Answers to your dog health questions
Dr. Judy Hung & Dr. Erika Glocker - Personalized care for cats & dogs
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:
- 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
- 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.