Caring & Health for your Japanese Spitz

  • Safe indoor Pen Area to sleep and play

  • Safe outdoor Pen Area with lots of Enrichment for play time.

  • Food bowl

  • Fresh water bowl

  • Soft bedding

  • Toilet area 

Remember the first few nights they will be away from the comfort and safety of their mother and other litter mates.  

Sometimes a ticking clock under a blanket or a warm water bottle can help provide a little security on those first few nights.

  • Ensure your fencing is puppy proof including pool fencing.  Little puppies can squeese through the smallest of gaps.

  • Young puppies upto 4mths require to be fed breakfast / lunch / dinner

  • It is a good idea to portion out their food and use some of these meals during training.  This will ensure you are not overfeeding on treats. Eg Keep a cup of kibble aside and use it up through out the day for training.

  • From 4mths-12mths puppies can change to breakfast and dinner                                                                                          ie. A frozen/defrosted raw chicken neck or frozen/defrosted soup bone for breakfast and quality kibble for dinner.

Ensure you NEVER feed a dog cooked bones!!!

Tip:

-   Freeze chicken necks and soup bones into individual zip lock bags. Freeze and pull out in the morning.

-   Use Dog puzzles and sniff mats for feeding.

-   Throw kibble out over an area.

(These methods slow up fast puppy piggy eating and provide enrichment for their little brains)

Once your dog reaches maturity, it’s time to settle into a regular feeding routine. To maintain an optimal body condition, your dog’s diet needs to include the right balance of the six major nutrient groups:

- Proteins;

- Fats and oils;

- Minerals;

- Vitamins;

- Carbohydrates;

- Water.

A good-quality, manufactured, complete pet food should provide your dog with this basic nutritional balance. Whether you serve a RAW Diet or a mixture of the two, is really a matter of personal preference – yours, and your dog's!

  • Your breeder will have done your puppies first vaccinations at around the 6 week mark and will provide you with their health record card showing when the next vaccination date is due.

  • 6-8 weeksFirst vaccination

  • 10-12 weeksBooster vaccination

  • 14-16 weeksFinal puppy vaccination

  • Every year afterAnnual boosters

Reason for Vacinating your Japanese Spitz

Having your dog vaccinated can help prevent them from the following diseases:

  • Canine distemper – this fatal disease attacks a dog’s nervous system and can lead to severe damage, including paralysis. Puppies and young dogs are more susceptible to this virus. Thanks to increased vaccination, the disease is not as common as it once was. However, outbreaks can still occur in areas where vaccination rates are low, so ensure your dog gets their vaccines!

  • Canine adenovirus (hepatitis) – this disease affects the liver, and subsequently the eyes and kidneys. It cannot be transmitted to humans, but is a very serious illness for dogs.

  • Canine parvovirus – this deadly virus is one of the most common viruses in the world, and is extremely hard to eradicate given that each species has a different version of it. Because maternal antibodies can interfere with the vaccine, it is important for your Vet to determine an appropriate age at which your dog should receive the vaccines.

  • Parainfluenza virus – this mild respiratory infection is usually transmitted by nasal secretion and is highly contagious. It is not fatal, but being vaccinated against this disease can help prevent your dog from getting other related infections.

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel or canine cough) – this virus causes a harsh cough and is highly contagious. If your dog is in contact with other dogs, is very young or very old, it will be more at risk of infection. It is usually recommend that the vaccine for kennel cough is given annually.

  • Canine leptospirosis – this bacterium interferes with proper organ function and can be transmitted to humans. This vaccine is usually given when your dog is young, lives in a relevant geographic area and has a higher chance of infection.

  • Coronavirus – this dangerous virus is very hard to eradicate and its symptoms are similar to those of the flu.

  • Rabies – this dangerous and very contagious disease can be fatal to both dogs and humans. It has no known cure and infected animals act as carriers. Although Australia is considered to be rabies-free, it still affects many countries in the world where the vaccine is considered ‘core’, like in the United States. Luckily, this is not the case in Australia, so the vaccine is not necessary unless your dog is planning a trip overseas.

 

  • 2 weeks

  • 4 weeks

  • 5 weeks

  • 6 weeks

  • 8 weeks

  • 10 weeks

  • 12 weeks

  • 3 monthly from 12 weeks onwards

 

 

 

QLD has seen some of the worst cases of paralyis ticks and since the Japanese Spitz is a Double Coated Breed you will have near to no chance of seeing them before it is to late.

Therefore we recommend treating them for Fleas & Ticks.  There are many on the market and we recommend talking with your vet for advice on which brand and the time frame you should treat your Japanese Spitz.