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Reasons and Risks of Spay and Neuter
Let me say that the choice for this should be up to the individual, period. I feel less is most times more and wouldnt bother to neuter without a medical reason to do so. Those body parts are there for a purpose, and you could be giving your dog more risks than your preventing. An intact dog has no more chance of getting cancer than you or your husband. The main reason they stand a chance of getting testicular or uterine cancer is... yep you guessed is, because they have testicles and uterus. It would be the same for you, if they try to convince you that you need a hysterectomy because you have a chance of getting uterine cancer, but chance is mainly there because you have a uterus. Im sure family history can play a roll in contracting, but so can environment and the foods you eat.
Not one of us is guaranteed a certain amount of time, or what type ending we get. But my theory is that less is more. Without this these necessary hormones, they still have a chance of developing different cancers and joint problems because his body was made to use what progesterone or testosterone produces. Not to mention the problems caused by the weight gain. In my opinion, you have more risks if you do, than if you dont. Do not take just your vets opinion, check these risks out for yourself, and get opinions from other sources.
Again, this is my opinion. I feel that most of the debates are not really necessary. Reason being we are all individuals, and our pets are all individuals that require an individual and informed decision. No choice is wrong or right, only what you feel is right for you. Others have the same right, so dont try to instill your choice on someone else. Its as insulting as trying to persuade someone to give up their current religion to follow yours. Follow your gut feeling and you will be right every time.
Try this article. It is one that is easy for anyone to read and understand, and they give credit to the reference article. http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2013/feb/to-neuter-or-not-to-neuter-29865 Also google Risks of neutering your dog... you will be surprised at what you find.
Pros: Fixes unwanted bad behavioral issues, prevents unwanted reproduction.
Cons: Causes weight gain and issues associated with it such as heart condition; prevents lethargy and lack of energy, depression, and obesity associated with neutering; reduces risk of other cancers and joint issues due to lack of necessary hormones. As well as diabetes due to improper diet and weight gain. I am always willing to talk to you about any of these topics, feel free to call me anytime even if you have not adopted from us.
** We also offer fish for needed omegas, canned Jack Mackerel or tuna patties as a snack. If a smaller can of another oily fish is better portioning for you, go for it. Maybe give yourself a meal of fish, and share with your dog for one of his snacks or meal.
** Two-Four daily main meals for teens and pregnant/nursing mothers, and of course free feed dry kibble. Morning or evening, whichever works for your individual schedule.
** Veggie snack suggestions... . The concept is that your dog wont always get a regular scheduled meal in the wild, so you can sometimes shake things up just like you do for your self. This week special sale is bananas, sweet potatoes, and apple. Grind in food processor, make a large
batch and freeze in small easily portioned baggies, or in a container that will last in the fridge for a day or two. Offer a dollup in a small
bowl at opposite end of the day from main meal as a snack. Next week's special is broccoli, zucchini sticks or applesauce or canned pumpkin is also on sale, or vanilla yogurt. Yogurt is good up to several weeks in the fridge. Just be sure to start out adding one new veggie item per month in the beginning so you can tell if your dog's system appreciates it.
The poo tells you everything. Small hard and non smelly is a good stool. If not consistent after about 7 days of adding a new ingredient,
mark that down as one to avoid for your puppy. But can always be tried again as an adult.
** Healthy snacks... Eggs, raw or cooked. If you have to cook it scramble it lightly. Milled Flax seed is also beneficial sprinkled or mixed in. Barley sprinkled in the food is a good way to help your dog gain weight if needed. But is very fattening for a permanent diet. Peanut butter cookies without sugar are great treats that last a good while in a canister or freezer. You can also pate` liver and add that to your cookie recipe as an organ treat that will last a while in a canister or in the fridge/freezer.
** Seasonal variances for portioning are that they will to be less hungry when seasonal temperatures or activity levels fluctuate, adjusting portions
for the seasons is perfectly okay. Summer are less hungry, winter are more hungry.
** And yes, we do feed our dogs leftovers, just not from the table. They love broccoli rice casserole and left over spaghetti just like I do. They dont need a huge variety, but you can add different items as you feel your dog can handle as a snack. Just never offer it near your meal time.
** Suggestion for Raw food source if your wanting to purchase pre-packaged... Natures Variety Instinct Raw recipes are my favorites, available online and at Petco. This should help you get started... http://rawfeddogs.org/rawguide.html And then many grocery stores have a freezer in the dog food section, check it out.
Call me anytime if you have questions, or just want another opinion. I welcome challenging non hateful conversation...
My regimen is...
FOR PUPPIESwe free feed (leave a full bowl available at all times) a staple of NutriScourse Puppy Starter Plus dry kibble because that is what most people want to feed their dogs. If we start them on raw, and the new owner dosent feed raw, they are not ever going to be happy. We do however start them on real baby food items such as ripe banana and vanilla yogurt. We offer them a "snack" once a day after weaning with their NuVet vitamin sprinkled in. This allows me to give him a vitamin crushed or medication in the future. Your puppy will appreciate a real food snack at least once a day. You may continue adding new ingredients to their diet, or just make the jump into raw food for puppies. Then alter it to suit your individual dog. I make my own batch, and freeze in daily portions. Puppies typically 3-4 times per day. Call me to discuss your particular puppy needs. Typically an ice cube or two is about the daily portion for a puppy.
OUR ADULTS are offered free choice grain free dry kibble, and is primarily there for mental stability due to there being multiple dogs in our home. The concept being if a never ending food bowl is available to them, they will lose interest in guarding their food, and will not fight or over eat. It works. Also is there for anyone who needs an extra snack in between meals. You may not need to do this, but it seems to work even with one dog in the home. It is also used for convenience when I need to be gone more than 24 hours.
Then their main meals consist of a variety of raw/real foods. Standard portioning suggests 2-3% of your dog's body weight per day, average 2-4oz for an adult schnauzer. That is modified to suit your individual dog's activity levels and at different stages of life. Your dog may want to eat twice a day, follow his desires and everyone is happy. If he seems to be a little pudgy, back off on the portion. If a little thinner than desired, add a few bites more. Its all pretty simple, just like feeding your kids.
DIET ... Ahhh yes ... the ongoing debate. This ever changing and on going debate makes your head swim. Here is the truth about proper dog diet, your gonna love this...
You will find, there is no set in stone diet for all dogs. Their true basic needs are simple... muscle meat, organ meat and bone meal... thats it! Nothing more is needed and everything else is just tummy filler that they will get little to no dietary benefit. As with humans all dogs are different and will need modification to any diet you choose. These are my concepts on diet for my dogs, and of course don't expect it to be the normal things you hear, I am not a politically correct person and believe that the best way to care for any animal is the way that God designed them. Not the way a dog food manufacturers or vets tell you so you buy their product. I will leave out the marketing misinformation that most of you hear, and tell it like it is. In the meantime, here is a good example link for good products...http://www.darwinspet.com/about-raw-food-for-dogs/ Another page of information... https://www.darwinspet.com/resources/raw-pet-food-diets/barf-diet/ Keep in mind if you choose to purchase pre made raw food... Brand is not the issue, ingredients are your concern. As long as your dog likes it, and is healthy eating it.
Part of the problem with commercial dry dog foods is that they aren't the correct diet for your dog causing food allergies, organ failures, and cancers just for starters. This is no more a benefit to the life of your dog than you eating nothing but one processed dry cracker day in and day out. Give this a read, and see if it helps give you a start to understanding your dog's dietary needs. It isn't a hard task, it just takes a little time to understand, but isn't your dog worth that? It can make the difference of living a happy healthy life, and can add as much as 50% to his life span. Click the red tab to read a home made recipe for starting your dog on real, unprocessed food.
>> Grooming dose'nt always mean trimming hair. You can still take your dog in for regular trimming and bathing, and practice a few at home basics. Routine brushing and inspection of your dog is key to grooming and good health.
* Just a little light brushing/combing every day or so gets them used to the grooming routine. They also enjoy the attention. I use a paddle brush with safety nobs on the ends. And use a metal comb to finish getting any smaller debri or mats. Brush at least once a week to prevent mats. And it can be done leisurely on the comfort of your sofa.
* Ear cleaning is probably the most important groom for the schnauzer. Dogs that have non shedding hair growing inside the ear canal need to be kept clean. Pull the hair from inside the base of the ear with your fingernails, or hemostats once a month. never go farther into the canal than you can see. Pour an ear cleaning solution (from your vet or pet store, I use home made 50/50 vinegar and witch hazel) into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear for a moment. Do this outside and allow the puppy to shake the ears free of excess cleaner. Use a soft cloth, tissue or q-tip to swab inside the ear. Takes about 1 minute to do and will prevent debre build up or ear infection.
* Nails grow very fast when they are young, but will slow as they mature. I place them on my lap on their back, and calm him with a belly rub. Then take each paw and snip the tips just after the curve of the nail. Trim only the tips of the nails to dull them. The trick is, dont try to cut too short, you only want to remove the sharp tips. Once you have quicked them, you will have to earn their trust again. File smooth with an emery board if desired. They will learn to be submissive if you are patient, they will used to it and learn to trust you. You can have your vet do it, but puppy needs to be taught this is going to happen no matter what.
* Baths frequently with soap are not necessary, and frankly not good for their skin. They need the oils in their skin for protection that shampoo removes. If their feet or face get dirty, rinsing them in plain tap water can be done as often as you like. I only use shampoo when they have something on them that wont come off with plain water, or if they smell bad. I dont like sleeping with a smelly dog. I use body sprays, Baby shampoo, q-tips and ear cleanser products from the dollar store, ear powder, and a brush and comb. The nail trimmer I use are the small blunt scissor type made for cats, I included one in your puppy pack. Teaching your puppy to behave on a table is always a good idea. It will help the groomer do a good and safe job if your puppy is well behaved. And everyone loves a well behaved puppy.
< TIPS > Dont let your puppy bite or scream at you. Just like a child, they need to be taught to behave, you are the boss and arent going to stop until the process is finished. If they move about, all you have to do is hold them firmly and quietly so they cannot move until they give in and relax. Use a muzzle if needed, eventually they will get the idea that you are the boss, and the grooming is going to happen. Or if on a table in a noose, let them dance about and act bad for a moment until they realize you arent going to go anywhere until the process is finished. Not doing this will be letting your puppy think he is the boss It will also make the groomers visit much more enjoyable for everyone.
Trimming your dog yourself it is easy to do, it takes some practice and confidence. Just be patient, the first few trims may not go as well as youd like. But with a little practice you will gain confidence and can do as good of a job as anyone. I use a dual speed Andis brand clipper with a #10 detachable blade. I may need to trim a little more often if not cutting too close to the skin, but rarely nick my dog with that blade length. Always try to trim in the direction the hair grows, and you will never nick or chaff your dog. Follow the outline the breeder trimmed to get started and modify the cut to suit you. Most puppies require very little grooming in the beginning. Remember you dont have to finish everything in one sitting. Low calming talk will keep them focused and content while you work. I just work on them gently until they get fidgety and tired of sitting. Then I give them a treat and say good baby. We both happily go on to groom another day. Always leave the grooming table on a happy note.
THE SCOOP ON PUPPIES EATING POOP...
There are many reasons why a puppy/dog would eat poop, but the real reason is... that is what dogs do. You can attempt to change the behavior while they are puppies by keeping the waste removed from their play area at all times. Be sure to scold them and let them know that you are not pleased with this action. Or use a product in their food to prevent the desire. An alternative product to the ones sold in stores to prevent eating poop is unflavored meat tenderizer... sprinkled over their food each day as if you were salting your own food. Much cheaper than the store bought product, and is the same ingredient. This causes their feces to seem unsavory ( just seems weird to even say doesn't it?) Some will outgrow this in time, but the real issue is that dogs act like dogs, not humans. If you plan to live with a dog, expect them to act like dog and accept him for the creature he is. For dogs, its all about the POOP! Feel free to call me anytime. Even if you didnt adopt a puppy from us, I will be more than happy to be a second opinion or discuss some concerns you may have. We spend a lot of time outside, so please leave a message and I will call you as soon as possible.
TO CHIP OR NOT TO CHIP
This piece is in remembrance of Daisy. Micro chipping your dog is now the new fad. Not necessity, a fad. It is a requirement when you are showing your dog, or a licensed kennel breeder selling their puppies to a broker. But in my opinion it serves no other purpose other than to extract more money from the uneducated consumer. It is not a GPS system that will find your dog, and there is a less than 1% chance that your dog will ever be returned as a result of this chip. It is an ID chip only. When they claim 80% of all dogs are found because of it, know that is just a sales remark and nothing else. Think about it, there is no way they can accurately estimate that number, no one keeps a record or submits information to the chip companies of the dogs that are scanned or recover. Common sense?
Help, Im having trouble potty training! There are several types of house training techniques to share. Like children, they are all different, your goal is to find the one that works for your puppy. The idea is that you are showing them WHEN and WHERE are acceptable potty areas. Remember the goal is to help them understand what you want, not to punish. Use the first technique that feels comfortable to you, and being consistent is the key. If that dosent hit home with your puppy, try another method or tweak this one. Give them time to figure it out before changing techniques, usually a week. Always offer them an alternative safe place to potty inside the house without being punished, such as pee pad or litter box. There are bad weather times they do not want to go outside, and I dont blame them. Be consistent, kind and patient with each technique and they will get it. For more, click here...
As a hobby, we have raised, shown and lived with many species of animals for over the last 60 years, have had mini schnauzers since
1982. Perhaps we can share a few things with you that may be of use or interest....
Caring for a new puppy is not rocket science, and can be easy to understand with just a few tips. For those of us who have done it forever, it is second nature. With a few suggestions from your breeder to get you started, you will have the confidence to grow your new puppy into a happy healthy dog who will enrich your life beyond your imagination.
These are suggestions that work in my home, and for schnauzers primarily. Every breeder has their own method, that alone should tell you that anyone can do it. Forewarning... I do not practice political correctness. Instead I use old school methodsof common sense and experience. I believe that less is more. So please don't call me if you are offended or disagree. These are my methods, they have worked for me and my ancestors through the years, although I am always open for new suggestions and to try something new.
>>> Living with dogs is a very rewarding experience, everyone should have the opportunity to do so.
Remember, they are not humans, so don't expect them to act like humans. Please Be Kind. <<<
*** Most important thing in the beginning for you and your new puppy... Keep a folder ( or baby book) with all the health issues and vaccination records, vet checks, and personal puppy preference notes such as favorite toys and diet. If you have to leave your puppy with someone in haste, it will help them care for him while you are away.
This page is intended to help give you a little insight into some of the daily requirements of caring for schnauzer puppies. This is really my blog page about my methods, and are my opinions and experiences only.
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