Welcome to the Bonaforte Owners section of our website, where we keep you up to date with changes to our general information, and answer the most popular questions.
As you know the breed has it's foibles, consequently there is a huge amount of work which goes into the kennel. We are keen to follow through with health issues, and fortunately Paul our vet was taught by both Dr Serena Brownlie and Professor Malcolm Cobb. Paul refers to Serena as one of the best Veterinary Cardiologists of all time and we consider ourselves very lucky to have her looking after the heart health of our hounds.
I just want to say a huge thanks to all of you for bringing your Irish Wolfhound back for heart testing and keeping us informed. You are playing an enormous role in helping to improve the health of the breed.
We would also like to thank our friends in the breed, who help and share their knowledge.
Whilst being the proud owner of a Wolfhound puppy is a huge delight it also brings with it a large responsibility. You are instantly in charge of rearing a large breed puppy until it fully develops into adulthood, and reaches an immense size.
We hope we help guide you over the main hurdles in bringing up a giant breed, and by following some of our simple steps, calamities should be kept to a minimum!
I would say the most difficult part of raising an Irish Wolfhound is keeping them safe from their own exuberance. This seems a particularly hard message to convey to new puppy owners, how important it is that great care must be taken in the first year during the growing process. You need to perfect the careful balance of nutrition and how they exercise to protect them.
Your Puppy’s First Few Days in their New Home
Don’t be surprised and certainly do not be worried if your new puppy does not eat after his/her journey home, s/he will not starve! Give your puppy a day or two to settle in and mix a little taster of tinned fish into his/her kibble to stimulate their appetite. Sardines, Salmon in oil, or brine will help entice your puppy into eating again.
In addition to things like tinned fish there are also other dietary extras that can be added to your puppy’s menu, be careful not to add too many things at once and ‘overload’ the puppy’s digestive system!
Wait until your puppy has settled in before feeding things like raw meaty bones and initially opt for bones without too much meat on, so as to avoid the puppy scouring. Raw chicken wings can be an easy introduction, but NEVER feed cooked poultry bones of any description as they become brittle when cooked and will splinter inside the puppy’s tummy and potentially make him/her very ill!