Health & Care Of Your Corgi
Royal Ridge's Health & Care
We do not recommend taping ears - The ears start to stand up approximately between a broad range of 6 weeks to 6 months. (depending on the ear size and growth spurts.)
A puppy will continue to go through quick growth spurts mostly in the first 6 weeks to 6 months of life having the ears come up and then fall. The strength of the ears is based on calcium intake and calcium needs that helps build the cartilage in the ears. The time that the ears start to stand up is also the same time that the puppy is being weaned from its mother, sometimes a bit earlier. Calcium is needed for both the growing bones and the growing ears. During the time of weaning, the calcium intake drops, as the puppy is no longer getting the added vitamins from mother’s milk. To help this issue we give the puppy some milk and/or cottage cheese every day for 3 - 6 weeks and/or choose a specific supplement along with other great vitamins, such as NuVet Wafers, Puppy Gold (be sure to follow the instructions and add water while stirring a bit) Missing Link, Liperderm, and/or flavorless Geletin. It's very important to feed a quality dog food/feed that contains a good nutritional balance while they are being weaned and adjusted to food without mother.
The beginning start of life is very important for their over-well being, and for the benefits of the ears. Massaging the ears lightly will help with circulation - be careful not to "break the ear". Massaging from the base to the tip slowly two times a day will help to improve blood flow. Minimizing activities with other pets help as well; as the rowdy play and larger dogs can sometimes knock and/or break the ear and thus not enabling them the opportunity to rise. Although some may recommend taping, we as a breeder do not recommend this as if not delicately done and/or looked after properly there can be complications and can cause more irritations to the dogs ears.
We do microchip all of our Corgis that leave our home (should time allow for a vet appointment). If you do not want your Corgi microchipped please try to contact us promptly and we will do our best to grant your desires. Although we do highly recommend microchipping your Corgi for a variety of reasons. Proof of ownership is easily transferred and proven should anyone steel/take your beloved pet and you need that proof for court, law enforcement, etc. Microchipping is not "currently" a GPS tracking system - It is a chip that alerts only those who check dogs in offices such as vets, rescues, and at times breeders and foster homes will have a scanner on hand to check dogs they come in contact with them.
Improving the life of your dog/puppy
through natural supplements!
Improving your dogs/puppy's immune system through natural supplements has many benefits, not just for your dog's intestinal well being, but also for his and/or her coat and their overall health.
Boosting their immune system will better make their coat grow with a more shiny sleek look, and keep away those dry flakes along with keeping the skin moisture packed.
You need to make sure your dog/puppy is eating really high quality dog food (something without grains if possible). Adding Salmon Oil for the Omega 3's daily in their food is a great added supplement to increase the vitamins needed for their coat, eyes, and overall growth.
Once your puppy is weaned, its immune system is vulnerable and challenged by stress of adoption, and through exposure to the harmful bacteria and viruses that can be found in a new environment and home. Starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult.
You can also add “NuVet Plus” daily for a nutritional supplement that can be purchased by clicking on this link: Order NuVet PlusToday .
A dog's/puppy's immune system does not mature until 12-18 months of age, so it's highly important for the betterment of your new friend to start them off with a great lifestyle. When started early in life, the immune system will continue to increase and minimize the possibility of ever developing uncontrollable problems later in life.
If you would like additional information, on crate training, potty training, basic obedience training and/or specific care of your dog, please let us know. Or check out our user friendly PDF material here. Thank you again for taking the time to read through some of our recommendations to give your pet the advantage they need in life.