Dog Health

Answers to your dog health questions

To provide your pet with optimal canine health, you'll have to be mindful of proper nutrition, vaccines, dental care, eye care and disease prevention. Give your dog a head start by feeding it a nutrient-rich diet formulated for your dog's age. Combine daily exercise with calorie control to help your dog avoid weight gain and enjoy strong overall health.

Highly Recommended Dog Vaccines

The dog vaccines your veterinarian will recommend depend to some extent on where you live, but these shots are generally very strongly recommended:

  • Rabies
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine distemper
  • Infectious canine hepatitis

Depending on your dog's perceived risk of disease exposure, these dog vaccines may also be recommended:

  • Parainfluenza virus
  • Canine coronavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica

Dog Dental Care: Facts for Pet Owners

Though dental conditions like cavities are very uncommon in canines, good dog dental care includes measures like dental scaling and tooth brushing. Just as in people, plaque and tartar lead to gingivitis in dogs, which can progress to full-on gum disease. Given the commonness of dental disease in dogs, you should talk to your vet about brushing techniques and special dietary supplements that can help care for your dog's teeth.

Eye Care for Dogs

Dog eye care is vital, given the prevalence of canine ocular diseases. Cataracts and glaucoma are both common problems, especially in older dogs, and canine diabetes can worsen eye problems. Talk to your vet about strategies you can use to detect potential problems early and help your dog's vision remain sharp throughout its life.

Dog Safety Tips

Of course, all the dog health information and preventative care in the world won't help your pet if it's unlucky or unsafe. You can reduce the chances of losing your pet in an accident by keeping these dog safety tips in mind:

  • Don't leave your dog unsupervised outside; if you must, make sure your yard is securely fenced with no escape routes.
  • Avoid tying up or chaining your dog for prolonged periods of time. The dog may grow restless, attempt to escape and cause serious self-injury.
  • Don't unleash your dog near roads with heavy traffic, particularly if it's excitable or energetic.
  • Make sure your dog always has access to fresh, clean drinking water. If you leave your dog outdoors, get a tip-proof water bowl to prevent accidental water spillage.

For more breed-specific dog health questions and care tips for your pet, you should speak to your veterinarian or consult a registered dog breeder in your area.

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Posted by Lisa on September 22,2012 at 01:29 PM
my 13 year old pit bull, Ruby has had skin issues for a few years now and nothing we do seems to help! We have changed her food, protect her from fleas, but nothing has helped. Her skin looks terrible, she's loosing hair, and she is very skinny! She still gets around on her own, and pottys on her own- the vet only gives her steriods which helps only for a little bit and the issues come back worse than before! PLEASE! I need help....I want my girl to live in peace the rest of her life......
Posted by Lavonn on August 09,2011 at 11:20 AM
I have a 8 week puppy. Its half hound and half Pit. He has been acting just fine and I took him home yesterday morning after staying at my bfs. He now wont pee and when he does pee its only drops. He ate yesterday morning but he threw it back up now he wont eat at all. he is still drinking water but not alot. He also has a fever. He still pooping also, he was giving wrom meds. yesterday as well and Saturday he was got his 7 in 1 shot. When he was at my bfs he was PERFECTLY FINE! He looks so misreable and I dont know if there is anything i can do for him. I called serveral vets and all of them said they cant tell me until they look at him. but they say it can cost anywhere from $200 to $400 dollars. I honestly really cant afford that much at once. None of them will work with me on payments. I just dont understand how he went to perfectly fine to this in a matter of hours....
Posted by Ana on July 13,2010 at 01:05 AM
what are the symtomps of sars in dogs? cause my 2 year old chihuahua has been itching a lot and makes herself bleed?
Posted by Steven Parenti on April 30,2010 at 05:14 AM
My dogs breathing has changed to very rapid for about 9 hours
Posted by lila on November 12,2009 at 04:06 PM
my chihuahua may have swallowed a bone what do i do?
Posted by chocolaterox53 on August 11,2009 at 12:08 AM
i just recently noticed that my almost 1 year old chihuahua/jackrussel has a soft mediumsized lump that just formed. what does that mean?
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