Puppy health problems can range from anything to a simple parvovirus to a bladder infection, or in serious cases, even the death of your puppy. This is because the symptoms are very similar to those experienced by humans. When puppies contract parvovirus, it causes what looks like a common cold with a fever of around 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If the infection is in the throat, there may be a sore throat and coughing as well as the beginnings of a cold sore.
If you have a new puppy at home and don’t know if the puppy has contracted parvovirus or not, you can always do a throat culture. If the puppy coughs up blood, then it probably is. The first step would be to get the dog to the vet and get a clean bill of health. It’s important for any dog to be checked out regularly, so always make sure that your dog is healthy.
Puppies, just like young children need to be checked out frequently for a number of reasons. Puppies will begin to gain weight very quickly, and you should be concerned if there are noticeable health issues. You need to watch for dark circles under the eyes, for signs of respiratory distress, and also if the puppy is eating a lot more than normal. Many times these puppies are extremely excited about everything going on at home and get really excitable when ever you approach them. They also love to bark, and this could be a sign of some other illness or problem.
There are two main things you should be looking for when checking the health of a new puppy, and these are the vaccinations and the puppy food. Be sure to do these checks on a regular basis, even after the puppy has grown into an adult. You never know when there could be an issue with your puppy. You should have booster shots for both rabies and distemper, at least once year. These two vaccinations should also include a booster shot for parvo virus. If you find that your puppy is not always feeling well, or you see any unusual symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation, you should visit your vet.
Usually you will be given the puppy shots, dewormer at first vet visit, and heart worm medication at the second vet visit. You will usually want to have your puppy come in for his first visit at least one week before the first scheduled agility trial. During this first visit you will be able to examine your pup and check for any warning signs, and this will help you find problems early. He will be checked over thoroughly by the first vet, including an exam of his skin, ears, teeth, and nose, and any medical conditions that might be affecting the puppy.
If you notice any problems with your puppy at any time during his life, you should notify your vet. The vet will then be able to give your puppies a checkup, and will be able to let you know if there is a possibility of your dog’s ever developing any common puppy health issues later in life. By keeping up with these vaccinations, you can help to ensure your dog’s long term health and happiness. Your puppy can become a beloved part of your family.