1. Check your fencing to provide a secure enclosure.
2. Shade/shelter is necessary for your dog if it is outside during the day.
3. A crate or dog run can be helpful, to provide a safe holding spot when you are not with your pet. Some dogs prefer sleeping in their box. Dogs should sleep inside at night with their family.
4. Automatic drinkers work well. You can find those at feed stores, Petco, and Petsmart, but dogs need fresh water daily.
5. Canidae dog food which we feed is a very good choice, but there are lots of other great brands out there depending on the activity level of your dog. Some other good brands are: Taste of the Wild, Nutro, California Natural, Merrick, Blue Diamond, Blue Buffalo and Back to Basics. Check with your local feed store for their opinion.
6. Your dog must be on monthly heartworm prevention which comes from the vet.
7. Fish oil helps with joints and coat. (1000mg/20lbs of dog.) You may go as high as 5,000mg. Our preference is to purchase in bulk at Jedward’s International Inc. You can also buy gel caps at Costco The link for Jedwards is small dash below _
8. Glucosamine and MSM should be part of your dog’s diet, around 2000mg/day or more for dogs 75 pounds and above showing signs of joint pain/arthritis. This should be given in 3-4 doses during the day. As with the fish oil, it’s better to give more of this than less. For the link, please click on the small dash below _
9. Exercise is very important. Amount depends on age and personality of dog.
10. Dogs need nails trimmed monthly if they aren’t worn down by exercise and grooming at least weekly is a must. Some dogs down in the summer to prevent foxtail injuries. If you live in a high foxtail area dogs should be checked daily including their pads.
11. Flea and tick medications are necessary if you live in an area with either, and Frontline, Frontline plus, Advantix, and Advantage are some of the more popular choices
12. Yearly vaccinations and checkups from the vet are necessary and we recommend yearly blood work for those dogs over 6 years of age.
13. Please download "Bringing Home your Adopted Dog" listed below.