Care

Reproduction - When to Neuter

I don't know what the earliest age for safe neutering is. I only know that it is safe at 6 months or older. I believe the veterinarians reporting that they are having no problems with neutering as young as 8 weeks of age, but I can't support their...

Pregnancy

The best days to palpate (feel for) puppies are about day 28 to day 35 of the pregnancy. Usually it is best to count from the last breeding day as most dogs actually ovulate shortly before they quit standing for the male. X-rays can confirm pregna...

Dogs And Summer Vacations

On hot days If you are not taking the dog on holiday with you, then you will need to make arrangements for the care of your dog.

Your New Puppy

Vaccinations All puppies and dogs must be vaccinated against the 4 main diseases that are a threat to their well being:1. Distemper - affects the nervous system2. Hepatitis - affects the liver3. Leptospirosis - affects the liver and kidneys4. Pa...

Caring for Puppies

Prewhelping preparations You should have a sturdy, clean, proper sized whelping box for the litter. It MUST include a "pig rail" around the edge to prevent the bitch from laying on or smashing her pups. It should be big enough to allow the bitch ...

Caring for Dogs - A Quick Guide

Fleas Fleas are common, hardy insects which are hard to spot on your pet. They often leave little clumps of black grit droppings, which are a tell tale sign. Besides being generally unpleasant and irritating for your dog, a single flea bite can re...

Care of the Pregnant or Nursing Bitch

You should make sure the bitch is up-to-date on all her vaccinations, medications, and shots before she is bred. She will require supplementary food during the last three weeks or so of pregnancy. In general, puppy food is formulated both for pupp...

Yorkshire Terrier Care

Yorkshire Terriers, more commonly known as Yorkies, are one of the most popular toy dog breeds. They make great companions and love attention! They are very affectionate but demand plenty of time and devotion from their owners. This breed is only ...