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Dog Friendly Tips: A mine of dog health information

We know that dogs are often the victims of diseases just like us. It can be difficult to see if your dog is unwell since he is unable to verbally communicate with you as another human member of your family can. So you should be alert to your dog’s behavior and level of activity. The following are some general diseases that a dog can suffer.

Ticks and fleas are the most common health concerns for dogs. Ticks generally stay near the regions of head, neck and ears and they can cause allergies and skin irritations. Some fleas may cause anaemia in dogs as they feed on the blood of your pet. Fleas are also responsible for causing other intestinal worms like tape worm, hook worm along with diarrhea and fever.

Thin young puppies with pot bellies are an indication of an attack by worms. Canine distemper and Prognosis needs special medical attention for treatment.

You may control ticks and fleas by keeping surroundings clean and tidy. While removing ticks manually use rubber hand gloves to avoid direct contact with blood. A tick unwinder can be purchased from most vets and is the only sensible tool for removing ticks.

Parvovirus is highly infectious viral disease and if attacked your pet should immediately be taken to a vet. The disease shows symptoms such as blood diarrhea, excessive vomiting, loss of appetite and restlessness. The disease is so dangerous that it can end life within a few days in the case of a big dog and a few hours for a puppy.

Kennel cough or canine Para influenza, though less severe than distemper, is characterized by nasal discharge and continuous dry coughing. It is a common lung disease among dogs and becomes severe in nature only if it is left untreated. Para influenza vaccination will prevent the disease.

Rabies is a highly infectious disease and is also dangerous for humans. Symptoms include foaming at the mouth, hydrophobia, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite and behavioural and personality changes. The only way to avoid rabies is to have your dog vaccinated.

Canine Coronavirus is a contagious disease which is spread through faeces. The incubation period is 1 to 1.5 days after which the dog would show symptoms similar to parvovirus though milder. The germs can be killed by bleaching.

Canine Hepatitis disease rarely occurs and the incubation period is 4 to 9 days. Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, depression, discharge from eyes and nose. This disease can be eradicated by bleach.

Heartworm is caused by mosquitoes. The worm is about one foot and floats in blood in one of the heart’s chambers. The dog when attacked by a heart worm will suffer poor appetite, breathing problems and repeated coughing. The disease can be treated with pills taken either on a regular or a monthly basis but it can be fatal.

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