Owning dogs, especially taking care of the kai ken, is old hat for people across the globe. Some historians theorize dogs were domesticated between twelve thousand and twenty five thousand years ago—and that dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, human beings have selectively bred more than 400 different breeds, which vary in size from 4-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the title of the tallest dog. However, the most widespread dogs are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The kai ken is another popular choice with canine owners. Many owners are oblivious, however, of some important kai ken care tips.
General cost of care for your kai ken
The annual budget for rearing your kai ken—including nutrition and treats, to vet bills, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and $780. This does not even count capital costs for sterilization operations, dog collar and leash, a dog carrier and crate. Tip: Be positive you have all of the required items before getting your kai ken home.
Basic kai ken Care
How To Feed the kai ken
- kai ken puppies between 8 and 12 weeks old need 4 meals a day.
- kai ken puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals in a day.
- Feed pups 6 months to 1 year old two times in a day.
- By the time your kai ken reaches his first birthday, 1 feeding each day is typically sufficient.
- Many times kai kens, however, do better with 2 smaller meals. It is your duty to adapt to your kai ken’s eating habits.
Top-quality dry food provides balanced nutrition to full-grown kai kens and may be mixed with canned food, water, or broth. Your kai ken may be fond of cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these dishes should not result in more than 10 pct of his or her daily food. kai ken puppies need to be fed premium-quality, brand-name puppy food. You should try to limit “people food”, however, since it can cause mineral and vitamin imbalances, bone and teeth concerns, and may cause very finicky food choices and obesity. Give clean, potable water at all times, and make certain to clean water and food dishes very frequently.
kai ken Care Tips: Make sure to give your kai ken plenty of daily exercise
kai kens need physical activity to stay in shape, recharge their brains, and keep healthy. Daily physical activity also really helps kai kens fight boredom, which often leads to naughty behavior. Going outside can satisfy most of your kai ken’s instinctual urges to chase, retrieve, chew, dig and herd. Individual exercise needs depend on your kai ken’s age and her level of health—but a couple of walks down the street every day and 10 minutes in back of the house probably won’t be sufficient. If your kai ken is a 6 to 18 month adolescent, his requirements will probably be a little greater.
kai ken Grooming Tips
You can help keep your kai ken clean and reduce shedding with frequent brushing. Inspect for fleas and ticks daily during the summer or other warm weather. Many kai kens don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before giving him or her a bath, comb or cut out any mats from the kai ken’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to the soap residue.
How to Handle Your kai ken
Puppies are obviously easier to handle. To carry the kai ken puppy, take 1 hand and put it under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting her hind legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your puppy by his front legs, tail or back of the neck. If you must pick up a bigger, full-grown kai ken, pick it up from the underside, holding his chest with 1 arm and rump with the other arm.
How to House your kai ken
Your kai ken needs a warm peaceful place to sleep away from all drafts and off the floor or ground. You might want to purchase a doggie bed, or make one from a wood box. Put a clean comforter, blanket, sheet, or pillow inside the bed. Wash your kai ken’s bed covering often. If your kai ken will be outdoors frequently, be sure she has plenty of cool water and shade in the summer, and a covered, dry, warm area during the winter.
kai ken Licensing and Identification
Your city has licensing rules to heed. You should connect the license to your kai ken’s collar. This, along with an identification tag or tattoo, can help you recover your kai ken should he go missing.
Facts on kai ken Temperament
Thoughts on Training Your kai ken
Well-behaved, companion kai kens can truly be a blessing to raise. But when untrained, your dog can be a lot of trouble. Training your kai ken on the standards—”Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Leave it”—improves the relationship with both the dog and the relatives. If you own a puppy, start teaching him or her the appropriate responses as fast as you can! Use doggie snacks as recognition and incentive. Puppies should join obedience classes when they have been adequately immunized. Call the community humane society or SPCA for information on obedience courses. It is wise to walk your kai ken leashed in public, even while a puppy. Be positive your doggie will come back to you whenever you say. An aggressive or disobedient kai ken shouldn’t play with kids.
About your kai ken’s Health
kai kens should visit the veterinarian for a thorough diagnosis, immunizations and heartworm exam annualy, and immediately if he is injured or ill.
Your kai ken’s Dental Health
Although we may simply dislike our kai ken’s foul breath, it’s important to be aware of what it may represent. Foul breath is usually an indication that your kai ken should get an oral screening. Dental plaque caused by germs results in a foul odor that demands treatment by a professional. After a cleaning done by a professional, his mouth may be be preserved in a healthy state by brushing regularly, feeding a special diet focused on dental health, and eliminating table food. The veterinarian can supply you with additional advice for eliminating periodontal disease as well as bad breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your kai ken’s teeth. You can clean them with a gauze pad, a piece of nylon stocking wrapped around the finger, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Some kai kens get periodontal disease, another term for gum disease. Often, tooth loss takes place due to gum infection. Diseases can also propagate to the rest of your kai ken’s body. Your vet usually will brush your kai ken’s teeth while performing his regular health analysis.
kai ken Breath Gone Wild!
While oral disease by itself is not a serious issue if it is detected early enough, halitosis may indicate more serious, chronic problems. Diseases of the liver or intestines sometimes also cause foul breath, while a fruity, sweet smell can be indicative of diabetes. If your kai ken’s breath smells like urine or ammonia, kidney disease might be the reason. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your kai ken has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
Tick and Fleas in kai kens
When it’s warm, it’s vital for you to perform daily checks of your kai ken for fleas and ticks. Use a flea comb to remove fleas. There are numerous new techniques of tick and flea control. Talk to your kai ken’s doctor about her or his recommendations.
kai kens With Heartworm Issues
The heartworm is a parasite that resides in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your kai ken by mosquitoes. Heartworm infections are deadly. It’s very critical that you make sure your kai ken has a blood screening for this parasite each year in the spring. A monthly pill given throughout the course of the warm, wet time of the year can help to protect your kai ken. Your kai ken should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some regions, usually the locations with hotter climates, where vets advise heartworm tablets be taken continually.
Medicines and Poisons
Never, ever give your kai ken medicine that hasn’t been prescribed by her vet. As little as one ibuprofen tablet is known to cause stomach ulcers in kai kens. Make sure your kai ken is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. Be sure you contact your dog’s doctor when you believe your kai ken has consumed poison. You should also contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hour help.
kai kens: Neutering and Spaying
Female kai kens should be spayed—the removal of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testicles—by 6 months old. Spaying before maturity greatly diminishes the risk of breast cancer, a common and usually deadly illness of older female dogs. Spaying also eradicates the chance of an infected uterus, a traumatic issue in older females that requires surgery. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, some hernias and certain aggressive behavior are preventable by neutering male kai kens.
Shots for your kai ken
- kai ken puppies should be vaccinated with a combination shot (called the “five-in-one”) at two, three and 4 months of age, and again once each year. This vaccine immunizes your kai ken puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your kai ken must be innoculated for at least the first four months of his life.
- If you have an uninnoculated kai ken older than four or five months, she must get a set of 2 innoculations given two or 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly innoculation.
- kai ken puppy socialization and immunization should go together. Most vets advise that new owners bring their kai ken puppies to socialization courses, beginning at eight to 9 weeks old. At this point, they should have already received their first immunizations.
Regulations are so varied around the country, that it’s best to call your neighborhood vet to get rabies immunization info. For instance, NYC regulations state that pets older than three months must be immunized for rabies. After the original vaccination, you must have another shot the following year, and then every 3 years. There are several immunizations, many of which are right for your kai ken. There are others that are not, however. Your vet can give you her recommendation. Also, if your kai ken gets ill because he is not immunized, do not give the innoculation until the dog has made a full recovery.
Worms in kai kens
kai kens are often exposed to worms and possible infestation—especially in rural areas. Microscopic eggs produced by roundworms and hookworms are transmitted through an infested kai ken’s feces. Most puppies, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry roundworms or hookworms. The key to treatment is correct diagnosis. This will make sure that the medication is highly effective against the worms your dog has. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, won’t kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best identify the culprit—and assign the best treatment.
Additional kai ken Care Tips
Checklist of kai ken Supplies
- Excellent-quality dog food and snacks specifically for kai kens and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water bowl
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Brush and comb for grooming, including a flea comb
- Collar with ID tag and license
- Carrier (for puppies)
- Training crate
- Box or dog bed with comforter or towel
- Doggie toothbrush
Warnings to be Heeded
The following items should never be fed to kai kens:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Chocoloate or any food with caffeine
- Raisins or grapes
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, garlic or chives
- Poultry bones
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit or stems
Retain your kai ken on a leash when you are outside, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in area. And please, when your kai ken defecates on your neighbor’s lawn, remove it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about kai kens
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