Health - How we can spot the warning signs in Dogs
a dog can be a truly rewarding experience if you take the time to educate yourself
on the proper care of dogs. There are two main areas of focus when examining dog
health, disease preventative care and recognizing signs of potential problems.
is paramount in effective dog care. At six weeks old puppies should begin a series
of four DHLPP / CCV vaccinations three or four weeks apart.
should be de-wormed often and started on heartworm preventative at four months
old. This program should be maintained indefinitely.
annual visit to a local veterinarian is necessary to maintain your dogs
health. In addition to administering vaccinations, the vet will examine the dogs
teeth and stool, and look for any obvious maladies.
kind of dog health problems should I be on the look out for?
is also important for new pet owners to be able to recognize signs of potential
dog health problems. Skin problems are common and present themselves in various
allergies are common in many dogs and can cause hair loss and hot spots.
Hot spots are sores on the skin surface that ooze. They are very painful
and hard to deal with because of the dogs constant licking.
skin allergies that cause hot spots are often mistaken for flea infestation
problems; an easy way to tell the difference is by watching the dog.
the top of his rump is a good indication of fleas, while scratching his head,
neck and front legs indicate allergies. Signs of potential health problems also
present themselves in the dogs stool.
the stool appears runny or discolored you may need to visit the vet. Parasites
or a change in diet are usually the culprit and most often easily remedied.
less common but very serious threat to your dogs health is Gastric Dilatation
Voluble. Large, deep crested dogs are predisposed for this condition which causes
their stomachs to flip if they exert themselves after ingesting large amounts
dogs health should not to be taken lightly. It is a huge responsibility
you have chosen to bear, but it doesnt have to be hard.
make sure you take him for his annual check up and be attentive to imminent health
problem. If you follow your veterinarians advice your dog should have a
happy, healthy, and long life.