Miniature Schnauzer Care Tips

Have you ever considered preparing your Miniature Schnauzer for a natural disaster? Nature is a powerful and unpredictable force, and everyone, regardless of where they live is at risk of some form of disaster. Therefore, just because you don’t happen to live in an earthquake or hurricane zone, doesn’t mean that disasters – whether created by nature or human folly – can’t or won’t strike.

Why? Because there are many disasters that threaten us and include:

  • Earthquakes
  • Tornados
  • Hurricanes
  • Fires
  • Ice storms
  • Wind storms
  • Power failure
  • Flash floods
  • Mud slides

Since you can’t predict what will happen in the future, and there is no point living every day in fear that something awful will occur, you need to help calm your worries by setting up a disaster plan for your family and your Miniature Schnauzer.

Did you know that pets are not allowed inside emergency shelters that have been set up for people? The reason is because animals present a public heath and safety risk. Thus, it is a good idea for you to have some sort of plan for your Miniature Schnauzer, to try and keep him as safe as possible should a disaster ever occur.

The following are tips for you to keep in mind:

 Tip 1 – Take pictures of your dog – Should your dog go missing during a disaster having recent pictures of your dog can help you find him. Keep pictures with your important insurance papers along with your dog’s vaccination records. When you take photos, make sure you focus on any characteristics that distinguish your dog as your own (IE birthmark, etc.)

Tip 2 – Food storage – Just as you need food storage for your family, you should also have a week supply stored for your Miniature Schnauzer. Store dry dog food in air tight and waterproof containers. If your dog eats wet food, make sure you store a significant supply of wet food cans that have flip tops. If not, make sure you also store a can opener. In addition, make sure that you store enough water for your dog. Note: the food you store for your dog should be the food he is used to eating.

Tip 3 – Have a buddy system with a neighbor – Make friends with a neighbor and ask them to check on your Miniature Schnazuer should a disaster happen and you are not home. Agree to do the same for the neighbor if they have pets. Be sure you exchange all the necessary information such as emergency numbers (IE. vet, phone number of a family member, etc.) You should also notify your vet that you authorize any emergency treatment your dog needs during a disaster if you cannot be reached. It’s best to leave a signed note confirming this in your dog’s file.

 Tip 4 – Know all the local animal shelters – If your Miniature Schnauzer goes missing during a disaster you will be able to contact each of these shelters to see if he is there. Thus, make sure you write down all the necessary contact information in regards to these rescues and shelters.

 Tip 5 – Comfort your pet – If you are with your Miniature Schnauzer during a disaster don’t let him out of your sight and be sure to comfort him. Just as you will be scared, so is your pet. Don’t force physical contact such as hugging your dog, until he is ready. Dogs can become exceptionally freaked out during a disaster. Therefore simply keep an eye on him and let him come to you.

Other important things to remember include:

  • Keep an updated ID collar on your Miniature Schnauzer the includes your current address and phone number
  • Always keep a leash in your vehicle incase you need to vacate the vehicle during a disaster.
  • Keep a doggie first aid kit in your disaster kit. Your Vet may not be in business for a while. Therefore, if something happens to your dog, you need to provide him with the best possible care you can until he can get the attention he needs.

As you can see, there is much for you to think about when it comes to keeping your Miniature Schnauzer safe and healthy during a disaster. Create a plan in advance and don’t wait until disaster strikes to learn your lesson. Not being prepared could really mean disaster for your dog.

More Miniature Schnauzer Puppy Advice

If you live in an apartment or have a small yard, you may be concerned about providing your Miniature Schnauzer puppy with sufficient outdoor playtime and exercise. This is an understandable concern, but did you know that there is a place where you can take your puppy so he can enjoy a fun outdoor experience with you? This place is known as a dog park.

Dog parks, as the name implies, is a park that has been designed for dogs. It is a place where dogs are permitted to run and play off leash. They provide your dog a chance to socialize with other dogs and for you to get in some good quality play time with your Miniature Schnauzer puppy.

If you are not familiar with dog parks, or have heard of them but don’t know all the facts, the following are answers to some of the more common questions concerning these parks:

Is a dog park enclosed?

It depends. Some parks have a fence and some don’t. It usually depends on how large the dog park is and where it is located. For instance, if it’s small and near a road it will likely be enclosed. However, some parks can be 50 acres or more. Therefore, you would need to investigate the parks near you to see what is available to you and your Miniature Schnauzer puppy.

Do I have to pay to use a dog park?
Sometimes there is a fee. Again, it all depends on where you live and the policies that apply to particular dog parks. Usually there is only a fee on privately owned parks, and the fee is often annual.

What if dogs get into fights?
It is not uncommon for dog fights in dog parks to occur. Therefore, it is important that you employ ways to protect your Miniature Schnauzer puppy. You can do this by making sure your dog has previously been socialized with other dogs and that you have control over him. Before you take your puppy to a park, make sure he knows the “Come” command. You should also always have his leash handy in case you need to remove him from the park.

Where can I find a local dog park?
Try searching the internet or visiting your city website if they have one. You may also want to consider contacting the city. Another good idea is to ask fellow dog owners you know in your area or even your dog’s Vet.

Dog parks are something your Miniature Schnauzer puppy will surely enjoy. He’ll love having the freedom to run around outside.

More Miniature Schnauzer Care Tips – Dental Hygene

Dental care is an important part of regular Miniature Schnauzer care. If you don’t think so, you have likely never heard of The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). This particular organization recommends that pet owners follow special Dental Care Guidelines for dogs.

Until recently, dog owners have ignored the importance of Miniature Schnauzer care in regards to theirog’s teeth. In fact, it is estimated that even today, as many as 66% of dog owners do not provide their dogs with the minimum recommended dental care that veterinarians consider essential. Due to this lack of dental discretion, approximately 80% of all dogs suffer from oral disease by the time they are three years old.

According to the AAHA, there are two practices you can employ to help keep your dogs mouth healthy and happy:

  • Oral examination
  • Dental cleaning

Mniature Schnauzer care as far as your dog’s teeth are concerned, should begin when he is still a puppy. When you regularly provide him with dental cleanings, and have the vet examine his teeth, the following problems can be detected early and/or prevented:

  • Problems with your puppy’s “baby teeth”
  • Missing teeth or extra teeth
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Anomalies
  • Excessive build up of tartar and plaque
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral tumors
  • Etc.

You should have your dog’s mouth examined by the Vet at least once a year. However, in between checkups you can do your part to make sure your dog’s teeth are receiving the best Miniature Schnauzer care you can provide.

The best thing you can do for your dog is give his teeth a brushing once a week or once every two weeks. Get him used to this event while he is still a puppy and he will become familiar with the process and will be less likely to fight you.

As you brush your pet’s teeth, watch for signs such as extremely foul breath (something that is far more putrid than your standard doggie breath), red and swollen gums, crusty tartar that looks brownish-yellow, and pain or bleeding when the gums are touched. All of these symptoms could be a sign of gum disease. If you notice any of these signs, have the Vet check your dog’s teeth.

If you would like to learn more about how you can provide the best Miniature Schnauzer care for your dog’s teeth, consult your vet.