Monday, January 19, 2009


Puppies between the ages of 6 weeks and 4 months typically receive a "core" vaccination every 3-4 weeks with the final one given at 4 months. The reason for this is that puppies will loose the disease immunity they receive from their mother some time between 6 & 16 weeks of age. Since there's not an easy way to tell when the shots take over the natural immunity, giving them often can help protect your puppy, but there still may be a gap where he is left unprotected between the time his immunity from mom stops working and the next shot is given. You should not take your puppy to public places such as parks, shops, dog parks, or even to your friends houses if they have dogs until he is at least 16 weeks and has had his 4 month booster. After age 4 months, the shot is typically given every three years, although some vets recommend an additional shot at 6 months or 1 year, and others still recommend vaccinating every year. This shot protects against Parvo, Distemper, and parainfluenza, and several other contagious diseases and can be obtained through your vet or at vaccination clinics. Many people request that the vaccinations be given separately rather than in a combo vaccine due to the risk of vaccine reactions. Consult your vet for more information on this.

General vaccination guidelines include a rabies shot at 3-6 months, again after 1 year, and then typically every 3 years after that. This shot is required by law in Arizona. If your dog has not had this shot and bites someone, he may automatically be killed or quarantined by rabies/animal control. This shot can be obtained at your vet, at vaccination clinics, or at the rabies/animal control pound.

Kennel cough (bordetella) is an extremely contagious respiratory disease that can cause death if not properly treated or prevented. Most vets will start this vaccination at around 4 months and is usually repeated every 6 months to 1 year for dogs that are exposed at kennels, shows or dog parks.

Heartworm/worm prevention can usually begin at 4 months. This can be obtained from your vet. Heartworm
prevention is easy (a chewable tablet given once a month), and treatment is extremely expensive and not very reliable. Talk to your vet about the risks and benefits.


My pet is "GREAT DANE",its 2 years old.its color is Harlequin.There are different other colors like Black,Mantle, Blue, Fawn, Brindle and Merle Great Danes around the world.He is very playful and naughty.If we are maintaining this type of breed we need lot of space.Only it looks big in its apperance but it plays like a child..

The Great Dane is properly called the Deutsche Dogge or German Mastiff, a name eschewed by fanciers in English-speaking countries. However, there is no evidence that the dog developed anywhere but Germany, and there is no known reason for it to be named for the country of Denmark. The breed originated from dogs of the mastiff type and was developed to hunt wild boar, guard castles, pull carts, and participate in battle.

Since the Germans never do anything by halves, the Deutsche Dogge lived up to its promise as a fierce, courageous canine - a "super dog" - designed to hunt the savage and unpredictable European wild boar, a beast well- armed with formidable tusks that could rip a dog to shreds.The Dane is obviously more refined than the English
Mastiff and the massive, salivating Neapolitan Mastiff or Dogue de
Bordeaux of recent cinematic fame, but it most likely came from the same original stock.

The mastiff-type dog originated in Asia and has been molded into and influenced several different breeds.There is evidence that the Dane's more elegant appearance may have come from an infusion of Irish Wolfhound blood and some fanciers claim the English Mastiff as the progenitor of this breed, but the dog may indeed be a descendant of both. But whatever its origin, the Great Dane is a picture of style and grace quite unlike any other breed today.Although Dane-like dogs have been portrayed in Oriental writings and on Egyptian monuments dated prior to the birth of Christ, the breed is considered to be about 400 years old. The Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889 and became the fourth breed club to join the American Kennel Club.