Dog pet care is like taking care of a newly adopted baby. Dog ownership carries responsibilities that should not be taken lightly. You new dog is an addition to your family and he will need to be cared for throughout his entire life.
Weimaraners are not a possession that you can throw away when you get tired of them. They are lifelong friends who need your love and attention. In return, they give you loving companionship and absolute loyalty.
The rewards of having a dog are great! However, there are a few things that you’ll need to do, in order to insure that you have a good relationship with your well-behaved dog…
What’s Involved in Dog Pet Care?
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- Feeding your Weimaraner
- Shelter for your Dog
- Everyday Medical Stuff
- Medical Emergencies
- Prevention and Preparation
- Grooming your Weimaraner
Feeding your Weimaraner
What’s Involved in Feeding Dogs?
Feeding a dog today is a lot different than it used to be. The many choices in diets include the BARF (biologically appropriate raw foods), gluten free, grain free and other specialty diets.
Give your dog’s food and water bowls a designated place, so your dog will be comfortable knowing where they will always be found.
Click on this link to find articles on feeding schedules and diets for dogs.
Shelter for your Dog
Your dog needs a special personal place where he can hang out and feel safe. Whether you get him a metal crate or an attractive furniture dog crate, your dog will appreciate being able to retreat to his personal safe “den”.
Also consider providing a comfortable dog bed for your pet.
Metal Dog Crates
Metal crates are helpful when you are housetraining your new puppy, and they provide a safe and quiet place for your puppy to hang out.
While your puppy feels secure in his crate, he can also see everything that is going on around him. Puppies are curious, just like you.
Large Dog Crates
So what is the right size dog crate for your dog? It depends.
You have to decide how your dog crate will be used. Will you use it exclusively at home? Or perhaps you’ll take it with you when you travel.
Do you intend to replace it when your dog gets older and bigger? Then your choice might be a different one.
Dog Crate Furniture
Dog crate furniture serves two different purposes. The first, and most important to your dog, is that it provides a nice private hideaway for your dog. It’s a great place to sleep or relax, and you won’t be far from the rest of the pack.
Secondly, if you purchase a quality product, it provides a nice piece of furniture that will add to your home’s decor.
Purchasing dog crate furniture is moving up. It gives you the opportunity to remove the metal dog cage from your living room and add a nice accent piece of furniture.
And visitors to your home will hardly note that your dog is in it!
Everyday Medical Stuff
Dog Pregnancy Symptoms
So, if your female dog has not been spayed, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the signs of pregnancy.
In addition, if you do discover that your dog is pregnant, there are some basic steps you can take to make sure that she remains healthy and has a safe pregnancy.
Canine Seasonal Allergies
If your dog has seasonal allergies, she will have symptoms that are similar to those in people.
Some of those symptoms, like wheezing, can be pretty frightening if you don’t know that your dog has allergies.
Learn about seasonal allergy symptoms in dogs and what you can do about them.
Constipation in your Dog
There are, of course, ways to tell if your dog is constipated. If you learn the symptoms, you will be able to tell right away if your dog is having an issue.
And whether the problem is serious or not.
This article also discusses the causes of constipation so you can avoid the problem altogether. And, of course, you’ll get some tips on how to handle constipation in your Weimaraner.
What if your Dog eats Chocolate?
Of course your first reaction is panic! How serious is this and should you rush your dog to the vet?
You’ll find the answers to those questions and you’ll learn how to determine if you have an emergency, in this article.
In the end, if you decide that your dog’s symptoms are not severe enough to rush to the animal hospital, you’ll also find some natural ways to help your pet move the toxins through his system.
Emergency Dog Pet Care for Dogs
Carefree, fast runners and always ready for an adventure, Weimaraners run into everything from briars to poisonous plants that make them itchy!
This article gives you an overview of all the little day to day emergencies that you may encounter with your dog and what you can do for many of them.
Symptoms of a Dog Heat Stroke
Weimaraners can become overheated and suffer a heat stroke, mostly because they are active dogs that just keep going.
Given the right conditions, your dog could first suffer from heat exhaustion, then from a stroke.
This article explains exactly what a heat stroke is, and how you can prevent them. You’ll also learn the symptoms to look for, when you are outside with your dog in hot weather.
Emergency Care for a Dog Heat Stroke
Heat strokes in dogs are an emergency, but there are 5 things that you can do, before you rush your dog to the veterinary hospital.
The article also covers the causes of heat stroke and how to prevent one. You’ll also learn the serious and lasting consequences of having a dog heat stroke.
Prevention and Preparation for Emergencies
Emergency Evacuation Plans – Weimaraner Dog Pet Care
Most people really never give this a thought, and they are not prepared for an emergency. When this happens, you will be busy with preparing your home, packing your family’s clothing and documents, getting in touch with friends and relatives.
Keeping your dog safe during natural emergencies is your responsibility.
And, while we don’t usually pay much attention to the possibility of natural disasters, they do happen. If you have ever been in a hurricane, tornado or experienced an earthquake, you know that you may not have a lot of time to react.
Have a plan in place for emergencies and know what you will do if you get separated from your dog.
Be Prepared for Hurricanes
If the forecast is for a direct hit from a hurricane, you’ll need to secure anything in your yard that could blow away, and do what you can to protect your home.
While a lot of things need to be done at the very last minute, one thing you can do ahead of time is pack a kit or bag with your dog’s needs.
Then, whether you take your dog with you if you evacuate, or you take him to a kennel or relative’s house, he will have everything that he needs.
Dog and Puppy Vaccinations
Depending on where you live, some vaccinations for dogs are not required. Different localities have different laws and requirements.
Most dogs are fine when they are vaccinated, but there are some who are more sensitive to vaccinations.
If you have a sensitive dog, you will need to monitor your dog for reactions after every shot.
Grooming your Weimaraner
Dog Pet Care includes Grooming your Weimaraner
To remove shed hair, burrs, and other foreign matter, brush your dog regularly–especially after hunting or a run. When you do this, you will find parasites like ticks and fleas, cuts or injuries and any skin irritations that you might not otherwise find.
Also brush and bathe your Weimaraner during months when your dog spends lots of time outdoors, especially if he has seasonal allergies.
Of course you’ll need to address other grooming needs. Dog and pet care requires attention to your dog’s eyes, mouth, ears and paws.
Your Dog’s Bad Breath
Most of the time, we just ignore it, because we think it’s a natural occurrence as dogs get older. However, that’s not necessarily true.
Dogs can have bad breath because their teeth have food stuck in them. Or they can have a breath issue because they have an illness or disease.
And paying attention to symptoms like bad breath, can sometimes actually prevent more serious illnesses like heart disease.