Owning dogs, in particular taking care of the kyi-leo, is a specialty of humans. Some historians believe dogs were first domesticated between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that canines evolved from the wolf. Since those days, people have selectively bred more than four hundred breeds, which vary in size from 4-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, whose three-ft stature earns them the distinction of tallest dog. But the most popular dogs are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The kyi-leo is also a popular choice with canine owners. Many owners are misinformed, however, of some of the most critical kyi-leo care tips.
General cost of care for the kyi-leo
The annual cost of caring for your kyi-leo—to include meals, to doctor bills, toys and license—can vary between four hundred twenty and $780. This figure doesn’t include capital expenses for sterilization surgery, collar and leash, a dog carrier and a dog crate. Note: Be positive you have obtained all the required items before you get your kyi-leo home for the 1st time.
General kyi-leo Care
kyi-leo Feeding Plan
- kyi-leo pups between 8 and twelve weeks old need four meals in a day.
- Feed kyi-leo pups three to 6 months old three meals daily.
- Feed pups six months to one year old two bowls of food each day.
- When your kyi-leo hits his 1st birthday, one bowl a day is sufficient.
- Many times adult kyi-leos might do better with 2 smaller helpings. It is your duty to learn your kyi-leo’s eating habits.
Premium-quality dry food ensures a balanced diet to adult kyi-leos and can mix with water, broth, or canned food. Your kyi-leo may also dig fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these dishes should not result in more than 10 percent of his daily allowance. kyi-leo puppies should be given high-quality, brand-name puppy food. Please try to cut down on “people food”, however, since it can cause vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems, and might cause some extremely picky eating habits and obesity. Give fresh, potable water always, and make sure to clean water and food dishes very regularly.
kyi-leo Care Tips: Make sure your kyi-leo gets plenty of daily exercise
kyi-leos must get daily physical activity so they can stay fit, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. Exercise also really helps kyi-leos fight boredom, which would often lead to destructive behavior. Physical activity can quench many of your kyi-leo’s desires to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Individual exercise needs will depend on your kyi-leo’s age and his or her level of health—but a couple of walks around the block every day and 10 minutes in the backyard probably won’t suffice. If your kyi-leo is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will probably be higher.
Grooming tips for kyi-leos
Frequent brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your kyi-leo clean. Check for fleas and ticks every day during the summer or other warm weather. Most kyi-leos don’t need a bath more than a few times a year. Before bathing, comb or cut out any mats from the kyi-leo’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or the dirt will stick to soap residue.
How to Handle Your kyi-leo
Puppies, as opposed to adults, are clearly easier to manage. To carry the kyi-leo puppy, place one of your hands beneath the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or other hand supporting the back legs and rump. Never try to grab or lift your pup by his forelegs, back of the neck or tail. If you must lift a larger, full-grown kyi-leo, lift from the underside, bracing his or her chest with 1 of your arms and rear end with your other arm.
kyi-leos need a comfy peaceful spot to rest apart from all drafts and off the floor. You might want to purchase a doggie bed, or consider making one out of a wooden box. Place a clean comforter, blanket, or pillow in the bed. Wash the kyi-leo’s bedding often. If the kyi-leo will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure he has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a dry, covered, warm shelter in winter.
There are licensing rules to heed in your town. Make certain you connect the license to your kyi-leo’s collar. This, together with an ID tag or tattoo, can possibly help secure your kyi-leo’s return if she happens to go missing.
kyi-leo Temperament Facts
About Training Your kyi-leo
Well-behaved, companion kyi-leos are truly a blessing to own. But when untrained, your dog may be a pain. Teaching your kyi-leo the standards—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—will bolster the relationship with both the kyi-leo and the company. If you’re the owner of a pup, start teaching him the right responses as soon as humanly possible! Doggie snacks can be used as incentive and recognition. Puppies can begin obedience courses when they are adequately vaccinated. Call your local humane society or SPCA for details about obedience classes. It is best to walk your kyi-leo leashed in public, even as a pup. Just be positive your doggie will come to you every time you say so. An aggressive or disobedient kyi-leo isn’t ready to play with people.
About your kyi-leo’s Health
kyi-leos should see the veterinarian for a thorough assessment, innoculations and a heartworm screening every year, and immediately if she is sick or hurt.
kyi-leo Oral Health
While many of us might object to our kyi-leo’s foul breath, we should pay attention to what it might represent. Foul breath is a sign that your kyi-leo needs a dental exam. Plaque triggered by bacteria causes a terrible stench that demands professional treatment. Once your kyi-leo has had a cleaning done by a professional, 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 veterinarian can give you more information on eliminating oral ailments and stinky breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your kyi-leo’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Sometimes kyi-leos have periodontal disease, frequently referred to as gum disease. This dreadful affliction can possibly result in your kyi-leo’s loss of teeth and propagate infections to the body. The veterinarian usually will brush your kyi-leo’s teeth during her typical health examination.
kyi-leos with Bad Breath
While halitosis brought on by periodontal disease may not be serious if detected early enough, sometimes bad breath may be indicative of fairly serious, persistent issues. Liver or intestinal diseases may cause stinky breath, while a sweet, fruity smell may sometimes be indicative of diabetes. When your kyi-leo’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease is a possible reason. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your kyi-leo has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
kyi-leo Flea and Tick Issues
Regular, daily inspections of your kyi-leo for fleas and ticks during the summer are critical. Remove fleas with a flea comb. There are numerous new techniques of tick control. Consult your kyi-leo’s doctor about his options.
Heartworm problems in kyi-leos
The heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart and passes from an infested dog to your kyi-leo by way of mosquitoes. Several kyi-leos die annualy due to heartworm infestations. It is important you ensure your kyi-leo submits to a blood screening for heartworms every spring. A monthly tablet taken during mosquito season can help to protect your kyi-leo. Your kyi-leo should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some regions, usually the places with hotter climates, where the vets recommend heartworm tablets be used all the time.
Medications and Poisons
If you’re contemplating giving your kyi-leo pills that was not prescribed for her by his vet, forget about it. For example, are you aware that just one ibuprofen capsule could cause stomach ulcers in kyi-leos? Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your kyi-leo. Be sure you immediately call your kyi-leo’s veterinarian if you have cause to believe your kyi-leo has been exposed to poison. You could also notify the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hr. help.
kyi-leos: Spaying and Neutering
Female kyi-leos should be spayed—which is the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by 6 months old. You will usually greatly diminish your female kyi-leo’s breast cancer risk by spaying before adulthood. Spaying also eradicates the risk of a sick uterus, a traumatic condition in older females that requires surgery. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias can be prevented by neutering male kyi-leos.
- The combo vaccine (also called a “5-in-1 shot”) must be given to your kyi-leo at two, three, and four months of age and again once every year. This immunization protects your kyi-leo puppy from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. The kyi-leo puppy’s vaccination program cannot be completed prior to four months old.
- If you have an unvaccinated kyi-leo older than four or 5 months, he will need a set of two innoculations given 2 or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly vaccination.
- kyi-leo puppy socialization and vaccination should coincide. Most veterinarians advise that new owners bring their kyi-leo pups to socialization classes, beginning at 8 or 9 weeks of age. At this point, they should have already received their first vaccinations.
Rules are so varied between different areas, that it’s best to call your community veterinarian to get rabies innoculation info. For instance, NYC laws declare that pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the first innoculation, she must get another shot the following year, and then every 3 years. There are many vaccines that are appropriate for your kyi-leo. Ask your kyi-leo’s vet for his recommendation. Take note, if your kyi-leo gets sick because he is not innoculated, the shot can be given once your companion animal is back to health.
Worms in kyi-leos
kyi-leos are commonly exposed to worms—in all areas, both rural and urban. Eggs that carry hookworms and roundworms are transmitted through a kyi-leo’s feces. Most pups, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry intestinal worms. The key to effective treatment is correct diagnosis. This will make sure that the medication is successful against the parasite your kyi-leo has. A dewormer that eradicates hookworms, for example, won’t kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best figure out the culprit—and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
Miscellaneous kyi-leo Care Tips
Checklist of kyi-leo Supplies
- Excellent-quality dog food and treats specifically for kyi-leos 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 ID tag and license
- Quality leash
- Dog carrier (for puppies)
- Training crate
- Dog box or bed with comforter or towel
- Child’s toothbrush
The no-no list
The following items should never be fed to kyi-leos:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocolate, tea, coffee, or any other caffeinated foods
- Grapes & raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food of any kind
- Onions, garlic or chives
- Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
- Salt or salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit or stems
The scoop on poop
Keep your kyi-leo on a leash when you are outside, unless you are in a fenced-in, secured spot. And please, when your kyi-leo defecates on your neighbor’s yard, dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about kyi-leos
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