Raising dogs, in particular providing care for the taigan, is a specialty of people across the world. Some historians speculate dogs were domesticated sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that all dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, we have selectively bred more than 400 different breeds, ranging in size from four-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest canine. However, the most preferred canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The taigan is another favorite choice among canine owners. Many owners are misinformed, however, of some of the most crucial taigan care tips.
Typical cost of care for the taigan
The annual budget for caring for the taigan—including nutrition, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and $780. This is not even including capital costs for sterilization surgery, a collar and leash, dog carrier and dog crate. Note: Be positive you have obtained all of the required supplies before you get your taigan home for the 1st time.
General taigan Care
Feeding your taigan
- taigan pups between eight and 12 weeks old need four meals each day.
- taigan puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals every 24 hour period.
- Feed puppies 6 months to one year old two times a day.
- When your taigan makes his or her 1st birthday, 1 feeding per day is sufficient.
- Sometimes adult taigans, however, prefer two lighter helpings. It’s your job to learn your taigan’s eating tendencies.
Premium-quality dry dog food ensures a well-rounded diet to grown taigans and may be mixed with broth, water, or canned food. Your taigan may also have a taste for fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these foods should be less than 10 percent of his daily allowance. taigan puppies ought to be given a high-quality, name brand puppy food. Please try to cut down on “table food”, though, because it can cause mineral and vitamin imbalances, bone and teeth concerns, and may lead to extremely picky eating habits as well as obesity. Give fresh, clean water only, and make certain to wash water and food dishes frequently.
taigan Care Tips: Your taigan needs physical activity daily
taigans need some exercise so they can stay fit, recharge their brains, and remain in good health. Daily physical activity also really helps taigans fight boredom, which often has the potential to lead to to destructive behavior. Getting out of the house will quell many of your taigan’s desires to dig, chase, herd, chew and retrieve. Exercise needs are dependent on your taigan’s level of health and his age—but just a walk around the block every day and ten minutes in back of the house probably won’t suffice. If your taigan is a six to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will be much more.
Grooming tips for taigans
Frequent brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your taigan clean. Inspect for fleas and ticks every day during warm weather. Sometimes taigans don’t need a bath more than a few times during the year. Before bathing, comb or cut out any mats from the taigan’s coat. Rinse all soap from the coat, or the dirt will stick to the soap.
Handling Your taigan
Puppies are obviously easier to handle. To carry the taigan puppy, take 1 hand and place it under your dog’s chest, with either the forearm or other hand supporting his back legs and rear. Don’t ever try to grab or lift your pup by her front legs, tail or back of the neck. If you must pick up a bigger, full-grown taigan, pick it up from underneath, bracing his or her chest with 1 of your arms and rump with the other.
Your taigan needs a comfortable peaceful place to sleep away from all breezes and off the ground or floor. You may want to think about buying a doggie bed, or feel like making one out of a wood box. Place a clean comforter, blanket, sheet, or pillow in the bed as cushion. Wash your taigan’s bed covering often. If the taigan will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure he has access to plenty of cool water and covering in hot weather, and a dry, covered, warm area in winter.
Licensing and Identification for taigans
Your community has licensing regulations to follow. Be certain you connect the license to your taigan’s collar. This, along with an ID tattoo or tag, may help you recover your taigan should he get lost.
taigan Temperament Facts
A well-mannered, companion taigan can be a joy to own. But when left untrained, your taigan can be nothing but trouble. Training your taigan on the fundamentals—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—improves the relationship both with your taigan as well as the visitors. If you own a puppy, start teaching her manners asap! Snacks can be utilized as incentive and a reward. Pups can start obedience class when they are sufficiently vaccinated. Call the local SPCA or humane society for details about obedience courses. Always walk your taigan on a leash in public, even while a puppy. Just be sure your doggie will come back to you whenever you say. A disobedient or aggressive taigan can’t play with people.
Your taigan should visit the veterinarian for a full assessment, immunizations and heartworm exam each and every year, and as soon as possible if he is hurt or sick.
Your taigan’s Dental Health
While many of us may object to our taigan’s bad breath, we should be aware of what it might represent. Foul-smelling breath usually means that your taigan requires a dental exam. Plaque due to bacteria brings a bad odor that can only be freshened with treatment by a professional. After a cleaning done by a professional, the gums and teeth can be kept healthy by feeding a special diet focused on dental health, eliminating table food, and regular brushing. The veterinarian can supply you with additional guidance on minimizing periodontal ailments 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 taigan’s teeth. Brush them with a nylon stocking stretched over the finger, a sterile gauze pad, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Some taigans can develop periodontal disease, another name for an infection between the gum and tooth. Often, tooth loss happens as a result of gum disease. Infections will sometimes also propagate to other areas of your taigan’s body. The vet can sometimes brush your dog’s teeth as a regular part of your taigan’s health checkup.
Bad taigan Breath
If your taigan has bad breath, periodontal disease may only be a symptom of another infection. Intestinal or liver diseases sometimes cause unpleasant breath, and a pleasant, even fruity smell may usually be indicative of diabetes. When your taigan’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease is a possible cause. Whenever you determine your taigan has bad breath and other indicators of disease, like diminished appetite, nausea, loss of weight, bad mood, too much drinking or urination, set a checkup with the doctor.
Fleas and Ticks in taigans
In the summer, it’s critical for you to perform daily checks of your taigan for fleas and ticks. You can remove and find fleas with a flea comb. There are many new techniques of tick control. Refer to your veterinarian about his or her options.
Heartworm problems in taigans
This parasite resides in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your taigan by way of mosquitoes. Many taigans die each year due to heartworm infections. It is wise to make sure your taigan takes a heartworm screen each spring—this is important for detecting infections from the previous year. You should also give your taigan a monthly pill throughout the course of mosquito season to protect her from heartworms. Your taigan should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some milder climates, vets advise preemptive parasite medication be taken continuously.
Poisons and Medications
If you’re considering giving your taigan pills that was not prescribed for him by his veterinarian, forget about it. For example, did you know that just 1 regular-strength ibuprofen caplet will sometimes cause stomach ulcers in some dogs Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your taigan. Be sure you notify your taigan’s vet if you think your taigan has been exposed to a poisonous substance. You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for twenty-four hour help.
taigan Sterilization Procedures
It is recommended that female taigans be spayed—which is the extraction of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by 6 months of age. You will usually significantly diminish your female’s risk of breast cancer by spaying before adulthood. The chance of a sick uterus, which is also a serious condition that impacts more mature females, can also be eliminated by spaying before 6 months. Neutering males prevents testicular and prostate diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias.
Vaccinating your taigan
- The combo vaccine (also called a “five-in-one shot”) should be given to your taigan at 2, three, and 4 months old and again once yearly. This innoculation immunizes your taigan puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your taigan must be vaccinated for at least the first 4 months of her life.
- If you have an unvaccinated taigan older than 4 or 5 months, she must get a series of two vaccinations two or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly innoculation.
- Your taigan puppy’s immunizations should coincide with his socialization program. Many doctors advise that new owners take their taigan puppies to socialization courses, beginning at eight or nine weeks old. They should have received their first vaccinations by then.
Because rules vary between different areas, call a community veterinarian for information for rabies immunization. For example, NYC statutes declare that pets older than three months be vaccinated for rabies. After the original vaccination, you must get another innoculation the following year, and then every 3 years. There are a variety of immunizations, many of which are right for your taigan. Others, however, are not. Ask your taigan’s vet for her opinion. By the way, if your taigan gets ill because he is not immunized, do not give the innoculation until the dog has made a full recovery.
Worms in taigans
taigans are commonly exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry hookworms are transmitted through a dog’s feces. Even the healthiest of taigan puppies carry roundworms or hookworms. Getting an accurate, early detection is the key to effective treatment. This will make sure that the medicine is highly effective against the worms your dog has. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your taigan’s doctor can best define the culprit—and assign the effective medicine.
Miscellaneous taigan Care Tips
Checklist of taigan Supplies
- Top-quality dog food and treats specifically designed for taigans and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water bowl
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Comb and brush for grooming, including a flea comb
- Collar with license and identification tag
- Quality leash
- Carrier (for puppies)
- Crate for training
- Dog box or bed with sheet or towel
- Doggie toothbrush
The no-no list
Do not feed your taigan the following:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Chocolate, coffee, or tea
- Raisins and grapes
- Moldy or spoiled food
- Onions, chives and garlic
- Poultry bones
- Salt and salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit or stems
- Yeast dough
The scoop on poop
Retain your taigan on a leash whenever you are outside, unless you are in a fenced-in, secured area. When your taigan goes #2 on a neighbor’s grass, his sidewalk or any other public space, please remove it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about taigans
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