Dog Health - How we can spot the warning signs in Dogs

Owning 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.

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Preventative medicine 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.

Puppies should be de-wormed often and started on heartworm preventative at four months old. This program should be maintained indefinitely.

An annual visit to a local veterinarian is necessary to maintain your dog’s health. In addition to administering vaccinations, the vet will examine the dog’s teeth and stool, and look for any obvious maladies.

What kind of dog health problems should I be on the look out for?

It 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 ways.

Skin 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 dog’s constant licking.

The 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.

Chewing 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.

If 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.

Another less common but very serious threat to your dog’s 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 of water.

Your dog’s health should not to be taken lightly. It is a huge responsibility you have chosen to bear, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

Just make sure you take him for his annual check up and be attentive to imminent health problem. If you follow your veterinarian’s advice your dog should have a happy, healthy, and long life.




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