Dogs can experience a wide range of health issues. Sometimes the illness can go undetected for months because your dog may appear fine; maybe he just seems a little despondent, not greeting you at the door because he feels you’ve left him alone for too long. But did you know that depression is one of the signs of heartworm disease?
You love your dog and so his health condition is as important as yours and anyone else in your family. It’s only natural that you become concerned when he’s feeling under the weather. Chevromist, professional dog breeders, know that when pet owners are able to spot a health issue early on, the dog will not have to suffer needlessly and proper treatment can immediately begin. The Melbourne-based dog breeders run down some of the more common dog health concerns to help dog lovers get ahead of any problem.
Perhaps the most common canine health concern but also the easiest to treat. It is common because your dog can quickly pick it up, and with a few fleas easily breeding to become thousands, you will want to act fast. Symptoms include: excessive self-biting and scratching, small black dots on you dog’s fur, which are actually flea dirt; hair loss, and allergic dermatitis.
This is a highly contagious virus and your dog could get it through contact with an infected dog’s saliva, urine, and blood. The virus affects your dog’s respiratory system, central nervous system, and gastrointestinal system, and sometimes the eyes. Symptoms include: fever, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, possible seizures, and discharge of thick mucous membranes from the eyes and nose.
Protection from canine distemper requires prevention, and for Chevromist Kennels, that means vaccinations for the virus. Chevromist’s puppies are vaccinated for distemper when they hit 6 weeks and thanks to widespread vaccination of dogs, distemper is very rare in most parts of Australia now.
Internal parasites can wreak havoc in your dog’s system. Some parasites, like hookworms, are especially fatal to puppies. Symptoms of worm infestation include: weight loss, rough and dry coat, overall poor appearance, change in appetite, scooting on his bottom, and diarrhoea (sometimes bloody). Take your puppy or dog to the vet immediately when you observe those symptoms.
This is potentially fatal and very contagious. Your dog could catch it when he gets into contact with an infected dog’s feces or even bringing home the virus on your shoes. Symptoms include: loss of appetite, bloody diarrhoea, lethargy, vomiting, and acute abdominal pain. Incidentally, Chevromist’s vaccinations for its puppies include the canine parvovirus and canine hepatitis but your puppy still needs another 2 vaccinations by 16 weeks old and annual vaccinations to be protected from parvovirus.
There are several more health problems to look out for when you are caring for a dog. As always, the best cure is prevention so make sure to get vaccinations for your puppies and arrange visits to the vet.