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So, you have weighed the pros and cons, and decided to get a little puppy. You feel the need to track its growth and development, “fashioning” your future friend day after day. But how to recognize among the tiny living lumps of someone who will become a welcome pet, and will not bring many disappointments into your life? How to choose a puppy so that subsequently you do not regret what you did?
The first step towards finding your dream dog is a thorough analysis and selection of the breed, taking into account their advantages and disadvantages. Assume also that you have decided on the gender of your dog. And now, having already a fairly clear idea of the baby, think again: how do you see the future of your dog?
Choosing owners for my puppies, I noticed that potential buyers are primarily interested in their appearance. The least familiar with the standards opt for the largest and plump kid; the most sophisticated – try to acquire the most pedigree puppy. Continue reading
The responsible breeder is obliged to prepare the bitch for future motherhood by conducting antihelminthic therapy (deworming) and vaccination against infectious diseases a month before the alleged estrus. At the same time, born puppies receive, with the first portion of mother’s milk (colostrum), the most important basis for passive clostral immunity – ready-made antibodies that protect them during infancy. Thanks to this natural mechanism, the safety of suckling puppies from viruses and bacteria is ensured. If the necessary vaccinations have not been given to the mother, the amount of antibodies (antibody titer) in the puppies’ blood is markedly reduced, which affects the viability of the babies.
At the age of 4 to 12 weeks, the puppy’s immune system goes through a critical period of development. The number of immune bodies transmitted with breast milk (colostrum) is gradually decreasing, while their own immune defenses are not yet fully formed. In such a vulnerable condition, the baby stays until the full program of preventive vaccinations, which the owner of the puppy is required to complete, is completed. Continue reading
Experience shows that the dog needs a special diet that is different from the traditional menu of the master’s table. And first of all, the body of a growing puppy requires a large amount of complete protein contained in the tissues and organs of animals. A general lack of protein in food leads to nitrogen starvation, a decrease in the protective function of the immune system, hormonal disruptions, and a slowdown in the growth and weakness of the musculoskeletal system.
The most important source of complete protein is muscle meat. Some owners go to extremes and feed their animals exclusively meat food. However, an excess of protein in food is no less harmful than its lack, as it can cause toxic phenomena in the body, in which the liver and kidneys are most often affected. To maintain health in the diet of domestic dogs, meat should be 25–35% of the total calorie content of the feed. Continue reading