General Care of your Miniature Bull Terriers
After purchasing your new puppy, follow the feeding program that we supply on a separate page for the first few weeks. You can then gradually change him/her to a program that suits you without making the transition too great.
As a general rule a puppy from:
weaning age (6 weeks) to 3 months of age should be fed four meals
from 3 to 6 months, three meals
from 6 months to adult, two meals a day
Most dogs do well on one meal a day. The amount that will keep your dog healthy is the right amount for him, not what the “rule book “ says. ( I am sure you will have a friend or relative or neighbour who is an expert at feeding dogs and will be happy to give you gratuitous advice on how to feed your new puppy, and will have far more knowledge on the subject than we have even though we have been breeding bullterriers for over fifty years, when they pass on their pearls of wisdom please have the good sense to throw them out of the house).
DO NOT let your dog become too fat as this will lead to health problems. Gauge your dogs diet on what he looks like and how much exercise he gets. Do not change the amounts in your dogs diet too quickly as this can cause diarrhoea, if this happens cut back his food and when he is normal again increase his food more slowly.
Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and affects dogs whether they sleep in or out of doors. Dogs with the disease tire easily, have difficulty breathing, coughing, and will lose weight. If caught in the early stages your vet can effectively treat it. Pups should be started on Heartworm prevention from 8 weeks. If he is older than six months and has not been on heartworm treatment then a blood test is necessary before prevention can be commenced. Heartworm prevention can be given either in daily form or monthly.
There are four types of worm that your puppy needs to be protected against, these are Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm. Large numbers of any of these worms can be fatal, so regular controlled worming is a must. We use Ivomectin, which is a sheep drench, and is good for most worms but check with your Vet.
Your puppy will be vaccinated at 6 weeks of age with Protec C4 that covers for (Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza,) and will then require a repeat vaccination at 12 weeks, thereafter yearly. You will get a vaccination card with your puppy; this must be presented to your vet to be filled in when he has his current injection and also with the date of when his next injection is due.