Caring for the Rhodesian Ridgeback is not too burdensome, but the dog still requires minimal care.
Do not forget to chase away the worms (deworming). Dogs under 2 years old are given anthelmintic once every 3 months, ridgebacks over 2 years old – once every six months.
Anthelmintic is given no earlier than 2 weeks after vaccination and no later than 10 days before vaccination.
Treat Rhodesian Ridgebacks for fleas and ticks.
Caring for a Rhodesian Ridgeback assumes a properly organized walk. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite active dogs, therefore they need long active walks. They will gladly accompany a skier or cyclist. You need to walk with them at least 2 hours a day (or better, more).
However, remember that due to the short coat, the ridgeback is freezing, and at temperatures below -10 degrees, the dog should be dressed. And in the summer, it is necessary to save Rhodesian Ridgebacks from the bites of blood-sucking insects and treat them with a repellent before leaving for nature.
An obligatory component of caring for a Rhodesian Ridgeback is swimming. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is washed 2-3 times a year or in case of heavy contamination.
It is necessary to care for the claws of the Rhodesian Ridgeback. If they do not grind off themselves, they need to be trimmed with a special nail clipper. If you have taken too much and there is blood, sprinkle the wound with potassium permanganate powder.
Paws are wiped after walking in summer and washed from autumn to spring. In winter, treat the paw pads with special wax before walking.
Caring for the ears of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is extremely important. Once a week, clean them with a cotton swab dipped in a special lotion.
Wool is cleaned with a napkin dipped in a solution of water, vinegar, and alcohol (ratio 1: 1: 1).
During shedding, the wool is brushed out daily with a soft rubber brush.