Raising dogs, especially providing care for the billy, is old hat for humans across the globe. Some zoologists speculate that dogs were first domesticated sometime between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that all canines evolved from the wolf. Since then, people have selectively bred more than four hundred breeds, which range in size from four-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, whose three-ft stature has earned them the distinction of tallest dog. But the most preferred pooches are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The billy is another popular choice with dog owners. Some owners are oblivious, however, of some common billy care tips.
General cost of care for your billy
The yearly budget for rearing the billy—to include everything from meals and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and $780. This is not even considering capital costs for spay/neuter procedures, collar and leash, a dog carrier and a doggie crate. Note: Be positive you have all the necessary supplies before getting your billy home.
General billy Care
Feeding your billy
- billy pups between eight and twelve weeks old need 4 bowls of food in a twenty-four hour period.
- Feed billy pups three to 6 months old three meals every 24 hour period.
- Feed puppies six months old to 1 year old 2 bowls of food daily.
- When your billy makes her 1st birthday, one feeding per day is typically enough.
- Some billys might prefer 2 lighter servings. It’s your job to learn your billy’s eating habits.
Excellent-quality dry dogfood ensures a well-rounded diet for full-grown billys and may be mixed with broth, water, or canned food. Your billy may have a taste for cooked eggs, fruits and vegetables, and cottage cheese, but these additions should be less than 10 pct of her daily food allowance. billy puppies must be fed a high-quality, name brand puppy food. You should try to cut down on “people food”, though, because it can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, bone and teeth issues, and might create extremely picky eating habits as well as obesity. Clean, potable water should be made exclusively, and make certain to clean food and water dishes very often.
billy Care Tips: Your billy needs physical activity daily
billys must get daily physical activity in order to stay healthy, stimulate their brains, and maintain their health. Daily exercise also really helps billys avoid boredom, which often leads to difficult behavior. Physical activity will curb most of your billy’s instinctual urges to dig, chase, herd, chew and retrieve. Exercise needs are dependent on your billy’s level of health and her age—but just a walk around the block every day and ten minutes in back of the house probably will not be enough. If your billy is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, her requirements will probably be relatively more.
Regular brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your billy clean. Inspect for ticks and fleas every day during the summer or other warm weather. Many billys don’t need a bath more than a few times per year. Before bathing, cut out or comb all mats from the billy’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap residue.
Puppies are clearly the easiest to manage. When carrying your billy puppy, take 1 of your hands and place it under your dog’s chest, either with your forearm or other hand supporting his hind legs and rump. Never attempt to grab or lift your pup by her front legs, tail or nape. When you must pick up a bigger, full-grown billy, lift from the underside, supporting his or her chest with 1 of your arms and rump with the other arm.
Housing the billy
billys need a comfy peaceful spot to relax away from all breezes and off the ground or floor. You may wish to purchase a dog bed, or make one from a wooden box. Place a clean sheet, comforter, blanket, or pillow in the bed as cushioning. Wash the billy’s bedding frequently. If your billy will be outdoors much, be certain she has access to plenty of cool water and covering in the summer, and a covered, dry, warm shelter in the cold.
There are licensing regulations to heed in your community. You should attach the license to the billy’s collar. This, together with an identification tag or tattoo, may help you recover your billy should he go missing.
billy Behavior Facts
Training the billy
Well-behaved, companion billys can be a pleasure to raise. However, when untrained, your billy could be trouble. Training your billy on the fundamentals—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—bolsters the relationship with both your dog and the visitors. If you have a puppy, begin teaching him or her the right responses asap! Use a treat as recognition and incentive. Pups should commence obedience classes when they have been adequately immunized. Call your community SPCA or humane society for details about obedience school recommendations. It is best to walk your billy leashed while in public, even while a puppy. Just be certain your doggie will come back to you every time you say the word. A disobedient or aggressive billy cannot be allowed to play with children.
Your billy should see the veterinarian for a thorough examination, vaccinations and heartworm assessment annualy, and immediately when she is hurt or sick.
The Dental Health of Your billy
Although we may simply dislike our billy’s halitosis, we should pay attention to what it might mean. Foul breath is a sign that your billy requires an oral exam. Dental plaque brought on by germs brings a terrible stench that requires treatment by a professional. Once you have given your billy a cleaning from a professional, the mouth can be maintained in a healthy state by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. Your veterinarian can provide you with additional data on reducing periodontal problems and stinky breath. You can brush your billy’s teeth with a dog paste or a simple 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. Periodontal disease,which is an infection between the gums and teeth, sometimes affects billys. This dreadful disease can possibly result in loss of your billy’s teeth as well as cause disease throughout the body. The doctor usually will brush your billy’s teeth during his regular health checkup.
Bad billy Breath
If your billy has halitosis, periodontal disease might just be a symptom of another problem. Diseases of the liver or intestines may cause unpleasant breath, and a pleasant, even fruity smell may usually be indicative of diabetes. Kidney disease is a possibility if your billy’s breath smells of ammonia or urine. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your billy 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 billys
When it’s warm, it’s vital for you to perform daily, regular inspections of your billy for fleas and ticks. Remove and find fleas with a flea comb. There are numerous new methods of flea and tick elimination. Consult your billy’s doctor about her options.
Heartworms in billys
Your billy is at risk of developing heartworms if he is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes transport heartworms from dog to dog. Heartworm infections are fatal. It’s very important you make sure your billy submits to a blood test for worms each year during the spring. A monthly pill taken in the warm, wet time of the year will help to protect your billy. Your billy should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some warmer locations, veterinarians advise preventive worm medication be taken continually.
Toxins and Medications
Do not ever give your billy medication that hasn’t been prescribed by a veterinarian. Are you aware that 1 ibuprofen caplet causes ulcers in some dogs Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your billy. Make sure to notify your billy’s vet if you have reason to believe your billy has ingested poison. You should also contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hour help.
Spaying and Neutering billys
Male billys should be neutered – the removal of the testes – and females spayed – the removal of the uterus and ovaries – by 6 months old. You can greatly reduce your female’s chance of breast cancer by spaying prior to adulthood. Spaying also eliminates the chance of a sick uterus, a traumatic problem in older females that requires surgery. Neutering male billys prevents testicular and prostate diseases, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias.
- The combination vaccine (also known as a “5-in-1 shot”) must be given to your billy at two, three, and 4 months old and again once every year. This shot protects your pup from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Your billy must be immunized for at least the first four months of her life.
- If you have an uninnoculated billy older than 4 or five months, he will need a set of two innoculations given 2 or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly innoculation.
- billy pup vaccination and socialization should coincide. You may bring your billy pup to socialization courses by eight or 9 weeks old, as recommended by many vets. At this age, they should have already received their first series of vaccines.
Since laws vary so much around the country, call your neighborhood doctor to get info for rabies immunization. As an example, New York City rules declare that pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the initial immunization, you must have a second immunization the following year, and then every 3 years after that. There are a variety of innoculations, many of which are effective for your billy. There are others that are not, however. Your veterinarian can tell you about them. You should be aware, if your billy gets sick because he is not immunized, the immunization must be taken after your companion animal recovers.
Worms in billys
billys are often exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry roundworms are transmitted through a dog’s feces. Even the healthiest of billy puppies carry intestinal worms. An accurate, early detection is the key to effective 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 veterinarian can best determine the culprit—and assign the appropriate medicine.
Additional billy Care Tips
billy Supply Checklist
- Excellent-quality dog food and treats specifically designed for billys and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water dish
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Brush and comb for grooming, including a flea comb
- Collar with license and ID tag
- Carrier (for pups)
- Crate for training
- Dog box or bed with warm blanket or towel
- Child’s toothbrush
Warnings to be Heeded
The following items should never be fed to billys:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Coffee, tea, or chocolate
- Grapes or raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, chives & garlic
- Poultry bones
- Salt or salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
- Yeast dough
The “Bottom” Line
Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in area, always keep your billy on a leash. And please, when your billy defecates on your neighbor’s grass, take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about billys
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