Thoughts on OEB Training
Well-behaved, companion OEBs are a blessing to raise. But untrained, your dog can possibly be trouble. Training your OEB on the fundamentals—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—will improve the relationship both with your dog as well as the family. If you own a puppy, start teaching him or her the appropriate responses when you bring them home! Snacks can be used as incentive and recognition. Puppies can join obedience courses when they have been sufficiently vaccinated. Always walk your OEB leashed in public, even as a puppy. Be certain your dog will come back to you if you tell him to. A disobedient or aggressive OEB are normally a result of lack of training.
The Health of Your OEB
OEBs should visit the vet for a thorough assessment, vaccinations and a heartworm blood test, annually health visits, and immediately if they are feeling ill or are hurt.
About your OEB’s Dental Health
Although we might simply dislike our OEB’s bad breath, it’s important to be aware of what it might be a sign of. Foul-smelling breath is a symptom that your OEB is in need of a dental exam. Dental plaque , which is caused by unhealthy bacteria results in a terrible smell that can only be cured by professional treatment. After a professional dental cleaning, their mouth can be kept up by brushing regularly, feeding a special diet focused on dental health, and eliminating table food. The vet can provide you with other guidance for minimizing periodontal disease and bad breath. You can clean your OEB’s teeth with a dog toothpaste or a homemade paste made of baking soda and water a couple of times per week. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Some OEBs develop periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Often, loss of teeth happens as a result of gum disease.
Tick and Fleas in OEBs
When it’s warm, it’s important for you to perform daily checks of your OEB for ticks and fleas. You can find and remove fleas using a flea comb. There are many new procedures of flea control. Speak to your veterinarian about these and other recommendations.
OEBs With Heartworm Issues
Your OEB is at risk of heartworms if they are exposed to lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry this parasite from dog to dog. Several OEBs die yearly from heartworm infestations. Your OEB should have a blood test for heartworms every single spring—this is important to detect infections from the past year. A monthly pill given in mosquito season will protect your OEB. If you ever vacation in warmer climates with your OEB in winter, your dog needs to be on the preventive medicine during the trip. In some warmer climates, vets recommend preventive worm medication be taken continuously.
Medicines and Poisons
If you’re contemplating giving your OEB medication that was not prescribed for them by their doctor, don’t do it. One little ibuprofen tablet can possibly initiate stomach ulcers in OEBs. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your OEB. When you suspect your dog has ingested a toxin, contact the your vet or Animals Poison Control Center in your area immediately.
OEB Sterilization Operations
Female OEBs should be spayed—the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—extraction of the testicles—by six months of age. Spaying before maturity greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer, which is a frequently deadly and common ailment of older female dogs. Spaying also eliminates the risk of a diseased uterus, a traumatic problem in more mature females that demands intensive medical care and surgery. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggressions are all preventable by neutering male OEBs.
- OEB pups should be vaccinated with a combo vaccine (called the “five-in-1”) at two, three and 4 months old, and again once yearly. This shot protects your OEB puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. The OEB must be immunized for at least the first 4 months of her life.
- If you have an unvaccinated OEB older than four or 5 months, he will need a series of 2 immunizations given two or three weeks apart, followed by a yearly inoculation.
- Your OEB puppy’s vaccinations should coincide with their socialization program. You may take your OEB puppy to socialization classes as early as eight to nine weeks old, as recommended by most doctors. At this age, they should have received at least their first series of vaccines
Regulations are so different between different areas; the best thing is to contact your local vet for rabies vaccination details. For example, NYC rules declare that pets older than 3 months be immunized for rabies. After the original vaccination, you must get another immunization the following year, and then every 3 years. There are many immunizations, many of which are appropriate for your OEB. There are others that are not, however. Ask your OEB’s vet for his opinion. By the way, if your OEB gets sick because he is not immunized, do not give the shot until the dog has made a full recovery.