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30 days & 30 ways of pet parenting

Here are 30 tips to keep your pet fit and fine all the month round.

  1. While adopting pedigreed pups, a veterinary examination of the pup is mandatory and the pup must be a registered with The Kennel Club of India.
  2. Pup should be weaned from his mother at the age of one and half months of age. At this age, the pup receives maximum milk and antibodies from his mother.
  3. Pup should be vaccinated at the age of six to seven weeks of age for diseases like distemper, hepatitis,Complete Care viral gastro, para influenza, adeno virus, leptospirosis, etc. These should be followed by corona virus vaccine and then rabies vaccine.
  4. Get your dog regularly dewormed.
  5. Before giving bath, both the ears of the dog should be plugged with cotton to prevent infection and entry of water into the ear canal.
  6. Give daily exercise, depending upon type of breed and age of the dog.
  7. Diet of the dog should be decided as per his age and breed.
  8. Daily grooming should be done.
  9. Give bath once in a month or needed but only with dog shampoo.
  10. Get a habit of handling and cleaning the dog teeth with soft brush by using dog tooth paste.
  11. Periodically get the ear cleaned and the nails trimmed by your vet.
  12. Do not apply Dettol, oil, lotion or any human soap or shampoo to dog’s body as it may cause allergy.
  13. Pups below three months of age need not require bath. Clean them with a moist towel.
  14. Do not give sweets, spices, salts, sugar, oil and chocolates.
  15. Do not give chicken or mutton bones as it may cause obstruction and injuries in the bowels.
  16. Do not give raw meat or chicken as it may transmit parasitic and infectious diseases.
  17. Do not give raw egg as it may cause hair loss and biotin deficiency.
  18. Do not feed them table scraps.
  19. Do not allow your pet to come in contact with other stray dogs.
  20. Always clean the feeding utensils and always give fresh food and water.
  21. In long-haired breeds, such as Lhasa Apso, Afghan Hound, etc, hair around the ear opening should be clipped periodically to maintain good ventilation.
  22. Always take your pet dog on leash while walking on the street.
  23. Start training your dog early to make him an obedient dog.
  24. Check the foot pads, ears and body for ticks and fleas.
  25. Never keep your dog alone in a car. When travelling in a car, ensure that there is good ventilation.
  26. Minimum 18 months old stud dog should be used for breeding purpose.
  27. Consult the veterinary surgeon if your dog suffers from vomiting, diarrhoea or any infectious disease.
  28. Protect your dog against extreme heat and cold.
  29. Skin infection such as scabies, demodectic mange and fungal infection are transmissible to human beings. In such case consult the vet and treat your dog immediately.
  30. Do not neglect or tie your dog.

(Dr Hemant Jain, MVSc (Surgery) is a dog, cat & bird practitioner who runs Dogs, Cats & Birds Clinic in Nagpur).

Labrador Retriever 30: A tailor-made nutrition for a versatile dog

One cannot help but fall in love with a Labrador for his natural affability, the gentle and loyal look in his eye, a solid physique, and a link nature…a Laabrador Retriever is truly versatile! And this pooch needs a perfect balanced food to keep him fit and fine…and Royal Canin’s Labrador Retriever 30 provides a balanced diet.

A Lab’s characteristics…

Labrador Retriever originally belongs to Nova Scotia and they still retain characteristics resulting from the region’s hard climate, an almost waterproof coat, and a natural love of water; a body composition which is very rich in fats (for protection against the cold); and incredible enthusiasm and energy.The Labrador’s performance as a hunting dog, and in particular its outstanding visual and cognitive (memory) capacity, is a result of these natural qualities, enhanced by careful selection by breeders over many years.A perfec diet… Royal Canin’s Labrador Retriever 30 is designed for adult dogs from the age of 15 months, it takes into account all the specific characteristics of a Lab to offer a tailor-made formulation. The nutritional needs of Labrador puppies aged between two and 15 months are met by Size Nutrition Maxi Junior food. You can choose Labrador Retriever 30 from various packs ranging from 3kg to 12kg.

Diet formulation for specific needs…

Nutritional complex for the skin and coat – The skin and coat form a barrier against outside attack and the nutritional complex of this food reinforces this effect. Labrador Retriever 30 provides 30 percent protein level, using high biological value proteins, to contribute to the building of keratin in the hair. Sulphur Amino Acids such as Methionine and Cystine are added. Zinc, combined with Linoleic Acid, aids healing and a shiny coat, while Vitamin A contributes to a balanced production of sebum, which allows the water to bead on the coat. Vitamin B and other nutrients (Niacin, Panthotenic Acid…) and Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids, reinforce the barrier function of the skin, maintaining the health and shine of the coat.

Weight management – The extreme climate of his birthplace has had an influence on the morphology of the Labrador, favouring the production of fatty mass over lean mass (muscle), this effective protection against the cold makes a rich diet appropriate.

However, in more clement regions, where the Labrador is at the heart of the family, the dog’s appetite has not evolved making the management of diet vital. Labrador Retriever 30 is formulated to control the energy contribution. A protein diet (30 percent of proteins for 13 percent of MG), which encourages lean mass – muscle – to the detriment of fatty mass. Barley starch, which is digested very slowly gives a feeling of fullness and regulates Glycemia, while L-Carnitine mobilises the fats for better use by the body. A large, low-density kibble obliges the dog to chew, he eats more slowly, making him feel full quicker, while brushing the teeth mechanically at the same time. Feed your dog in portions related to his activity and you have a perfectly shaped Lab.

Protecting the joints – The strong bone structure and relatively heavy stature of the Labrador combined with an almost constant physical expenditure can be tiring and puts regular stress on the joints. Labrador Retriever

30 aims to protect the joints by maintaining ideal weight. Chondroitine and Glucosamine help in cartilage renewal and combined with Manganese, fight against the risk of arthritis, while Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids (EPA-DHA) have an anti-inflammatory action.

When a dog expends a lot of energy over a long period, he depletes his energy reserves and the resulting imbalance releases free radicals. By helping the body rebuild its stocks of antioxidants, the oxidative effects of stress can be limited. Vitamins E and C, Luteine and Taurine improve the natural immune defences of the dog.

Preserving the cognitive functions of the Labrador? – The Labrador is endowed with unique faculties, exceptional endurance; enthusiasm for a difficult task; the ability to remember around 50 orders and gestures; and to memorise the landing places of 10 game birds at once and bring them back in the order they landed! Acute eyesight needs to be kept in perfect order – the contribution of Luteine and Zeaxanthine, present in the lens and retina, play a role against oxidative injury. The effects of ageing and behavioural problems are prevented via a complex of antioxidants (Vitamins E and C, Lutein, Taurine).

Hence, Labrador 30 takes care of all the needs of your Lab to keep him in perfect health.