As a responsible dog owner, you always want to provide the best care to your dog in all the possible ways. Apart from feeding and taking your dog out for a regular walk, you should make sure to take dog regularly to a veterinarian for prevention health. A veterinarian can provide vaccination, dental care, parasite control, etc. Adult dogs should be examined by a veterinarian at least once in a year. Puppies, until four months, should visit veterinarian once in every three weeks. Dogs aging above 7 or 8 should be taken to the veterinarian two times in a year or more. This is because the older dogs are more prone to be affected by the disease. There are many Veterinary Facilities available, which provides a range of good work and health monitoring service to the dogs.
Regular health examination could help solve the problems like liver or kidney disease is curable if identified earlier. Since you are the owner and caretaker, you will know your dog much better than anybody else. So, you have to watch for the sign of disease, which cannot be noticed by the veterinarian. Most common signs are frequent coughing, sneezing, and a decrease in appetite, frequent urination, diarrhea, etc. Symptoms of lameness or stiffness are more due to problems in the musculoskeletal system. You should take your pet dog to a veterinarian if it shows the signs mentioned above for more than two days.
It is easy to administer medication, which is available in the form of pills and chews. Most owners give the tablet to their dogs by hiding them inside cheese or peanut butter. Liquid medications are prescribed for the puppies. Syringes are the best way to administer liquid medications, especially the puppies. Spills can be prevented by holding the head pointing upward. If you do not know how to administer through a syringe, you may ask the veterinarian to give a demo. Topical medications can be applied to the skin. Before giving any medicines, you should read the instruction provided on the label.
Vaccinations are an important aspect of preventive health. Vaccinations work by triggering the immune system to fight against various diseases. The vet will prescribe the right injections, according to the conditions that your dog is living.
Parasite control is essential as the parasites can severely affect the dog’s health. Whipworms, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms are some of the common pests found in dog’s intestine. These parasites prevent the dog’s digestive tract from absorbing nutrients and hamper the smooth digestion activity. Parasites are detected by testing the fecal of the dogs. These tests need to be conducted at least once a year.
Dental care should not be missed at any cost. The dental care should be provided to the dogs routinely throughout the year. There are many dental toys and chews, which can help your dog to attain the desired dental health easily.
Grooming refers to taking care of the dog’s coat. Your dog can attract different types of disease if it is not groomed properly.