I know that some people do not believe in cutting their dogs toe nails, now if you have a dog that is outside all the time you might get away with this. Having said that, I can’t stress to you how important it is to keep your dogs nails at a nice length. I keep my dogs nails clipped just below the vein that runs into the nail. I do my own nail clipping but some people are not comfortable doing this. You can take you dog to Petco or Petsmart they can do it for you, the charge around 10 dollars and require you to provide proof of rabies shot.
The reason that the toe nails need to be kept at a reasonable length is because when the nail gets to long it causes pressure on the nail bed which can lead to serious nail bed infections. I find it easier to prevent this and less costly also. If you choose to do this yourself, you should pick up some stop blood powder at your pet store. Just in case you nip the vein, you will have it on hand to stop the bleeding.
Large dogs are just as wonderful as small dogs, in different ways. They can be just as much of a companion to you as their smaller counterpart. They do not require as much “babying” as the small dog which makes them more appealing to some people. The same rules apply to them don ‘t leave them in hot cars, carry a “doggie bag” for them and proof of rabies vaccination. They may not be easily carried but not everyone wants to carry their dog, so the large breed carries themselves. The only problem with traveling with a larger dog is that most hotels have a weight/size limit( as do many apartment complexes) so this may pose a problem. I have friends that refuse to leave their dogs behind so when they travel they have a camper or motorhome. This is ideal for keeping your pets with you all the time. Not everyone can afford to do that so I recommend that you trade “dog sitting” with a friend. I do that because it is not always feasable to take your pets with you and it works great for both parties involved.
I love small dogs, I have even written abook about them, available on Amazon Kindle. Having said that small dogs are not for everyone. They are high maintanence and due to the fact that they are small they do need some extra TLC. On the other hand they are great companions, you are never alone when you have your little dog. I love to take mine with me on vacations, road trips, day trips, just about anywhere. Although it does require some preparing ahead of time. If you are staying in a hotel, you must call ahead and see if they are pet friendly, some are and some are not, and many times it costs extra to have them. I love how portable they are. I can pick my baby up and just go, I keep a small “doggie bag” made up for him. It contains a leash, harness, treats, collapable bowl for food and water, bottle of water, dog food and 2 or 3 toys. I always have a dog blanket in my car, and a copy of his rabies shot record. That is important to keep because you can be stopped and required to show proof of rabies vaccination.
You should always be mindful of the weather, if it is hot never leave your dog locked in your car. Even if it isn’t extremely hot it can still be to hot to leave your dog in an enclosed car. The sun shines in the windows and heats up the car very quickly and could kill your pet. Even leaving the window down a crack is not enough to keep your dog safe from overheating, so I advise you to be very careful when taking your pet with you.
In my last post I talked about the importance of vaccinating your pets. Again I cannot express to you the importance of this. That being said there are some vaccinations that are optional. These vaccinations are Corona virus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, and Lyme Disease. Corona virus is a virus that attacks the digestive tract and is found in dogs that are boarded in kennels. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that primarily affects the liver or kidneys, this bacteria can be carried over to humans. Antibiotics must be used to cure this disease. Bordetella is kennel cough, an upper respiratory disease that is contracted from other dogs (usually in kennels) this causes the dog to cough. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that is carried by ticks and can be cured by antibiotics from your veterinarian.
You can find this information and a schedule for vaccinating your pet in my ebook @ Amazon.com the title is For the Love of Small Dogs, but the vaccination schedule applies to all dogs large or small.
I cannot stress to you how important it is to vaccinate your pet. The rabies vaccination is required by law, but there are others that are not but are just as important. I have had people tell me that their pet doesn’t go outside so it doesn’t need to be vaccinated. This is simply not true. Some of the diseases that animals contract are airborne. This means that it travels in the air and it really doesn’t matter if your pet goes outside or not. Some are picked up from the ground, this means they only have to walk outside to get it. Some are transmitted by other animals.
I had a puppy that I neglected to get vaccinated and she contracted Parvovirus, a virus that attacks and leaves the dog with vomiting, diarehea, no known cure and not a very good chance for survival. The only way to treat this is prevention through vaccinations or take the animal to your veterinarian so he/she can treat the sysptoms and pray that you pet survives. Mine did not. I am sharing this with you so that you will understand the importance of vaccinations. Prevention is the best cure.
Your puppy should start his/her vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks of age. Rabies at 12 to 24 weeks.