Raising dogs, in particular taking care of the redbone coonhound, is a specialty of humans across the globe. Some zoologists postulate that dogs were domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that canines evolved from the wolf. Since those days, humans have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, varying in size from 4-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the title of the tallest pooch. However, the most popular canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The redbone coonhound is another favorite pick among canine owners. Some owners are misinformed, however, of many crucial redbone coonhound care tips.
Health care cost for the redbone coonhound
The yearly budget for caring for your redbone coonhound—which includes everything from meals and treats, to doctor bills, toys and license—can vary between four hundred twenty and $780. This is not even counting capital costs for spay/neuter surgery, collar and leash, carrier and dog crate. Note: Make sure you have all of the necessary supplies before bringing your redbone coonhound home for the 1st time.
Basic redbone coonhound Care
redbone coonhound Feeding Routine
- redbone coonhound puppies between eight and twelve weeks old need 4 meals in a day.
- redbone coonhound pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals every 24 hour period.
- Feed pups six months to 1 year two meals daily.
- By the time the redbone coonhound reaches his 1st birthday, 1 feeding in a twenty-four hour period is typically sufficient.
- Some adult redbone coonhounds, however, prefer 2 lighter bowls. It’s your job to learn your redbone coonhound’s eating habits.
Top-quality dry food provides balanced nutrition for full-grown redbone coonhounds and can mix with canned food, broth, or water. Your redbone coonhound may also like cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these additions shouldn’t result in more than ten percent of his daily food allowance. redbone coonhound puppies need to be fed a high-quality, brand-name puppy food. Try to limit “table food”, though, because it can result in mineral and vitamin imbalances, tooth and bone issues, and may result in some very picky eating habits as well as obesity. Clean, potable water should be available always, and be sure to wash water and food dishes daily.
redbone coonhound Care Tips: Make sure to give your redbone coonhound plenty of daily exercise
redbone coonhounds must get some daily exercise to burn calories, recharge their brains, and remain in good health. Physical activity also really helps redbone coonhounds fight boredom, which often leads to destructive behavior. Exercise will satisfy many of your redbone coonhound’s instinctual urges to chew, dig, chase, retrieve and herd. Activity needs will depend on your redbone coonhound’s level of health and her age—but just a couple of walks down the street every day and 10 minutes outside probably is not enough. If your redbone coonhound is a six to 18 month adolescent, her requirements will be a little more.
Grooming tips for redbone coonhounds
You can help keep your redbone coonhound clean and reduce shedding with brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during the summer or other warm weather. Most redbone coonhounds don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Before giving him or her a bath, comb or cut out any mats from the redbone coonhound’s hair. Rinse all soap from the coat, or the dirt will stick to the soap.
Handling Your redbone coonhound
Puppies are obviously the easiest to manage. When carrying the redbone coonhound puppy, take one hand and put it under the dog’s chest, either with the forearm or your other hand supporting his back legs and rump. Don’t try to lift or grab your puppy by her front legs, tail or nape. When you must pick up a bigger, full-grown redbone coonhound, pick it up from underneath, bracing her chest with one of your arms and rear end with the other arm.
How to House your redbone coonhound
redbone coonhounds need a warm peaceful spot to be able to relax away from all breezes and away from the floor. You may want to think about purchasing a dog bed, or think about making one from a wood box. Place a clean blanket, comforter, sheet, or pillow in the bed for cushioning. Wash the redbone coonhound’s bed covering frequently. If the redbone coonhound will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be certain she has plenty of cool water and shade in hot weather, and a dry, warm, covered shelter during the winter.
Licensing and Identification for redbone coonhounds
There are licensing rules to heed in your city. Make certain you connect the license to your redbone coonhound’s collar. This, along with an ID tag or tattoo, will most likely help secure your redbone coonhound’s return if he happens to go missing.
Facts on redbone coonhound Temperament
About Training Your redbone coonhound
A well-behaved, companion redbone coonhound is truly a blessing to raise. However, when left untrained, your dog may be a big headache. Training your redbone coonhound on the standards—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—bolsters your relationship with both your pooch as well as the relatives. If you have a pup, begin training her on the right behavior as soon as humanly possible! Use little bits of food as an incentive and a reward. Puppies should begin obedience courses when they are adequately vaccinated. Contact your community SPCA or humane society for details on obedience schools. You should always keep your redbone coonhound leashed in public, even as a puppy. Just be positive your dog will come to you when you call her. An aggressive or disobedient redbone coonhound cannot be allowed to play with others.
About your redbone coonhound’s Health
Your redbone coonhound should see the veterinarian for a thorough diagnosis, vaccinations and heartworm examination annualy, and as soon as possible if she is sick or injured.
redbone coonhound Oral Health
While many of us might object to our redbone coonhound’s bad breath, we should be aware of what it may be a symptom of. Halitosis is a symptom that your redbone coonhound requires an oral screening. Plaque , which is a result of bacteria results in a foul odor that requires the help of a professional. After a professional dental cleaning, his 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 veterinarian can supply you with additional advice for eradicating dental problems and halitosis. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your redbone coonhound’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Sometimes, redbone coonhounds get periodontal disease, which is an infection between the tooth and the gum. Often, tooth loss takes place due to periodontal disease. Infections can possibly also spread to the rest of your redbone coonhound’s body. The vet can clean the teeth at a routine physical.
Halitosis in redbone coonhounds
While periodontal disease in isolation is not critical if found early enough, the foul odors may also indicate serious, persistent causes for concern. Diseases of the intestines or liver also cause halitosis, and a fruity, sweet smell can be a sign of diabetes. If your redbone coonhound’s breath smells like urine or ammonia, kidney disease might be the cause. If ever you find your redbone coonhound has halitosis in conjunction with other signs of disease, such as loss of appetite, vomiting, loss of weight, depression, increasing urinating or drinking, plan an appointment with your dog’s vet.
Dealing with Ticks and Fleas in redbone coonhounds
Daily checks of your redbone coonhound for fleas and ticks during the summer are critical. You can remove fleas using a flea comb. There are numerous new techniques of flea management. Get advice from your veterinarian about these and other options.
Heartworms in redbone coonhounds
Your redbone coonhound is at risk of heartworms if he is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes transport the worm from dog to dog. Heartworm infections are potentially fatal. It is extremely important to make sure your redbone coonhound takes a blood test for heartworms annually each spring. It’s also wise to give your redbone coonhound a once-a-month tablet throughout the course of the warm, wet time of the year to help you protect her from heartworms. Your redbone coonhound should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some more moderate regions, vets recommend preemptive heartworm medication be taken all year.
Medicines and Toxins
Remember to never give your redbone coonhound medication that hasn’t been prescribed by his veterinarian. Are you aware that just one regular-strength ibuprofen capsule causes ulcers in redbone coonhounds? Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your redbone coonhound. Make sure you notify your dog’s veterinarian if you have reason to believe your redbone coonhound has consumed poison. You can also immediately call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hr. help.
Neutering and Spaying redbone coonhounds
Female redbone coonhounds should be spayed—which is the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by six months old. Spaying before maturity greatly reduces the breast cancer risk, which is a common and often deadly health problem for more mature females. Spaying also eradicates the chance of an infected uterus, a very serious problem in older females that demands surgery and intensive medical care. Prostate diseases, testicular cancer, some hernias and certain aggressive behavior can be prevented by neutering males.
Vaccinating your redbone coonhound
- The combination vaccine (also called the “five-in-1 shot”) should be given to your redbone coonhound at two, 3, and 4 months old and then once every year. This shot protects your puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The redbone coonhound must be innoculated for at least the first 4 months of his life.
- If your redbone coonhound has not been vaccinated and is older than four months, she will need to be given 2 vaccinations promptly, two or three weeks apart. Then you must innoculate yearly.
- redbone coonhound pup vaccination and socialization should go hand in hand. You should bring your redbone coonhound puppy to socialization courses as early as 8 or nine weeks old, as recommended by many doctors. At this age, they should have already received their first series of vaccines.
Since statutes are so different around the country, contact your local veterinarian to get instructions for rabies vaccination. In New York City, for example, the regulation states that any pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the original shot, she must have a second vaccination the following year, and then every three years after that. There are several immunizations, many of which are right for your redbone coonhound. There are others that are not, however. Your vet can tell you about them. Note, if your redbone coonhound happens to get ill because she is not immunized, the shot ought to be administered once your companion animal is better.
Tapeworms in redbone coonhounds
redbone coonhounds are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Microscopic eggs made by roundworms are passed in an infested dog’s feces. Even the healthiest of redbone coonhound puppies carry intestinal worms. 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 eliminates roundworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your redbone coonhound’s doctor can best figure out the culprit—and assign the appropriate treatment.
redbone coonhound: Miscellaneous Care Tips
redbone coonhound Supply Checklist
- Excellent-quality dog food and treats designed for redbone coonhounds and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water dish
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Comb & brush for grooming, including a flea comb
- Collar with identification tag and license
- Dog carrier (for puppies)
- Crate for training
- Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
- Doggie toothbrush
The no-no list
Do not feed your redbone coonhound the following:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Raisins and grapes
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, garlic & chives
- Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit & stems
The “Bottom” Line
Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in location, always keep your redbone coonhound on a leash. When your redbone coonhound does number two on your neighbor’s yard, on the sidewalk or any other public space, please dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about redbone coonhounds
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