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5 Ways To Keep Your Wheaten or Whoodle Healthy

5 Ways To Keep Your Wheaten or Whoodle Healthy

Wheaten Terriers and Whoodles are some of the most desirable dog breeds for people with dog allergies because they do not shed extensively. Both of these dog breeds have a similar coat, which sheds very little compared to a lot of other dogs. Whoodles were originally bred by crossing Wheaten Terriers and Standard Poodles. The Wheaten Terrier was bred as a farm dog in Ireland to perform tasks like, guarding livestock, hunting small to medium games and herding. Like any other dog breed, Wheaten Terriers and Whoodles need the right care and diet to keep them healthy and fit.

5 ways to keep your dog healthy

1. Natural/Organic Food:

A lot of Wheaten Terrier and Whoodle owners tend to feed their dogs kibbles. When feeding your dog kibble, make sure it is high quality. Stay away from animal byproducts. What exactly are animal byproducts?

Basically, animal by-products are what is left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. They include the waste of meat processing not intended for human consumption. This could include an animal’s:

  • Feet
  • Back
  • Liver
  • Lungs
  • Head
  • Brain
  • Spleen
  • Frame
  • Kidney
  • Stomach
  • Snout
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Eyeballs
  • Intestine
  • Undeveloped eggs

These are a few of the things you will find in dog foods that are made with byproducts. You may be able to image why these byproducts would not be healthy for your dog’s consumption. These things cannot be digested easily and therefore can cause major health problems for your pet.

See what we feed our dogs here:

Wheaten-Whoodle-Dog-Food

2. Avoid preservatives:

As mentioned earlier, it is okay to use kibble. Make sure you scrutinize the ingredients in the label. Preservatives are added to dog food to extend the shelf life. Some manufacturers use natural preservatives which are prepared from anti-oxidants like vitamins. These are generally considered safe.

3. Recognize food sensitivities and allergies:

Like humans, dogs can also be allergic to some kind of food. As the owner of the animal, it is your duty to recognize food sensitivities. Some Wheatens are prone to conditions called PLE (Protein losing enteropathy) and PNL (Protein losing nephropathy), which may result from food allergies and skin problems. Terriers are generally very healthy but, you need to be aware of symptoms associated with common conditions in the breed.

4. Diet regulations:

Care should be taken to feed your dog with the right amount of food for his age, weight and condition. You may choose to feed your dog twice a day or just place a bowl with some healthy-organic food and allow him/her to eat in small quantities throughout the day. Since Wheaten Terriers are prone to PLE and PLN, it is vital to monitor your dog’s eating habits. Whoodles are also part Wheaten Terrier so it is also a good habit to monitor their eating habits as well.

5. Exercise:

Terriers generally need a lot of exercise. It is highly recommended to take your Wheaten Terrier or Whoodle for a walk every day. If you don’t exercise your dog adequately, it is highly likely to misbehave. The misplaced energy can give rise to behavioral issues. If you can’t take your dog for a walk every day, you should at least have a lot of room for your dog to run around in your back yard.

Most Wheaten Terriers and Whoodles live a long a healthy life. Make sure that you take into consideration all the diet and maintenance tips mentioned above to ensure your dog’s health.

We feed our dogs Flint River Ranch dog food. We’ve done a lot of research, and this is a high quality food at a great price. There are also products for dogs with sensitive systems.

Disclaimer: We aim to provide the most accurate information possible based on our own research. We are not legally responsible for any health issues that may arise in your pet as a result of this information.

For some more health tips, visit this link:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/pica-eating-things-arent-food

About Tammi Thompson

Tammi Thompson has been a loving breeder of wheaten terrier and whoodle designer dogs since 2004. Her dogs have featured on local news channels in Arizona and for various charity donations to military individuals and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.