Brushing

Daily brushing will make your APBT sparkle, because brushing removes dander, dirt, and dead hair while stimulating the secretion of natural oils that keep his coat sleek and shiny. Two types of brushes will be effective with your APBT. The first (and the one you will use most often) should be a handheld brush with medium-soft bristles. Brush your APBT's coat gently but firmly in the direction of growth. When no more loose hair or dander comes out and his coat gleams, you have brushed enough. To...

External Parasites

Fleas, ticks, mites, and lice are all looking for a free lunch and a cozy home, compliments of your APBT. Deer ticks are especially dangerous because they may carry Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, and sometime swollen glands in the neck. In areas where the deer tick is prevalent, avoid those wonderful walks in the woods, keep your lawn well trimmed, and take precautions to keep field mice from nesting in your home. Other types of ticks may also...

Diarrhea

At the first sign of diarrhea, remove all food from your APBT for twenty-four hours, but make sure she has a constant supply of fresh drinking water. If, after twenty-four hours, your APBT has not passed a stool at all or the stool appears firmer, give her a small portion of cooked rice with a bit of boiled chicken or cooked ground beef (drained of fat) mixed through it. If, after the first twenty-four hours without food, your APBT still has diarrhea, or if you see blood in the stool or she...

Nutrition Throughout Your Dogs Life

There is a fine selection of dog foods available for all stages of your dog's life. Choose a reputable brand of puppy food, one that has been on the market for many years, then feed your APBT according to the label directions and she should be well nourished. While your APBT is growing, remember to gradually increase the size of her meals as she gets bigger. At 7 weeks old, she will need to eat three meals a day. By the time she is 5 months old, she will probably need about twice what she ate...

Biking

If you have a healthy young adult APBT (2 to 7 years of age) who is constantly ready to run, jump, or play and you have a really hard time getting him to settle down, you may want to bike him. If you have a sturdy bicycle, such as a mountain bike, that has good tire contact on the road, you can bike your APBT to exercise him. But don't just grab your bike and hold your APBT's leash in your hand on the handlebars that's a recipe for disaster Instead, use one of the commercially available...

Jogging

APBTs are not running dogs, as are Greyhounds and Whippets. Instead, they were designed to have brute strength. But APBTs can still run and running can be good exercise. APBTs are just not as fast as many other breeds, nor do they have the stamina to run long distances. Puppies under a year old should not be allowed to run strenuously let them do their running while they're playing. Too much running, especially repetitive running on hard surfaces, could damage the puppy's bones and joints....

Getting Ready for Your APBT

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Bringing home your new APBT is very exciting. Just think of the companionship this dog will provide you and the adventures you'll have together When you bring home your new APBT, you are bringing home a new best friend. There are a few things you need to do, however, before you bring him home so that his adjustment will be easy and you'll be prepared for anything that happens. First you will want to make sure your house and yard are safe for him. APBTs, both puppies and adults, are insatiably...

Bathing Your APBT

Brushing your APBT will get a lot of the dirt out of his coat, but dirt and oil can still build up, giving your dog a doggy smell. Regular bathing will keep him clean and smelling sweet. Years ago, the conventional wisdom was that bathing a dog regularly stripped the natural oils from his coat and skin, thereby making the skin and coat dry and unhealthy. Products available for dogs today have changed. Although you can still strip the oils from the skin and coat if you use a harsh soap for...

Why Choose an APBT

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Robust, quick, and brimming with vigor, today's American Pit Bull Terrier is an intelligent roughneck who wants to please and is ever hopeful of being a lap dog. Supremely confident, he views the world as a giant playhouse created especially for his amusement and is something of a perennial puppy He enjoys playing tug, catch, and other games well into old age. Good-natured with children, the APBT has the sturdiness not to mind if his tail or toe is accidentally stepped on, and can play for...

What Is an American Pit Bull Terrier

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He American Pit Bull Terrier APBT is both the most beloved dog breed I today as well as the most feared and despised. People who know APBTs praise the breed's affectionate nature, intelligence, and wonderful sense of humor. Other people fear the breed's reputation for aggression, strength, and violence. Unfortunately, those who despise the breed are often quite vocal, and in many cities, counties, and states in the United States, Canada, and Europe, legislation aimed at entire breeds, rather...

Cleaning Those Pearly Whites

Your APBT's teeth are naturally very handsome bright white and nicely in proportion to his head. When a dog's adult teeth come in after losing the puppy teeth , they are strong and white. He will need your help to keep those teeth white dirty or broken teeth can significantly affect your APBT's health. When teeth have accumulated plaque or are broken and infected, they harbor bacteria that can affect the body in many areas, including the heart and kidneys. In addition, when you clean the teeth...

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is caused by an abnormality of one or both hip joints. If your APBT has a borderline case, it may never be noticeable to her or to you, and the only way you would know is by having her hips X-rayed. In more severe cases, hip dysplasia causes lameness in the hindquarters, ranging in severity from a slightly odd gait to the inability to stand. Hip dysplasia is incurable, but there are several ways to lessen its pain, including surgery in some cases. Your veterinarian will have to...

Trimming Toenails

Your APBT's toenails are too long if they make clicking noises on the floor when he walks on a hard surface. Dogs with very long nails tend to walk on the backs of their feet, leading to splayed toes and an unattractive gait. Not only is this uncomfortable for the dog, but it can lead to foot problems. Long nails are also more apt to break or tear during exercise or play. To clip your APBT's nails, sit on the floor and invite him to lie down in front of you, between your legs, with his head in...

The APBT

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Archaeologists agree that dogs were the first animals domesticated by humans, before even cattle, goats, or horses. Cave drawings from the Paleolithic era, 50,000 years ago, show men and dogs hunting together. Dogs also gave warning of trespassers or enemies. Over time, humans found additional uses for dogs herding domesticated livestock, pulling travois, wagons, or sleds, and carrying burdens. The earliest known ancestors of the American Pit Bull Terrier served as guards and draft animals, but...

Loss of Appetite

By itself with no other symptoms, a brief lack of interest in food is seldom serious. For example, many dogs need less food during the heat of summer and may occasionally leave some, or even all, of their dinner untouched. If your APBT misses one meal, don't worry. But if she refuses all food for two days in a row, she should be checked by your veterinarian. Visit your veterinarian right away if loss of appetite is accompanied by other symptoms, such as diarrhea, obvious pain, lack of interest...

Vomiting

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If your APBT has no other symptoms of sickness but vomits once or twice, simply keep a close watch on her. She may have eaten some grass or something else that disagreed with her, and after throwing it up, she may be back to normal in no time. A dry, unseasoned cracker, such as a plain Saltine, may help settle her stomach. If your APBT vomits three or more times, lacks interest in household activities, and appears lethargic, or has symptoms such as frequent diarrhea in addition to vomiting, see...

Mild Lameness

If your APBT is lame for no apparent reason check her pads for cuts or brush burns and has no other symptoms that is, she still eats well and interacts with the family , wait a day or two before calling the veterinarian. Dogs get bruises, strains, and sprains just as people do, and often heal quickly. Also, use common sense. Before walking your APBT in the heat of summer, check the temperature of the sidewalk. It may be unbearable. In the winter, dogs often act as if they were lame when snow or...

Severe Lameness

If you suspect that lameness is due to a fracture, take your APBT to your veterinarian immediately. Signs of a broken bone are holding the injured leg up off the ground, pain, swelling, a dangling or severely swollen leg, no use of the hind leg, or the dog's inability to move the injured leg. To transport your dog, first put a muzzle on her, then move her carefully, trying not to aggravate the injured limb. To do this, place a blanket or other strong piece of material on the ground beside your...

Clogged Anal Glands

If your APBT is scooting along the floor on her haunches, she probably has clogged anal glands. Anal glands are located on each side of the anus, and they secrete a substance that enables your dog to pass her stool. When they become clogged, they are extremely uncomfortable, smell bad, and could get infected. Your veterinarian can quickly unclog the anal glands. Blood or pus in the secretion is a sign of infection, so if either one is present, take your APBT to the veterinarian. Only a healthy...

Cleaning Ears

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Compared to trimming toenails and cleaning teeth, cleaning the ears is easy. Several commercial ear-cleaning solutions are available just ask your veterinarian which one they recommend. Then dip a cotton ball in the solution, squeeze out the excess, and gently wipe the inside of your APBT's ears. If your APBT is dirty, you may have to use a couple of cotton balls per ear. Clean only the inside part of the ears that can be easily reached with the cotton ball never force the cotton ball down...