Undeniably, there is an uncommon relationship between dogs and humans. Rather than to say that humans adopted dogs, the converse holds true. Dogs have actually adopted us. Perhaps no other animal has developed so close a bond with humans as dogs have – a bond so pure and unconditional as if both made for each other.
Raising a little pup is like raising a child. It requires tremendous effort, not to say a great amount of time, energy, and of course money to see your four-legged friend live a healthy and long life.
One of the main concerns in raising puppies is diseases and disorders that affect them from time to time. Unlike humans, dogs can’t express in words about their ailments, although experienced pet parents can make out through certain signs and gestures that their friends are sick or unhappy.
This guide is aimed at recent or novice pet owners so that they can take timely action:
1) Most puppies are born with worms through their mother’s womb. If not, they would get worms eventually by through mother’s milk or by ingesting contaminated food, soil and feces when they get older. You should start deworming treatment as soon as your puppy crosses 3 weeks of age. The medication will depend on the species of worms and your puppy’s age/weight. Your vet will identify the worm by fecal examination and prescribe the appropriate medicine.
2) Fleas and ticks are two of the most troublesome insects that affect dogs of all ages. If you live in a warm or humid climate, there is no escape from these bloodsucking parasites. The only effective dog flea treatment so far available is the application of topical liquid solutions that needs to be applied once a month according to your dog’s age and weight. Many of these topical spot-on solutions are available without prescription from dog supplies. Again, seek your vet’s advice on the appropriate medicine to get rid of fleas and ticks.
3) Bathe and comb your dog regularly and keep her environment clean.
4) Do not feed your dog table scraps, cheese, chocolates, raw meat and fish, alcohol and foods generally proscribed for pets.
5) Take your dog for a regular vet visit.
Taking care of the above four tips will ensure a disease-free, healthy life of your furry friends.