On this page I am posting information to help not only my puppy people/family, but to also help those that need information about how to care for their dog.  When in doubt with any of the serious, life threatening conditions, please seek veterinarian assistance immediately.  A delay could mean life or death for your pet.

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BOW LEGGED PUPPIES AND KNUCKLING OVER

Although I have never personally had this happen, I do know that it can.  A simple change of the amount of protein being fed can help correct.  Please click on the link below o read more.


Bowlegged puppy

Bloat is a very serious condition.  Please do not hesitate to take your pet to the vet - regular or Emergency.  This is a life threating condition.  And while rare in Ridgebacks, it can and does still happen


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SPAY/NEUTER

Puppies sent home on a Pet Contract will require spay/neuter once your puppy reaches a certain age.  I do not advocate for early spay/neuter no matter what your veterinarian is telling you.  Ridgebacks should not be neutered until they have reached sexual maturity.  For a bitch, please wait until they are at least 15 months old AND have had thei first heat cycle.  For males, please do not neuter until 18 months of age.  

Here is an excellent article as to why you should wait to spay/neuter your pet.


Don't spay or neuter too early

Dry Dog Food


Politics.  Religion.  Dog Food.  What do they have in common?  All 3 subjects are very personal and can spark riots.    I feed a dry kibble to my dogs.  I am constantly searching for a kibble to feed to my dogs.  Since I have not really found one, I feed a raw diet.   I have one dog on kibble and I feed him Earthborn Holistic Gran Free.  No recalls.  USA sourced ingredients.  No corn, no wheat, no soy and no by products, etc.

Here is a link to a list of what to look for in dog food - and what not to feed and why.


7 Worst Dog foods