Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy
Dog health care is possibly one of the best-studied areas in veterinary medicine, since the dog has had such a long and close relationship with humans. Dogs can suffer from many health care issues that are the same in us, for example dogs can suffer from diabetes, epilepsy, cancer, or arthritis. Other diseases are more specific to dogs. Dogs.info aim to provide you with a wide range of dog health information, please use the menu to the left.
The most common health care issues associated with dogs are caused by parasites such as worms, fleas and mites. Other common dog issues are caused by genetic factors such as hip dysplasia and many eye problems. Dont forget to take time to read our common poisons to dogs article.
Top Dog Health Care Tips:
1. Always keep up to date with your dogs vaccinations
2. Always worm your dog regularly (see worming for more info)
3. Routine home check, a weekly body check is a great way to spot anything unusual combine it with your grooming. Feel around for any skin problems or lumps, check ears, eyes and paws.
4. If you are worried about anything at all always contact your Local Veterinarian
Keeping Your Dog Healthy
Dog Weight Issues
One of the biggest preventative measures you can take to keep your dog healthy is to make sure your dog does not become too over weight. Many of the dog health issues mentioned here at dogs.info are caused by this one common factor, arthritis is just one of these important dog health issues. As your dog becomes older he is more likely to suffer from arthritis, if he is overweight, this extra weight will cause added stress to your dogs joints, and this will cause him more pain. If you are worried your dog is over weight take him to your local vet to discuss a diet plan! See “The Older Dog” for more info.
Useful Dog Health Articles
Two Important Issues that every dog owner should read are “Bloat” and “Hot Weather”. Here you will find some extremely helpful preventative information on dog health problems that many large, medium dog breeds, and flat faced dog breeds suffer from!!
Myth or Fact – Is Chocolate Harmful to Dogs?
Fact -Yes, Chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Chocolate in sufficient doses is lethally toxic to dogs (and horses and possibly cats). Chocolate contains a chemical stimulant, known as theobromine, that dogs are unable to metabolize effectively. If they eat chocolate, the theobromine can remain in the dogs bloodstream’s for up to 20 hours, these dogs may experience fast heart rate, hallucinations, severe diarrhea, epileptic seizures, heart attacks, internal bleeding, and eventually death. It only takes a small amount of chocolate to cause damage. In case of accidental intake of chocolate contact a veterinarian.
Other Common Poisons In Dogs
Thousands of dogs and cats needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion of household poisons, including pesticides, popular houseplants, medications and common foods.
Most Common Poisons Include:
- Snail/Slug Bait
- Grapes and Raisins
- Household Plants
For More Common Poisons Info Click Here
Without witnessing exposure or ingestion from your dog of a poisonous substance, poisoning can be difficult to diagnose. Signs to watch for in your dog vary depending on the type of poison and type of exposure. Some poisons are inhaled and a few are absorbed, but the majority are ingested.
Dog Insurance – A Must as you simply dont know what the future holds!
The “humanisation of dogs ’ is one of the major reasons behind the growth of the dog insurance industry. With many dogs being treated with the same regard as children, dog owners are opting to insure their dogs against illness, disease and injury, rather than risk being unable to pay the bills themselves and face the decision as to whether or not to have the dog destroyed.
Dog owners can pay up to £2000 for some pedigree dogs, most pedigree dogs will have some if not alot of health problems specific to that breed, problems which are more than likely to come across over the lifetime of their beloved pet. Developments in veterinary science have increased the awareness of potential illnesses and diseases where dogs are concerned and owners can now be more aware of the likelihood of certain ailments afflicting their dogs at certain ages. Age of your dog, of course, can determine the rate of premium payable in a policy – generally, the older the dog, the more expensive it will be to insure, as the risk of heart disease, kidney failure and cancer increases.
Many dogs insurers now offer a policy that covers a dog from a very young age, paying for routine checks and vaccinations. This, in turn, puts the dog in a lower-risk category and can reduce the payments for the owner. The scientific developments also extend to the treatments available for illnesses and disease. Once life-threatening conditions are now treatable, using technology that was once exclusive to humans: MRI scans, kidney transplants and radiation therapy are now widely available. However, these treatments also need to be paid for, from the equipment used in treatment to the increasingly detailed exams that student veterinarians need to complete in order to qualify. This, in turn, has an effect on the cost of insuring dogs.
As with any insurance policy it is prudent to shop around, comparing prices and offers. With the growth in this industry, dog insurers are steadily becoming more competitive; it is now becoming more common for insurers to offer services that include covering the cost of boarding for the dog, should the owner fall ill or paying out a fee that covers the cost of posters and printing in the event that the dog goes missing.
Grooming your dogs coat is an important part of your dogs health to keep him happy and healthy. Depending on your dogs breed, age and health of the dog, grooming may range from a daily activity to a weekly/monthly activity. All in all regular dog grooming helps to ensure your dogs skin and fur is in good condition, and also allows the owner to check for any unusal skin condtions such as swellings, cuts, or dryness which could be a symptom that your dog is poorly. While many dogs shed, others such as the Poodle, do not shed. Instead, their coat grows much like human hair, and requires trimming from a professional groomer.
Colour, Coat and Texture – A quick guide to your dogs coat
People often refer to a specific dog breed first by the coat colour rather than by dog breed, e.g “a blue merle Aussie” or “a chocolate Lab”.
Dog Coat colors include:
Black: Usually pure black but sometimes grizzled.
Brown: From mahogany through very dark brown.
Red: Tawny, chestnut, orange, rusty, liver, and red-gold.
Yellow: From pale cream to a deep yellowish-gold tan.
Gold: From pale apricot to rich reddish-yellow.
Gray: Pale to dark gray, including silver; can be mixed with other colors or various shades to create sandy pepper, pepper, grizzle, blue-black gray, or silver-fawn.
Blue: A dark metallic gray, often as a blue merle or speckled (with black).
Sable: Black-tipped hairs; the background color can be gold, silver, gray, or tan.
White: Distinct from albino dogs.
Dog Coat patterns include:
Two-color coats: such as Black and tan, red and white. The coat has both colors but in clearly defined and separated areas; usually the top and sides are darker and lower legs and underside are the lighter color.
Tricolor: Consisting of three colors, usually black, tan, and white or liver, tan, and white.
Brindle: A mixture of black with brown, tan, or gold, usually in a “tiger stripe” pattern.
Harlequin: “Torn” patches of black on white.
Merle: Marbled coat with darker patches and spots of the specified color.
Particolor: Two-colored coat with the colors appearing in patches in roughly equal quantities.
Tuxedo: Solid (usually black) with a white patch (shirt front) on the chest, and white on some or all of the feet (spats.) This pattern is sometimes called Irish Spotting, Flashy, or Boston.
Double-coated: Having a thick, warm, short undercoat (or down) that is usually dense enough to resist penetration by water and a stronger, rougher weather-resistant outer coat (topcoat), also referred to as guard hairs. Most other coat types are also double-coated.
Single-coated: Lacking an undercoat.
Smooth-coated: “Smooth” to the eye and touch.
Wire-haired: Also called broken-coated. The harsh outer guard hairs are prominent, providing excellent weather protection for hunting dogs such as the Border Terrier or Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.
Long-haired: Hair longer than an inch or so.
Short-haired: Hair around an inch or so long.
Corded coat: Thick “dreadlock” appearance.