Raising dogs, in particular taking care of the weimaraner, is a specialty of humans across the world. Zoologists believe that dogs were originally domesticated sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, people have selectively bred more than 400 different breeds, which vary in size from 4-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 mutts. The weimaraner is also a favorite choice with canine owners. Some owners are uninformed, however, of some of the most critical weimaraner care tips.
Health care cost for your weimaraner
The annual cost of rearing your weimaraner—which includes meals, to doctor bills, toys and license—could range between four hundred twenty and seven hundred eighty dollars. This does not even include capital costs for spay/neuter operations, collar and leash, dog carrier and dog crate. Note: Make sure you have procured all of the necessary items before you bring your weimaraner home for the 1st time.
Typical weimaraner Care
Feeding your weimaraner
- weimaraner pups between 8 and twelve weeks need four bowls of food in a 24 hour period.
- Feed weimaraner puppies three to 6 months old three meals daily.
- Feed pups six months to 1 year old two bowls of food daily.
- When the weimaraner makes his first birthday, 1 feeding daily is all that’s required.
- Sometimes adult weimaraners might do better with two smaller meals. It’s your responsibility to learn your weimaraner’s eating habits.
Excellent-quality dry food ensures balanced nutrition for grown weimaraners and can mix with broth, water, or canned food. Your weimaraner may also be fond of fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these dishes should not total more than ten pct of his daily nutrition. weimaraner puppies should probably be fed a high-quality, brand-name puppy food. Try to cut down on “table food”, however, since it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth issues, and might create very finicky eating habits and obesity. Clean, fresh water should be made at all times, and make sure to clean water and food bowls regularly.
weimaraner Care Tips: Your weimaraner needs physical activity daily
weimaraners need daily physical activity so they can stay in shape, stimulate their brains, and stay healthy. Daily exercise also really helps weimaraners fight boredom, which would often lead to difficult behavior. Some outside playtime would curb many of your weimaraner’s desires to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Activity needs can depend on your weimaraner’s level of health and his or her age—but ten minutes in the backyard and merely a walk around the block every day probably won’t be enough. If your weimaraner is a six to 18 month adolescent, her requirements will be a little greater.
Grooming tips for weimaraners
Frequent brushing will help keep your weimaraner clean and reduce shedding. Check for fleas and ticks daily during the summer or other warm weather. Most weimaraners don’t need to be bathed more than a few times during the year. Prior to the bath, cut out or comb all mats from the weimaraner’s coat. Carefully rinse all soap out of the coat, or dirt will stick to soap residue.
Puppies, as opposed to adults, are clearly easier to manage. To carry your weimaraner puppy, take one of your hands and place it under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or other hand supporting the hind legs and rump. Never try to lift or grab your pup by the forelegs, back of the neck or tail. When you have to lift a larger, full-grown weimaraner, lift from the underside, bracing her chest with one arm and rump with your other arm.
weimaraners need a cozy peaceful location in order to relax apart from all the breezes and away from the ground or floor. You might wish to think about purchasing a doggie bed, or consider making one out of a wooden box. Put a clean blanket, sheet, comforter, or pillow inside the bed for cushion. Wash the weimaraner’s bedding often. If your weimaraner will be outdoors often, be certain she has covering and plenty of cool water in the summer, and a warm, dry, covered area during the winter.
Licensing and Identification for weimaraners
There are licensing rules to heed in your city. You should connect the license to your weimaraner’s collar. The license, along with an identification tattoo or tag, can easily help you recover your weimaraner if she happens to go missing.
Facts on weimaraner Behavior
Thoughts on Training the weimaraner
Well-behaved, companion weimaraners are truly a blessing to have. However, when left untrained, your weimaraner can possibly be a big headache. Training your weimaraner on the basics—”Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Leave it”—will improve your relationship with both the dog and the company. If you have a pup, begin teaching him or her the appropriate responses as soon as humanly possible! Use a snack as an incentive and a reward. Pups should enroll in obedience classes when they have been sufficiently vaccinated. Contact your local humane society or SPCA for information about obedience courses. You should always keep your weimaraner leashed in public, even while a pup. Just be sure your doggie will come back to you every time you call her. An aggressive or disobedient weimaraner cannot play with people.
The Health of Your weimaraner
weimaraners should visit the veterinarian for a full check-up, immunizations and heartworm exam each and every year, and ASAP if he is sick or hurt.
Knowing Your weimaraner’s Dental Health
Although we may object to our weimaraner’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it may indicate. Halitosis is a symptom that your weimaraner needs a dental check up. Dental plaque , which is a result of germs results in a foul stench that can only be eliminated by treatment by a professional. After you give your weimaraner a cleaning from a professional, her mouth can be kept up by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. Your veterinarian can give you more tips for reducing dental disease as well as stinky breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your weimaraner’s teeth. Clean them with a nylon stocking stretched across your finger, a sterile gauze pad, or a soft, child’s toothbrush. Some weimaraners can develop periodontal disease, which is also known as an infection between the teeth and gums. This painful affliction can sometimes result in your weimaraner’s loss of teeth as well as spread disease to his body. The doctor will sometimes brush the weimaraner’s teeth while performing her routine health screening.
Bad weimaraner Breath
Although the foul odors caused by periodontal disease may not be serious if detected early enough, some bad breath may also indicate serious, chronic problems. A pleasant, even sweet smell can be indicative of diabetes, while liver or intestinal diseases may cause foul breath. Kidney disease might be the reason when your weimaraner’s breath smells of urine or ammonia. If you find your weimaraner has halitosis in conjunction with other indicators of disease, like diminished appetite, vomiting or nausea, loss of weight, bad mood, too much urinating and drinking, schedule a visit to the vet.
weimaraner Flea and Tick Issues
When it’s warm, it’s crucial for you to perform daily inspections of your weimaraner for ticks and fleas. You can find fleas with a flea comb. There are numerous new techniques of flea mitigation. Visit your weimaraner’s doctor about these and other options.
Heartworms in weimaraners
Your weimaraner is at risk of developing heartworms if she is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. The insect carries heartworms from dog to dog. Many weimaraners die each year from heartworm infestations. It’s very important that you ensure your weimaraner has a blood screening for worms each year during the spring. A monthly tablet taken throughout the course of mosquito season can help to protect your weimaraner. Your weimaraner should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some of the warmer regions, veterinarians advise preventive heartworm medication year round.
Poisons and Medications
Don’t ever give your weimaraner medication that hasn’t been prescribed by his veterinarian. For example, did you know that just 1 ibuprofen tablet causes stomach ulcers in some dogs Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your weimaraner. Make sure you call your weimaraner’s vet if you believe your weimaraner has been exposed to poison. You could also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24 hour help.
Neutering and Spaying weimaraners
Female weimaraners should be spayed—the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—extraction of the testicles—by six months old. Spaying before maturity greatly reduces the breast cancer risk, which is a frequently deadly and common disease for more mature females. Spaying also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, a very serious condition in older females that can only be treated with surgery and intensive medical care. Neutering males prevents testicular diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggression.
Vaccinating your weimaraner
- Your weimaraner puppy should be vaccinated with a combo innoculation (called the “5-in-1”) at two, 3 and 4 months of age, and again once each year. This immunization protects your weimaraner puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The weimaraner must be innoculated for at least the first 4 months of his life.
- If your weimaraner has not been innoculated and is older than four months, she will need two vaccinations asap, two or three weeks apart. After that you must innoculate every year.
- Your weimaraner pup’s vaccinations should coincide with her socialization program. Many vets advise that new owners bring their weimaraner pups to socialization courses, as early as eight or 9 weeks of age. At this age, they should have already received their first immunizations.
Because statutes are so different between different areas, contact a community vet to get instructions on rabies vaccination. As an example, NYC laws state that pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the initial vaccination, she must get another immunization the following year, and then every three years after that. There are several innoculations, many of which are effective for your weimaraner. Others, however, are not. Ask your weimaraner’s vet for his recommendation. By the way, if your weimaraner gets ill because she is not innoculated, do not give the shot until the dog has made a full recovery.
Roundworms in weimaraners
weimaraners are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Microscopic eggs produced by roundworms are transmitted through an infested weimaraner’s stool. Most puppies, from all environments, even those with healthy mothers, carry roundworms or hookworms. The secret to treatment is early diagnosis. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed treatment will be highly effective against your weimaraner’s worms. A dewormer that eradicates hookworms, for example, won’t kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best define the culprit—and decide the right medicine.
weimaraner: Miscellaneous Care Tips
weimaraner Supply Checklist
- Premium-quality dog food and treats designed for weimaraners and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water bowl
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Brush and comb for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with ID tag and license
- Carrier (for puppies)
- Crate for training
- Dog box or bed with sheet or towel
- Dog toothbrush
The no-no list
Never feed your weimaraner the following:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Coffee, tea, or chocolate
- Raisins & grapes
- Spoiled or moldy food of any kind
- Onions, chives & garlic
- Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
- Salt or salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit and stems
The “Bottom” Line
Retain your weimaraner on a leash when you are outside, unless you are in a fenced-in, secured location. Whenever your weimaraner does number two on your neighbor’s grass, on the sidewalk or any other public space, please dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about weimaraners
Was this post helpful? If so, please take a minute to Tweet and Share below on Facebook. I would also love to know your thoughts so leave me a comment 🙂