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SPAY NEUTER

When to spay and neuter based on full grown weight. Benefits of spay/neuter, risks without spay/neuter.

Spay/Neuter Age & Info 

feed your dog the correct amount

Dog food has various amounts of calories depending on brand and type of food. For example, a dog can get 5 cups of weight management food, but only have 2 cups of an active dog food. Use this calculator and your BCS (body condition score) to figure out how much to feed. Look on chewy.com under nutritional info of your food to figure out kcal/cup. 

Food Calculator

dog food choice

Finding a dog food can be difficult. Try to find one with the AAFCO seal, that means they follow certain guidelines. Recommended food by vets are Purina ProPlan, Hill's Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba, & Royal Canin. They are more expensive but you are getting what you pay for. 

I recommend feeding a sensitive stomach and/or salmon protein food, avoid chicken and beef.

Finding and Choose a Food

probiotics

Foriflora is an excellent choice for probiotic. You can use as needed or if your dogs starts to have soft stool you can do a few days of it.

FortiFlora Info

joint supplement

A joint supplement is always a good idea for growing, large breed puppies. Highly reommend Dasuquin.

Dasuquin Info

ear infections

Doodles are predisposed to ear infections because of their ear type, floppy. Allergies can also be a cause of infections. Best maintenance to do is clear bi-weekly or weekly depending on how much you get out each time. A basic ear cleaner will do, if your dog has frequent infections there are better ones. 

How to clean your dog's ear/product recommendations

dental chews / brushing

You can help prevent dental disease. By regular brushing or some chews will keep tartar from building up. There are lots of dental chews and most don't do anything. Top recommendation is CET chews. There are a few different types. Brushing is the best, if you can start young and do it regularly!

CET Chews

Virbac Dental Health

parasite preventions

Preventing parasites is extremely important. By doing this the chance of your dog bringing them into the house or passing to you is less likely. There's many preventions, I always recommend prescription! Reactions/side effects more commonly occur with OTC preventions. 

Basic Overview of Common Parasites

Tick-borne diseases

Lyme disease is becoming a lot more prevalent around the US. It comes from ticks, which can also carry other diseases. While lyme disease is treatable, no one wants their dog to get it. Ticks can also carry Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis. Most yearly heartworm/tick disease blood test will screen for all these. Be cautious when choosing a prevention. There are some that only prevent 1 type of tick while others prevent 4+.

Lyme Disease Map

Ehrlichiosis Map

Anaplasmosis Map

Overview of Diseases/Symptoms

Preventions of Tick-Borne Diseases

Treatment of Tick-Borne Diseases

dental chews / brushing

You can help prevent dental disease. By regular brushing or some chews will keep tartar from building up. There are lots of dental chews and most don't do anything. Top recommendation is CET chews. There are a few different types. Brushing is the best, if you can start young and do it regularly!

CET Chews

Virbac Dental Health

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Healthy weight is very important for the overall health of your dog. Its very easy for your dog to get overweight without proper food given.

Score your dogs Body Condition

treats

Treats can be the main cause of obesity in pets. As an alternative, give healthy treats, low calorie treats, dry dog food, or carrots or green beans. Dogs shouldn't be picky unless you teach them to be when they're young by offering lots of different kinds. 

Treat Info & Options

grain free food

DO NOT FEED GRAIN FREE TO YOUR NEWFYPOOS! Unless specifically recommended by your vet, there's no need to feed that and it is potentially linked to heart disease. There's plenty of other good foods to feed. 

Grain-Free and Allergies

digestive supplement

Bernies Perfect Poop is a great all around supplement for digestion. Doodles are know to have sensitive stomachs, use this to help their stool. 

Use WHD for a discount! 

Supplement Info

Allergy treatment

Doodles commonly have allergies. First step would be switch food to sensitive skin salmon protein. If that doesn't work, your vet may suggest Apoquel (pill) or Cytopoint (injection). Based on the symptoms you'll choose one. 

Signs of allergies are typically chewing/licking feet. 

Apoquel Info

Cytopoint Info

Comparing Apoquel & Cytopoint

dental health

Dental health is very important in any dog. Large breeds tend to have ok teeth until they're 5+ years, but could be before. Dental disease will cause bad breath, pain in the mouth, and can affect their temperament/activity/energy. 

Dental Health & Disease

internal & external parasites

More common in puppies (intestinal parasites) but all dogs can get them from the environment. Learn how to recognize parasites and prevent them. 

Overview of Parasites

heartworm disease

Heartworm Disease is very serious and costly. It can cause damage to your dogs heart. Prevention isn't that expensive and can save your dog. There's many preventions, I always recommend prescription!

Heartworm Disease Map

Heartworm Life Cycle

Test Required with Year Round Prevention

Natural Ways for Prevention?

Heartworm Prevention - chewable & injection

Heartworm Prevention - injection

dental chews / brushing

You can help prevent dental disease. By regular brushing or some chews will keep tartar from building up. There are lots of dental chews and most don't do anything. Top recommendation is CET chews. There are a few different types. Brushing is the best, if you can start young and do it regularly!

CET Chews

Virbac Dental Health