Raising dogs, especially providing care for the basset bleu de gascogne, is nothing new for humans across the globe. Historians theorize dogs were first domesticated sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that dogs evolved from wolves. Since then, we have selectively bred more than four hundred different breeds, which range in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the title of tallest pooch. But the most popular pooches are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The basset bleu de gascogne is also a popular choice with dog owners. Some owners are unaware, however, of many of the most common basset bleu de gascogne care tips.
Cost of care for your basset bleu de gascogne
The annual budget for rearing the basset bleu de gascogne—to include food, to doctor bills, toys and license—can range between $420 and $780. This is not even including capital costs for sterilization operations, collar and leash, a dog carrier and a doggie crate. Tip: Make sure you have all the required items before you get your basset bleu de gascogne home.
Basic basset bleu de gascogne Care
Feeding the basset bleu de gascogne
- basset bleu de gascogne pups between 8 and 12 weeks need four bowls of food in a 24 hour period.
- Feed basset bleu de gascogne puppies three to 6 months old 3 meals in a 24 hour period.
- Feed puppies 6 months old to 1 year old two meals in a twenty-four hour period.
- When the basset bleu de gascogne reaches his first birthday, one bowl per day is typically enough.
- Many times basset bleu de gascognes might eat 2 smaller helpings. It’s your duty to learn your basset bleu de gascogne’s eating tendencies.
Top-quality dry dogfood provides a well-balanced diet for full-grown basset bleu de gascognes and can mix with canned food, broth, or water. Your basset bleu de gascogne may like cooked eggs, cottage cheese, and fruits and vegetables, but these dishes shouldn’t total more than ten percent of his daily allowance. basset bleu de gascogne puppies need to be fed excellent-quality, name brand puppy food. Please limit “people food”, however, because it can result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies, tooth and bone issues, and may result in extremely picky eating habits and obesity. Clean, potable water should be made only, and be certain to clean food and water dishes very regularly.
basset bleu de gascogne Care Tips: Make sure your basset bleu de gascogne does some daily physical activity
basset bleu de gascognes need daily physical activity in order to stay fit, stimulate their brains, and maintain good health. Physical activity also tends to help basset bleu de gascognes avoid boredom, which has the potential to lead to naughty behavior. Supervised fun and games would satisfy many of your basset bleu de gascogne’s instinctual urges to retrieve, dig, chew, chase and herd. Activity needs can depend on your basset bleu de gascogne’s level of health and her age—but ten minutes in back of the house and just a couple of walks down the street every day probably won’t suffice. If your basset bleu de gascogne is a 6 to 18 month adolescent, his requirements will probably be a little higher.
basset bleu de gascogne Grooming Tips
You can help keep your basset bleu de gascogne clean and reduce shedding with brushing. Check for ticks and fleas daily during warm weather. Most basset bleu de gascognes don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Before the bath, cut out or comb all mats from the basset bleu de gascogne’s hair. Rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap residue.
How to Handle Your basset bleu de gascogne
Pups are clearly easier to handle. When carrying the basset bleu de gascogne puppy, take one hand and place it beneath your dog’s chest, either with the forearm or other hand supporting the back legs and rump. Don’t ever attempt to grab or lift your pup by his or her forelegs, tail or nape. If you need to pick up a larger, adult basset bleu de gascogne, pick it up from underneath, holding her chest with one of your arms and rump with the other arm.
How to House your basset bleu de gascogne
basset bleu de gascognes need a comfy peaceful place to relax apart from all the breezes and off the floor. You may want to purchase a doggie bed, or think about making one out of a wood box. Place a clean comforter, blanket, sheet, or pillow in the bed for cushioning. Wash your basset bleu de gascogne’s bed covering often. If your basset bleu de gascogne will be outdoors frequently, make certain he has plenty of cool water and shade in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered area in the cold.
Licensing and Identification for basset bleu de gascognes
There are licensing rules to heed in your city. Be sure you affix the license to your basset bleu de gascogne’s collar. The license, along with an identification tag, can possibly help you recover your basset bleu de gascogne should she go missing.
basset bleu de gascogne Temperament Info
Training Your basset bleu de gascogne
Well-mannered, companion basset bleu de gascognes are a joy to raise. However, when left untrained, your basset bleu de gascogne can be nothing but trouble. Training your basset bleu de gascogne on the minimums—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—strengthens the relationship both with your pooch and your company. If you have a puppy, begin teaching him or her the right behavior immediately! Use food as an incentive and a reward. Puppies can begin obedience class when they are sufficiently immunized. Call your community SPCA or humane society for information about training classes. Always walk your basset bleu de gascogne leashed in public, even as a puppy. Be certain your basset bleu de gascogne will come to you at all times whenever you call her. An aggressive or disobedient basset bleu de gascogne is not ready to play with children.
Knowing Your basset bleu de gascogne’s Health
basset bleu de gascognes should see the veterinarian for a full check-up, immunizations and heartworm assessment annualy, and immediately if she is hurt or ill.
Your basset bleu de gascogne’s Dental Health
While many of us might object to our basset bleu de gascogne’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might be a symptom of. Foul-smelling breath is a symptom that your basset bleu de gascogne should have an oral exam. Dental plaque due to unhealthy bacteria results in a bad smell that can only be eliminated by professional treatment. Once your basset bleu de gascogne has had a professional dental cleaning, the gums and teeth may be be preserved in a healthy state by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. The vet can provide you with other data for reducing dental disease as well as stinky breath. You should brush your basset bleu de gascogne’s teeth with a dog toothpaste or a paste made of baking soda and water twice weekly. Brush them with a nylon pantyhose stretched over the finger, a gauze pad, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often affects basset bleu de gascognes. This troublesome disease can initiate your basset bleu de gascogne’s loss of teeth as well as propagate diseases throughout her body. The vet will sometimes clean her teeth as a regular part of your basset bleu de gascogne’s health examination.
Bad basset bleu de gascogne Breath
Even though oral disease alone is not that big of a deal if it is detected early enough, halitosis may also indicate serious, long-term issues. A fruity, sweet smell can sometimes be a sign of diabetes, while diseases of the liver or intestines may cause foul breath. When your basset bleu de gascogne’s breath smells of urine or ammonia, kidney disease is a possible cause. If you find your basset bleu de gascogne has smelly breath in conjunction with other symptoms of ill health, such as diminished appetite, vomiting and nausea, loss of weight, bad mood, excessive drinking and urinating, set a visit to her veterinarian.
Dealing with Fleas and Ticks in basset bleu de gascognes
Daily, regular inspections of your basset bleu de gascogne for fleas and ticks in the summer are critical. Use a flea comb to remove fleas. There are many new technologies of flea management. Speak to your vet about these and other options.
Heartworm problems in basset bleu de gascognes
Your basset bleu de gascogne is at risk of developing heartworms if he is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry heartworms from dog to dog. Many basset bleu de gascognes die yearly as a result of heartworms. It is extremely important to ensure your basset bleu de gascogne has a blood screening for heartworms annually in the spring. A monthly pill given throughout the course of mosquito season can protect your basset bleu de gascogne. Your basset bleu de gascogne should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some warmer locations, vets advise preventive worm medication be taken continuously.
Medicines and Toxins
Remember to never give your basset bleu de gascogne medicine that hasn’t been prescribed by his veterinarian. Did you know that 1 regular-strength ibuprofen capsule causes ulcers in some dogs Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your basset bleu de gascogne. If you have reason to suspect your doggie has eaten a toxic substance, immediately call the veterinarian or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 twenty-four hours a day for instructions.
basset bleu de gascognes: Spaying and Neutering
It is recommended that male basset bleu de gascognes should be neutered – the removal of the testes – and females spayed – the removal of the uterus and ovaries – by 6 months old. You will usually significantly diminish your female basset bleu de gascogne’s breast cancer risk by spaying prior to adulthood. Spaying also eradicates the chance of a diseased uterus, a traumatic problem in more mature females that demands intensive medical care and surgery. Neutering male basset bleu de gascognes prevents testicular diseases, some hernias and certain aggressive behavior.
basset bleu de gascogne Vaccinations
- The combo vaccine (also known as a “five-in-1 shot”) needs to be given to your basset bleu de gascogne at two, 3, and 4 months old and then once annually. This innoculation protects your pup from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Your basset bleu de gascogne must be vaccinated for at least the first four months of his life.
- If your basset bleu de gascogne has not been immunized and is older than 4 months, he will need two immunizations promptly, 2 or three weeks apart. After that you must innoculate every year.
- basset bleu de gascogne puppy innoculation and socialization should coincide. Many vets recommend that new owners bring their basset bleu de gascogne puppies to socialization courses, beginning at 8 to nine weeks old. At this point, they should have received at least their first innoculations.
Because statutes vary so much around the country, call your community doctor to get info on rabies vaccination. For example, in NYC, the regulation states that all pets older than three months of age to be vaccinated for rabies. After the original innoculation, you must get another vaccination the following year, and then every three years after that. There are several immunizations, many of which are effective for your basset bleu de gascogne. There are others that are not, however. Your veterinarian can give you her opinion. Also, if your basset bleu de gascogne gets sick because he is not properly immunized, do not administer the vaccination until the dog has made a full recovery.
Intestinal Parasites in basset bleu de gascognes
basset bleu de gascognes are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry roundworms are transmitted through a basset bleu de gascogne’s stool. Most pups, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry roundworms or hookworms. An accurate, early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed treatment will be successful against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eliminates hookworms, for example, will not kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best define the culprit—and assign the most effective treatment.
basset bleu de gascogne: Miscellaneous Care Tips
basset bleu de gascogne Supply Checklist
- Premium-quality dog food and treats designed for basset bleu de gascognes and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water dish
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Comb & brush for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with ID tag and license
- Carrier (for puppies)
- Training crate
- Dog bed or box with comforter or towel
- Doggie or child’s toothbrush
The no-no list
Never, ever feed your basset bleu de gascogne the following:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Caffeinated foods, like coffee, tea or chocolate
- Raisins or grapes
- Moldy or spoiled food of any kind
- Onions, chives & garlic
- Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
- Yeast dough
Keep your basset bleu de gascogne on a leash whenever you are outside, unless you are in a fenced-in, secured spot. And please, when your basset bleu de gascogne defecates on your neighbor’s grass, dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about basset bleu de gascognes
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