There are some places, usually the areas with hotter temperatures, where doctors recommend parasite tablets be consumed throughout the year.

Medicines and Toxins

Never, ever give your komondor medication that hasn’t been prescribed by his vet. Did you know that just one ibuprofen tablet could cause stomach ulcers in komondors? Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your komondor. Make sure to immediately call your komondor’s doctor when you have cause to suspect your komondor has ingested poison. You may also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hour help.

komondor Reproductive Operations

Male komondors should be neutered – the extraction of the testicles – and females spayed – the extraction of the ovaries and uterus – by six months of age. You can significantly reduce your female’s risk of breast cancer by spaying before adulthood. Spaying also eliminates the risk of a diseased uterus, a very serious problem in older females that demands intensive medical care and surgery. Prostate diseases, testicular cancer, certain types of aggressions and some hernias are all preventable by neutering males.

komondor Innoculations

  • The combo vaccine (also called a “5-in-one shot”) ought to be given to your komondor at two, three, and four months of age and then once each year. This shot protects your pup from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. Your komondor puppy’s vaccination program cannot be completed prior to 4 months old.
  • If you have an uninnoculized komondor older than 4 or five months, she must get a set of two innoculations given 2 or 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly immunization.
  • komondor puppy innoculation and socialization should go hand in hand. You may bring your komondor pup to socialization classes by 8 or nine weeks old, as recommended by most doctors. They should have already received their first immunizations by this point.

Statutes are so varied around the country, that it’s best to call your community veterinarian to get rabies innoculation details. In NYC, for example, the rule requires all pets older than three months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the initial vaccination, you must get another vaccination the next year, and then every three years. There are several innoculations that could be appropriate for your komondor. Your vet can tell youmore about them. Take note, if your komondor gets ill because he is not vaccinated, the shot should be given once your dog has recovered.

Intestinal Worms in komondors

komondors are commonly exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Tiny eggs produced by hookworms and roundworms are transmitted through an infested dog’s feces. Most pups, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry hookworms or roundworms. The key to treatment is early detection. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed medicine will be effective against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best define the culprit—and assign the best medicine.

komondor: Miscellaneous Care Tips

komondor Supply Checklist

  • Premium-quality dog food and snacks specifically for komondors and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food bowl
  • Water dish
  • As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
  • Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with identification tag and license
  • Quality leash
  • Dog carrier (for pups)
  • Crate for training
  • Dog box or bed with quilt or towel
  • Doggie toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

The following items should never be fed to komondors:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocolate, coffee, or tea
  • Raisins & grapes
  • Moldy or spoiled food
  • Onions, chives & garlic
  • Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
  • Salt or salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
  • Dough

The scoop on poop

Retain your komondor on a leash whenever you are outside, unless you are in a fenced-in, secured location. And please, when your komondor defecates on your neighbor’s yard, take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about komondors

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