Protecting Your Canine Against Average Ailments

July 29, 2016

in Cat Health

If you have a dog, you should at least have basic experience in diagnosing the most common ailments. Doing this will enable you to better care for your dog, and save it should it come down with an illness or a problem otherwise. In addition, it doesn’t take much to get the generalities down.

As dogs age, they tend to get signs of growing old just like we humans do. One of these signs is arthritis, which typically only affects older canines. You can tell if a dog has arthritis or not simply be monitoring its behavior. If the dog limps, shows less activity and running around, or seems to struggle with walking- there is likely a problem. Some medications can help treat this and make canines more mobile.

You can prevent your dog from obtaining a disease simply by checking for pests that may be on the dog. The tick is the most common in woodland areas, but also affects canines in suburbs and most locations. Ticks can spread disease rather easily, so it is good to check a dog for ticks after a day of fun. Remove ticks with tweezers and save them for identification in case of emergency.

Not only are worms a hazard to dogs, but to humans as well should their dog become infected with them. Worms can come from a result of simply interacting with other animals. There are many symptoms to consider, depending on the worm, so be on the lookout for anything odd with your dog and be sure to go to a veterinarian if you do suspect something.

Fleas are an extreme annoyance to dogs and humans too. If you do find these pesky parasites in your home, be sure to vacuum regularly. Also spray insecticide outside, where they have originated from. Be sure to keep your dog’s bedding clean during these periods. Flea collars and combs are extremely helpful in keeping fleas away from pets- and away from owners as well.

A dog with bad breath may seem normal, but do keep in mind that through eating and drinking a dog can clean their teeth. In doing so, the dog’s breath won’t be noticeably pungent all the time. If it does seem to be, your dog may be suffering from tooth decay, or disease of the gum. In some instances there may also be digestive problems. Try cleaning the dog’s mouth to see if things improve- if they don’t, consult a professional.

In Conclusion

Taking care of a dog is a fun yet trying process. You should read up more on the subject with books and literature. You may also ask your veterinarian about some reading material next time you go in for a check up on your canine friend.

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