How To Care For The Borzoi

Posted by on Dec 21, 2004 in Borzoi, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How To Care For The Borzoi

borzoi care tipsRaising dogs, especially providing care for the borzoi, is a specialty of humans across the world. Experts say dogs were domesticated sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that all dogs evolved from the wolf. Since then, we have selectively bred more than four hundred breeds, varying in size from 4-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of tallest pooch. But the most popular pooches are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The borzoi is also a favorite pick with dog owners. Many owners are misinformed, however, of some common borzoi care tips.

Typical cost of care for your borzoi

The annual cost of rearing the borzoi—to include food and snacks, to vet bills, toys and license—could range between $420 and $780. This does not even count capital expenses for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, dog carrier and a dog crate. Note: Be positive you have obtained all your items before you bring your borzoi home for the first time.

Basic borzoi Care

How To Feed your borzoi

  • borzoi puppies between eight and 12 weeks old need four meals every 24 hours.
  • Feed borzoi pups 3 to 6 months old 3 meals in a day.
  • Feed puppies six months old to one year old 2 meals each day.
  • By the time the borzoi makes his or her first birthday, 1 bowl in a 24 hour period is typically adequate.
  • Sometimes adult borzois, however, prefer 2 lighter servings. It’s your duty to adapt to your borzoi’s eating tendencies.

Excellent-quality dry dog food provides a balanced diet for grown borzois and may be mixed with water, broth, or canned food. Your borzoi may be fond of cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these additions shouldn’t result in more than ten pct of his or her daily food allowance. borzoi pups should probably be given excellent-quality, name brand puppy food. Try to limit “people food”, however, since it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, tooth and bone concerns, and may cause extremely picky food choices and obesity. Give clean, fresh water always, and make sure to wash water and food dishes frequently.

borzoi Care Tips: Make sure your borzoi gets some daily physical activity

borzois must get some daily physical activity to stay healthy, recharge their brains, and stay healthy. Daily activity also really helps borzois fight boredom, which often leads to destructive behavior. Getting out would satisfy most of your borzoi’s instinctual urges to chew, dig, chase, retrieve and herd. Activity needs are dependent on your borzoi’s age and her level of health—but a couple of walks around the block every day and ten minutes in the backyard probably will not be sufficient. If your borzoi is a 6 to 18 month adolescent, his requirements will probably be relatively higher.

borzoi Grooming

Regular brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your borzoi clean. Check for fleas and ticks daily during the summer or other warm weather. Most borzois don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Prior to a bath, cut out or comb all mats from the borzoi’s coat. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or the dirt will stick to soap residue.

borzoi Handling

Pups, as opposed to adults, are clearly the easiest to handle. To carry your borzoi puppy, place 1 of your hands under the dog’s chest, either with your forearm or your other hand supporting the back legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your pup by her front legs, nape or tail. When you have to lift a larger, full-grown borzoi, lift from underneath, supporting his or her chest with 1 arm and rump with the other.

How to House the borzoi

borzois need a warm quiet spot to relax away from all the drafts and away from the floor. You may wish to think about buying a dog bed, or feel like making one from a wooden box. Put a clean sheet or pillow in the bed for cushioning. Wash the borzoi’s bedding frequently. If the borzoi will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure he has access to plenty of cool water and covering in the summer, and a dry, covered, warm area during the winter.

borzoi Licensing and Identification

There are licensing rules to follow in your town. Make certain you connect the license to your borzoi’s collar. This, together with an identification tag or tattoo, will most likely help secure your borzoi’s return if he happens to go missing.

Facts on borzoi Temperament

Training borzois

A well-mannered, companion borzoi is truly a a joy. However, when left untrained, your dog will most likely be a big pain. Training your borzoi on the standards—”Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, and “Leave it”—will strengthen your relationship both with your pooch and your relatives. If you’re the owner of a puppy, start training him on manners ASAP! Use meals as recognition and incentive. Pups should start obedience classes when they are sufficiently vaccinated. Call the local SPCA or humane society for details about training school recommendations. It is best to walk your borzoi leashed in public, even as a puppy. Just be positive your borzoi will come to you if you say. A disobedient or aggressive borzoi cannot play with kids.

borzoi Health

Your borzoi should see the vet for a thorough assessment, vaccinations and heartworm screening each year, and ASAP if she is ill or injured.

borzoi Oral Health

While many of us may simply dislike our borzoi’s halitosis, we must be aware of what it may be a symptom of. Halitosis is a sign that your borzoi needs an oral screening. Dental plaque brought on by germs creates a terrible smell that can only be cured with treatment by a professional. After a cleaning from a professional, her mouth can be maintained by brushing regularly, feeding a special diet focused on dental health, and eliminating table food. The veterinarian can provide you with more guidance on reducing dental disease as well as halitosis. You can easily clean the borzoi’s teeth with a doggie paste or a homemade baking soda and water paste twice weekly. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Some borzois get periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Sometimes, teeth loss takes place due to gum infection. Infection can sometimes also spread to other areas of your borzoi’s body. Veterinarians can clean her teeth as a regular part of your borzoi’s health appointment.

Bad Breath in borzois

Even though bad breath brought on by periodontal disease may not be very serious if found early, some those odors may be indicative of more serious, chronic problems. A sweet, fruity smell may often be indicative of diabetes, while intestinal or liver diseases may cause foul breath. If your borzoi’s breath smells like urine or ammonia, kidney disease might be the reason. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your borzoi 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 borzois

During the warm seasons, it’s important for you to perform daily checks of your borzoi for fleas and ticks. Use a flea comb to remove and find fleas. There are many new technologies of tick elimination. Refer to your borzoi’s doctor about his options.

Heartworm problems in borzois

This parasite lives in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your borzoi by mosquitoes. Many borzois die annualy as a result of heartworm infections. It’s critical to make sure your borzoi has a blood screening for worms each year during the spring. A monthly tablet given during the warm, wet time of the year will help to protect your borzoi. If ever you travel south with your borzoi during the winter, she should be on the preventive medicine during the trip. There are some places, usually the areas with warmer temperatures, where vets advise worm medication be taken all the time.

Poisions and Medicines

If you’re contemplating giving your borzoi tablets that was not prescribed for her by his veterinarian, forget about it. Just one ibuprofen tablet can possibly create stomach ulcers in borzois. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your borzoi. When you believe your doggie has consumed a toxin, notify the veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 24 hours per day for assistance.

borzoi Reproductive Operations

Male borzois should be neutered – the removal of the testes – and females spayed – the removal of the uterus and ovaries – by 6 months of age. You will greatly reduce your female borzoi’s breast cancer risk by spaying before maturity. Spaying also eradicates the chance of an infected uterus, a very serious issue in more mature females that can only be treated with surgery and intensive medical care. Neutering males prevents testicular diseases, some hernias and certain aggressive behavior.

borzoi Innoculations

  • The combination vaccine (also known as a “5-in-one shot”) must be given to your borzoi at 2, three, and 4 months old and again once annually. This vaccine immunizes your pup from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. The borzoi must be vaccinated for at least the first four months of his life.
  • If you have an uninnoculized borzoi older than 4 or five months, she must get a series of 2 innoculations two to three weeks apart, followed by a yearly vaccination.
  • borzoi pup vaccination and socialization should coincide. Many veterinarians recommend that new owners bring their borzoi pups to socialization courses, beginning at 8 or 9 weeks of age. At this point, they should have already received at least their first series of vaccines.

Since regulations vary around the country, call a community vet to get information on rabies immunization. For example, New York City regulations state that pets older than three months be immunized for rabies. After the original immunization, you must get another vaccination the next year, and then every three years. There are a variety of innoculations that may appropriate for your borzoi. Your vet can give you her recommendation. Another thing, if your borzoi happens to get ill because he is not vaccinated, the shots needs to be given once your companion animal has recovered.

Intestinal Worms in borzois

borzois are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Tiny eggs created by roundworms and hookworms are passed in an infested dog’s feces. Even the healthiest of borzoi puppies carry hookworms or roundworms. Getting an accurate, early diagnosis is the key to treatment. This will maximize the possibility that the medication is effective against the parasite your dog has. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, will not kill tapeworms. Your vet can best define the culprit—and prescribe the appropriate medicine.

borzoi: Miscellaneous Care Tips

borzoi Supply Checklist

  • High-quality dog food and treats designed for borzois and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water bowl
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Brush and comb for grooming, including a flea comb
  • Collar with license and ID tag
  • Quality leash
  • Dog carrier (for puppies)
  • Training crate
  • Dog bed or box with comforter or towel
  • Dog toothbrush

The no-no list

Never, ever feed your borzoi the following:

  • Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
  • Chocolate, tea, coffee, or any other caffeinated foods
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Moldy or spoiled food of any kind
  • Onions, chives and garlic
  • Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
  • Salt or salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
  • Dough

The “Bottom” Line

Unless you are at home, or in a fenced-in, secured space, always keep your borzoi on a leash. And please, when your borzoi defecates on your neighbor’s grass, dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about borzois

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