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Dog Health

One of the first things you will have to do when bringing any new puppy or dog in is to register it with your local vets and make sure it is fully vaccinated and checked over to make sure its healthy.

You need to have you dog vaccinated against the following:
Canine Hepatitis
Distemper
Leptospirosis
Parvovirus
Rabies
Parainfluenza

Internal Parasites
Dogs are also commonly affected by internal parasites. There are 4 common parasites, tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms.
It is a good idea to worm your dog periodically with worming pills throughout the year. The pills are generally quite cheap and can be purchased in a number of places. Prevention is better than cure and its also worth having peace of mind your dog is not affected without your knowing.

External Parasites
It is quite common for dogs to be affected by parasites at some time in there lives and from when they are very young.



The most common of all is the flea. Fleas themselves can transmit other health problems such as tapeworm. They also breed incredibly fast, with a single female flea laying hundreds of eggs. If your dog has fleas you will commonly find them around the ears of your dog. There are a number of different flea treatments available which we will expand on at some point in the future. One thing you have to be aware of is you don’t just treat your dog, you need to treat the dogs whole living quarters, which may well mean your whole house. Fleas can survive in nooks and crannies, carpets and bedding for months on end and potentially reinfect your dog in the future.

Dog Poisons
There are many household items that could be poisionous to your dog if ingested in enough quantity, such items include:
Detergents
Bleach
Insecticides
Cleaning Agents
Polish
Hand Soap
Paint
Beauty Products
Chocolate for Humans
Grapes
Cigarettes

Many household plants are also poisonous to your dog such as Daffodils and Ivy.

Also be aware of any live wires that may be chewed and move them out of reach or cover them.

Coming Soon
In the not to distant future I will add information on common problems / health issues and then possibly A-Z of other health issues with the name of health problem, brief description of it and then a page dedicated to that health issue.

We will also have information on positive health issues like regular exercise, mental stimulation, products activites etc that are good for keeping claws short, coat in good condition etc etc (in other words not just a problem page).

Health Issues to expand on:

Eczema

Entropion - in which the eyelashes curl inward, irritating the eye. Affects breeds such as the Shar Pei

Splayed feet

haemolitic anaemia
hypothyroidism - lack of thyroid hormone
kneecap dislocation (patella luxation
Legg-Perthes Disease
Epilepsy
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (degeneration of the light receptor cells in the eyes)
Malformed Ureter
Gastric Torsion (Bloat)
Hip and ellbow dysplasia
Tumours
Von Willebrand's Disease
patellar luxation
liver shunt - when liver doesnt get proper blood supply and therefore does not fubction properly.
dysplasia (hip malformation)
cranimandibular osteopathy
mitral valve disease
fucosidosis a disease of the nervous system.
collie eye anolmaly
Primary Lens Luxation See for info

If you have any questions dog related health questions or issues you think we should cover on this page please contact us. Of course, if needed seek professional expert advice for your dog.


 

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