Puppy Problems: Four Ailments Puppies Can EASILY Get

Getting a canine companion from the local pet store or a breeder is a very good experience, especially if you come with kids. Having a fur ball full of barks will certainly make your home a better place to live in, however, can we say the same to the puppy who just arrived at your home?

Young dogs are susceptible to all sorts of ailments, and most of which are fatal. As a pet owner, it is vital for you to possess money to immunize your pet or have a veterinarian treat whatever they’re feeling (this isn’t usually a problem if you adopt one from your local shelter). You should also learn how to react when facing these problems if you want your pet to escape unscathed!

Vomiting With Diarrhea

If you see your puppy vomiting its breakfast, most likely, it has eaten or licked something foreign to its food bowl. Don’t feel too alarmed if these two complications are isolated and your pooch has feeling all right before hand – if it eaten something, it’ll most likely come back out again.

Be sure to keep your dog hydrated at all times, considering watery stools and puking will ultimately cause dehydration – in serious cases, death. If your dog appears to be in severe difficulty, or if the vomiting lasted over 12 hours while the diarrhea has been around for a day, drive to the nearest veterinary hospital right away. If it’s not caused by a parasite, your dog will immediately recover after 12-24 hours.

Canine Parvovirus

This disease usually affects puppies between three months to three years. It is caused by a highly contagious and deadly virus, which can be passed through body fluids. It usually starts with a bad fever (temperature is taken through a rectal thermometer), and after a few days, bloody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting will follow, which in turn will lead to dehydration.

 

Your only way to prevent parvovirus is to vaccinate your puppy if it’s age is between six to eight weeks, with boosters according to the advice of the veterinarian. If you suspect your puppy is afflicted, immediately go to the vet. Fido will be hospitalized for several days, and will be given supportive treatment (fluids and antibiotics). There are also follow-up pet medications when your puppy is free to come home.

 

Leptospirosis

Puppies who are living in rainy and wet areas are the most vulnerable bunch, mainly because this disease is spread through water contaminated with rat urine. Affecting both dogs and human beings, it severely affects the kidneys and liver which may have lasting effects. If you live near bodies of water or in areas where rain is as common as a sunny day, have your pet vaccinated.

 

Its symptoms are mostly flu-like, including fever, vomiting and lethargy. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat this ailment; the course of treatment can last for over several weeks.

Canine Distemper

This disease is by far the worst of the bunch in this entry, considering that it is extremely fatal. Initial symptoms include sneezing and eye discharge. Some dog owners mistake it for having a cold, only to be depressed after the vet says their resident fur ball’s condition has escalated to pneumonia.

 

There’s no way to treat it at home. Your best bet is to have your pooch immunized when it’s aged six to eight weeks. Medical attention and hospital stay is required, given that it can take weeks for your pooch to fully recover.

 

Are there other illnesses we forgot to mention? Please give us a shout in the comments!

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