Tips For Taking Care Of Your Miniature Schnauzer

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in Dogs, Miniature Schnauzer, Pets | 0 comments


miniature schnauzer care tipsOwning dogs, especially providing care for the miniature schnauzer, is a specialty of people across the globe. Zoologists believe dogs were first domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and twenty five thousand years ago—and that dogs evolved from wolves. Since then, people have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, varying in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, whose three-foot stature earns them the title of tallest canine. However, the most preferred canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The miniature schnauzer is also a favorite pick with dog owners. Some owners are misinformed, however, of many of the most common miniature schnauzer care tips.

General health care cost of the miniature schnauzer

The yearly cost of taking care of your miniature schnauzer—to include everything from nutrition, to vet bills, toys and license—can vary between four hundred twenty and $780. This is not even accounting for capital expenses for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, dog carrier and a doggie crate. Tip: Be positive you have procured all of the necessary supplies before you bring your miniature schnauzer home.

General miniature schnauzer Care

Feeding the miniature schnauzer

  • miniature schnauzer pups between eight and twelve weeks need 4 bowls of food daily.
  • miniature schnauzer pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals in a twenty-four hour period.
  • Feed puppies six months old to 1 year old two times daily.
  • By the time the miniature schnauzer makes his first birthday, 1 feeding per day is usually adequate.
  • Sometimes adult miniature schnauzers, however, prefer two lighter meals. It’s your duty to learn your miniature schnauzer’s eating tendencies.

Premium-quality dry food ensures balanced nutrition for grown miniature schnauzers and can mix with broth, water, or canned food. Your miniature schnauzer may also enjoy cooked eggs, fruits and vegetables, and cottage cheese, but these foods should be less than 10 pct of his or her daily nutrition. miniature schnauzer puppies must be fed high-quality, brand-name puppy food. Please cut down on “people food”, however, since it can cause mineral and vitamin imbalances, bone and teeth concerns, and might cause some very picky food choices and obesity. Give fresh, potable water always, and make sure to wash water and food dishes very regularly.

miniature schnauzer Care Tips: Make sure your miniature schnauzer gets some daily exercise

miniature schnauzers must get exercise to stay in shape, stimulate their brains, and stay healthy. Exercise also seems to help miniature schnauzers avoid boredom, which often has the potential to lead to to naughty behavior. Getting out and about can appease many of your miniature schnauzer’s desires to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Activity needs can depend on your miniature schnauzer’s age and his level of health—but just a walk down the street every day and ten minutes in the backyard probably is not enough. If your miniature schnauzer is a six to 18 month adolescent, her requirements will probably be relatively more.

Grooming tips for miniature schnauzers

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

How to Handle Your miniature schnauzer

Pups are clearly the easiest to handle. To carry your miniature schnauzer puppy, place one hand under your dog’s chest, with either the forearm or other hand supporting her back legs and rump. Never try to lift or grab your pup by his front legs, tail or back of the neck. When you need to lift a bigger, full-grown miniature schnauzer, lift from the underside, bracing his chest with one arm and rump with your other.

How to House the miniature schnauzer

miniature schnauzers need a comfortable peaceful spot to be able to sleep apart from all breezes and off the floor or ground. You might wish to purchase a doggie bed, or try making one out of a wooden box. Put a clean comforter, blanket, sheet, or pillow in the bed as cushion. Wash the miniature schnauzer’s bedding often. If the miniature schnauzer will be outdoors often, be sure he has plenty of cool water and shade in hot weather, and a warm, covered, dry area during the winter.

miniature schnauzer Identification

There are licensing rules to heed in your area. Make sure you affix the license to your miniature schnauzer’s collar. This, along with an ID tattoo or tag, may help you recover your miniature schnauzer if he happens to go missing.

miniature schnauzer Temperament Facts

Thoughts on Training Your miniature schnauzer

Well-behaved, companion miniature schnauzers are truly a a joy. But when untrained, your miniature schnauzer can easily be trouble. Teaching your miniature schnauzer the standards—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—bolsters your relationship with both your dog as well as your relatives. If you own a pup, begin training her on the appropriate responses ASAP! Little bits of food should be used as a lure and recognition. Pups should join obedience courses when they are adequately immunized. Contact the community SPCA or humane society for information about obedience courses. It is best to walk your miniature schnauzer leashed in public, even as a pup. Be certain your miniature schnauzer will come to you every time you say. A disobedient or aggressive miniature schnauzer isn’t ready to play with kids.

Your miniature schnauzer’s Health

miniature schnauzers should see the veterinarian for a thorough check-up, innoculations and a heartworm examination each and every year, and ASAP when he is ill or hurt.

Your miniature schnauzer’s Dental Health

While many of us might object to our miniature schnauzer’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might be a sign of. Foul-smelling breath usually indicates that your miniature schnauzer should get an oral examination. Dental plaque caused by bacteria creates a foul stench that can only be cured with the help of a professional. Once your miniature schnauzer has had a cleaning done by a professional, his mouth can be kept healthy by brushing regularly, feeding a special diet focused on dental health, and eliminating table food. The veterinarian can show you additional information on eradicating oral diseases as well as halitosis. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your miniature schnauzer’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Some miniature schnauzers develop periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Sometimes, loss of teeth takes place as a result of gum infection. Infection will sometimes also spread to other areas of your miniature schnauzer’s body. The veterinarian will sometimes brush the miniature schnauzer’s teeth while performing the regular health test.

Bad Breath in miniature schnauzers

If your miniature schnauzer has smelly breath, periodontal disease might not necessarily be the reason, as other more serious illnesses also have that symptom. Diseases of the liver or intestines sometimes cause halitosis, while a sweet, even pleasant smell may sometimes be indicative of diabetes. If your miniature schnauzer’s breath smells like urine or ammonia, kidney disease may be the cause. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your miniature schnauzer 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 miniature schnauzers

When it’s warm, it’s important for you to perform daily, regular inspections of your miniature schnauzer for ticks and fleas. Use a flea comb to remove and find fleas. There are numerous new techniques of tick control. Consult your vet about her or his options.

miniature schnauzers With Heartworm Issues

This parasite lives in the heart and passes from an infested dog to your miniature schnauzer by way of mosquitoes. Several miniature schnauzers die annualy as a result of heartworm infestations. Your miniature schnauzer should have a heartworm screen each spring—this is important for stopping infestations from the prior year. A once-a-month pill given in the warm, wet time of the year will help to protect your miniature schnauzer. Your miniature schnauzer should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some locations, usually the regions with warmer temperatures, where doctors recommend worm medication be used continuously.

Poisons and Medications

If you’re thinking about giving your miniature schnauzer tablets that was not prescribed for him by his vet, don’t do it. Are you aware that 1 regular-strength ibuprofen pill causes ulcers in some dogs Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your miniature schnauzer. Be sure to call your dog’s doctor when you have reason to suspect your miniature schnauzer has ingested poison. You may also immediately call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for twenty-four hour help.

miniature schnauzers: Spaying and Neutering

Female miniature schnauzers should be spayed—which is the removal of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by six months of age. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the breast cancer risk, a frequently fatal and common illness of older female miniature schnauzers. Spaying also eradicates the risk of a sick uterus, a traumatic issue in older females that demands intensive medical care and surgery. Neutering males helps prevent testicular and prostate diseases, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias.

Immunizing your miniature schnauzer

  • Your miniature schnauzer pup should be innoculated with a combo innoculation (called a “5-in-one”) at 2, three and four months of age, and then once every year. This vaccine immunizes your miniature schnauzer puppy from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. Your miniature schnauzer puppy’s immunization regimen cannot be completed prior to four months of age.
  • If your miniature schnauzer has not been vaccinated and is older than four months, he will need to be given 2 vaccinations promptly, 2 to three weeks apart. Then you must vaccinate yearly.
  • Your miniature schnauzer pup’s immunizations should coincide with his socialization program. Many doctors recommend that new owners bring their miniature schnauzer puppies to socialization classes, beginning at eight to 9 weeks of age. They should have already received their first innoculations by then.

Laws are so different between different areas, that it’s best to call your community veterinarian about rabies vaccination info. For instance, NYC laws declare that pets older than three months must be innoculated for rabies. The initial rabies innoculation must be followed by another immunization the next year, and then every three years after that. There are a variety of immunizations that might effective for your miniature schnauzer. Your vet can give you her recommendation. By the way, if your miniature schnauzer gets ill because he is not properly immunized, do not give the shot until the dog has made a full recovery.

Worms in miniature schnauzers

miniature schnauzers are often exposed to worms—especially in rural areas. Eggs that carry roundworms and hookworms are transmitted through a dog’s stool. Most puppies, even from healthy mothers in good homes, carry hookworms or roundworms. An accurate, early diagnosis is the secret to treatment. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed medication will be highly effective against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eradicates hookworms, for example, will not kill tapeworms. Your vet can best figure out the culprit—and decide the most effective medication.

miniature schnauzer Care Tips: Additional Info

Checklist of miniature schnauzer Supplies

  • Premium-quality dog food and treats specifically designed for miniature schnauzers and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water dish
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Brush and comb for grooming, including a flea comb
  • Collar with license and identification tag
  • Quality leash
  • Carrier (for puppies)
  • Crate for training
  • Dog bed or box with sheet or towel
  • Doggie or child’s toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

Never feed your miniature schnauzer the following:

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

The scoop on poop

Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in space, keep your miniature schnauzer on a leash at all times. If your miniature schnauzer does #2 on your neighbor’s grass, on the sidewalk or any other public location, please take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about miniature schnauzers

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