How much should my rat terrier puppy sleep?

Asked By: Andy Koelpin
Date created: Sun, Mar 14, 2021 5:44 PM
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Puppies: Play Hard, Nap Hard

Just as human babies need a lot of sleep, the AKC notes your puppy needs 15-20 hours of sleep a day to help his central nervous system, immune system and muscles develop properly. Many puppies will get the sleep they need by napping throughout the day.
Answered By: Johan Konopelski
Date created: Mon, Mar 15, 2021 7:47 PM

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According to this report, the total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and for a cat it's $1,070.

As you can see, having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year, and well over $500 each additional year.

Depending on the food you buy and sudden medical expenses, the costs could be much higher.

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How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster โ€“ usually at around 14โ€“16 weeks of age โ€“ before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.

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A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e.

15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc.

Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.

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By around eight weeks of age your puppy should be eating solid food.

Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ยพ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ยฝ cup three times a day.

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What are Dog Feeding Charts?

Adult Dog Size (lbs)Dry Food Feeding Amount (Cups)
26 to 502 to 2-2/3
51 to 752-2/3 to 3-1/3
76 to 1003-1/3 to 4-1/4
100+4-1/4 plus 1/4 cup for each 10 lbs of body weight over 100 lbs
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At a minimum, it's advised to bathe your dog at least once every three months.

You can wash your dog as frequently as every other week (with gentle shampoo, it could be even more frequent).

When in doubt, use your judgment โ€” if your dog starts to smell, it's probably time for a bath.

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If your dog is drinking excessively (polydipsia) it is possibly because he is losing excess amounts of water for any of a number of reasons.

While a number of diseases result in excess water intake and urine output, the most common of these diseases include kidney failure, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease.

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