Just as with people, it is much better to anticipate and prevent health problems in your puppy, rather than trying to address them when they have happened. Depending on the nature of the health issue, it can be emotionally draining to deal with, and as any dog owner knows, visits to the vet don’t come cheap.
Of course, your dog cannot tell you that he or she has a stomach ache, but dogs are subject to many health issues and have to suffer silently until their owner decides to take them to the vet. Recognizing the symptoms and taking action as quickly as possible is important for any dog owner, and quick action can prevent more serious complications from arising.
The most common type of infection in dogs is an ear infection, which is often caused by the presence of bacteria or a foreign body, and it is important to check your dog’s ears frequently for excess moisture, swelling or redness. However, infections in dogs are also common in the eyes and teeth, as well as the skin. It’s also relatively easy to prevent infections, and you can prevent any accumulation of bacteria by brushing your dog’s teeth and hair, and checking the eyes regularly.
Red and hot areas on your dog’s body may well be caused by a flea allergy, which is the most common type of allergy in dogs. Regular exams by your vet are highly recommended, although you can also administer flea medication yourself every month. Ear infections or other issues can sometimes be caused by a skin infection because of a food allergy, and you will need to take your dog to the vet in this scenario.
Dogs can develop diabetes just as their owners can; in fact, dogs can actually experience many of the same health issues as people. Diabetes can develop from issues with the pancreas, caused by eating too many sugary, fatty and rich foods, and a healthy and balanced diet, and fewer scraps from the table can help to reduce the chances of diabetes. Your vet may need to give a regimen of shots to your dog if he does develop diabetes.
Arthritis and Dysplasia
Because pure bred dogs have narrower and longer joints, they are especially susceptible to developing problems with their joints, although any breed can be affected by arthritis. Your vet should examine your dog for signs of degeneration every six months, and you should provide your dog with the required minerals and vitamins on a daily basis.
Dogs that don’t get enough exercise or that routinely overeat are at a higher risk of becoming obese, one of the commonest and potentially fatal of canine health issues. Liver disease, skin problems, tumors and even heart failure can all be a direct result of obesity, and the right diet, and sufficient exercise on a regular basis can reduce the chances of your dog becoming obese.
Hopefully, as a dog owner you wont have to experience any of the health issues described above, and you can make sure your dog remains healthy with regular grooming and cleaning, the right diet and plenty of exercise. However, keep in mind that it is always better to treat any disease or health issue sooner rather than later, and regular check up visits at your vet are essential.