Lesson 4th - Cane Corso health!
To have character dog who looks beautiful, you must take care about health!
You MUST READ THIS to keep your dog healthy!
Probably mostly of you know that hair condition is an mirror dog's health, and its normaly like this. Its very simply, if hair is shiny and live and dog is happy, its most likely healthy, but if dog's hair is "dead", and dog is happy - probably has any, even the smallest healthy problem, but if the dog isnt healthy, then it starts to be a serious problem, but how owners can infuence it?
First and basic thing is if you want to have healthy Cane Corso is regular and varied nutrition.
Its very similar to the human, do you can imagine yourself to have same meals every single day, for example chicken meat or, only one kind of vegetable, and eat it per years?
Im pretty sure that person can not work like that way... And its the same with the dogs, but Cane Corso isnt guilty because it eats every day the same nutrition, then owner who feed it with the same food every single day, while dog is an animal and must adapt on it even it will stay empty stomach and hungry and possibly get sick, and its not good at all...
If you already own dog who loves you and you loves it, you have no cost to get any minute more and prepaire varied nutrition, feed dog regular per days, for sure you will improve its health and make your dog's life more happy.
Dog can smell the food as well as people, even dog can smell it better because dog has better sniff reception than people, maybe something it doesnt like but eat, maybe something will not eat, but it will enjoys in its meals and nutrition, as we people enjoys in different tastes of food...
In Spunk Gang kennels, we feed our dogs very varied, and basic on long breeding experience, as that aaverage life of our dogs is over 10 years, we use all kind of dry food under Purina Pro Plan even as, fresh and coocked meat with different kind of vegetables and fruits...
Even its not the best choice, we use as well sometimes treat for dogs and with it they are satisfy and happy, they enjoy with it. Like with the people, some people like sweeties, somebody something other, maybe its not good for our health, but its not to much and we enjoy in it...
Treat your dog against internal parasites!
Its well known that puppies from the early days have internal parasites which can be fixed very easy includes adequate treatment, there are ussualy tablets which consist active substance which will kills internal parasites.
Internal parasites defusing to the intestinal flora used proteins from dog and with it dog can not development well as it could be without problem with internal parasites.
Its probably that mostly of you do not know that internal parasites may endanger general health dog's condition if get to many and no treatment, so as result may comes problem with stomach, problem with digestive tract, it happens that dog all the time sit down because they feel not good in the anus; even with the more serious problem may come as result vomiting as well to the very serious problem to endanger immune system very strong and hard and dog may get problem with brain cells.
Its recommended way that treat your adult dog once - twice per year against internal parasites, with it you will keep your dog safe, healthy and vital.
There are several types of internal parasites, but all can be fixed easy and your dog clear from it. Take a visit to the veterinary and arrange that your dog stay clear from internal parasites.
In Spunk Gang we treat our Cane Corsos twice per year and with it we keep our dogs very healthy.
Treat your dog against viral diseases!
Why puppies as well as adult Cane Corsos should be protected by viral diseases? Like as parvovirus, canine distemper, Leptospira, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Corona, rabies, etc...
Parvovirus is most deadly virus for the puppies, in period until 10 weeks of puppies age may come, short duration but hard to get cured, but cured puppy has no consequences after got sick by this virus in difference canine distemper, which according to disease stage, attack brain cells and dog can get life consequences during the life... Rabies virus, which is almost incurable, dog gets self inflicted until death.
Its very important to have vaccination program and make dogs treated agains viral diseases and with it stop sharing those diseases - making general immune system stronger, by increasing number of antibodies for an selected disease, and with it in further generation of dogs make stronger general immune system...
In Spunk Gang Cane Corso kennels, we have special vaccination program of puppies and adult ones, and we dont want to keep it as secret then we will share it with you in some next lesson...
Treat your Cane Corso against flea!
Flea may be very very boring, haunting the dog by suck its blood, so if you want dog who has no problem with the flea, who enjoy in its life, its necessary to treat your dog against flea and with it stop that dog become house for flea. Poisons are mostly used for this, but do not worry, its not harmful for the dog but for flea yes, flea cant adapt on it and will die, even flea dont want to get on the dog who is protected, so we recommend in fully to make regular and always treatment against flea and your dog will be thankfull to you.
We do it with all of our dogs as well with the puppies, all puppies who are ready travel to the new home are protected during the next 30 days when leave our kennel.
Treat your dog against ticks!
Ticks, as well as flea, may be very boring but even dangerous. Ticks who may share some of diseases to your dog, and if you dont react on the time, may come to the death as result. Symptoms may be that dog is not interested in nothing, exhaustion, high temperature, blood in urine, etc... So, do not wait to have the this type problem with your Cane Corso, so react on the time and stop it with the selected medical preparations so it can not get ticks even dangerous ticks who will share diseases.
Ticks may be everywhere during the whole year, depending on where are you located, on what area.
One of the newest dog's disease!
What is this?
One of the newest dog's disease. It has been shared with the biting the mosquito. Its well know that mosquitos can share a lot of different diseases to the people, so they can do it to the dogs, too. Disease is difficult to see at the start and at the middle, very slow progress and there are 4 stages of disease, but just in the end of the 3rd stage even at the start of 4th stage we can see symptoms that dog is got sick by heartworm.
When mosquito bites your dog, it shares microfilaria to the blood of the dog, and then microfilaria starts to get more and more "friends" in the blood system. It needs something less than a year to grow up into the adult worm and who will get to the heart of the dog, arteries as well. It eats bacteria which live mostly in the chambers of heart as well in arteries. With progress of this disease there are more and more heartworms which live inside the chambesrs of heart. With the end of 3rd stage and start of 4th stage, dog can not does physically training because has much less blood circulation across arteries, very often breathless and may comes to get his stomach inflated. Unfortunatelly, if comes to this stage, very rare may comes that anybody can save the dog, it may be even surgery but risky one.
I recommend you to use selected treatment as tablets which made with some active substance which stops development microfilaria to the heartworm. so with this you will allow and let your dog to be happy and longevity life. There are no rules with this disease, it may comes that dog never get bitten by infected mosquito, even may comes that just puppy at young age get bitten by infected mosquito.
Before you start preventive treatment, get consult with your veterinary so do the heartworm test from blood and check status of your dog, if clear then start treatment against this disease. This disease is not genetically transmissible, but it can be acquired throughout life.
All Spunk Gang Cane Corso are well protected against disease from afected mosquito like that all of them are tested before protected, so we are calm about this. Each born puppy in our kennel is protected against this so puppies who are ready for traveling to the new homes are protected in next 30 days when leave us.
Preventive treat ears - avoid infection!
Ears with Cane Corso? Big dilemma, is better for health cropped ears and why, or leave ears natural. In any case, preventive treatment will be good to protect ears from possibility development of bacteries. Inside part of ears are soft and suitable for bacteries development. With those situation may comes to the ears infection, treatment is not complicated but takes a while, may takes long time as well and very hard.
Dog gets iritated by leaking secretion from ears, non stop shake the head what becomes disturbing to the owner. We recommend once to twice per week to keep hygiene of ears so it will not produce ears infection.
As I have described in the Lesson 2 - Cane Corso history, traditional ears are cropped ears, but not only for look then it comes that dog with cropped ears, inside part can get more air and skin can breathes more than with the natural long ears, so with cropped ears dog has lower chance to get bacteries inside the ears which may produce infection.
I will speak more about this in some another lesson, why is better for health dog with cropped ears because of its own health so we will discuss about people who agree and who dont agree with this. I will explain my reasons but as well i expect from you ( people who oppose it ) try to answer at my questions.
Human has hands and teeth - Cane Corso only teeth!
Its very important to keep dog's teeth health. Its only "tool" dog can use and eat well. As with the people, dogs can get caries and stones on teeth, so teeth can get sick and fall out. Dog without teeth is like human without hands and teeth!
Puppies have quick teeth development, and milk teeth change quickly in permanent teeth, there are no problems with the milk teeth about caries and stones, but that milk teeth puppy will change between 3.5 - 4 months of age, incisor teeth in just couple of hours, so its very possible that you will not notice that, but molars and premolars ( teeth on the down/up as well left and right side of jaws ) puppies are changing even longer than incisor teeth, and it takes ussualy until 6 months of age.
It can happens as wellthat puppy has so strong root milk tooth or roots milk teeth, so it cant fall out but regular tooth can not get out grows up in jaw, in those case you should visit veterinary and get out that milk tooth which makes problem, so regular tooth can grows up normaly.
Problem comes in this case with strong infection of meat around the teeth, and if there is no reaction on the time, it may happens that regular tooth never comes out even milk tooth falls out in some time or taken off from veterinary.
Take care and follow progress of teeth in the time when puppy is changing teeth, as well with the other dogs about possible teeth diseases.
Take care about your dog's nails!
Do you can imagine dog with huge nails? I saw that big nails on the dog's paws, and it looks so ugly! It does not make problem just with walking, then it may hurts owner with it in different situations. Ussualy happens that nails get so big and long to the house dogs - dogs who live in the house, while dogs who live outside, its very rare that they have long nails, because they sniff their nails to stones or concrete.
You can fix long nails at the home if your dog has problem, there is special designed tool for the dog's nails and everybody can buy it, but you have to care about how deep you will cut nails, because if you cut to deep, it may comes as result short nails with blooding, there is a nerve in each nail.
If you are not sure could you do it at home, lets visit veterinary or some grooming salon, they can do it to your dog safe.
Care about skin & coat, its very important for the look of your dog!
Problems with the skin and hair can make your dog ugly. Hair fell on seals? Its probably cause bacteria which has expanded on some part of body. General treatment is not problematic and it takes short, only it takes a while before there comes new hair and dog looks beautiful again. Its normal thing that dogs lignate in late spring because of weather and coming hot days, they lose winter hair which helped it during the winter and cold days. In that short period - late spring, dog lose hair but you can help your Cane Corso with some of things for the faster removal of dead coat, so dog can get again beautiful but faster!
One of the most important thing for the general health of Cane Corso are joints, its a big dog with strong bones and joints are responsible for the body, there are several very big joints but also a lot small joints, each has very important function in body and agile, its theme special for itself, and about it we will speak in our next Lesson 5...