Alaskan Klee Kai Care Tips

Posted by on Apr 18, 2004 in Alaskan Klee Kai, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Alaskan Klee Kai Care Tips

alaskan klee kai care tipsRaising dogs, especially taking care of the alaskan klee kai, is old hat for people across the world. Some experts speculate dogs were originally domesticated sometime between 12,000 and twenty five thousand years ago—and that all canines evolved from wolves. Since then, human beings have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, ranging in size from 4-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the title of tallest canine. But the most preferred canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The alaskan klee kai is also a popular pick among dog owners. Many owners are unaware, however, of many crucial alaskan klee kai care tips.

Health care cost of the alaskan klee kai

The annual cost of taking care of the alaskan klee kai—to include everything from meals and treats, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and seven hundred eighty dollars. This doesn’t even account for capital costs for spay/neuter procedures, a collar and a leash, a dog carrier and crate. Tip: Make sure you have procured all the necessary items before getting your alaskan klee kai home for the 1st time.

Basic alaskan klee kai Care

alaskan klee kai Feeding Routine

  • alaskan klee kai puppies between 8 and twelve weeks old need four bowls of food every twenty-four hours.
  • alaskan klee kai pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals daily.
  • Feed pups 6 months old to 1 year old 2 bowls of food in a twenty-four hour period.
  • By the time the alaskan klee kai makes his 1st birthday, one feeding daily is typically sufficient.
  • Some alaskan klee kais might eat two smaller bowls. It is your duty to adapt to your alaskan klee kai’s eating schedule.

High-quality dry food ensures a well-rounded diet for grown alaskan klee kais and may be mixed with broth, water, or canned food. Your alaskan klee kai may also like cooked eggs, cottage cheese, and fruits and vegetables, but these additions should be less than 10 percent of his daily food allowance. alaskan klee kai puppies should probably be given top-quality, brand-name puppy food. You should try to cut down on “table food”, though, because it can cause vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth issues, and might result in some very picky food choices as well as obesity. Clean, fresh water should be available always, and make sure to wash food and water bowls daily.

alaskan klee kai Care Tips: Make sure your alaskan klee kai does some daily physical activity

alaskan klee kais need some exercise in order to stay in shape, recharge their minds, and stay healthy. Exercise also tends to help alaskan klee kais avoid boredom, which would often lead to naughty behavior. Going outside can curb many of your alaskan klee kai’s instinctual urges to retrieve, dig, chew, chase and herd. Individual exercise needs are dependent on your alaskan klee kai’s age and his level of health—but ten minutes in the backyard and just a walk around the block every day probably won’t cut it. If your alaskan klee kai is a six to eighteen month adolescent, her requirements will be a little higher.

alaskan klee kai Grooming

You can help reduce shedding and keep your alaskan klee kai clean with regular brushing. Inspect for ticks and fleas every day during the summer or other warm weather. Sometimes alaskan klee kais don’t need a bath more than a few times per year. Before giving him or her a bath, comb or cut out any mats from the alaskan klee kai’s hair. Rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap residue.

Handling Your alaskan klee kai

Puppies are clearly easier to handle. While carrying your alaskan klee kai pup, place one of your hands under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting her back legs and rear. Don’t ever try to lift or grab your puppy by his or her front legs, nape or tail. If you must pick up a larger, adult alaskan klee kai, lift from underneath, supporting his or her chest with 1 arm and rump with your other arm.

Housing the alaskan klee kai

alaskan klee kais need a comfy peaceful location in order to relax away from all the breezes and off the floor or ground. You may want to buy a doggie bed, or prefer making one from a wood box. Put a clean comforter, sheet, or pillow inside the bed for cushioning. Wash your alaskan klee kai’s bed covering often. If your alaskan klee kai will be outdoors much, make sure she has plenty of cool water and shade in hot weather, and a dry, warm, covered shelter in the cold.

Licensing and Identification for alaskan klee kais

There are licensing regulations to heed in your area. Be sure to affix the license to your alaskan klee kai’s collar. The license, together with an identification tattoo or tag, will most likely help secure your alaskan klee kai’s return should she go missing.

Facts on alaskan klee kai Temperament

About Training your alaskan klee kai

Well-behaved, companion alaskan klee kais are truly a a joy. However, left untrained, your dog could be a pain. Training your alaskan klee kai on the standards—”Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Leave it”—will strengthen the relationship with both the dog and your neighbors. If you’re the owner of a pup, begin training him on manners as fast as you can! Little bits of food can be used as incentive and recognition. Puppies should begin obedience courses when they have been sufficiently vaccinated. Call the community humane society or SPCA for information about obedience schools. Always keep your alaskan klee kai on a leash in public, even as a pup. Be sure your doggie will come back to you if you say. An aggressive or disobedient alaskan klee kai should not play with other people.

alaskan klee kai Health

Your alaskan klee kai should see the veterinarian for a complete assessment, innoculations and heartworm test annualy, and promptly when she is hurt or sick.

alaskan klee kai Dental Health

While many of us might simply dislike our alaskan klee kai’s bad breath, we must be aware of what it might indicate. Halitosis is most commonly a sign that your alaskan klee kai requires an oral exam. Dental plaque due to bacteria brings a foul stench that necessitates treatment by a professional. Once your alaskan klee kai has had a cleaning done by a professional, her gums and teeth can be maintained in a healthy state by feeding a special diet focused on dental health, eliminating table food, and regular brushing. The vet can provide you with other tips for minimizing dental problems 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 alaskan klee kai’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Some alaskan klee kais have periodontal disease, sometimes called gum disease. Sometimes, teeth loss happens because of periodontal infection. Diseases will sometimes also propagate to other areas of your alaskan klee kai’s body. The vet should clean the teeth as a regular part of your alaskan klee kai’s health physical.

alaskan klee kai Bad Breath

While oral disease in isolation is not life-threatening if found early, bad breath may also be indicative of serious, persistent causes for concern. Intestinal or liver diseases sometimes also cause foul breath, while a sweet, even pleasant smell can usually be indicative of diabetes. Kidney disease is a possible cause if your alaskan klee kai’s breath smells like ammonia or urine. If you determine your alaskan klee kai has foul breath in conjunction with other symptoms of ill health, like loss of appetite, vomiting or nausea, loss of weight, moodiness, including depression, increasing drinking or urinating, plan a visit to his or her veterinarian.

alaskan klee kai Tick and Flea Issues

Regular, daily inspections of your alaskan klee kai for ticks and fleas during the warm seasons are important. You can find and remove fleas with a flea comb. There are several new technologies of flea control. Speak to your alaskan klee kai’s doctor about her options.

Heartworms in alaskan klee kais

The heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart and is passed from a contaminated dog to your alaskan klee kai by mosquitoes. Several alaskan klee kais die annualy because of heartworms. It is very critical that you make sure your alaskan klee kai takes a blood test for this parasite every spring. A once-a-month pill taken in the warm, wet time of the year will help to protect your alaskan klee kai. Your alaskan klee kai should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some places, usually the places with hotter climates, where the vets advise worm medication be used all the time.

Toxins and Medicines

Never, ever give your alaskan klee kai medication that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. For example, did you know that just one ibuprofen tablet causes ulcers in alaskan klee kais? Make sure your alaskan klee kai is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. Be sure you contact your alaskan klee kai’s vet when you have reason to suspect your alaskan klee kai has eaten a toxin. You could also contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hr. help.

Neutering and Spaying alaskan klee kais

It is recommended that male alaskan klee kais should be neutered – the removal of the testes – and females spayed – the extraction of the ovaries and uterus – by six months old. Spaying before maturity significantly diminishes the risk of breast cancer, which is a common and frequently fatal illness for more mature female alaskan klee kais. The risk of an infected uterus, which is another serious affliction that impacts older females, can also be removed by spaying prior to 6 months. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, some hernias and certain aggressive behavior are all preventable by neutering male alaskan klee kais.

alaskan klee kai Immunizations

  • The combo vaccine (also called a “five-in-one shot”) must be given to your alaskan klee kai at 2, three, and 4 months of age and again once per year. This shot immunizes your puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Your alaskan klee kai puppy’s vaccination regimen cannot be finished before 4 months old.
  • If you have the rare alaskan klee kai who has not been innoculated and is older than four or five months, she must have a set of two innoculations two or 3 weeks apart, followed by an annual vaccination.
  • Your alaskan klee kai pup’s immunizations should coincide with her socialization program. You should take your alaskan klee kai puppy to socialization classes by 8 to 9 weeks of age, as recommended by many doctors. At this point, they should have already received their first vaccinations.

Laws are so varied around the country, that it’s best to call your community doctor for rabies innoculation details. As an example, NYC rules state that pets older than three months be vaccinated for rabies. The original rabies innoculation must be followed by a subsequent immunization a year later, and then every 3 years. There are many immunizations that may or may not be effective for your alaskan klee kai. Ask your alaskan klee kai’s vet for her opinion. Take note, if your alaskan klee kai happens to get ill because she is not vaccinated, the vaccination can be administered once your companion animal has recovered.

Roundworms in alaskan klee kais

alaskan klee kais are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—especially in rural areas. Tiny eggs produced by intestinal worms are passed in an infected alaskan klee kai’s stool. Even the healthiest of alaskan klee kai puppies carry roundworms or hookworms. The key to effective treatment is early detection. This will ensure that the medicine is highly effective against the parasite your alaskan klee kai has. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your doctor can best identify the culprit—and decide the effective medicine.

alaskan klee kai Care Tips: Additional Information

alaskan klee kai Supply Checklist

  • Top-quality dog food and snacks designed for alaskan klee kais and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water bowl
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Comb & brush for grooming, including a flea comb
  • Collar with ID tag and license
  • Quality leash
  • Carrier (for pups)
  • Crate for training
  • Dog bed or box with warm blanket or towel
  • Dog toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

The following items should never be fed to alaskan klee kais:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee, tea, or chocolate
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Moldy or spoiled food of any kind
  • Onions, garlic or chives
  • Poultry bones
  • Salt & salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
  • Yeast dough

The “Bottom” Line

Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in space, keep your alaskan klee kai on a leash at all times. And please, when your alaskan klee kai defecates on your neighbor’s lawn, remove it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about alaskan klee kais

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