and Nutrition :
with the mental well being of your Rottweiler, you are also
responsible for your dog's physical well being. It is your
responsibility to your Rottweiler and to NERR&R to keep your dog
in the best physical condition you can. This includes regular
veterinary care, grooming, and feeding your dog the best food you can.
The dog's digestive system
is short. Therefore, if you want your dog to access the nutrients of a
particular plant food, break it down--process it or blend it.
The Raw Edge - Proponents of BARF (bones and raw foods or biologically
appropriate raw foods) say it's the best diet for your dog. There are
several maxims to keep in mind in addition to the old proverb KISS
(keep it simple stupid)
Variety is good because it
ensures a wide and varied range of nutrients, just as if the dog were
feeding in the wild.
Fresh animal protein and
fat is still the centerpiece of the dog's diet.
Fresh is superior to
frozen which is superior to canned which is superior to powder (e.g.,
Fresh water, good
nutrition, exercise, herbs to promote healing from the inside out, and
patience are valuable.
· is a potent immune system
is a potent anti-microbial
contains an amino acid
derivative, allium. When garlic is consumed, an allinase enzyme that
converts allium to allicin is released. Allicin has an antibiotic
effect; its antibacterial action is equivalent to one percent that of
is also an anti-fungal agent effective against
candidiasis, vaginal yeast infections, and most pathogenic fungi,
· is good for the heart and
is effective in the
treatment of arthritis and circulation problems.
You might make a teaspoon
of garlic-roughly a clove - a regular component of your dog's daily
diet. While fresh food - processed garlic is best, minced.jar
works well, too. Some people add yogurt to their dog's diets to
counterbalance the garlic's anti-microbial effects on the digestive
system's good bacteria.
Many commercially prepared dog foods are not acceptable foodstuffs for
Rottweilers-or any dog, for that matter. Often pet foods are made from
waste and byproducts from the human food industry. Because the pet
food industry is under regulated and uses by products of human food,
pet food often contains contaminants having little or no nutritional
value and may be harmful to your dog.
the ingredient listing on the bag. A good kibble contains as its first
ingredient a named meat, such as "lamb" or
"chicken." "Meat by-products" or "poultry
by-products" aren't equivalents. You want the named meat to be
listed as "meal" (as in "lamb meal") because meal
has no water. Since ingredients are listed in order of their
abundance, you don't want to feed a food in which water is the most
abundant ingredient, post processing.
next ingredient of importance is the carbohydrate source. Corn, wheat,
and rice are the major ones. Rice is preferable because it is easily
digested and rarely allergenic. Corn is very difficult for dogs to
digest because of their short digestive systems. Many dogs suffer from
wheat allergies. Good kibble will not contain chemical preservative
such a BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin; vitamin E or C, both natural
preservatives, will be listed instead.
can perform a simple test to determine the quality of the ingredients
in the food you feed: Soak a cup of the food in two cups of water and
cover the bowl. Check the food after six hours. If it has swollen more
than half its dry size, it contains too much fiber and bulk
(indigestible matter of no nutritional value) and may cause your dog
hair and foreign bodies you find are by-products of processing; these
too provide no nutritional value and can be harmful. You pay for these
ingredients - they are part of the food you'll be feeding your dog,
yet they offer no nutritional value to your Rottweiler. Foods high in
bulk with little nutritional value deprive dogs of amino acids and
minerals. Your dog will have to consume more food to make up for this
deprivation. Purchase quality kibble if you're not feeding a natural
diet. Doing so is less expensive in the long run because you feed less
and your dog will likely have fewer health problems. And since you can
feed less of a quality kibble, less going in means less coming out,
too. Every year Whole Dog Journal lists what it considers the top 10
dog kibble brands.
Regular veterinary check
ups are mandatory under NERR&R contract. Immunizations and
de-worming schedules will depend on your geographical location and
veterinarian's recommendation. Home health care should involve daily
grooming and inspection for external parasites such as ticks and
fleas, as well as cuts, abrasions, and lumps. Weekly ear cleaning,
nail trimming, and dental inspection are also mandatory.
Health Care :
health care reading list is provided at the back of this manual, we
offer basics in this section.
section gives you a general idea of some ailments with which your
Rottweiler may be afflicted and how to live with these chronic
(hip dysplasia) is a painful arthritic condition caused by a
deformation of the hip joint. IHD may be accidental, but is most often
hereditary. Symptoms are characterized by pain and limping on one or
both sides, difficulty sitting or standing from a down position, and
an unsteady gait. Treatment may entail surgical removal of the femoral
head, a shortening of ligaments or muscles to hold the femoral head in
place, or reconstructive or replacement surgery.
(Osteochondrosis dissecans) usually affects growing puppies between
four and 12 months old (Carlson, 1980) and typically affects the
shoulder joint. Stress caused by over activity and weakness causes the
cartilage to separate form the long bones, sometimes chipping into the
joint requiring surgical removal. Treatment involves restricting
activity or confinement.
cruciates involve the cruciate (cross) ligaments, which stabilize the
knee joint become ruptured under great stress or over activity. Nearly
always requiring surgical repair, symptoms of a ruptured cruciate
include lameness in a hind limb, which is held abnormally straight
with the toes pointed straight to the ground.
and ectropion are deformities of the eyelid. In the former, eyelids
roll inward; in the latter, lower eyelids roll out from the eye's
surface. Both conditions cause severe eye irritation. Corneal injuries
are common in dogs with entropion and chronic conjunctivitis is a
problem in dogs with ectropion. Surgery is usually recommended to
remedy either condition.
thyroid is a problem for many Rottweilers. The thyroid gland, located
in the neck, affects the dog's metabolism. Symptoms of an underactive
thyroid include obesity, lethargy, thinning coat, drooping eyelids,
irregular heat cycles, and mental dullness (Carlson, 1980).
Fortunately, this condition is easily treated with a daily hormone
tablet given for the rest of the dog's life.
types of heart conditions can affect Rottweilers and each must be
diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian, preferably a cardiac
specialist. Symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath,
retention of water (edema), coughing after exertion, and lethargy.
-gastric dilation- is an often fatal disorder of the digestive system
characterized by expansion of the stomach with gas or frothy material
(dilation). The stomach will not empty normally and it is difficult
for food to advance into the intestines, or reverse its direction as
Dilation can be followed by a
rotation of the stomach, called volvulus, which closes both entry to
and exit from the stomach, so that relief to the distended state is
impossible. This rotation compresses one of the major veins carrying
blood to the heart. Since normal blood circulation is severely
affected, shock and death can quickly follow. Bloat primarily affects
deep-chested, mature members of large breeds, but it also has been
reported in smaller dogs. More cases are reported between April and
August, when dogs are likely to be more active. Immediate veterinary
care is necessary if you notice your dog's abdomen swelling, or if he
has abnormal pain in this area. Suggested precautions to decrease
chances of bloat are:
your dog's weigh under control-don't allow your dog to become overweight
several small meals throughout the day instead of one large meal
you have more than one dog, feed the dogs individually in a quiet
place to help calm eager eaters who may swallow quantities of air as
they eat their food.
not feed your dog immediately before or after vigorous exercise.
not vigorously exercise your dog after he or she has eaten a meal.
sudden diet changes can trigger gastric upsets, change your dog's diet
gradually over a period of seven to 10 days. Begin with a small amount
of the new food, gradually increasing the amount each day.
alert to symptoms such as abdominal swelling and unproductive
consult your regular veterinarian if you suspect bloat.
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