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).

7 ways to bond with your pooch

Your pooch is an epitome of love and he deserves to be loved and cared for. Here are seven ways to bond with your sweet canine…

Exercise – Dogs are derived from wolves and need constant mental and physical stimulation. What better Dog Trainingway to start the bonding process by taking him back to nature by letting him smell, run and jump around! This gives him the perfect outlet to shed all that built up energy. Don’t forget to exercise his mind too. Games like fetch, hide and seek, agility, etc bring in a good equilibrium between mind and body.

Feeding – Feeding your dog is a great way to bond with your dog. Since you take the role of provider, your dog looks at you as the leader. This is also a time to reinforce his behaviour. You will see that this brings out his best behaviour!

Brushing/grooming –Not just long coated breeds, but all dogs need to be brushed and groomed. Brushing a dog not only reduces shedding, it also prevents bacterial build-up bringing a nice clean shine to the coat and reduces odour to a large extent. Added to all this, dogs love the touch and the attention they get.

Effective communication – A critical piece in strengthening the bond but very underrated! We can get very excited when we have to communicate to a dog when he is wrong. How often do we use the same energy to communicate when he has done the right thing? Take time out from your busy lives, listen to his body language and talk to him!

Massage – Dogs loved to be caressed. A nice massage not only relaxes their muscles, but also calms any jumpy nerves. If you find a sound sleeping dog on your lap after this session, you know your magical fingers have done the trick!

Reward your dog – Dogs, like us humans, need rewards and motivation. It’s totally unfair to expect a dog to do all the things he has learnt as a growing pup and not been rewarded for it. Praise is the greatest reward a dog asks and a ‘Good Boy’ ‘Good Girl’ at appropriate situations will bring your dog much closer to you than you can possibly imagine! Treats work wonder as well.

Purpose in life – Every dog needs a purpose in life. Because we are responsible for bringing them into our lives, we give them the best of food, love and sometimes even indiscipline! It’s only fair that we give them something more that they can do with their lives. Simple tricks like fetching the newspaper, remote control or even your keys are a hugely satisfying effort for your dog. For he loves to please and you have set him on a mission!

(Anand Vishwanath is the founder and pack leader of Anvis Inc, India’s first integrated pet management company. He is certified as an International Dog Trainer and Behaviourist under The Northern Centre For Canine Behaviour, UK).

Seven ways to make the most of your vet visit

A vet’s job is tough, often tougher than a human doctor’s because a vet’s patient cannot speak. A visit to the vet’s can turn out to be a very stressful process for the owner, the vet as well as the pet. But a pet parent can do a lot to ease the tension and make the diagnosis and treatment of his pooch easier by keeping the following things in mind.

1. Always carry your pet’s records with you

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Your pet’s records can offer a lot of information to the veterinarian, particularly in case of an emergency.Records such as vaccination history helps rule out diseases that might be difficult, often expensive to diagnose. A record of your pet’s medications history might give a clue as to certain underlying cause for a particularly frustrating condition. All of these may save valuable minutes at the time of an emergency. Similarly, a pet’s pedigree record may help diagnose a genetic disorder. Therefore, be sure to maintain these records and don’t forget to carry them along when you visit your vet.

2. Be on time and turn off cell phone

If you’ve made an appointment, be on time. If you haven’t, make sure you arrive at the pet clinic well before closing hours. Your being on time definitely is certainly easy on the vet. Follow a good cell phone etiquette and tend to your calls post your visit.

3. Ask the vet how you can help restrain your dog

A little help from the owner goes a long way in restraining a dog without agitation. Dogs are naturally distrustful of strangers in a new place, particularly if these strangers want to poke and prod them at odd places. So an owner helping to hold a dog gives him a lot of reassurance, making the procedure of physical examination faster and easier on all involved.

4. Bring your dog to the vet personally

If you are the primary care giver to the dog, that is, you are the one who feeds him and walks him at home, you should be the one who takes him to the vet. Do not make the mistake of sending your pet with house help. Your presence reassures the dog and keeps him calm. It is also you who will be able to answer all the vet’s questions correctly- this process is called ‘history taking’. You can get a correct picture of how your dog is feeling.

5. Keep a list of questions ready

Often, while consulting a vet, pet owners forget to have their doubts clarified. Such doubts may include questions regarding dosing of the animal, why a particular mode of treatment was chosen and its possible complications, whether the condition might recur, etc. On the same note, a list of questions may also help make sure you don’t forget to mention anything important.

6. Emergency numbers

Make sure you can contact your vet in case of emergencies. Also make a note of these telephone numbers and where your vet can be reached very prominently on the cover of your pet’s file. That way, even when you leave your pet under someone else’s care, they know whom to call when there is trouble. However, make sure you use your vet’s personal phone number only for real emergencies. For minor ailments, make appointments during clinic hours.

7. Follow instructions very carefully

You might be given instructions to follow for the next visit. It is imperative you follow such instructions down to the last word because not doing so could be life threatening. This is particularly relevant prior to a surgical or invasive procedure that might require anaesthesia. So, let’s make the most of the vet visit and also help him better handle your pooch.