Caring for a dog

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Hannu Huttu

Dogs require everyday care. Caring for the coat, teeth and eyes as well as clipping the nails are part of every dog's life. You should make your dog accustomed to receiving different types of care when it is a pup.

Basic care cannot be neglected if you want to keep your dog healthy and in good condition.

A small dog can be handled on a table and bigger dogs on the floor. All treatments and measures should be made as pleasant as possible for the pup. They should not be associated with feelings of pain because this may teach the pup to fear them. Owners must finish all treatments and measures of care even if the pup struggles against them.

Go the website of our basic course for dog owners for instructions (in Finnish) on how to administer basic care. The videos demonstrate how, among other things, to clean a dog's ears and clip its nails.

Nutrition and dangerous foodstuffs

There are many different ways to feed a dog. The owner must select a way that promotes the dog's welfare and suits the owner's requirements as well.

Breeders will usually provide clear and precise feeding instructions with their pups. It is wise to follow their advice.

Please note that the following foodstuffs are dangerous for dogs:

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Onions
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Pastry dough
  • Raw root vegetables and maize cobs, fruit seeds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mouldy food

Dog illnesses

More than 400 hereditary illnesses have been identified in dogs. They suffer from illnesses that are very similar to those that afflict people. Dogs have their own contagious flus and other viral diseases, some of which can be prevented with vaccinations.

Go to the website of our basic course for dog owners for more details about dog illnesses (in Finnish). The pages provide further information about, among other things, atopy, epilepsy, digestive disorders and different types of dysplasia.