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Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 2

Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 2

Continuing our Top 10 Dog Heath Tips, in Part 2, Nadia Crighton looks at the most common aliments affecting dogs. From; weight concerns to, kennel cough, dental issues and more. Get a better understanding of the top 10 health problems facing dogs today.

6. Kennel Cough
Kennel Cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory illness that occurs in dogs. Symptoms include persistent coughing or hacking that can sound like your dog is choking. A watery nasal discharge may also be present. The best way to prevent Kennel Cough is to have it routinely vaccinated against. Most kennels will not allow you to board your dog unless you can prove recent vaccination.

7. Weight
Look at your dog from above… do they have a defined waist? If they don’t your dog could possibly be heading towards obesity. If you cannot feel your dog’s bones under their layer of fat then your dog is over-weight. It might be time to consider a weight loss regime. Ask your local veterinarian for some dog health advice. Are you worried your dog is underweight? Can you see their bones protruding? If you can see your dogs’ bones they are underweight. Some dogs have terrible trouble keeping the weight on, especially during colder months. Consider using a dog-coat during the cooler months, which will help conserve energy and fat. A vet check is in order to rule out any underlying problems. You may also need to consider a special diet.

8. Dental
Dog health tip 8: Dental care is paramount in responsible pet ownership. Bad teeth and gums can lead to heart problems, as the teeth are a gateway to the blood stream. Keep your dogs teeth healthy with dog dental chews, dental toys and raw bones. Never feed your dog cooked bones as they can splinter and cause injury. A yearly teeth check-up is advised. Remember; a dog should not have overly smelly breath. Bad breath can be a sign of bad teeth or gums.

9. Arthritis
This is a very common problem, particularly in older dogs, however some younger pooches also can suffer from arthritis. Common symptoms include limping, moaning when getting up or lying down, pacing, licking joints and general stiffness. There are plenty of great medical treatments for arthritis that can add new life to old bones. Speak to your vet for options in managing arthritis. Keeping your pet at their ideal weight is important, as too, a good nourishing diet full of essential amino and fatty acids. Holistic care can also be very beneficial for dogs with arthritis.

10. Skin & Coat
Skin and coat conditions are very common in dogs of all shapes and sizes. It is always worth further examination to rule out any allergies or common breed associated skin problems. Keep a diary, and note when your dog has their ‘flare ups’. Is it after a bath or during a certain season? Or all year round? Some dogs suffer from food allergies and this can cause skin problems while others could be having a reaction to a certain cleaning product. Allergies and skin problems can be hard to diagnose but keeping a diary can help you, and your vet, to find the best solution.

It would be great to hear more Dog Health Tips if you know any!

Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 1

Top 10 Dog Health Tips – Part 1

Nadia Crighton looks at the most common ailments affecting dogs. From how to successfully give medicine to your dog, weight problems, kennel cough and more. Get a better understanding of the top 10 dog health problems our pets are facing today.

1. Giving medicine to dogs

This can be a tricky one for some dog owners. Many medicines do come flavored however there are some tricks of the trade to get your pooch to take their tablets. Kneel or stand beside your dog with your dog in the sit position. Secure their head against your body and open their mouth (carefully pop your fingers between the lips and pull the lower jaw down). Place the tablet inside their mouth (at the back of their tongue). Keep your hands softly around the muzzle to stop the mouth from opening. Rub softly on their throat or blow into their nose. This will encourage your dog to swallow. Some dogs are tricky and will ‘hide’ the tablet even after swallowing so you may have to repeat. Encourage your dog to drink or squirt a small amount of water into the mouth with a drink bottle. Alternatively you can try and hide the tablet in some food or cheese.

2. Nail trimming

This should be done from puppy-hood as your dog will be used to someone handling and trimming nails. If your dog’s nails are overgrown head to the vet as if you attempt to trim you will clip the ‘quick’ area and cause bleeding and pain. The ‘quick’ is the cluster of blood vessels that run through the nail and as your dog’s nails grow longer so will the ‘quick’. Keep the nails short and trimmed to ensure comfort and ease when walking. Long nails are uncomfortable and can cause pain.

3. Ear Care

Dog health tip 3: Clean your dog’s ears regularly. This can easily be done with a piece of paper-towel. Gently wrap around your finger and move in a circular motion to remove the dirt and build up from the ear. If you notice any funny sickly sweet smells or a lot of discharge, head off for a further check up as your dog could be suffering from a yeast infection.

4. Worms & Heart worms

It is important to worm your dog regularly. Worms can cause havoc in dogs, which have compromised immune systems, are young or old, or are suffering from sickness. Heart worm treatment is also vital as this deadly worm can go unnoticed until it is too late.

5. Behavioral

If you are concerned about any aspects of your dog’s behavior, whether it be barking, inter-dog aggression, chasing lights/shadows, anxiety or nervousness seek advice from a professional. Most behaviors can be successfully treated and managed with understanding, training and patience. Understanding dog behavior is vital in responsible dog ownership. With so many wonderful professionals on hand, it’s never been easier to solve your unwanted doggy habits.

Be on the look for our second article containing the next 5 Dog Health Tips coming soon!

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