Care & feeding of a YabaLab
Caring for your YabaLab puppy
Puppies are started on EUKANUBA Lamb and Rice Puppy food. 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening, at least until they are six months old. After that consult with your VET for suggested feeding amounts.
When you bring your puppy home at 8 weeks old, feed 8 oz dry food twice a day (6 am and 6 pm) add 2 oz of hot, tap water to the dry food to make it soft and mushy. When the food has expanded and is soft, give to the puppy. Add an ounce of dry food after a few weeks to be sure the puppy is getting enough food, discuss feeding amounts with your Vet.
Be consistent with feeding times -it will make it easier for potty training.
Potty Training Immediately after eating, take puppy to place you want used as the potty, when he goes, praise him/her. Consult your Vet for feeding amounts. consistency is key! Food, walking, exercise training and timing should be consistent to ensure prompt training of your new companion.
Please do not change your puppy’s food. If in the future you choose not to feed what we feed, please purchase dry puppy food that lists the first ingredient as LAMB, BEEF or CHICKEN (not by-products) for LARGE BREEDS and remember, Labs are not full grown until about 2 years old! Keep dog food in a tightly closed container. (Rats and frogs LOVE dog food!)
Do not leave food out all day. Be consistent! Feed at a specific time every day. This will make it easier to train. Give the pup the food and let him/her eat, when the bowl is empty remove it. If puppy doesn’t finish within 15- minutes, remove food. Labs have a tendency to eat ALL the time. Dog food attracts all kinds of bugs, poisonous frogs and other crawling insects and animals. Remove uneaten
·Have multiple containers of fresh water available at all times
·2 to 5 gallon containers which allow for fresh water to be available all the time can be bought at PetSupermarket, K-Mart or Wal-Mart or local pet or feed stores (can get moldy, —clean regularly). Puppies can turn over most all buckets and bowls. It is best to have two or three water bowls available at all times. Chose the water container carefully, be careful that the puppy cannot fall into the bucket or bowl.
· Stainless steel dishes for the food and water will suffice. Plastic and other types will be chewed and destroyed very quickly. Dishes can be found at various Pet Food Stores, Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Feed Stores.
Hot South Florida heat and your puppy – from the AKC
We will insert an AKC Companion Animal Recovery (www.akccar.org) microchip into the back of your puppy’s neck. This chip is the size of a grain of rice and is engraved with a number that will trace ownership back to you! YabaLabs is currently the owner on record until you register it in your name. For a slight discount you can submit the microchip registration at the same time you complete the AKC registration. To report a lost or stolen pet: 800-252-7894
Simply go to www.akc.org and have the AKC papers with you (your unique online access code is on the form) and a credit card, and complete the required information. You will receive your official AKC registration certificate within a week. You can also mail the papers if more convenient.
Choose a unique name, at least two or three names (read over the pedigree to get some ideas) such as; Its 5 o’clock somewhere Martini, Tequila Sunshine, Barbi’s Baby Dolly , Fran’s Amazing Gracie, Uncle Raul’s Harley Marley, The Joneses Moses, Billy’s Boo Bear, McGillicuddy’s Bailey, JohnSue’s Big Bear, etc. Princess Sophia of the Highlands, Edisa’s Shugar Bear. If you only enter one name , the AKC will add a numeral after the name, ie; Rocky XIIV So make it 2, 3, or more names The name you choose will appear on the official AKC certificate.
We will supply you with a blanket with ours and the mothers scent on it, this should help the transition from our home to yours, while at the same time provide warmth and security.
-Buy dog biscuits (lamb, fish, beef or chicken) and only give one or two a day (too much can result in upset stomach)
·No table scraps~!
Dogloo’s can cost as much as $250 for the XL shelter at Wal-Mart, PetSupermarket, PetCo, feed stores or online. Also, make arrangements for your dog to be protected from the extreme South Florida heat by keeping him/her on a covered patio or a build a dog house that protects your pet from excessive heat or cold.
- Plastic bags that contain food or used to contain food, on counter tops. Dogs can reach them and have been known to suffocate.
- No Chocolate – (chocolate increases the heartbeat and can be fatal to dogs)
- Raisins and Grapes – Cause kidney failure
- WATER – Labs LOVE pools, lakes and canals. Canals and lakes have bacteria that can make your pet ill.
- Cleaning supplies, open toilets, bathroom cleansers
Chewing (keep them out of reach, your puppy will find them!)
·Keep all electric cords out of reach
·Shoes (do not give old shoes—they will think it’s okay to chew all shoes)
·Towels, especially dish towels hanging from oven handles or drawers
·Socks, underwear and dirty laundry (they LOVE dirty, smelly clothes!)
Please use common sense when taking your dog out in the very hot Florida heat! Dogs do not experience heat the same way that we do, – dogs do not sweat. Dogs cannot take off their fur coat! Even though you may be comfortable, your dog could be overheating.
If your dog has heat stroke he will progressively show these signs:
- Pale gums, bright red tongue
- Excessive panting
- Doesn’t respond to his name
- Increased heart rate
- Thick saliva
- Breathing difficulties
Take dog to a cool spot and sponge him down with cold water. Encourage him to drink small amounts of water. Be extra careful when exercising with your pet. Monitor breathing levels. Watch for signs of fatigue. Offer your pet sips of water along the way to keep him cool. If you feel he has heatstroke CALL YOUR VET!
In cold weather, make sure your dog has adequate housing.
The first few days, your dog will be busy exploring her new home. Don’t discourage this behavior, but make sure you keep your dog within sight whenever he/she is out of her crate during the first few days. Your dog may chew, scratch or run indoors where these activities aren’t appropriate. By watching your dog closely the first few days, you are always in a position to nip this behavior in the bud.
When you see your dog doing something wrong, say “NO!” in a low voice and distract your dog with a chew toy or let her outside. Praise her for this appropriate behavior. Soon, your dog will know which activities result in praise and which result in scolding.
If you have to administer pills to your dog, it is simple when you know how. You can fool most dogs most of the time by hiding it in a bit of food. For liquid medication, simply put it in a spoon and hold it out to the dog. Usually, he will just lick it right off. If that doesn’t work, try disguising it in some applesauce or other food.
In an emergency, keep calm and get your dog to the veterinarian. Call first. If your doctor’s office is not open, call the nearest emergency pet clinic. Keep emergency phone numbers near your telephone. In all cases, the objective is to get your dog to a professional AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. However, there are some things you can do to help your dog before you get him to the hospital/clinic:
• Wrap your dog in a heavy towel or blanket to keep him warm and restrict his movements.
• Apply a pressure bandage (sterile gauze or a clean handkerchief) to stop the bleeding of a cut or bite.
• Apply a cold compress to a burn and gently hold it there until you get to your Vet.
• Do not induce vomiting if you suspect or know your dog has swallowed a poisonous substance.
• At any sign of choking (drooling, difficulty swallowing, pawing at the mouth, gagging), do not attempt to remove the item.
• If your dog suffers heatstroke, take him to a cool spot and sponge him down with cold water. Encourage him to drink small amounts of water.
If you intend to crate your dog, purchase a crate for a large breed dog. Labs can reach up to about 85 lbs.+, and they grow very quickly. They grow as tall as 24 ½ inches (at the withers- top of the shoulder blade) and standing from head to toe about 31 inches. Labs are considered full grown at 2 years old.
Some people that work outside of the home find that a most useful tool in setting a schedule is a crate. Once you have taught your dog to view her crate as her area, she will be glad to stay there when you aren’t home. This will keep your puppy out of trouble and allow you to control when she eats, runs and eliminates.
Dogs are creatures of habit. They will be happiest if their food, water, bathroom break, exercise and play come at the same time every day. Set a schedule as quickly as possible and follow it as closely as possible.
Remember that your dog will react most directly to tone of voice and body language. Use a high and excited voice to motivate, a calm, normal tone to command and a low, growling voice to warn or correct.
With this groundwork, you and your dog will learn more about each other and will be able to learn to work together. Once your dog has settled into her new life and has acknowledged you as leader, you will have a much easier time correcting behavior and teaching different activities.
Even if a dog has a large backyard, he needs daily exercise. At least one walk a day is recommended. He needs lots of exercise and fresh air – and so do you!!
Well-exercised dogs suffer fewer physical ailments than sedentary dogs, are less likely to be overweight, and are happier and better behaved.
Your puppy will need veterinary care in the first year of life more than at any other time. With your Vet’s help, you can keep your puppy healthy even when it is all grown up.
A Veterinarian should be selected before bringing your puppy home.
** YabaLabs requests that the first meeting of Vet and puppy should happen within 1 week of bringing your puppy home. **
In addition to a general check-up and examination for parasites, you and your Vet should work out a specific schedule for preventive medicine at that first meeting.
In the first three months of your puppy’s life, your Vet will probably want to meet every two or three weeks for vaccinations. Initial vaccinations for many diseases start at about six weeks and are repeated every two to three weeks until 14 weeks of age.
Rabies vaccinations sometimes are regulated by local laws and often begin between three and six months. Between four and six months, your puppy should be checked again for parasites and your vet will recommend heartworm treatment. Also permanent teeth should start coming in around this time. Depending on your County’s regulations you are required to get the rabies shot every 1 to 3 years. County licensing and tag renewal is required every year.
Spaying or neutering is recommended between four and six months. The procedure is simple, and males usually recover in a day. Females revovery can take two or three days.
After six months, the vet visits usually taper off. In general, it is a good idea for adult dogs to make at least one visit a year to maintain the healthy start they got as puppies.
When to call your Vet:
- Loss of appetite
- Blood in urine or excrement
The Medicine Chest
The following information does not replace your Vets advice.
If any condition persists please call your Veterinarian!
·Buffered Aspirin: Lowers fever, relieves minor aches and pains in dogs, give ¼ of a 325 milligram tablet for every 10 lbs, 1 or 2 times a day. Buffered aspirin is easier on the stomach.
·Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen: Both are EXTREMELY dangerous for pets. DON’T use them!
·Vitamin C: For older dogs or dogs that have hip or joint issues, ask your Vet for daily dosage info
·Kaopectate: Helpful for digestive troubles, Kaopectate can be given to dogs and cats every four hours. Give 1 tsp of Kaopectate for each 10 lbs. of weight. Ask your vet for advice.
·Pepto-Bismol: For dogs with tummy trouble, give one teaspoon per 20 lbs. of weight every four to six hours. DON’T give it to cats.
·Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate): For preventing motion sickness, give medium to large dogs 25 to 50 milligrams an hour before traveling. For small dogs and cats, split into quarters to provide the correct dose. (dramamine can be dangerous to pets that have glaucoma or bladder problems)
·Nervousness/Anxiety: Rescue Remedy, a homeopathic solution for humans and canines, can be found in Health Food Stores ($15.00) and is used to calm nerves. Used for times when you and/or your dog become anxious, such as New Years Eve and 4th of July celebrations or loud thunderstorms. A few drops on the tongue and the calming effects will kick in!
Penny poisoning: Pennies minted before 1982 are made of zinc and coated in copper. Zinc toxicosis can be a fatal blood condition. Other zinc products include: nuts, bolts, zinc oxide-based skin creams such as diaper rash cream and sun screen. Signs of zinc toxicosis include vomiting, diarrhea, red urine, liver and/or kidney failure and anemia.
Eating feces: If your dog develops this habit, sprinkle Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer on his food every day for a week. If he doesn’t stop, continue using the meat tenderizer on and off several days at a time.
String, yarn, rubber bands: – Dental floss is easily swallowed and can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation.
Great ideas from Caesar- the Dog Whisperer!
For your doggy smell home
Mix a few drops of vanilla extract with vodka (if you can part with it) in a spray bottle and spray in those areas that might be a bit overwhelming! Or, place a few cotton balls soaked in the mixture in the areas of your home where Fido hangs out the most.
Dip a cotton ball in a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water and simply wipe the ears out.
One spoonful of peanut butter rubbed on a sticky mess in your dog’s fur will help break down the mess and make it easier to remove.
For an after bath rinse to ward of allergies do this: 2 tablespoons of vinegar and one quart of warm water. Leave on for best results it will make the coat shiny!
Drench your puppy in undiluted tomato juice to rid him of his potent smell, leave on a few minutes then shampoo as usual.
Safe and smells good, too! In between shampoos rub some powder on your hands and rub it into your dog’s fur brush for a shiny fragrant smell…
Fabric softeners can also help your dog smell fresh and clean, simply rub across your dog’s fur for instant results.
One part baby oil, one part original Listerine and one part water mixed together. Spray on the hot spot two to four times a day (providing it isn’t infected) until it is healed.
Fill a spray bottle with one part original Listerine and one part water after bathing spray solution on the dogs’ coat. Let it soak for five minutes and rinse. Comb the dog, remove any bugs and spray a mist of solution on any surfaces such as his bed or toys.
Poison help lines:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Dangerous Plants and their effects:
- Philodendron – upset stomach, convulsions, asphyxiation, death
- Jasmine – convulsions, death
- Poinsettia – mouth irritation, stomach upset
- Umbrella Plant – vomiting, respiratory problems, kidney failure, tremors, abdominal pain
- Aloe Vera – diarrhea
- Avocados and avocado leaves
- Mistletoe – various effects,
- Daffodil – stomach upset, tremors, seizures, lethargy, heart failure, death
- Calla Lily – stomach upset, mouth irritation, asphyxiation, seizures, death
- Tobacco leaves
- Tulip (bulb) – various effects
- Periwinkle – hallucinogen
- Morning Glory – stomach upset, hallucinations
- Easter Lily – causes kidney failure
- Jasmine (Yellow)
- Tomato leaves and stems
- No Chocolate – (chocolate increases the heartbeat and can be fatal to dogs)
- Leftovers on the kitchen counter – dogs have been known to reach up and try to eat food left on the table and if the food was in a plastic bag, they have suffocated.
Poisonous TOAD – Bufo marinus toad –
*** DANGER DANGER DANGER ***
When this toad is threatened, it secretes a highly toxic milky substance from its large parotoid glands in the back of its head.
This secretion will burn eyes, may inflame the skin and can kill cats and dogs if ingested.
Avoid attracting toads to areas where your pets are, do not leave food in open dishes in the yard. Bufo’s are attracted to dogs’ water bowls and may sit inside he bowls long enough to leave enough toxin to make a dog sick. Dogs may lick the toads and get a dose of the bufo’s toxins which are secreted from the skin and parotoid glands. Symptoms of poisoning include profuse foamy salivation that looks like shaving cream, difficulty breathing, brick red gums, convulsions, paralysis, ventricular fibrillation, vomiting and uncoordinated staggering.
Untreated, it can be fatal. Dogs like to play with these guys, if your dog bites or licks one – call your Vet immediately!
If you feed your pet outside, do not leave food outside. Toads (and other things) are attracted to pet food! Keep pet food inside the house in a locked container.Keep a close eye on your pets -puppies will eat anything and everything!
Female puppies go into heat (the mating period) the first time at around 9 months and then every 6 months thereafter. To prevent drops on your floor, purchase little boys underwear and slip them on her backwards and put her tail through the fly. This will protect the floor and furniture from the spotting. This lasts about ten to fifteen days and males will come from far and near to see her….keep her away from the boys.
Adult dogs (2 years old +) and Community Service
When your dog has reached 18 months, he can participate in Community Service for your church, school or job. There are many fulfilling opportunites in the community for both adults and teenagers to provide companionship and friendship to those that have been hospitalized. A few hours a month will make a very big difference in the lives of the sick and/or lonely. Check with the local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes to see if you can visit the sick and elderly with your well-behaved pet to help make a less fortunate person happy. Your dog will need a certificate from your Vet.
We hope this information is helpful to you and your family. This information should help you to provide your new puppy with a safe, happy and healthy environment as well as many years of love and companionship.
Any questions? 305-968-0799 – Leonel or Kathy at : YabaLabs@hotmail.com
Leonel, Kathy and our YabaLabs: Freckles, Mokalatte, Sweet Sophia and Magdalena.