Bringing a pet into the family brings a lot of responsibility for taking care of it. Pet health is not difficult but your pet will need examinations annually to make sure they in good health. Our pets provide us with love and companionship, they deserve to be treated just like another member of the family.
When you bring a pet into the house you should check first to make sure there is nothing they can into to injure themselves much like a baby that just begins walking. A puppy is a curious creature and if there are wires lying on the floor they might chew them and hurt themselves. Make sure you store all of you household cleaners where they cannot get into them.
A fat pet can appear to be cute but in reality you are doing your pet a disservice by allowing them to get fat. Obesity can cause premature death for your pet. Make sure you don’t give your pet the same snacks you eat yourself. Take your pet in for vaccinations and dental exams to keep them in the best of health.
There are products on the market that can be used to repel fleas or treat your pet if they have them. Fleas harbor parasites that can make your pet very sick. Some dogs are allergic to fleas and one flea on them will drive them crazy. Ticks are dangerous in that they can carry Lyme disease. Always check your pet for fleas and ticks.
Worms are the most common problem for dogs next to fleas. Roundworms, heart worms, hookworms, whip worms and tapeworms are all parasites to watch out for. They can cause symptoms like anemia, weight loss, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting and even death. They are not visible without a stool examination or blood test and an annual check for worms is necessary for dogs to control or prevent them.
Dogs are prone to disease that is more specific to some breeds than to others. Early detection can save your pets life. Canine distemper effects the organs and nervous system. There is a vaccination for it, this disease is often fatal or can cause serious impairment. Rabies is also another disease that can be prevented with a vaccination. It is transmitted by the bite of an animal that is infected. It is fatal almost always and can be transmitted to humans. Kennel cough, parvo, coronavirus, hepatitis and leptospirosis can been detected by signs like weakness, loss of weight, labored breathing, fever, coughing, diarrhea or vomiting. Prevention of these diseases is possible with scheduled vaccinations. If you have just brought home a puppy make sure it has all of its shots.
Keeping your dog on the right diet will keep him happy and healthy. A good diet will ensure their bones develop properly and that they will be as healthy as possible. Feed your dog a high quality food that is low in fat and high in fiber. Minimize treats and make them nutritious and low in calories.
The responsible thing to do is to spay or neuter your pet if you are not in the business of breeding. It avoids pets that are homeless and will keep your pet healthier. Dogs who are neutered avoid problems with testicular cancer and prostate issues. Female dogs will avoid cancer of the ovaries and uterus. Having a neutered male will keep him from wandering out on the streets where he has a chance of being hit by a car.