Vaccinations – Your puppy should receive a series of shots while he is still very young and will need boosters every few years to keep him immune from the many infectious diseases that are often fatal. It is wise not to purchase your puppy until he is at least 8-10 weeks old and has already had at least one shot protecting him from distemper, hepatitis, and the parvo virus. He will need a series of at least two to three more of these inoculations given 3 weeks apart. DO NOT have a rabies shot given at the same time as the other inoculations. It is best to wait at least two months after the combined shots before giving the rabies serum. Also, do not place your puppy on the ground in public areas until they have received their full series of puppy shots.
Teeth of mini dogs are often a problem and should be cleaned regularly. Teeth of mature dogs must be kept free of tarter, which destroys gums and teeth prematurely and can cause other heath related problems. Accustom your Mini Goldendoodle to dry kibble and the various hard biscuits, which will aid in preventing tarter. Mix equal parts of baking soda and salt, dip a Q-Tip in water and into the mixture. Rub over teeth and gums to help eliminate tartar and keep gums healthy. Specially formulated pet toothpaste and brushes are also available from your veterinarian or pet store. Professional teeth cleaning should be done annually by your veterinarian. The pet is anesthetized for this procedure, which always carries some risk. Between the professional annual cleaning by your veterinarian, cleaning can be done by you with a dental scraper, but ask your veterinarian or dentist to show you how to use it properly.
Ears – For protection from infection, ear mites, etc., ears should be kept clean and free of excess hair on which ear wax can gather. Place ear powder in each ear. It is not only an antiseptic, but it also helps to deaden the feeling. Plucking the hair can be done by using a hemostat or eyebrow tweezers, but preferably, use your thumb and forefinger and grasp a few hairs and pluck them out. Place a drop or two of oil in each ear once a week to guard against ear canker.
Toe Nails -need to be kept closely clipped at all times. They should be clipped just after a bath while the nails are soft. Clip just at the clear ends of the nail and do not clip into “quick” which is the pink area in the nail as this is painful for the dog. We have all the dew claws on the inside front paws removed. If you are afraid to do this, a quick trip to your veterinarian or local groomer will be able to show you. It’s a very easy task. Hair on the bottom of the foot pads should also be trimmed off to insure good footing.
Facial Staining – All dogs tear, but the lighter colored Mini Goldendoodle will sometimes stain to a reddish-brown if not tended to. To prevent these unsightly stains, you must pay particular attention to the eyes and face. If the eyes are crusty looking or have a yellowish or green discharge, you must take him to the veterinarian as this is a sign of infection. If it’s merely an excess of tears, simply use a flea comb to clean away the “sleep” that forms in the corner of the eyes wash his face everyday. Keep a bottle of baby shampoo (non-tearing) mixed half and half with water, or use the waterless shampoo. Soak a cotton ball with the diluted shampoo and wipe the hair under the eyes and on the muzzle daily. Pack the under eye hair with cornstarch or baby cornstarch powder. Putting Boric Acid powder on the stained areas also helps to lighten the staining. Keep anything you put on their facial hair away from the eyes, nostrils, and the areas they can reach with their tongue. Hair hanging over the eyes will cause irritation and cause excessive tearing. Keeping this hair trimmed up and away from the eyes will help to keep tearing minimal. Teething also causes excessive tearing. Also we suggest you stay away from foods with a lot of dye in them.
Feed a premium, high quality food without additives, food color, corn or wheat will aid in maintaining white stain-free faces. Corn and wheat are the two most common ingredients that can cause food allergies in dogs. Allergies are an inflammatory reaction that can change the pH in your dogs system.
Impurities and high mineral levels in water can also cause staining. Use purified or distilled water. Using specially designed bowls or water bottles also help to keep the beard dry. Fleas are another potential source of tear staining. Besides the irritation they cause, the feces they leave behind (which contains digested blood) can also add to the staining problem. Fleas can also carry ear mites, which can cause severe ear infections. Both fleas and ear mites require a pro-active approach to keep under control.
First, you must try to find and eliminate the source of the excess tearing and staining or it will continue to come back. Once the source has been identified (i.e. irritation, environment, diet, health, water, etc.) then the removal of the staining can begin.