Is there anything worse than seeing your dog suffer from canine health problems? Our once lively and happy dog becomes a listless and sad pet because of the malfunctioning systems in his body.
While nobody wants their pet to have canine health problems, it is inevitable for many of our pets if we do not care for them as we should. When we are familiar the symptoms and possible treatments available to them, then we don’t have to be worried about our dog’s health—we know what to do.
As you know, the average dog is a happy and energetic creature (except of course for those with a gentler disposition like the St. Bernard and Newfoundland). The typical healthy dog should have unclouded eyes, no discharge in their nose and ears, clear skin and a lush coat of hair. If your dog is lethargic, looks mangy, whines all the time, vomits or has diarrhea, then chances are there is something wrong with your dog.
Many canine health problems are actually caused by a very small enemy—the parasite. Whether it be fleas, ticks, mites or worms, these annoying pests may be small, but they pack a lot of punch.
Fleas are pretty common with dogs. It causes extreme itchiness and some bald spots in the dog. If not dealt with immediately, it can escalate to secondary skin infections that can be very painful and unsightly. You can avoid this by mixing a blend of lemongrass or lavender with equal parts water and mist it over your dog to repel fleas and ticks. Look for mild herbal shampoos specially formulated to eliminate these pests latching itself on your dog’s skin.
Aside from fleas, worms are parasites that can be dangerous for our dogs. There are several kinds of worms—tape worms, ring worms, flat worms, heart worms, etc. If the fleas suck on the dog’s blood by attaching itself to the skin, these internal worms usually make their home in the dog’s intestinal walls causing nausea and anemia. You need to bring the dog to the vet in order to find out what particular worm it is that you need to eliminate from your dog’s system and what you can do to get rid of them.
Now, there are a lot of dog breeds with health issues relating to the skeletal system. Sometimes the ball and socket in the elbows or knees are not fitted properly so the dog becomes increasingly lame as he grows older. Many smaller dogs are not built properly so their little legs bear the brunt of their weight which will translate to pain and future arthritis. Engage your dog in light physical exercise, not extreme sports like Frisbee that is bad for the bones and joints of the animal.
Be very careful with your dog’s diet. If you allow your dog to eat commercial pet food that is devoid of vitamins and nutrients, he can develop chronic kidney disease or UTI. As much as possible, let your dog eat only fresh and natural food without chemicals and preservatives. When you do, you will boost his immune system and he will be strong enough to fight off infections and diseases.
More than that, healthy food is critical to maintaining your dog’s well-being. Fresh food is the best, but if that is not possible—you can choose a premium dog food brand to give your dog instead. Don’t buy the cheap, commercial pet food because many of these brands are very detrimental to your dog’s health.
Look for food that is dehydrated or frozen because these processing methods are the mildest and not subject to high levels of heat that zap the nutrients out of the food. For dehydrated dog food, soak the bag in warm water for 30 minutes before serving the dog. For freeze dried food, allow the food to thaw first so your dog’s teeth do not get chilled.
Vitamins and supplements are also very helpful in keeping your dog as healthy as possible. You can go to the links in this page to find out more about canine health problems, valuable tips and treatments that can save your dog’s life one day. You will be glad you did.