Dogs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds; therefore, care will be different from one dog to the other. Because dogs naturally have pack-like instincts, they need plenty of time to socialize with other dogs or the people that surround them on a day-to-day basis. Not only is it important for dogs to socialize, they need to exercise on a daily basis. Exercise helps keep dogs healthier by stimulating their brains, preventing destructive manners, and burning the calories they consume throughout the day.
Generally, puppies should be fed four meals a day up until 12 weeks of age, three meals a day for 3 – 6-month-olds, two meals a day for 6 – 12 month old, and one meal a day for dogs over a year old. Dogs can be housed either inside or outside but should always have a dry, warm/cool, safe, and comfortable place of their own. Depending on the breed, dogs may need to be groomed and brushed on a daily basis to prevent tangling and shedding. On another note, it is important to provide your dog with some type of identification that can be used to find the owner in the case that the dog becomes lost. A collar with a tag containing a contact name, number, and/or address is generally used by most owners. It is also a good idea to have a microchip implanted into your pet in the case that the collar breaks. Implementing a microchip is a simple procedure that only takes a few seconds to accomplish; the procedure is similar to vaccinating your pet.
Does my dog have an ear infection?
If your dog is scratching or rubbing their ear(s), head shaking and at times, has a strong odor from the ear, they may have an ear infection. Ear infections in dogs are caused by ear mites, often passed from pet to pet in casual contact outside or inside.
Does my dog have a tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, or whipworm?
All three are parasites that can live inside not only your dog but also the cat. This causes low levels of red blood cells, poor appetite, and even death. Medications are mostly given to prevent worm infections.Fleas
What do I do if my dog has fleas?
Fleas live as an ectoparasite, particularly in dogs and cats. Fleas do raise attention because they can spread dipylidium caninum.
Can dogs have allergies?
Dogs, too, have allergic symptoms when their immune system begins to recognize dangers in everyday substances. Dogs with allergies have extreme reactions to them. Problems arise when allergens are inhaled, ingested, and contact. Bring your dog to the vet to figure out the source of the allergies, which could be anything from pollen to humans! Allergies symptoms include:
Why is my dog vomiting? Why does my dog have diarrhea?
Vomiting is usually caused when your dog eats something that doesn’t agree with its stomach. It can also indicate that your dog has swallowed a toxic substance that requires immediate medical attention. Diarrhea is commonly caused by dietary allergies, intolerances, or stress.
What is a Kennel Cough?
A highly contagious respiratory disease transmitted between dogs through contact. It is important to know that if you believe your dog has it, keep it away from others.
Is my dog obese?
Obesity results in serious adverse health effects such as back problems, respiratory issues, arthritis, and a reduction of lifespan. It is caused by an imbalance between energy intake. Our veterinarian can teach you how to prevent and treat dog obesity with proper nutrition and exercise.
Does my dog have diabetes?
Diabetes is caused by lack of the hormone insulin or inadequate response to insulin. Diabetes symptoms include:
Does my dog have cancer?
Symptoms of possible cancer in a canine are lumps or bumps, wounds that don’t heal, swelling, lameness in the bones, and abnormal bleeding. Remember sometimes, there are little or no signs. If your dog has been behaving oddly, consult your veterinarian at a wellness exam.