Raising dogs, in particular taking care of the slovensky kopov, is old hat for humans across the globe. Some zoologists believe that dogs were domesticated between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that canines evolved from wolves. Since those days, people have selectively bred more than 400 different breeds, which vary in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, whose 3-ft stature earns them the title of tallest pooch. However, the most preferred pooches are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The slovensky kopov is also a popular pick among dog owners. Many owners are unaware, however, of many common slovensky kopov care tips.
Cost of care for the slovensky kopov
The annual cost of raising the slovensky kopov—including meals and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—can vary between $420 and $780. This does not even consider capital expenses for spay/neuter surgery, collar and leash, dog carrier and crate. Tip: Be sure you have procured all your items before bringing your slovensky kopov home.
Basic slovensky kopov Care
How To Feed the slovensky kopov
- slovensky kopov pups between 8 and twelve weeks need four bowls of food per day.
- Feed slovensky kopov puppies 3 to 6 months old 3 meals in a twenty-four hour period.
- Feed pups six months old to 1 year old 2 times per day.
- When the slovensky kopov hits her 1st birthday, one meal in a 24 hour period is adequate.
- Many times slovensky kopovs might eat 2 lighter servings. It is your job to learn your slovensky kopov’s eating schedule.
Excellent-quality dry food provides a well-rounded diet to full-grown slovensky kopovs and can mix with water, broth, or canned food. Your slovensky kopov may also be fond of cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these foods shouldn’t result in more than 10 pct of his daily food allowance. slovensky kopov pups should be fed a high-quality, brand-name puppy food. Please cut down on “table food”, however, because it can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, tooth and bone issues, and might cause some extremely finicky eating habits as well as obesity. Give fresh, potable water always, and be sure to clean food and water bowls very frequently.
slovensky kopov Care Tips: Make sure your slovensky kopov gets some daily physical activity
slovensky kopovs must get some exercise in order to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and remain in good health. Exercise also really helps slovensky kopovs avoid boredom, which can lead to difficult behavior. Getting out of the house will curb many of your slovensky kopov’s instinctual urges to herd, dig, chase, retrieve and chew. Activity needs vary based on your slovensky kopov’s age and her level of health—but 10 minutes in back of the house and merely a couple of walks down the street every day probably won’t be enough. If your slovensky kopov is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, her requirements will probably be much higher.
slovensky kopov Grooming Tips
Regular brushing will help reduce shedding and keep your slovensky kopov clean. Inspect for ticks and fleas every day during the summer or other warm weather. Most slovensky kopovs don’t need to be bathed more than a few times per year. Before a bath, cut out or comb any mats from the slovensky kopov’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to soap residue.
slovensky kopov Handling
Pups are obviously easier to manage. When carrying your slovensky kopov pup, take one hand and place it beneath your dog’s chest, with either the forearm or your other hand supporting her back legs and rear. Don’t attempt to grab or lift your pup by his forelegs, tail or nape. When you must pick up a larger, adult slovensky kopov, lift from underneath, holding his chest with one arm and rear end with your other.
slovensky kopov housing
slovensky kopovs need a comfy peaceful location to relax away from all the breezes and off the ground or floor. You might want to think about purchasing a dog bed, or think about making one from a wooden box. Put a clean comforter, sheet, or pillow in the bed as cushion. Wash your slovensky kopov’s bedding often. If your slovensky kopov will be outdoors much, make sure he has access to plenty of cool water and covering in hot weather, and a covered, warm, dry area in winter.
slovensky kopov Licensing
Your city has licensing rules to heed. Make sure you attach the license to your slovensky kopov’s collar. The license, together with an identification tag or tattoo, will most likely help secure your slovensky kopov’s return should she go missing.
slovensky kopov Temperament Info
Thoughts on slovensky kopov Training
A well-behaved, companion slovensky kopov is truly a a joy. But when untrained, your slovensky kopov could be trouble. Teaching your slovensky kopov the standards—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—improves your relationship with both your dog and the friends. If you’re the owner of a pup, start teaching him manners as fast as you can! Use food as an incentive and a reward. Pups should start obedience classes when they are sufficiently vaccinated. Call your local SPCA or humane society for details about obedience class recommendations. Always walk your slovensky kopov leashed while in public, even as a pup. Just be certain your slovensky kopov will come back to you every time you say. An aggressive or disobedient slovensky kopov should not play with children.
Knowing Your slovensky kopov’s Health
slovensky kopovs should visit the vet for a full screening, shots and heartworm examination annualy, and as soon as possible when he is injured or ill.
The Dental Health of Your slovensky kopov
While many of us may simply dislike our slovensky kopov’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might indicate. Foul breath is a symptom that your slovensky kopov is in need of a dental examination. Dental plaque due to germs brings a terrible smell that necessitates professional treatment. Once you have given your slovensky kopov a cleaning from a professional, the teeth and gums may be kept healthy by eliminating table food, feeding a special diet focused on maintaining dental health, and brushing regularly. Your vet can give you more information on mitigating dental disease and halitosis. You should brush your slovensky kopov’s teeth with a dog toothpaste or a homemade paste made of baking soda and water once or twice per week. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Some slovensky kopovs develop periodontal disease, frequently referred to as gum disease. This dreadful disease can sometimes lead to your slovensky kopov’s loss of teeth and also cause diseases to the body. The veterinarian usually will clean your slovensky kopov’s teeth during the routine health examination.
Bad slovensky kopov Breath
If your slovensky kopov has smelly breath, gum disease might not necessarily be the issue, as other more serious diseases have that symptom. Intestinal or liver diseases may cause bad breath, whereas a pleasant, even fruity smell can usually be a sign of diabetes. When your slovensky kopov’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease is a possibility. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your slovensky kopov has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
slovensky kopov Tick and Flea Issues
When it’s warm, it’s critical for you to perform daily checks of your slovensky kopov for fleas and ticks. Use a flea comb to find fleas. There are several new technologies of flea and tick elimination. Speak with your slovensky kopov’s doctor about her recommendations.
Heartworms in slovensky kopovs
This parasite lives in the heart and is passed from an infested dog to your slovensky kopov by mosquitoes. Several slovensky kopovs die annualy due to heartworm infections. It is critical to ensure your slovensky kopov has a blood screening for this parasite each year during the spring. A once-a-month tablet given in the warm, wet time of the year will protect your slovensky kopov. If ever you travel in warmer climates with your slovensky kopov in the winter, your dog needs to be on the preventive medicine during the trip. In some more moderate locations, vets advise preventive worm medication year round.
Toxins and Medicines
If you’re contemplating giving your slovensky kopov medicine that was not prescribed for her by his veterinarian, don’t. One little ibuprofen tablet is known to initiate stomach ulcers in slovensky kopovs. Make sure your slovensky kopov is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. If you think that your pooch has ingested a poison, notify the vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24-hour animal poison help.
Neutering and Spaying slovensky kopovs
Male slovensky kopovs should be neutered – the extraction of the testicles – and females spayed – the removal of the uterus and ovaries – by 6 months old. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer, which is a common and often deadly illness of older female slovensky kopovs. Spaying also eradicates the chance of an infected uterus, a traumatic condition in more mature females that requires surgery. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias are preventable by neutering male slovensky kopovs.
Vaccinating your slovensky kopov
- The combo vaccine (also called a “five-in-one shot”) should be given to your slovensky kopov at two, three, and 4 months of age and again once every year. This shot immunizes your slovensky kopov puppy from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. Your slovensky kopov must be vaccinated for at least the first four months of her life.
- If your slovensky kopov has not been innoculated and is older than four months, he will need 2 vaccinations immediately, two or three weeks apart. Then you must innoculate annualy.
- Your slovensky kopov pup’s vaccinations should coincide with his socialization program. You can take your slovensky kopov puppy to socialization courses as early as 8 or 9 weeks old, as recommended by most vets. They should have already received their first immunizations by this age.
Rules are so different between different areas, the best thing is to call your local veterinarian to get rabies vaccination information. For example, in NYC, the rule requires all pets older than three months of age to be vaccinated for rabies. The first rabies innoculation must be followed by a subsequent innoculation the next year, and then every three years after that. There are many innoculations, many of which are appropriate for your slovensky kopov. There are others that are not, however. Ask your slovensky kopov’s vet for his recommendation. Please note, if your slovensky kopov happens to get sick because he is not vaccinated, the vaccination should be taken after your companion animal recovers.
Hookworms in slovensky kopovs
slovensky kopovs are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—in all areas, both rural and urban. Eggs that carry roundworms are transmitted through a slovensky kopov’s feces. Even the healthiest of slovensky kopov puppies carry roundworms or hookworms. An accurate, early diagnosis is the key to treatment. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed treatment will be effective against your slovensky kopov’s worms. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your vet can best identify the culprit—and assign the appropriate treatment.
Additional slovensky kopov Care Tips
Checklist of slovensky kopov Supplies
- Top-quality dog food and treats specifically designed for slovensky kopovs and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water bowl
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Comb and brush for grooming, including a flea comb
- Collar with identification tag and license
- Dog carrier (for pups)
- Crate for training
- Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
- Dog toothbrush
The no-no list
Do not feed your slovensky kopov the following:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocolate, coffee, or tea
- Grapes or raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, chives & garlic
- Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit & stems
- Yeast dough
The “Bottom” Line
Unless you are at home, or in a secured, fenced-in location, always keep your slovensky kopov on a leash. Whenever your slovensky kopov goes #2 on a neighbor’s grass, her sidewalk or any other public space, please take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about slovensky kopovs
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