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May 23rd, 2007


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06:52 pm - Doggie help?
Hmm...need some help from those of you that are dog-saavy.  For a large sized dog (say like a lab, collie or husky sized dog), how much generally do you spend on it a year?  Not like, food and the little things, but like vaccination shots (do the dogs need to get those every year?) and such.  And for day-to-day things, how often do you need to take dogs out for walks everyday?  And if it pees, like for poop I know it's poop-and-scoop, but for pee what do you do??  Just leave it?  But urine kills plants doesn't it?  So if the dog urinates on someone's lawn.....<___< 

Went to the humane society today and seeing all the animals made me want to adopt one...always wanted a doggie all my life, but stupid apartments never allowed one (not to mention the mom didn't allow one), but the apartment we might move to next year allows big pets, so maybe.....hehehe.....
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From:mikage
Date:May 23rd, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Ummm as far as shots go, it really depends on where you go. Some shots they do need yearly, others they need every few years (your vet will usually send you a notice when it's time to get their booster shots. Personally I go to the SPCA's low-cost vaccination clinics (which depending on what we get will run us ~40 if we do both dogs (but it really depends on what shots they're getting) - I've got a German Shepherd {who was a shelter dog] and a Cocker Spaniel). You'd also have to get it tested for heartworm every so often and keep it on heartworm prevention meds (it's like a pill once a month). But if you're planning on getting a dog from a shelter, the chances are very high that they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and stuff; they should tell you what's up :)
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From:mikage
Date:May 23rd, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
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And er - big dogs? Walks as often as possible, even better if they at least have a yard to run in. As for urine, dunno about Canada but in the states, no one cares >_> as long as poop is cleaned up. Urine won't kill the planets automatically, it's one of those things that has to be done over and over again (and there's even less of a chance if the lawn is watered regularly).
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From:koneko_desu
Date:May 24th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah the humane society does a thorough check-up and vaccination before all adoptions so immediately after I adopt it should be fine, but I'm worried about afterwards, even for myself I rarely visit the doctor and don't even have a family doctor, so I have no clue how it goes with dogs. Is there usually one vet that you always go to for your dogs' shots? Does it kind of work like with humans how one family has a family doctor that you (supposed to) go see regularly for check ups and such? And is there a list somewhere of all the shots a dog needs and how often it needs them?
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From:mikage
Date:May 24th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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Mmm, technically my 'family doctor' is my pediatrician XD He doesn't usually work on anyone over about 10, but hay. XD Um, anyway. It's good to have one vet that knows your animal (IE, s/he becomes your regular vet), and you should have them looked at at least once a year, but we tend to not bother with the vet unless something is actually wrong with the dog (though my mum was a tech for a few years and can usually tell if something's wrong, even the dog doesn't look sick). Even if they don't go to the vet for checkups regularly, it is a good idea to get them tested for heartworm every year or so.

And as for shots, I'm not sure what the laws are about vaccinations in Canada, but the only one actually required here is for rabies (you should definitely ask a vet what shots are required, and definitely ask if the dog has been vaccinated - if they didn't do it themselves, there's no telling if/when it was last vaccinated and it is a very good idea to go get it vaccinated immediately).


So, here's our list for stuff we do here, I'm going on this assuming it's a pup (and if not, just skip ahead a bit XD)

Starting at 8 weeks: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo/Parainfluenza) (some vets also recommend a Corona vaccination). They'll need a DHPP booster every 3-4 weeks until they're 16 weeks (4 months) old (at least two boosters), their last of which will be good for one year.

At 4 months, they get a rabies shot, good for one year.

After one year (~16 months old, one year from last vacc), booster vaccinations are good for 3 years.

Again, this is what we use in the US, and you guys might have some different viruses etc than we do (mum also suggests that if you plan on showing the dog or boarding it somewhere for an extended period of time, a kennel cough vaccination would also be a good idea).

Anyway. If you do end up getting a dog, definitely definitely ask about its vaccinations, and if they know nothing, take it to a vet immediately for a full health checkup + vaccinations. It'll probably cost you a pretty penny to start out with (a lot of vets I know charge a 'first visit' fee), but after that it doesn't cost much to keep them vaccinated.
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From:baka_gami
Date:May 24th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
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Scoop the poop, leave the pee!
I don't think I'd recommend a large dog - ESPECIALLY a husky to someone in an apartment. Unless the dog is older and less excitable. Because they really need a lot of activity.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:May 24th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
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How old would be considered old for dogs? (give it to me in human years please :X) I saw on the humane society's website that most of their dogs are around 1 year old but there was 1 dog that was 2 years old and another one that's 5 and I noticed in the profiles of those two that it mentions they're less excitable and prefers to take things easy. I was thinking of a dog with that kind of a temperament because I don't think I have the energy to keep up with a young pup x___X
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From:mikage
Date:May 24th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
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Old for big dogs is usually 6-7 years (though certainly they can get older than that). But your friend up there is right, big dogs need to be taken out often to burn off their energy and most don't do well when in an apartment unless they have easy access to romping around or are walked several times a day. A lot of times owners end up with 'problem' dogs (you know, eating the furniture, tearing things apart, etc) because they don't realize just how bored their dogs are.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:May 24th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah that's true, it's just personally I think a dog should have some semblance of the canine blood it shares with it's wild brothers, and little chihuahuas and poodles really seem like another species of animals altogether x___X;; Maybe once I move into the apartment I'll ask around and see if I can find another tenant that has a dog and ask them the conditions of their dog having to live in an apartment and such.

Thanks for all your help!!! I really appreciate it, I love animals but when it comes to actually getting put in charge of one I usually flail like a fish on land :X
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 24th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
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(You do know dogs were recently reclassified as descendants of wolves and are no longer 'canine', right? 8D)

And hay man, don't go dissing Chihuahuas. They really are awesome little dogs, if you treat them right (aka don't treat them like some little thing incapable of doing anything on its own, treat them like a dog and you have a friend for life.). I've had 'em since I was a little kid (though sadly the last of them died last summer), and I wouldn't have it any other way. Norman was a tough little guy and liked to herd the horses when we still had the ranch XD; Yeah, they require a little more of a careful eye kept on them, but they are pretty awesome. Everyone at the vet clinic mum worked at hated Chihuahuas until she brought Norman in and saw just how cool he was XD;
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From:mikage
Date:May 24th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Er, that was me, didn't notice I wasn't logged in XD;
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From:toxicfrog
Date:May 24th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Aww.. doggys!

Well, first off, if you’re looking to get a medium/large breed of dog, you should probably consider your housing constraints. A smaller breed is much more fitting for an apartment lifestyle, in terms of activity level and temperament.

A healthy adult dog will probably only be at the vet once a year to renew pills, get their shots, check-up, etc. The amount of money you spend really depends on the vet though… :/

Oh, and pee is fine to leave XD
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From:koneko_desu
Date:May 24th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
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What kind of dogs do you have Nat?? They're really cute (except that one time one of them stomped on my stomach X___x;;). Do you have a regular vet that you take your dogs to everytime?? And do you need to like, sign up with a vet (like family doctors for humans)? Or is it usually just drop-ins?

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