Did your German Shepherd just give birth? Do you have any idea on how to take care of newborn German Shepherd puppies? Are you a first-time furry parent? If you’ve got no other answer but YES, consider yourself lucky! Well, you are on the right page!
It must be a wonderful feeling to welcome these new members of the furry family. As you get to see your German Shepherd being a mom to her adorable puppies, you know you also have got to shoulder a whole new responsibility to look after these newborn German Shepherd puppies.
It’s not always a piece of cake for the first time. But whether you’re new or used to this kind of situation, there’s always a tough part to get through. You might also be struggling with what you should do next. But you won’t have to look anywhere to find the perfect guide.
We’ve listed down a step-by-step guideline on how you can take care of these little darlings the easiest way (and how to enjoy life as a furry grandparent, too!)
All dogs shed, but not all the same. If you want to share your home with a dog, shedding is something that can be a concerning matter. However, shedding varies among the different breeds. Some breeds shed seasonally while other ones shed year-round, some barely shed at all and some shed almost all the time. When it comes to Pit Bulls, they shed seasonally and in medium intensity.
Pit Bulls usually lose their coat in late fall and early summer. Along the normal shedding, there can be various causes for your dog to start losing his coat.
Shedding due to the season is a regular thing for Pit Bulls, you can help him with his hair loss by keeping him hydrated and brushing his coat on a daily basis. When your Pit is dehydrated for long periods, it may cause him to shed even more than an average amount of fur.
Make sure he has enough of fresh water at his disposal at all times. The brushing helps eliminate the excess fur and speed up the shedding process. And it’s always better to collect the hairs in the brush than on the carpet or the bed.
The change of seasons is not the only thing that affects the shedding. One more cause could be the change in diet. The most impact in the diet can be made with a change in the protein source of the food. If your dog is used to food with the chicken as its main ingredient and you switch to beef-based food or fish, he might start to change his coat.
People can confuse fur loss with shedding. Shedding is a natural occurrence while fur loss is caused by some anomaly, illness or infections. You can differentiate fur loss from shedding quite easy since shedding is a fur loss that happens on an entire surface of the skin, while fur loss caused by illness happens in more concentrated and separated areas.
Unexpected hair loss is one of the best indications that your dog might have a health issue. He can experience some of the symptoms such as:
Excessive hair loss can occur due to a lot of different factors including hormonal imbalance, allergies, nutrition insufficiency, etc.
Hair loss can be falling out as a reaction to the following allergies:
The best way to diagnose an allergy is the system of elimination. Consult with your vet, and remove all possible allergens from your dog’s environment until the fur starts growing back.
One more cause to fur loss can be a hormonal imbalance. Your dog’s thyroid might be imbalanced, it’s a condition called hypothyroidism, and it’s common for dogs, it can be treated with medication.
Also, overproduction or underproduction of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone can cause hair to fall out more than it should.
Female dogs might lose hair during pregnancy and lactation, which is normal, but if it happens to be excessive, consult your vet what supplements to get.
An unbalanced diet can almost certainly cause your dog to loose hair. It important that he gets supplements needed or the right food that contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Mineral deficiency or overdose can also be one of the causes for this condition. Your vet can do some blood tests and determine what the dog is missing in his diet.
If your dog experienced some major change in its life, he might be under stress and shedding can be a reaction to it. Always consider a dog’s emotions, they react to situations emotionally just like humans. The change in homes, some familial issue like death, can be a trigger to hair loss. If you get to the conclusion that this is the case, some right supplements can help recover the dog’s fur.
Skin conditions can be a serious cause for fur loss also. Bacterial and fungal infections, mange, mites, ringworm, and dermatitis, can all affect your dog’s coat. If the area where your Pit Bull is missing hair has a rough or tender skin beneath, take him to the vet to consult on the way of treating the condition.
You could get some pills and medications that can help with anxiety and stress in the dog if your vet told you so. However, if this doesn’t work, then you should start looking for a cause of anxiety, once you found what makes your dog stressful you can eliminate the source and start the recovering process.
The first tool that can help fight shedding is a short stiff brush. Pit Bulls are meant to have short stiff coats, so the short bristled brushes are the best for them. Combine it with a comb to keep the coat clean and free of dead hair.
There are also shampoos that can help fight shedding. The important thing about this treatment is to treat the skin more than the fur. If you manage to keep the skin moisturized the shedding will reduce significantly. Dry skin causes dander and shedding in a large scale.
You can also use a conditioner as well, to keep the fur clean and moisturize the skin. It will also give the coat that reflective shine.
The shiny and healthy coat is always a sign of a healthy dog. You can give your pet a raw egg from time to time; it’s known that it gives the coat an excellent shine. You can get its fur to be nice and shiny by following these steps:
Get your dog the best dog food for pit bulls, high in protein and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
Keep parasites and fleas away on a regular basis
Make sure your dog is washed regularly. Dirty skin is a magnet for bacterial infections and excessive shedding
Brush your pet whenever you can. Brushing helps to remove dead hair and stimulate growth of a new one
Remember, Pit Bulls shed the medium amount of fur during the season, this is normal, and it’s not something you should be alert to. Pick up some of the tools I covered above, and you’ll be just fine. However, if it happens that your bully loses too much of hair then use the system of elimination to determine what can be causing the problem. The best idea is always to check with your vet, and get the advice from the expert.
Shedding is something you can’t escape; it comes in a package when you decide to get a pet. You can always reduce it to a minimum with regular brushing. And you can always say, at least is not that excessive as it would be if you had chosen to get a cat.
Diarrhea is a common health problem among dogs that clearly indicates gastrointestinal distress. That’s why it is no surprise that German Shepherd diarrhea issues have been a common matter owners often worry about. So if your German Shepherd also suffers diarrhea and you are wondering why this happens, you are not alone.
Although diarrhea can be an alarming sign, identifying the common causes is not difficult. Fortunately, treatment options are available and your German Shepherd will likely recover as soon as you take an immediate action.
When you’ve learned your German Shepherd is pregnant, mind-boggling questions arise. I know how ecstatic the feeling is to welcome new members of the furry family. But this phase of your dog’s life is pretty challenging and yours as well. And as a responsible and loving furparent, you need to make sure to educate yourself about your dog’s pregnancy.
As you realize how fragile they can be, you want to be as cautious as possible about their diet and other activities. But to ease all those worries and uncertainties, we’ve answered the ten most common questions about German Shepherd pregnancy.
Yes. We’ve answered them all for you!
Summer is here, and your dog is most likely in gear to eat or gnaw that juicy looking corncob on the side of your dinner plate.
It’s always hard to say no to your doggy, but unfortunately it’s even harder for dogs to digest corncob.
Hopefully it’s not too late and your dog hasn’t already swallowed a corncob, but bad luck happens and sometimes we end up doing research when it’s too late, so I won’t go into too much detail about keeping your dog away from your corncobs.
If it’s too late and your dog ate corncob, now all that you can do is act fast.
Has your dog recently chomped on a sock and accidentally swallowed?
Of all the things you worried about before owning a dog, leaving your dirty laundry out for a minute too long was probably the last thing on your list of concerns.
Ingesting a foreign object is a common but, sometimes, serious problem for dogs with a craving for the inedible.
As a busy dog owner myself, I know how tempting it is to leave an old sock hanging in the middle of a carpeted hallway or under a messy bed or stuck between sofa cushions, but after reading this article, you may reconsider letting those socks sit.
While everything is avoidable, sometimes pups can’t help but go scrounging for a bite where they shouldn’t. We’re breaking down what to do when it happens and how to prevent sock snacking for good.Continue reading
You know dogs are just being dogs when they nibble toys and stuff or even chew the half of your sofa. It is quite annoying but totally forgivable! But when your four-legged friend finds its way to the kitchen and picked out not the treat but the aluminum foil wrapped around it, you would definitely panic!
You struggled and tried to take that piece of aluminum foil out of its mouth, but it was all too late. He swallowed it! I know it could be something quite alarming so you googled and looked up for the most effective remedies. And if you are reading this right now, you probably haven’t found the best solution yet and you’re just so worried what could possibly happen to your dog.
You must be very anxious and it is very normal. As a furparent, you want to keep your furry babies safe all the time. So if your dog ate aluminum foil, what can you do? What are the important facts that you should know about it?
If you just got your dog neutered, then your dog may be in for a tough few weeks. Your dog is likely to be in a bit of pain after the surgery, and the hormone imbalance caused by neutering is likely to make your dog feel and act weird for a bit of time.
This is why you don't need something like an infected neuter incision causing even more problems for your dog. An infected incision can be painful and could lead to bigger issues that your dog, and you, do not need.
In today's article, we will take a look at how to identify an infected neuter incision, what to do if your dog's incision is infected, and how you can go about preventing the problem from occurring.
Dogs are a curious sort of animal. They naturally get themselves into situations and problems that humans normally won't get themselves in, such as eating something that they shouldn't eat.
While a dog can usually tell the difference between something that is good and not good to eat (thanks to their keen sense of smell), sometimes the smell of an item can throw them off, such as the sweet smell of certain chapsticks. Should your dog decided that the scent of chapstick is too good to resist and end up eating the product, you can have some trouble on your hands.
In today's article, we will take a look at what happens when your dog eats chapstick, such as potential issues, and what to do to prevent or remedy any problems. This way you can be prepared should your dog decide to eat this... unconventional snack.
Have you ever stared down at a plate of leftover ribs and wanted to, quite literally, throw your dog a bone?
For owners and dogs, who’ve probably leaped quickly and happily after any bone tossed their way, it may seem like a natural progression of events or a primal desire swiftly satisfied.
However, the next time you’re about to toss a rib bone in the direction of your dog’s salivating mouth, we urge you to reconsider.
Rib bones present invisible and ignored dangers. We’re here to explain what’s safe for your precious pup and what should be left on a human-sized plate.Continue reading