Husky are tough dogs with good health. If the pet is properly cared for, he can live up to 20-25 years. However, many owners do not follow the rules of care, which is why the husky begins to feel sad, he has health problems.
For example, some dog breeders forget that this breed was bred for sledding. Therefore, regular physical activity is an essential part of Husky’s life. Being locked up all day long makes your dog unhappy. Other rules of Husky care will be discussed further.
How to take care of Husky: A question of nutrition
Let’s start with how often you have to feed individuals of different ages.
- Up to 2 months – six times a day.
- From 2 to 4 months – five times a day.
- 4 to 6 months – four times a day.
- 6 to 10 months – three times a day.
- From 10 months to 1.5 years – 2 times a day.
- Adult dog – 1-2 times a day.
You have the choice of feeding your dog regular, human food or buying ready-made food.
If you’re planning on giving your dog a regular meal, remember that meat should make up 50-60% of your diet. Beef is the preferred option. A rabbit and turkey fit well. Be careful with the chicken.
Many beefs are allergic to it. If you do decide to give your dog chicken, keep an eye on his health. If you see the slightest problem with your dog’s skin, hair, eyes and general health, review your dog’s diet. Husky is not allowed to feed mutton and pork. Give the meat slightly boiled or raw.
You can give your dog egg yolks 1-2 times a week. They can be either cooked or raw. You can add fermented milk products to your dog’s diet. It’s better to feed the husky with cottage cheese or yogurt than raw milk – it can cause your pet stomach upset.
It’s okay to feed your dog vegetables. The exception is potatoes. A good option is porridge, such as rice, oatmeal and buckwheat. Add some vegetable (olive, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp) oil or fish oil to your meal.
It is strictly forbidden to give your dog peanut butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, cotton oil and palm oil. Creamy butter should also not be added to the diet, as it is harmful to the liver of the animal.
Don’t forget the vitamins. They support the immune system of husky, improve the condition of the skin, hair and eyes. Ask your vet about the vitamins your dog should be given and how much he should have.
If you’ve decided to feed your pet with purchased food, you shouldn’t save too much money. Cheap foods include raw starch. This component is heavily tolerated by the husky body.
Puppies under 10 months should be given special puppy food. It’s important! Switch to the “adult” version no later than ten months. Otherwise, the husky may develop hip dysplasia.
Selecting the right food for this breed is a difficult task. Dogs may have individual characteristics that prevent them from eating a particular type of food. Keep an eye on your pet’s health after eating.
For adults, it is best to give preference to food for active dogs. Recall: Husky is a breed that has a strong desire for physical activity. In order for your dog to be able to run and play enough, you need to saturate him with proteins and healthy fats. Speciality foods have it all. You can give husky both dry and wet food.
If you have any questions about your pet’s nutrition, please contact your vet. Your vet will find the right food and vitamins. This way, you won’t have to experiment with your pet’s health.
Husky care in the heat
Although this breed was bred in the northern cold regions, the dog can tolerate hot summers without harming itself. Husky has a thick undercoat that takes on the temperature from direct sunlight. As a result, your dog’s body temperature does not change much.
However, there is a second side to the coin. With serious physical activity, heat comes from the dog’s body. It’s hard to pass through the same undercoat (which is why husks don’t freeze during severe frosts). As a result, the sun gives its dose of heat, and the body – its own.
This greenhouse effect creates discomfort for the husky and is dangerous. Therefore, during the heat you shouldn’t burden your pet too much. Also, make sure your dog always has access to water.
Husky hair care
The hair of this breed is cleaned by the dog himself, which means he rarely needs to bathe. Thanks to his self-cleaning skills, his coat doesn’t smell unpleasant.
In short, taking care of your pet’s coat almost entirely consists of combing it. For this procedure to be effective, you need to have the following devices:
- A brush with middle teeth;
- A rib.
In between molts, the dog needs to be combed at least once a week. As a result, the hair will be shiny, smooth and free of ugly clumps. The dog should be combed at least once a day during moulting (autumn-spring). If you live in an apartment, twice a day.
First, you have to remove the undercoat that came out of the apartment. This is done by using a plumber. Next, the brush and comb are combed. It is especially important to comb the hair between the ears, on the back of the legs, on the front legs and the tail. There is no need to make sudden movements. Scratch behind the coat and against it.
Puppies under 6 months of age should be combed differently as their coat is still too soft and vulnerable. Use a special soft brush available from pet stores.
As mentioned above, you should rarely bathe a husky – 2-3 times a year. If your dog’s hair is clean, you can use even less water. The fact is that bathing too often violates the fatty balance of your dog’s skin. The result is discomfort and unpleasant smell.
It is forbidden to use human bathing products. Use only dog shampoos and conditioners. If the husky is still afraid of a hair dryer, wipe it with a regular towel. Later on, you can dry your hair with a hair dryer at a low temperature. After bathing, it’s best to brush your dog to keep his coat looking beautiful.
Washing your paws is not considered to be a full bath. This procedure can be performed after each walk. You should start at an early age, as an untrained dog can resist in the future.
Husky’s paw care
Husky are active animals that can pick up a lot of things in one walk. We strongly recommend washing them after each visit to the street. If you live in a private home and your dog spends time in the yard, wash his paws as you get dirty.
If your dog’s feet aren’t too dirty (which happens after a short walk), it’s advisable to use cool water. Soap should be used in “severe” cases. Dog shampoo, diluted in water, is ideal for washing feet in the ratio of 1 to 5. Not only should the pads be cleaned, but also the space between them. After bathing, the paws should be wiped with a regular towel.
In the context of foot care, care for husky in an apartment is more complicated than in a country house. The fact that the city roads accumulate a large amount of substances that harm the pillows. This is salt, and settled emissions, and dirt with impurities, which are carried by thousands of people.
To protect your dog’s paws, you can apply wax ointment or paste to your skin. They can be purchased from pet shops. The product should be applied before walking. It creates a film that protects the paws from irritation, negative temperature effects. In addition, many ointments and pastes have a healing effect. After a walk, the product should be washed away.
Dog shoes can also be used to protect the legs. They protect not only from the above factors, but also from mechanical damage.
It is recommended to apply dog cosmetics on the skin every 3-4 days. It protects against discomfort and irritation. It is not allowed to use human remedies. Firstly, they are not suitable for the composition.
Secondly, the dog will definitely lick the harmful “chemistry”, which will attract it with its aroma. If you can’t get specialized products, you can use a small amount of vegetable oil. From the more difficult to access – goose fat.
During your races and games, your pet can hurt his paw. Treat the crack with a dog soothing antiseptic until it heals completely. Apply the product 2-3 times a day. If the crack doesn’t heal for more than a week, take the husky to the vet. The same should be done when there are stains.
In case of a shallow cut, wash the wound and treat it with hydrogen peroxide. Over the next four to five days, the wound should be treated with an antiseptic: for example, a solution of furasol.
If the injury is serious, of course, it is better to go to the vet after the bleeding stops. If this is not possible, do the following: remove any foreign objects from the wound, if any, treat with hydrogen peroxide, apply a liquid patch.
Use an antiseptic later on. Your dog can chew on the wound. In this case, bandage him up. Dog shoes can be used to protect the wound during walks.
If your dog licks his wound, don’t stop him from licking it. Saliva contains a powerful antiseptic that helps your dog heal quickly. The only exception is when you have just applied a medicine to the wound.
Cut your claws regularly. This is especially true for husky, who spend little time on the street, and their claws are not made of asphalt. As soon as they start to “spin”, trim.
To do this, it is worth buying a dog clawberry. Do not save on this device: the better it is, the less discomfort your pet will get with the trimming procedure. Remember one more rule: it’s better to do it more often, but safer. Cut literally a few millimeters, otherwise there is a risk of hitting the vessel.
Husky ear care
Ears should be examined every day. However, they should not be cleaned daily. There should be some dark brown sulfur inside. It protects the ears from dirt. Therefore, if you remove sulfur frequently, remove the husks from the natural shield.
Clean your ears once every 2-3 weeks. If there is too much sulfur, – once a week. You can use either a dry cotton swab or a swab with a small amount of baby oil. A corner of a terry napkin is perfect. Puppies can resist, so it’s better to use a cotton swab. Otherwise, the swab may slip out of your hand and remain in the ear sink, which can be difficult to remove.
There is no need to overdo it with prophylaxis. Hydrogen peroxide is used only for diseases. Healthy skin means can irritate. The same applies to antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agents. Apply ear mite prophylactic agents only after the treatment of flea husky.