Puppies are delightful bundles of joy, but they can also be a handful. The first step after getting a puppy is to take it to the veterinarian. Together with a physical examination, make sure your new pet is given all the vaccines it needs to ensure that it is in good health from the start.
Even if you provide them with the right vaccines and feed them a healthy, balanced diet you can’t protect them from everything. Puppies are more susceptible to diseases and take longer to recover than adults. Below are five of the most common yet preventable ailments you should watch for your fur babies.
Gastrointestinal issues. Puppies’ digestive systems are still pretty sensitive therefore vulnerable to stress and food intolerance. Vomiting or diarrhea must be taken seriously.
Pneumonia. Puppies are susceptible to pneumonia and this can be life-threatening. Although bacteria most often cause this, the stress of traveling, change of ownership, and new environment also all play big roles.
Parvovirus (Parvo). This disease commonly attacks puppies between 12 months to three years old. This highly contagious disease is easily passed on through bodily secretions especially feces. It starts with a bad fever followed by severe diarrhea and weight loss, vomiting, and lethargy. The chance of survival is very little, more than half the dogs that get parvo will die.
Distemper. This is an infectious disease of the nervous system. Although the vaccine against distemper is quite effective, it is extremely fatal. Like Parvo, this is highly contagious and is easily passed on through bodily secretions like saliva, urine, and feces. Initial symptoms include severe eye discharge and sneezing. It is easily mistaken as colds by most dog owners. Distemper can lead to neurological problems such as a fatal brain damage.
Kennel Cough. Airborne bacterial infection or canine parainfluenza virus causes this disease. This starts with lethargy, decreased appetite and fever, then followed by a persistent dry, honking cough.
It’s tricky to figure if your adorable puppy is sick in the first place so it’s important that you know the most common signs of illness. If your puppy is acting in a way that isn’t normal, if you see any change in its activity level, appetite, bowel movements, if it has diarrhea, if it’s lethargic and it keeps whimpering, vomiting, licking, itching, panting, and shaking take it to the vet for immediate care. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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