Owning dogs, especially providing care for the cane corso, is nothing new for people across the world. Zoologists postulate dogs were domesticated sometime between 12,000 and twenty five thousand years ago—and that all canines evolved from wolves. Since then, we have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, varying in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of tallest canine. However, the most widespread pooches are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The cane corso is also a popular choice among dog owners. Some owners are misinformed, however, of some of the most crucial cane corso care tips.
Health care cost for the cane corso
The yearly budget for raising your cane corso—to include everything from food, to vet bills, toys and license—can range between four hundred twenty and seven hundred eighty dollars. This does not even include capital costs for sterilization procedures, collar and leash, a dog carrier and crate. Tip: Be positive you have all of your items before bringing your cane corso home.
General cane corso Care
Feeding your cane corso
- cane corso pups between 8 and twelve weeks old need four meals in a day.
- cane corso pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals a day.
- Feed pups six months old to 1 year two meals daily.
- When the cane corso hits his or her 1st birthday, one bowl a day is typically all that’s necessary.
- Sometimes adult cane corsos, however, do better with 2 smaller meals. It’s your job to learn your cane corso’s eating tendencies.
Top-quality dry dogfood provides balanced nutrition for grown cane corsos and may be mixed with broth, canned food, or water. Your cane corso may also like cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these dishes should be less than 10 percent of his or her daily food. cane corso pups need to be fed excellent-quality, name brand puppy food. Try to cut down on “table food”, however, since it can result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies, tooth and bone issues, and may cause some extremely finicky food choices as well as obesity. Give fresh, potable water at all times, and be certain to wash water and food bowls often.
cane corso Care Tips: Make sure to get your cane corso plenty of daily exercise
cane corsos need some physical activity to stay healthy, recharge their brains, and maintain their health. Daily exercise also really helps cane corsos fight boredom, which would often lead to naughty behavior. A little fun and games can cure many of your cane corso’s desires to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Activity needs are dependent on your cane corso’s level of health and his age—but 10 minutes in the backyard and just a couple of walks down the street every day probably will not suffice. If your cane corso is a 6 to 18 month adolescent, her requirements will be higher.
cane corso Grooming
Frequent brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your cane corso clean. Inspect for fleas and ticks every day during warm weather. Most cane corsos don’t need to be bathed more than a few times during the year. Prior to the bath, comb or cut out any mats from the cane corso’s coat. Rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to the soap.
cane corso Handling
Pups are clearly the easiest to handle. To carry your cane corso puppy, take one hand and put it under your dog’s chest, either with the forearm or your other hand supporting his or her back legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your puppy by the forelegs, nape or tail. If you need to lift a larger, adult cane corso, pick it up from the underside, bracing her chest with one of your arms and rear end with the other arm.
cane corso housing
Your cane corso needs a cozy peaceful spot to be able to relax apart from all the breezes and away from the ground. You may wish to think about purchasing a dog bed, or feel like making one from a wood box. Put a clean comforter or pillow in the bed for cushion. Wash the cane corso’s bed covering often. If your cane corso will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure he has access to covering and plenty of cool water in the summer, and a covered, dry, warm area when it’s cold.
cane corso Identification
There are licensing rules to follow in your town. Be certain to connect the license to your cane corso’s collar. The license, along with an identification tattoo or tag, will most likely help secure your cane corso’s return should he get lost.
Information on cane corso Temperament
Thoughts on Training Your cane corso
Well-behaved, companion cane corsos are truly a blessing to own. However, left untrained, your cane corso will most likely be a big pain. Training your cane corso on the basics—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—improves the relationship both with the pooch and your visitors. If you have a pup, begin training her on the right responses quickly! Doggie treats can be used as incentive and recognition. Pups can commence obedience courses when they have been sufficiently immunized. Contact the community humane society or SPCA for details about obedience schools. You should always keep your cane corso on a leash in public, even while a puppy. Just be positive your dog will come back to you if you call him. An aggressive or disobedient cane corso cannot play with children.
cane corso Health
Your cane corso should see the vet for a thorough diagnosis, immunizations and heartworm assessment every year, and promptly when she is injured or sick.
The Oral Health of Your cane corso
Although we might object to our cane corso’s foul breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might be telling us. Bad breath is a symptom that your cane corso needs an oral screening. Plaque brought on by germs results in a bad stench that requires the help of a professional. Once your cane corso has had a professional oral cleaning, his mouth may be kept up by brushing regularly, feeding a special diet focused on dental health, and eliminating table food. Your veterinarian can supply you with more advice for minimizing oral disease as well as halitosis. You can brush the cane corso’s teeth using a dog toothpaste or a homemade baking soda and water paste twice weekly. You can brush them with a gauze pad, a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched across the finger, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Sometimes, cane corsos get periodontal disease, a pocket of infection between the gum and tooth. This troublesome affliction will sometimes result in loss of teeth and also spread infections to her body. The vet may clean your dog’s teeth at a regular checkup.
Breeds with Halitosis (bad breath)
If your cane corso has halitosis, periodontal disease may not necessarily be the problem, as other more serious illnesses also have that symptom. A pleasant, even sweet smell can sometimes be indicative of diabetes, while intestinal or liver diseases may cause foul breath. When your cane corso’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease may be the reason. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your cane corso 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 cane corsos
When it’s warm, it’s critical for you to perform daily inspections of your cane corso for ticks and fleas. You can remove fleas using a flea comb. There are many new techniques of tick elimination. Ask your veterinarian about these and other options.
cane corsos With Heartworm Issues
The heartworm is a parasite that resides in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your cane corso by mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations are known to be deadly. It’s extremely critical to make sure your cane corso takes a blood screening for worms annually in the spring. It is recommended that you give your cane corso a once-a-month tablet in mosquito season to be able to protect him from heartworms. If you ever travel in a warmer-than-usual climate with your cane corso during the winter, she must be on the preventive medicine during the trip. There are some places, usually the regions with warmer temperatures, where the veterinarians recommend worm tablets be used throughout the year.
Poisons and Medications
Remember to never give your cane corso medicine that has not been prescribed by her veterinarian. Did you know that just 1 regular-strength ibuprofen pill causes stomach ulcers in cane corsos? Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your cane corso. If you have reason to think that your pooch has eaten a toxin, contact your vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 24 hours per day for assistance.
cane corso Sterilization Operations
It is recommended that female cane corsos be spayed—the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—extraction of the testicles—by six months old. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the breast cancer risk, which is a frequently fatal and common problem for more mature female dogs. The chance of a sick uterus, which is also a serious disease that affects more mature females, will also be removed by spaying while young. Neutering males prevents testicular and prostate diseases, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias.
cane corso Immunizations
- cane corso puppies should be innoculated with a combo innoculation (called the “5-in-1”) at two, 3 and four months old, and again once annually. This innoculation immunizes your pup from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The cane corso puppy’s innoculation program cannot be completed prior to 4 months of age.
- If you have the rare cane corso who has not been vaccinated and is older than 4 or 5 months, she will need a series of 2 vaccinations given two or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly innoculation.
- Your cane corso puppy’s socialization should coincide with her vaccination program. You may bring your cane corso pup to socialization classes as early as eight or nine weeks of age, as recommended by most veterinarians. At this point, they should have already received at least their first vaccinations.
Because regulations vary between different areas, contact a neighborhood doctor for information on rabies immunization. In New York City, for instance, the regulation requires all pets older than three months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the original vaccination, he must get a second immunization the next year, and then every 3 years after that. There are many vaccines, many of which are right for your cane corso. Others, however, are not. Your vet can tell youmore about them. Please be aware, if your cane corso happens to get sick because she is not innoculated, the shot can be administered after your pet is back to health.
Roundworms in cane corsos
cane corsos are often exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Tiny eggs created by roundworms and hookworms are transmitted through an infested cane corso’s feces. Most pups, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry hookworms or roundworms. The key to treatment is early detection. This will make certain that the medicine is effective against the parasite your cane corso has. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your vet can best determine the culprit—and assign the best medicine.
cane corso: Miscellaneous Care Tips
cane corso Supply Checklist
- Excellent-quality dog food and snacks designed for cane corsos and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water bowl
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Comb and brush for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with ID tag and license
- Quality leash
- Carrier (for pups)
- Training crate
- Box or dog bed with warm comforter or towel
- Doggie or child’s toothbrush
Warnings to be Heeded
The following items should never be fed to cane corsos:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Coffee, tea, or chocolate
- Raisins or grapes
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, garlic & chives
- Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
- Salt and salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in space, keep your cane corso on a leash at all times. And please, when your cane corso defecates on your neighbor’s yard, clean it up! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about cane corsos
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