Raising dogs, especially taking care of the coton de tulear, is nothing new for humans across the globe. Historians say dogs were first domesticated between 12,000 and twenty five thousand years ago—and that all dogs evolved from wolves. Since then, people 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 preferred pooches are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The coton de tulear is another favorite choice among dog owners. Many owners are unaware, however, of many of the most important coton de tulear care tips.
Typical health care cost for the coton de tulear
The yearly cost of providing for your coton de tulear—which includes meals and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and $780. This does not even account for capital expenses for sterilization procedures, collar and leash, dog carrier and a crate. Tip: Be sure you have procured all your items before bringing your coton de tulear home for the first time.
Basic coton de tulear Care
coton de tulear Feeding Routine
- coton de tulear pups between eight and twelve weeks need four bowls of food in a day.
- coton de tulear puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals in a 24 hour period.
- Feed puppies six months old to 1 year old 2 bowls of food daily.
- When your coton de tulear reaches her first birthday, 1 feeding each day is adequate.
- Some adult coton de tulears, however, prefer two smaller servings. It is your duty to adapt to your coton de tulear’s eating tendencies.
High-quality dry food provides balanced nutrition to full-grown coton de tulears and may be mixed with water, canned food, or broth. Your coton de tulear may enjoy fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these dishes should not be more than 10 pct of his or her daily food allowance. coton de tulear puppies must be fed excellent-quality, name brand puppy food. Try to limit “table food”, however, since it can result in mineral and vitamin imbalances, tooth and bone issues, and might create very picky eating habits as well as obesity. Give clean, fresh water exclusively, and make certain to wash water and food dishes daily.
coton de tulear Care Tips: Make sure your coton de tulear gets some daily exercise
coton de tulears must get some physical activity in order to stay fit, recharge their minds, and remain in good health. Exercise also tends to help coton de tulears avoid boredom, which often leads to destructive behavior. Exercise can quench many of your coton de tulear’s instinctual urges to herd, dig, chase, retrieve and chew. Activity needs will depend on your coton de tulear’s age and her level of health—but 10 minutes in back of the house and just a couple of walks down the street every day probably will not be sufficient. If your coton de tulear is a 6 to 18 month adolescent, his requirements will be greater.
coton de tulear Grooming
Frequent brushing will help keep your coton de tulear clean and reduce shedding. Check for ticks and fleas daily during warm weather. Most coton de tulears don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Prior to the bath, comb or cut out any and all mats from the coton de tulear’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to soap residue.
How to Handle Your coton de tulear
Puppies, as opposed to adults, are obviously easier to manage. To carry your coton de tulear puppy, take one of your hands and put it under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting his hind legs and rump. Don’t ever attempt to grab or lift your pup by his or her forelegs, tail or back of the neck. When you must pick up a bigger, adult coton de tulear, pick it up from the underside, bracing his or her chest with 1 arm and rear end with your other.
Housing your coton de tulear
coton de tulears need a warm peaceful place to relax apart from all drafts and off the floor. You may want to think about buying a dog bed, or make one from a wooden box. Put a clean sheet or pillow in the bed. Wash the coton de tulear’s bedding often. If the coton de tulear will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make certain she has access to shade and plenty of cool water in the summer, and a dry, warm, covered area in winter.
coton de tulear Licensing
Your city has licensing rules to heed. You should attach the license to the coton de tulear’s collar. This, together with an identification tag, can help you recover your coton de tulear if she happens to go missing.
Info on coton de tulear Temperament
About Training Your coton de tulear
Well-behaved, companion coton de tulears can be a blessing to own. But when left untrained, your coton de tulear will most likely be a pain. Teaching your coton de tulear the fundamentals—”Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, and “Leave it”—will improve your relationship both with your pooch as well as your friends. If you’re the owner of a puppy, begin teaching him or her the right behavior as soon as possible! Use meals as an incentive and a reward. Puppies can begin obedience courses when they are adequately vaccinated. Call the local SPCA or humane society for details on obedience classes. Always keep your coton de tulear on a leash in public, even as a puppy. Be sure your doggie will come back to you every time you say. A disobedient or aggressive coton de tulear can’t play with kids.
Knowing Your coton de tulear’s Health
coton de tulears should visit the vet for a full screening, immunizations and a heartworm test every year, and as soon as possible when she is ill or hurt.
coton de tulear Oral Health
While many of us may simply dislike our coton de tulear’s foul breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might be a sign of. Foul-smelling breath usually means that your coton de tulear should get an oral screening. Dental plaque , which is caused by unhealthy bacteria creates a terrible stench that requires the help of a professional. Once you have given your coton de tulear a professional cleaning, her teeth and gums can be maintained by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. Your veterinarian can give you more tips on mitigating dental diseases as well as bad breath. You can clean your coton de tulear’s teeth using a doggie toothpaste or a baking-soda-and-water paste once or twice a week. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, sometimes affects coton de tulears. This dreadful affliction can sometimes cause tooth loss and also spread disease to the rest of the body. Your vet will clean the coton de tulear’s teeth in her typical health evaluation.
coton de tulears with Bad Breath
While periodontal disease in isolation is not that serious if it is found early, the foul odors may be indicative of more serious, chronic causes for concern. Diseases of the liver or intestines sometimes cause halitosis, and a sweet, even pleasant smell can sometimes be indicative of diabetes. Kidney disease is a possible reason when your coton de tulear’s breath smells like ammonia or urine. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your coton de tulear has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
coton de tulear Tick and Flea Issues
Daily, regular inspections of your coton de tulear for ticks and fleas in the summer are critical. Use a flea comb to remove fleas. There are numerous new techniques of flea reduction. Speak to your veterinarian about these and other recommendations.
Heartworms in coton de tulears
This parasite resides in the heart and is passed from a contaminated dog to your coton de tulear by way of mosquitoes. Several coton de tulears die each year due to heartworm infections. Your coton de tulear should have a blood test for heartworms every single spring—this is crucial for detecting infestations from the previous year. It is also good to give your coton de tulear a monthly pill throughout the course of the warm, wet time of the year to be able to protect him from heartworms. If ever you travel in warmer regions with your coton de tulear in winter, she should be on the preventive medicine during the trip. In some of the more moderate locations, veterinarians recommend preemptive heartworm medication be taken all year.
Toxins and Medicines
Never, ever give your coton de tulear medicine that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. One little ibuprofen tablet can possibly cause stomach ulcers in coton de tulears. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your coton de tulear. Be sure you call your coton de tulear’s doctor when you have reson to think your coton de tulear has ingested a poisonous substance. You should also immediately call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for twenty-four hr. help.
coton de tulear Sterilization Operations
Male coton de tulears should be neutered – the extraction of the testicles – and females spayed – the extraction of the uterus and ovaries – by 6 months old. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the breast cancer risk, which is a frequently fatal and common disorder for more mature females. The chance of an infected uterus, which is another serious affliction that affects older females, can also be removed by spaying when young. Neutering male coton de tulears prevents prostate and testicular diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias.
coton de tulear Vaccinations
- The combination vaccine (also known as the “five-in-1 shot”) should be given to your coton de tulear at 2, 3, and four months old and again once per year. This immunization immunizes your puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The coton de tulear puppy’s innoculation regimen cannot be completed prior to 4 months old.
- If your coton de tulear has not been innoculated and is older than four months, she will need to be given 2 immunizations promptly, 2 or three weeks apart. Then you must immunize annualy.
- Your coton de tulear puppy’s immunizations should coincide with her socialization program. Many vets advise that new owners take their coton de tulear puppies to socialization courses, beginning at 8 or nine weeks of age. They should have already received their first immunizations by this age.
Since laws are so different between different areas, call a community doctor to get information about rabies immunization. For example, in NYC, the rule states that all pets older than three months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the original vaccination, he must get another shot the following year, and then every 3 years. There are several vaccines, many of which are effective for your coton de tulear. There are others that are not, however. Your veterinarian can tell you about them. By the way, if your coton de tulear happens to get sick because he is not immunized, the shot needs to be administered after your pet is back to health.
Hookworms in coton de tulears
coton de tulears are often exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Eggs that carry intestinal worms are transmitted through a coton de tulear’s stool. Most puppies, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry intestinal worms. The key to treatment is early diagnosis. This will make certain that the medication is highly effective against the worms your coton de tulear has. A dewormer that eliminates hookworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your doctor can best define the culprit—and prescribe the effective treatment.
Miscellaneous coton de tulear Care Tips
Checklist of coton de tulear Supplies
- Premium-quality dog food and treats designed for coton de tulears and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water dish
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with identification tag and license
- Quality leash
- Dog carrier (for pups)
- Training crate
- Dog box or bed with sheet or towel
- Dog toothbrush
Warnings to be Heeded
The following items should never be fed to coton de tulears:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocoloate or any food with caffeine
- Grapes & raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, garlic or chives
- Bones of chicken, turkey, or any other animal (choking hazard)
- Salt and salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems and unripe fruit
The “Bottom” Line
Keep your coton de tulear on a leash when you are outdoors, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in spot. And please, when your coton de tulear defecates on your neighbor’s lawn, remove and dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about coton de tulears
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