Common Health Issues
Please take the time to read the information regarding these health issues. Knowledge could save your dogs life. You may need to copy and paste the links into your browser.
Addison's Disease -http://www.addisonsdiseaseindogs.com/
Anal Sac Impaction-http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/symptoms-treatments-anal-sac-disease-dogs
Great Dane Ear Cropping
History of Great Dane Ear Cropping Procedure: Great Danes were bred in Europe as wild boar hunters. The wild boar could rip off the dogs ears with its tusks. To prevent any kind of injury to the animal, people carried out Great Dane ear cropping procedure. This Great Dane ear cropping gave the animal a majestic look that is still used as a breed standard. The standard even today states that the ears should be "identical in shape and length, with pointed tips. They are in balance with the head and not exaggerated in length. They are set high on the skull and carried perpendicularly at the inner edges, with as little bell as possible along the outer edges".
What is Great Dane Ear Cropping Procedure?
The Great Dane ear cropping procedure involves an 8 to 16 week old puppy being put under general anesthesia. Then the vet cuts off about 50% of the ear. This helps in reshaping the ear, so that it stands upright as opposed to it natural way of hanging.
After the surgery is complete, the ears have to be taped upright for at least three months. Many times the ears are taped up for about an year. You need to change the tape every week and carefully observe if the ears are healing without any infections. But many times, the Great Dane ear cropping does not end up the way it was supposed to look. You may find one ear stands straight and the other flops down. Or many times both ears flop down or stand at an angle. There are many Great Dane ear cropping styles that pet owners make their animals undergo. The longest cropping styles are found in Great Danes and Doberman Pincher. This Great Dane ear cropping styles is called the 'Doberman style' that begins at the second joint of the ear.
Great Dane Ear Cropping Cost: Great Dane ear cropping cost is about 100 to 400 USD. Also, post surgery care takes about a year, so you may need to shell out more money according to the animals healing progress.
What is the Need for Great Dane Ear Cropping? People who are for Great Dane ear cropping procedure feel it helps reduce the chances of ear canal infections. It also helps reduce the chances of hematomas that is, separation of the ear skin layers where the blood collects due to vigorous head shaking. Yes, ear cropping sure helps in reducing these dog health problems but before you get your dog operated understand the other side of the coin.
Drawbacks of Great Dane Ear Cropping: The Great Dane ear cropping is a very painful procedure. Ears have a complex vascular system. Thus, ears can bleed profusely. It is a long procedure as you need to care for your dogs ears for up to a year. It is just a type of cosmetic surgery that helps satisfy the owners pride and does nothing useful for the dog. Many term ear cropping as a type of animal abuse. In fact, Great Dane ear cropping procedure has been banned in most western European countries. It is only popular in North America today. Great Dane ear copping sure makes your dog look majestic and handsome. But, if you are not planning to enter your dog in dog shows, what is the point in making your dog go through this painful process. If you want to prevent the ear infections, take good dog care and avoid any type of problems. Personally, I would not want my dog to undergo that much trauma just to
please my desire to have a better looking dog. If you feel, Great Dane ear cropping will help your dog, then its your personal choice. Please visit a vet who is qualified and experienced in dog ear cropping. This was some information on Great Dane ear cropping in short. I don't like it and I hope you as a dog lover understand my point of view.
There is no Doute I have seen some beautiful Great Dane heads with the Cropped ears. I Just dont think for me its right. I will try to get some vet refferal that have cropped and done good jobs check back later for more informatio.
1-20-13. Up-date Im having a hard time finding a Vet that still crops ears. I have found out that in the UK it is no longer leagal to crop ears. America very well could be following its direction ver soon.
New Puppy Instruction:
Try these helpfull Tips: Bell Potty Training!!!I Believe Most of the time when a new puppy has a potty accident in the house its because either its not sure where to go OR the HUMAN did not see the signs. One way to help the Human is so if you ring a bell that is hanging on the door each time you ask the pup to go out side and then when you are going out side with that pup ring it again. Very soon the puppy will ring that bell to let you know he or she needs to go out side to go potty.
Helping the pup know they need to go out side to go potty. When a accident happens in the house take the puppy to the accident and show it to the pup say in a serious voice no puppy take puppy out side WITH THE ACCIDENT too. Take accident the poo or pee put it where you want the puppy to go show it to the puppy and PRAISE Puppy GOOD GIRL/GOOD BOY. Also another training Idea is while pup is in the house have pup on leash some of the time so pup can sneak off and have an accident. If you see puppy sniffing they need to go out side to go potty.
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Immediately on acquiring your Great Dane puppy, schedule a trip to your veterinarian. You will want to make sure that the puppy is in good health, has its vaccinations updated and is introduced to a schedule of heart worm medication, flea, tick and parasite control.
The Great Dane is an indoor dog. Never house your pet in an outside kennel or an igloo in the back yard. Without proper socialization, you run the risk of having a neurotic and possible a dangerous dog for a pet.
If you are not able to provide an indoor home for the Great Dane, do not get the dog. Period.
Provide a "crate" for the Great Dane puppy. The crate is the dog's special place for sleeping and quiet time. A Great Dane sees the crate as its "den". The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand and stretch out while sleeping.
Begin the Great Dane puppy on a schedule of potty training. When you take the dog from its crate, take it straight outside, to the place where you want her to do her business. Lots of praise for a good job!
Take the puppy outside 5 to 10 minutes after eating or drinking water. Also take pup out side when done playing and napping. If pup cry's in middle of night take pup out to go potty.
If pup is not having romp around play time with human family member I suggest for the first 2 week pup is either on leash in house with human or napping in Kennel. This help pup to not have the chance to learn bad habit. example hide potty in the house, chewing on things other then pups chew toys or any other naught puppy things puppies do. BECAUSE Human is right there watching.
Accidents will happen. Be patient and continue the training. Never hit or yell at the animal. Calmly tell Pup No by the accident then pick accident up and take it and puppy out side don't forget to ring the BELL. Put accident where you want puppy to do its business. show the puppy the mess and praise pup like crazy.
Great Danes need exercise. At least once a day, take your new pet on a nice walk, always with a lead. Safety first!
Begin to socialize the puppy as soon as she is brought home. Slowly introduce her to other pets and any children in the home
Feed your Great Dane Puppy 2 times a day Morning and l evening. Most bags of dog food have the recomended amount for the weight of the puppy. With Great Dane pups you never want to feed them puppy food in most puppy foods the Protien is to high. Avoiding puppy foods will help the dog to avoid growing too fast, thereby reducing the chance that your pet will develop arthritis or other bone and joint maladies. Dog foods with in the Protien of 24 to 26 % protien and 14 to 16 % fat is where you want it to be.I feed Hi-Standard Blue bag always. You can find a Hi-Standard distributor near yo by calling Tom at 320-333-3311. Tell him Tammy or kallie told you about him.or look for him on face book @ Minnesota Hi-Standard Dog Food Distributor
Never let the Great Dane engage in serious playing or exercise for 40 minutes prior to eating and for 40 minutes after eating. I also alow 4o Minutese between drinking water and food also. No Table food. Elevated Dog food and water bowls.
Giant dog breeds are susceptible to gastrointestinal issues, such as "bloat", which are usually fatal to the dog.
Great Danes can be somewhat "willful". At around 3 or 4 months, enroll the puppy in an obedience program. I have found private sessions to be the best for Great Danes.
Remember, these dogs can grow to be 35 inches tall and up to 160 pounds. It is best to have a well trained pet!
Give serious consideration to spaying the dog. If you opt to do so, it is best to have this done after her first heat cycle. Males should be neutered after 12 months of age. Always consult the veterinarian for the proper age to spay.
The Great Dane loves its people, and although usually not aggressive, the Dane will die for its family.
With proper care, you will have a wonderful companion