Page 4-CARE FOR PUPPIES
CARE FOR PUPPIES
Dog owners must always remember thy should be a responsible owner, considerate of their neighbours and aware of their local council by - laws pertaining to dogs. The most important requirement in purchasing a pup should be a fenced yard.
When you bay a puppy you become responsible for the health and welfare of that pup including holiday season.
Never let your dog run the streets [for his safety and consideration for motorists].
A STREET DOG IS A TEMPORARY PET!!!
The odds are a car will eventually hit him or he will become very expensive in Dog Pound fines.
He is a member of your family household and should be treated accordingly.
Vaccinations against disease must be kept up to date at all times.
Most Veterinarians recommend these at the age of 8 weeks,12weeks 16 weeks and every 12 months thereafter.
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WORMING; Puppies from 17 days on, up to the age of 8 weeks should be wormed every 2 weeks.
From 8 weeks to 6 months of age worm every month and every 3-4 month thereafter. Click for Information:
Heartworm tablets or syrup should be given every day for the rest of life.
There is also a monthly heartworm prevention treatment available.
Ask your Vet advice on brands of wormers. He will be only too pleased to help and advise you.
FEEDING: Remember, what you feed to your silky terrier or Yorkshire Terrier, will show in his or her general appearance and condition. Puppies in particular should receive adequate nutrition due to the particular demands placed upon their constitution during the growth period. More information click on- N0:1
FEEDING; I recommend 3 meals a day to the age of 3 months, 2 meals a day to 8-9 months then
1 meal a day for the adult dog, but this a guide for our silky's only. If you give your pup milk,
goats milk is the best, or Pets own Puppy milk. Please do not water any milk down. [Some dogs can not tolerant cows milk]. Always make sure your dog has clean fresh water and shade in the daytime, especially in the hot summer months. more>
BIG NO NO'S; Feeding NEVER, NEVER feed your pup Chicken - BONES, FISH BONES ,
or CHOP BONES as these can cause serious internal damage.
NO Potatoes, Onions, Chocolate, spicy things, salts, the white of an egg. Cat foot, and for some Silky's & Yorkies
Noodles should only be fed OCCASIONALLY to very ACTIVE dogs.
I have found oxtail bones or knuckle bones are quite safe but don't leave the bones laying about for days.
Do not feed your pup meat alone as this does not have all the vitamins and minerals your pup needs.
There are many good, well balanced dog food products available
from your supermarkets, and many of the dog food companies have put a lot of time and money into researching the best possible nutritional foods for your dog. Most dog foods display quantity instructions on the labeling.
I do not recommend CAT food for dogs [although they seem to like it ]
As I believe it was made for CATS not for dogs and their nutritional requirements are different from our dogs.
Dry biscuits are an excellent source of completely balanced food and are also very economical in these recessional times.
I like to give my dogs a variety of food such as a good quality canned food, Puppy food for pup's up to the age of
12 month. Dry biscuits, fresh meat and vegetables cooked, and the dog sausage type of food.
I wouldn't like to eat the same meal day in and day out so I don't expect my dogs to either.
A few piece of non smelly cheese or a small amount of cooked Liver are a good treat.
But once again, this is only a guide.
Be aware ( warning ) Dog owners to be wary about sharing chocolate or Easter eggs with their animals as it can cause poisoning. ( also anions & Tomatoes ) chocolate could kill dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. Dogs are more susceptible as they "gulp down large amounts of chocolate.
An overdose can cause a dog to be hyperactive, suffer vomiting and diarrhea, muscle tremors and weakness. more> Info
More Information: a.s.t.w.c. of QLD Val Dobson, H Dressler. Key Benefits: off reading this page. Your are a responsible dog owner! With reasonable knowledge about dog care.
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<The whelping Cycle of dogs:
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None of the information presented here is in any way meant to replaced veterinary advice.!
Whenever in doubt, consult your vet. (The Breeder Helmut)
For OWNERS: Notes on whelping bitches!
The average gestation period for the dog is 60 - 65 days the normal being 63 days. If the the puppies are born before 58 days the chances for survival are not good: if the bitch has not had the puppies by 65 days you should consult your veterinarian.(? you may have the mating dates wrong ).
SIGNS TO WATCH FOR:
Labour is roughly divided into three stages:
Stage 1. This stage normally last from 4 - 20 hours. The bitch will exhibit rest-lessnes, nest making, panting, refusal of food. Abdominal contractions are not seen in this phase. The loss of foetal fluids ( breaking of waters ), is very irregular in occurrence and " timing" and is only of limited help in evaluating the of labour.
Stage 2. This stage is recognized as beginning when the bitch commences straining. Fluids are lost intermittently and the bitch repeatedly turns to clean herself. The first puppy is usually born within one hour of the onset of meaningful straining but it can be as little as 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.
NB: It is very important to note the time of commencement of straining so you know when and if veterinary assistance is required.
The interval between births consist of resting and straining.
The time period between pups is from 10 - 40 minutes.
A common pattern is for the bitch to produce 2 - 3 pups at short intervals resting for 1 - 3 hours before continuing.
The birth of a large litter may occupy 24 hours or so but if no excessive effort is required for each birth the dam should not become unduly timed.
The afterbirth/ placenta is usually eaten by the bitch, a bitch with a good mothering behaviour will clean and nurse her whelps between successive birth and keep the whelping area clean as well.
Stage 3. The final afterbirths are expelled, the bitch becomes relaxed indicating the termination of whelping and often goes to sleep.
If you are at all worried that all the pups might not have been borne, contact your veterinarian.
When To call for Veterinary assistance.
Where whelping is proceeding normally the bitch should be left undisturbed until all the pups are delivered and are sucking.
You should however consult your vet surgeon:
1. If more than 2 hours have elapsed from the start of straining and no pup has been produced.
2. If more than 2 hours elapsed between pups ( note time of each arrival) 3. If a large pup becomes stuck halfway and the bitch can't deliver it within 15 minutes.
4. If a pup has not suckled within 3 hours of birth.
5. If the "Water bag" bursts and there is no activity after 2 hours.
REMEMBER; we are always happy to answer any questions you may have or if you are at all worried that everything is not going as you thing it should during the whelping do not hesitate to contact your vet.