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Rottweilers Can Be The Best Family Dogs

Aug 14, 2008
The Rottweiler is a robust and muscled animal that will generally keep good health and will easily live on for ten plus years provided he is given proper care and it has been bred according to proper breeding standards. However, Rottweiler health will be affected by some ailments if not feed the best Rottweiler diet with proper nutrition and regular immunizations and veterinary check ups are not adhered to.

Diseases and ailments such as inflammatory bowel, cancer and canine bloat are common to dogs in general. Canine bloat can be devastating. This disease can be hereditary or maybe cause by heavy exercise right before or right after eating and overeating. The stomach begins to twist causing outflow obstruction and interferes with blood flow. If your Rottweiler has symptoms such as absence of bowel movements with vomiting and belching take it to the vet immediately as canine bloat is a life threatening disease.

Common skin ailments include Pyroderma, which is an infection of the skin usually caused by staphylococci. This skin problem can be surface, superficial or deep and most dogs that have this ailment also have skin allergies. Bacterial Folliculitis, ringworm and mange are more examples of common skin problems for Rottweilers. Watch for excessive scratching, hair loss and dry skin and get professional help when necessary.

In addition to disease specific symptoms, a sick Rottweiler will look sad, will lie about more than normal, seek out dark places in which to hide and also won't not readily respond when called. Body temperature, pulse and breathing may also be affected as well as a change in personality, aggressiveness and indifference.

Hip dysplasia and other hereditary diseases and ailments may also require health care. And if surgery is ever needed the dangers of anesthesia are to be weighed against age and other factors to make important health decisions.

Good Rottweiler health depends upon a nutritious diet. Caloric intake should be based on activity level, just as in humans, and will vary at different stages in life. Dogs ten years old should be fed about six hundred to eight hundred calories, while dogs at one year old should get twelve hundred calories per day.

At one year of age your Rottweiler should be fed twelve hundred calories per day. A dog of ten years of age only requires six hundred to eight hundred calories everyday. Diseases caused by overeating or being overweight, such as diabetes, can be prevented with good feeding.

Only high quality dog food should be used to feed your dog, no preservatives or fillers allowed. Go to the library or your favorite Rottweiler website to find recipes for making dog food in your own kitchen. Cooked lean meat such as lamb, chicken or beef can be added to a starch and vegetable to make a highly nutritious, tasty food for your Rottweiler and give your pet a long, healthy life.
About the Author
Sharon Davies is a passionate lover of the Rottweiler and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Rottweiler. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Rottweiler Health Care plus a whole lot more.
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