Raising dogs, in particular providing care for the tibetan mastiff, is a specialty of people across the globe. Historians say that dogs were first domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that canines evolved from wolves. Since those days, we have selectively bred more than 400 different breeds, ranging in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest canine. But the most preferred canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The tibetan mastiff is also a favorite pick among dog owners. Some owners are unaware, however, of some of the most crucial tibetan mastiff care tips.
Health care cost of the tibetan mastiff
The annual budget for raising your tibetan mastiff—including everything from meals and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—could vary between $420 and $780. This doesn’t even count capital costs for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, dog carrier and crate. Tip: Be sure you have all your supplies before you bring your tibetan mastiff home.
Typical tibetan mastiff Care
Feeding the tibetan mastiff
- tibetan mastiff puppies between eight and twelve weeks old need four bowls of food per day.
- tibetan mastiff pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals every twenty-four hour period.
- Feed puppies six months old to 1 year 2 times per day.
- By the time your tibetan mastiff hits her first birthday, one bowl daily is adequate.
- Many times tibetan mastiffs, however, do better with 2 smaller helpings. It is your duty to adapt to your tibetan mastiff’s eating schedule.
Excellent-quality dry dog food ensures a well-balanced diet to grown tibetan mastiffs and may be mixed with canned food, broth, or water. Your tibetan mastiff may also like fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these should be less than 10 pct of her daily meal intake. tibetan mastiff pups should probably be fed top-quality, name brand puppy food. You should cut down on “people food”, however, since it can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, tooth and bone issues, and may result in some extremely picky food choices as well as obesity. Give clean, potable water only, and be sure to wash food and water dishes frequently.
tibetan mastiff Care Tips: Make sure to get your tibetan mastiff some daily exercise
tibetan mastiffs need some physical activity so they can stay in shape, stimulate their brains, and maintain good health. Daily physical activity also seems to help tibetan mastiffs fight boredom, which has the potential to lead to destructive behavior. A little fun and games would appease many of your tibetan mastiff’s desires to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Individual exercise needs depend on your tibetan mastiff’s level of health and her age—but 10 minutes in the backyard and just a walk around the block every day probably isn’t enough. If your tibetan mastiff is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will probably be relatively more.
Grooming tips for tibetan mastiffs
You can help reduce shedding and keep your tibetan mastiff clean with frequent brushing. Check for fleas and ticks daily during warm weather. Most tibetan mastiffs don’t need a bath more than a few times during the year. Before the bath, comb or cut out any mats from the tibetan mastiff’s coat. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to soap residue.
Handling Your tibetan mastiff
Puppies, as opposed to adults, are clearly easier to manage. While carrying the tibetan mastiff pup, take one hand and put it under the dog’s chest, with either the forearm or your other hand supporting his or her back legs and rear. Never attempt to grab or lift your pup by the forelegs, tail or nape. When you must lift a larger, adult tibetan mastiff, lift from underneath, holding his or her chest with 1 arm and rump with your other arm.
How to House the tibetan mastiff
tibetan mastiffs need a warm peaceful spot to be able to sleep away from all the breezes and off the ground. You may want to think about purchasing a dog bed, or prefer making one out of a wooden box. Place a clean blanket, comforter, sheet, or pillow in the bed as cushioning. Wash the tibetan mastiff’s bedding often. If your tibetan mastiff will be outdoors much, be certain she has plenty of cool water and covering in hot weather, and a dry, covered, warm shelter during the winter.
Licensing and Identification for tibetan mastiffs
There are licensing rules to heed in your community. Be sure you affix the license to your tibetan mastiff’s collar. This, together with an identification tag or tattoo, can easily help you recover your tibetan mastiff if she happens to go missing.
Information on tibetan mastiff Temperament
Thoughts on tibetan mastiff Training
Well-mannered, companion tibetan mastiffs can be a joy to raise. However, when untrained, your tibetan mastiff will most likely be a pain. Training your tibetan mastiff on the minimums—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—will improve the relationship both with the dog as well as the family. If you’re the owner of a puppy, begin teaching him or her manners immediately! Use doggie treats as an incentive and a reward. Puppies can enroll in obedience classes when they have been adequately vaccinated. Call the local SPCA or humane society for details about obedience course recommendations. Always walk your tibetan mastiff on a leash while in public, even while a puppy. Be certain your tibetan mastiff will come back to you at all times whenever you tell her. A disobedient or aggressive tibetan mastiff should not play with kids.
Knowing Your tibetan mastiff’s Health
Your tibetan mastiff should visit the veterinarian for a thorough exam, shots and a heartworm blood screening annualy, and ASAP when she is injured or sick.
About your tibetan mastiff’s Dental Health
Although we may simply dislike our tibetan mastiff’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might represent. Bad breath usually indicates that your tibetan mastiff should have a dental check up. Dental plaque brought on by bacteria results in a terrible smell that requires treatment by a professional. Once you have given your tibetan mastiff a professional dental cleaning, his teeth and gums can be maintained by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. The vet can provide you with additional tips on reducing dental ailments as well as stinky breath. You can clean the tibetan mastiff’s teeth with a doggie paste or a homemade baking soda and water paste once or twice a week. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Periodontal disease,which is an infection between the teeth and gums, often affects tibetan mastiffs. Sometimes, loss of teeth occurs as a result of periodontal infection. Diseases will sometimes also spread to the rest of your tibetan mastiff’s body. Veterinarians may clean your dog’s teeth at a regular checkup.
tibetan mastiff Breath Gone Wild!
Although halitosis due to periodontal disease might not be serious if found early enough, some halitosis may also be indicative of fairly serious, persistent issues. Diseases of the intestines or liver also cause smelly breath, and a sweet, fruity smell can sometimes be indicative of diabetes. Kidney disease might be the reason if your tibetan mastiff’s breath smells like urine or ammonia. Any time you find your tibetan mastiff has foul breath and other signs of ill health, such as loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, loss of weight, moodiness, including depression, increasing urinating or drinking, schedule a trip to your dog’s veterinarian.
Fleas and Ticks in tibetan mastiffs
When it’s warm, it’s important for you to perform daily inspections of your tibetan mastiff for ticks and fleas. Use a flea comb to remove and find fleas. There are several new technologies of flea mitigation. Speak with your veterinarian about his or her recommendations.
tibetan mastiffs With Heartworm Issues
Your tibetan mastiff is at risk of heartworms if he is exposed to mosquitoes often. The insect transports heartworms from dog to dog. Heartworm infections are potentially deadly. Your tibetan mastiff should have a heartworm screen every single spring—this is necessary for stopping infections from the prior year. A once-a-month tablet given in the warm, wet time of the year will help to protect your tibetan mastiff. Your tibetan mastiff should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some milder areas, vets advise preemptive worm medication be taken all year.
Medicines and Toxins
If you’re considering giving your tibetan mastiff medication that was not prescribed for her by his veterinarian, don’t even think about it. As little as one ibuprofen tablet can possibly initiate stomach ulcers in tibetan mastiffs. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your tibetan mastiff. If you think that your doggie has been exposed to a toxic substance, contact the veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 24 hours per day for assistance.
tibetan mastiff Sterilization Procedures
It is recommended that male tibetan mastiffs should be neutered – the removal of the testicles – and females spayed – the removal of the ovaries and uterus – by six months old. You will significantly diminish your female’s risk of breast cancer by spaying before maturity. Spaying also eradicates the possibility of a diseased uterus, a traumatic condition in more mature females that demands surgery. Neutering male tibetan mastiffs prevents testicular diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias.
tibetan mastiff Immunizing
- Your tibetan mastiff puppy should be innoculated with a combo shot (called the “five-in-1”) at two, 3 and four months old, and again once annually. This vaccine protects your puppy from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. Your tibetan mastiff must be innoculated for at least the first 4 months of her life.
- If you have an uninnoculated tibetan mastiff older than 4 or 5 months, she must have a series of 2 immunizations two or three weeks apart, followed by an annual immunization.
- Your tibetan mastiff puppy’s immunizations should coincide with his socialization program. Many vets advise that new owners bring their tibetan mastiff pups to socialization classes, as early as eight or 9 weeks of age. At this point, they should have already received at least their first vaccinations.
Since statutes are so different between different areas, contact a community veterinarian for info about rabies shots. For instance, in New York City, the rule requires all pets older than three months of age to be vaccinated for rabies. After the original innoculation, you must get another innoculation the following year, and then every three years after that. There are a variety of immunizations, many of which are right for your tibetan mastiff. There are others that are not, however. Ask your tibetan mastiff’s vet for his recommendation. Also, if your tibetan mastiff gets ill because she is not properly innoculated, do not administer the immunization until the dog has made a full recovery.
Tapeworms in tibetan mastiffs
tibetan mastiffs are often exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry intestinal worms are transmitted through a tibetan mastiff’s stool. Even the healthiest of tibetan mastiff puppies carry hookworms or roundworms. Getting an accurate, early detection is the key to treatment. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed medicine will be effective against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your tibetan mastiff’s doctor can best determine the culprit—and decide the best treatment.
Miscellaneous tibetan mastiff Care Tips
tibetan mastiff Supply Checklist
- Top-quality dog food and snacks designed for tibetan mastiffs and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water dish
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Comb and brush for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with license and ID tag
- Dog carrier (for puppies)
- Training crate
- Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
- Dog toothbrush
The no-no list
Never, ever feed your tibetan mastiff the following:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Caffeinated foods, like coffee, tea or chocolate
- Grapes or raisins
- Moldy or spoiled food
- Onions, chives and garlic
- Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit & stems
- Yeast dough
The “Bottom” Line
Unless you are at home, or in a fenced-in, secured location, always keep your tibetan mastiff on a leash. And please, when your tibetan mastiff defecates on your neighbor’s lawn, take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about tibetan mastiffs
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