Taking Care Of Young Small Munsterlanders

Posted by on Aug 30, 2006 in Dogs, Pets, Small Munsterlander | Comments Off on Taking Care Of Young Small Munsterlanders

small munsterlander care tipsOwning dogs, especially taking care of the small munsterlander, is old hat for people across the globe. Some experts postulate 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 four hundred different breeds, varying in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, whose three-ft stature has earned them the distinction of tallest dog. But the most widespread canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The small munsterlander is another favorite choice among dog owners. Some owners are unaware, however, of many important small munsterlander care tips.

Typical cost of care for the small munsterlander

The yearly budget for taking care of your small munsterlander—including everything from food and treats, veterinary care, toys and license—can vary between four hundred twenty and $780. This is not even including capital expenses for spay/neuter surgery, dog collar and leash, dog carrier and a crate. Note: Be positive you have all the required supplies before bringing your small munsterlander home for the 1st time.

Typical small munsterlander Care

Feeding your small munsterlander

  • small munsterlander pups between 8 and twelve weeks old need 4 bowls of food per day.
  • Feed small munsterlander puppies 3 to 6 months old 3 meals a day.
  • Feed pups six months old to 1 year old 2 meals in a day.
  • When your small munsterlander hits her 1st birthday, one bowl in a day is typically sufficient.
  • Sometimes small munsterlanders, however, prefer 2 lighter bowls. It’s your duty to learn your small munsterlander’s eating tendencies.

High-quality dry dog food ensures balanced nutrition to grown small munsterlanders and can mix with broth, water, or canned food. Your small munsterlander may enjoy cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these foods shouldn’t result in more than ten pct of his daily food intake. small munsterlander puppies ought to be fed excellent-quality, name brand puppy food. Please limit “people food”, though, since it can result in mineral and vitamin imbalances, bone and teeth problems, and might result in some very picky food choices and obesity. Clean, fresh water should be made exclusively, and be sure to clean food and water bowls very often.

small munsterlander Care Tips: Make sure your small munsterlander does plenty of daily exercise

small munsterlanders must get some daily exercise to stay in shape, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. Daily activity also really helps small munsterlanders fight boredom, which would often lead to difficult behavior. A little fun and games will appease most of your small munsterlander’s instinctual urges to herd, dig, chase, retrieve and chew. Individual exercise needs can depend on your small munsterlander’s age and his level of health—but 10 minutes in the backyard and a couple of walks down the street every day probably won’t be sufficient. If your small munsterlander is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, her requirements will be more.

small munsterlander Grooming Tips

You can help keep your small munsterlander clean and reduce shedding with brushing. Inspect for fleas and ticks every day during warm weather. Many small munsterlanders don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Before bathing, comb or cut out any mats from the small munsterlander’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or the dirt will stick to the soap residue.

small munsterlander Handling

Puppies, as opposed to adults, are clearly easier to manage. When carrying the small munsterlander pup, put one of your hands under the dog’s chest, either with your forearm or your other hand supporting her hind legs and rear. Never attempt to grab or lift your pup by her forelegs, tail or back of the neck. When you have to lift a larger, adult small munsterlander, lift from the underside, supporting her chest with one of your arms and rear end with the other.

How to House the small munsterlander

Your small munsterlander needs a warm quiet place to rest apart from all the breezes and off the ground or floor. You may want to think about purchasing a dog bed, or feel like making one out of a wood box. Put a clean sheet, blanket, comforter, or pillow inside the bed as cushion. Wash your small munsterlander’s bed covering often. If your small munsterlander 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 when it’s cold.

small munsterlander Licensing

Your community has licensing regulations to heed. Be sure to affix the license to your small munsterlander’s collar. This, together with an identification tag or tattoo, could help you recover your small munsterlander should he become lost.

Info on small munsterlander Behavior

small munsterlander Training

Well-behaved, companion small munsterlanders are truly a blessing to raise. But left untrained, your small munsterlander can be a headache. Teaching your small munsterlander the minimums—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—bolsters your relationship both with your pooch and your company. If you’re the owner of a puppy, start teaching her the appropriate responses quickly! Snacks can be used as incentive and recognition. Puppies should start obedience courses when they have been adequately vaccinated. Contact the local humane society or SPCA for information about obedience courses. It is best to keep your small munsterlander leashed while in public, even as a puppy. Be sure your doggie will come back to you when you tell her to. An aggressive or disobedient small munsterlander should not play with other people.

Your small munsterlander’s Health

small munsterlanders should see the veterinarian for a thorough screening, vaccinations and a heartworm examination each year, and immediately if he is ill or hurt.

About your small munsterlander’s Dental Health

Although we may simply dislike our small munsterlander’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might be a sign of. Foul-smelling breath is most commonly an indication that your small munsterlander should get an oral exam. Dental plaque caused by germs results in a bad stench that can only be freshened with the help of a professional. After you give your small munsterlander a professional cleaning, her teeth and gums can be maintained by eliminating table food, feeding a special diet focused on maintaining dental health, and brushing regularly. The vet can supply you with other info for minimizing periodontal problems and halitosis. You can clean your small munsterlander’s teeth using a doggie paste or a paste made of baking soda and water a few times a week. 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 tooth and the gum, sometimes affects small munsterlanders. Frequently, tooth loss happens because of periodontal infection. Disease will sometimes also propagate to the rest of your small munsterlander’s body. Your vet will sometimes brush your small munsterlander’s teeth while performing her regular health exam.

Halitosis in small munsterlanders

Even though dental disease alone is not that serious if it is detected early, the foul odors may also indicate more serious, chronic causes for concern. Intestinal or liver diseases sometimes also cause halitosis, and a sweet, even pleasant smell can often be indicative of diabetes. Kidney disease is a possible reason if your small munsterlander’s breath smells like urine or ammonia. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your small munsterlander has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.

Dealing with Fleas and Ticks in small munsterlanders

Daily, regular inspections of your small munsterlander for fleas and ticks throughout the summer are vital. Use a flea comb to remove fleas. There are many new techniques of tick mitigation. Visit your veterinarian about these and other options.

Heartworms in small munsterlanders

This parasite lives in the heart and passes from a contaminated dog to your small munsterlander by mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations are known to be fatal. Your small munsterlander should have a blood test for heartworms each and every spring—this is required to stop infestations from the past year. A once-a-month tablet given throughout the course of the warm, wet time of the year can protect your small munsterlander. Your small munsterlander should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some warmer regions, veterinarians recommend preemptive parasite medication year round.

Poisions and Medicines

If you’re pondering giving your small munsterlander medication that was not prescribed for him by his vet, forget about it. Just one ibuprofen tablet is known to cause stomach ulcers in small munsterlanders. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your small munsterlander. Be sure you call your dog’s doctor if you believe your small munsterlander has ingested poison. You can also immediately call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hour help.

small munsterlanders: Neutering and Spaying

Female small munsterlanders should be spayed—the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by 6 months of age. You usually will greatly reduce your female’s chance of breast cancer by spaying before maturity. Spaying also eliminates the possibility of a diseased uterus, a traumatic condition in more mature females that can only be treated with surgery and intensive medical care. Prostate diseases, testicular cancer, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias are preventable by neutering male small munsterlanders.

Vaccinating your small munsterlander

  • Your small munsterlander pup should be vaccinated with a combination shot (called the “five-in-one”) at 2, three and 4 months of age, and then once every year. This vaccine immunizes your pup from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. Your small munsterlander puppy’s vaccination regimen cannot be completed prior to four months old.
  • If you have an uninnoculated small munsterlander older than 4 or five months, he will need a set of two vaccinations given 2 or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly immunization.
  • Your small munsterlander puppy’s socialization should coincide with his innoculation program. Many doctors advise that new owners bring their small munsterlander pups to socialization classes, beginning at 8 or 9 weeks old. At this age, they should have already received at least their first series of vaccines.

Because regulations are so different around the country, contact your neighborhood veterinarian for information about rabies innoculation. For instance, New York City laws declare that pets older than three months be vaccinated for rabies. After the original shot, you must get a second innoculation the next year, and then every three years after that. There are many innoculations, many of which are appropriate for your small munsterlander. There are others that are not, however. Ask your small munsterlander’s vet for her recommendation. By the way, if your small munsterlander gets sick because she is not properly vaccinated, do not administer the innoculation until the dog has made a full recovery.

Roundworms in small munsterlanders

small munsterlanders are often exposed to worms—especially in rural areas. Eggs that carry intestinal worms are transmitted through a dog’s feces. Most pups, even from healthy mothers in good homes, carry intestinal worms. The key to effective treatment is early detection. This will make certain that the medication is effective against the worms your small munsterlander has. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your small munsterlander’s doctor can best define the culprit—and prescribe the best medication.

small munsterlander: Miscellaneous Care Tips

small munsterlander Supply Checklist

  • Top-quality dog food and snacks specifically for small munsterlanders and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Comb and brush for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with identification tag and license
  • Quality leash
  • Carrier (for puppies)
  • Training crate
  • Box or dog bed with quilt or towel
  • Doggie toothbrush

Warnings to be Heeded

The following items should never be fed to small munsterlanders:

  • Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
  • Caffeinated foods, like coffee, tea or chocolate
  • Raisins & grapes
  • Spoiled or moldy food
  • Onions, chives & garlic
  • Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
  • Salt & salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
  • Dough

Final Thoughts

Unless you are at home, or in a fenced-in, secured place, keep your small munsterlander on a leash at all times. And please, when your small munsterlander defecates on your neighbor’s lawn, remove it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about small munsterlanders

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