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There are tons of dog health problems your furry friend can get, Below you will see the most common dog health issues and how to avoid them!
Rabies is one of the most common dog health problems. It is caused by a virus affecting the central nervous system of the dog.
Rabies is known to be spread through saliva/being bitten by an animal infected with the virus/eating a rodent or animal that carries or is infected with the virus. In the first stage, the dogs are seen with a behavior change. In the second stage, the dogs become very violent, and in the third stage body parts of the dogs stop coordinating with each other. There is no cure till now for this deadly disease.
This is a serious/life-threatening dog health problem. Surprisingly, not many people know about bloat in their pets. When your dog has bloat, their stomach gets twisted upside down and your dog can become septic and bloated! Usually which is due to overeating, eating too fast, or too much activity right before or after eating/ drinking.
Bloat is far more common in large/giant breeds.
Although there is a lot of dog health problem! Distemper is considered to be the worst dog health problem worldwide. The common symptoms of this disease are congestion in the chest, coughing, diarrhea, gunky eyes, nasal discharge, etc.
At later stages, it affects the nervous system of the dogs leading to paralysis. It is a highly contagious dog health problem. It can be transmitted from the feces of the infected dog. This dog disease too does not have any cure. The ONLY way to avoid this is through preventative immunizations!
It is a very contagious dog health problem affecting the intestinal tract of the dogs. It is also said to affect the heart of the dogs. The symptoms of this disease are severe diarrhea, depression, a decrease in appetite. The fecal matter of the dog is found to be in a different color with bloodstains.
The symptoms normally appear within hours of the infestation and can even kill the dog within 2 to 3 days of infection, especially young or very old dogs. Hence, why it is considered a deadly disease.
It is very common among dogs. It is a kind of respiratory disease. This can be easily treated. It can also be avoided by keeping contaminated dogs from your property and immunizing your pups/dogs against it. The main sign of kennel cough is, you guessed it, coughing. But it may also present other symptoms like lethargy, loss of appetite, and fever.
This disease affects the liver, kidney, and blood vessels of the dogs. The common symptoms are profuse thirst, vomiting, hemorrhages, loss of appetite, etc. This virus too spreads through the feces of the dogs. Another reason to keep your dog/pup that is not FULLY vaccinated away from dog parks or other common areas that a bunch of other dogs frequent (stores, parks/playgrounds, etc)
Leptospirosis is a disease that is caused by bacteria. It is also a disease that humans can contract! Several species of bacteria have been found to produce the disease in dogs. The common symptoms include lethargy, fever, kidney inflammation, clotting of blood, and conjunctivitis. In more chronic conditions it can produce pneumonia, intestinal inflammation, and jaundice.
Heartworms are a kind of parasite which multiply and grow, causing infection in the chambers of the heart and arteries of the lungs. The symptoms may start with a mild cough, fatigue, and lethargy. If it is not treated properly it can lead to congestive heart failure.
Monthly Heartguard from your vet or online if you have a prescription.
ALSO Monthly flea/tick/AND Mosquito treatments!
Many vets suggest a minimum of 2 puppy shots but some insist on 4 puppy shots;
5 in 1 given between 6 and 8 weeks
5 in 1 given 2 weeks later
If two additional shots are recommended, they will be done at 10-12 weeks and then again 2 weeks later.
Rabies needs to be given after 12 weeks of age (I prefer 6 months of age).
PLEASE NOTE-dogs should get annual vaccination and rabies.
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